How to Structuring a Coaching Session

Here at ICA we believe every coach has their own unique approach to coaching, However, most coaching sessions share a common structure and unfold in much the same way.

6 Steps To Structure A Coaching Session

This involves 6 steps:

1. Establish Coaching Agreement

Identify the specific issue for the session.

  • What is the issue/goal you would like to focus on today?
  • What is important about this for you?

2. Set The Goal or Outcome for The Session

Invite client to envision their desired outcome.

  • How will you know you achieved what you wanted to accomplish today?
  • What will that look like or feel like (subjective or objective)?
  • Where are you now regarding what you wanted to achieve today?

3. Coach the Client

Starting with the desired outcomes, invite client to explore different actions or shift perspective for unearthing possible solutions.

  • What is the BEST solution for you in this situation?
  • What changes or differences might you or others notice?

4. Identify and Commit to Action

Client chooses actions to commit to.

  • What might get in the way of accomplishing this?
  • How will you support your commitment to this action?

5. Key Outcomes

Client summarizes actions, commitments and/or perspective shifts.

  • What are your take-aways from this session?
  • What new awareness or learning happened today?
  • How will this support you going forward?

6. Accountability

Coach partners with client to “hold” their promise to themselves.

  • How will you hold yourself accountable to the goal(s) you set today?
  • How I can I partner with you to enhance your accountability?

Here the coach might invite some homework, journaling, or other in-between session activity and schedule the next session.

Day in the Life of ICA Coach Misti Patrella

“I really did not like the idea of choosing one career. That seemed so limiting. All of these careers work together so that I provide the most dynamic solutions for my clients and fellow artists and entrepreneurs – and still be an artist myself!”


Misti blends coaching and acting experience to provide business and life coaching for entrepreneurs and freelancers.

(0:30) From marketing and acting to business/life coach
(0:33) Coached herself as an actor and then said why not coach others?
(0:53) Rearranged her life to be a coach
(0:58) Went through ICA program in 6 months
(1:30) Coaching helped acting and vice versa
(3:32) Her niche “within a niche” is working with ‘heart-centered” people
(4:06) All coaching involves life coaching if your work is your passion
(4:12) You have to put your whole self in like the Hokey Pokey