When the coaching begins, clients may have a jumble of thoughts and issues racing around in their heads, rather like a wardrobe in which everything has been piled in! Coaching gives this jumble a shape, adding specific entry points and exits for each session as well as the overall contract. In between the clear opening and closing phases (which I discuss in this chapter), you and your clients have a rich period to explore that confusion of ideas. Your role as coach is to provide a supportive platform that gives clarity, structure and process so that clients can explore and shape their agendas.
The wardrobe affect