Coaching World Issue 13: March 2015 - Page 14

Jennifer Santoro Jennifer is a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Jennifer combines her 10 years of professional business communication experience with her coach training and coaching experience to assist clients in reaching their full business and personal potential. She served as a Senior College Life Coach at Florida State University, and currently specializes as a strategy coach for entrepreneurs with Globe on Demand’s Niche Dominance program. Email her at coachsantoro@gmail.com. 14 Coaching World John Keenan, III John is a sport psychology consultant with six years of experience training athletes, students, soldiers and individuals within organizations to realize their full performance potential. Keenan has managed sales and marketing in the private sector and served as a College Life Coach at Florida State University. Most recently, he was a trainer and performance expert for the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA. Email him at jjkeenan3@gmail.com. A Model for Organization What makes a strong coach? The list is long, and the ability to help a client remain focused on her movement forward is high on the list. For coaches—particularly those who partner with a high volume of clients (e.g., Life Coaches partnering with students through a university-based coaching program; internal coaches whose job descriptions dedicate a large proportion of their time to coaching activities)—staying organized is key to achieving this goal. As team members at Florida State University’s (FSU) Center for College Life Coaching, we developed and piloted the Dynamic Circular Coaching Model to help coaches keep client engagements on track both during and between coaching sessions. After the model was tested in more than 1,000 coaching meetings at FSU, it was adopted as the preferred coaching model for use in all FSU College Life Coaching engagements. Authenticity is a significant quality of a strong and impactful coach; therefore, it was imperative to create a model that honors the organic process of coaching. Since the power of the coaching relationship lies not just in what happens during the coaching meeting itself, but al