Coaching: The Discovery Session

The Discovery call is a short, usually free-of-charge interaction or orientation to get to know each other. It could be a phone call, a video call, a face to face discussion

It is an interaction that is  as important to the coach as it is to the potential coachee.

A coach needs to assess how he/she will be able to connect with the coachee. Very importantly,  a coach wants to ensure that the expectations the coachee places on the coaching are realistic and are not confused with therapy, consulting or any forms of outsourcing of a problem.

What to ask the coach during a discovery call?

A discovery call is not a coaching session. It’s a space offered by the coach to get to know each other and to plan potential next steps. The coachee is invited to ask any questions that come to mind concerning the coaching methodology, the coaching sessions, preparation between sessions, payment or indeed anything else. The coach will appreciate if the coachee can give him/her some background on the current personal and professional situation and share some of the current frustrations and thoughts.

At the end of the session, some will have already made their decision and will confirm their commitment to start the coaching immediately, others may need more reflection before taking a step forward.

How to know if there’s a good match?

In coaching, the relationship between coach and client is key. Of course, a relationship can evolve over time. Trust, willingness and ease to open up to someone always grows over time.  However, all of us can make immediate judgements about other people on first meeting. Coachees are encouraged to use their intuition to rely on their feelings and to also reflect by asking themselves the following questions:

  • How good do/did I feel?
  • How agreeable is/was this discussion?
  • Would I be pleased to spend more time with this person?
  • Do/did I feel this person could challenge me?
  • Do/did I feel he/she was able to welcome my fears and hesitations, the ones I do not even want to see myself?

The decision to move forward and to engage in a coaching program is based on the impression of the 30-minute call and the answers provided by the coach.


At Outplace yourself, we make it easy for our clients to book a 30 min free discovery session online. The Outplace Yourself coaches keep space in their schedules to ensure availability for potential coachees in need of career coaching.


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