Before you read this latest blog post, please start by reading our most recent blog written by NSHC Co-Founder Melinda Huffman, BSN, MSN, CCNS, CHC here: As a Health Coach, What Should My Average Caseload Be?
We will be focusing on the seven key factors discussed in that blog, with little diversions here and there, for this summer blog series!
Today, let’s dig deeper into the first three factors, specifically regarding the agenda. We discussed goal setting in yesterday’s blog. So, once you’ve set some goals and you know what you are working towards with the client, you will need to set up an agenda for each visit. The key will be to narrow down the goals and consistently work towards achieving them with each meeting. Here are some examples of some open-ended questions you can ask your client that can help guide the agenda setting process:
- What would you like to be able to do that you aren’t able to now?
- Describe the things that limit you from doing those things today.
- What are some things you can do to make this happen?
- Tell me about a particular concern you want to discuss.
- How is this concern affecting your life, health, and wellness?
Another approach you can take is by offering the client a tool or a list of potential topics to choose from. We here at NSHC offer a tool in our program manual, or you can make your own! Give the client the list, ask them to select the items they want to discuss and rank them in order of importance.
How do you set agendas with your patients? Let us know your experience in the comments or on Facebook!