The 5 P's still hold true, and we've added a few additional tips to help.
PRIOR PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE
If this is your first, getting comfortable and gaining trust is everything. Be sure to create a list of items you'd like to discuss that you know will help facilitate this.
Get to know your facilitator:
Ask all the questions to be fully satisfied with your new teacher/mentor/coach. If you feel it may save time if the context was given prior, you're welcome to shoot your list over prior.
If recurring meeting:
Have all the items you and your facilitator had agreed upon. It's not school, so there's no getting in trouble :) But we want to help as much as we can, so any area that may fall short may also indicate an area in life we can assist. So be sure to keep the communication relaxed and open.
Keep expectations realistic.
Unstated assumptions or expectations can easily derail a relationship. To avoid this, you and your facilitator should discuss your expectations of each other and where you see yourself within a particular period. Share this with them while asking if the person who's going to get you there also believes that the timeline is congruent.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable:
Learning is not meant to make everyone comfortable. On occasions, like any good teacher, you'll be challenged. Likewise, however, we are open to being challenged. We wholeheartedly believe that we grow to the degree that we're both challenged and supported but only when there's the presence of love and safety.
Taking a risk and asking questions you're not curtained on or challenging your facilitator can often be where significant learning and growth can transpire.
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