Practise sessions taking too much time!

by Anthony Maino

I have started on my session 1 practicals and find that I am having a particularly hard time finishing these in 1h15 to 1h30. In fact last night I had a session 1 that ran for almost 2 and a half hours!

Am I doing something wrong or does anyone have any advice how I can address this issue. How has everyone else managed the time when they startedoff? As you can imagine, after 2 and a half hours, both the client and myself were exhausted.

Any comments or help in this regard would be appreciated.


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Jan 11, 2008
Great news for those struggling with 2 hr Session Ones!
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone

When I started the course 2 years ago I had this exact complaint. I talk a lot and so one of my sessions took 3 HOURS - my poor client was almost asleep!

So - don't despair - it's very normal and here's a couple of tips to knock those sessions right down.

A) Life Wheel - should take no more than 2 minutes. Tell your client that when they rate each area let their sub-conscious do the work and that the first number that comes to mind will be the right one. If you allow them to think about each area, they will start to justify their scores and before you know it, you're 15 mins into the session and still on the life wheel.

B) Set only ONE goal - make this one goal juicy and inspirational and you will find if the client is committed to this one goal, the other 2 focus areas of their life will automatically improve. You can set them an action step to set a SMERTIE goal for their 2nd area if they wish but I recommend you work with your client on 2 goals maximum.

Implementing these tips will knock your sessions down dramatically - enjoy and remember, your session notes are there to help you - they are not meant to be a target - i.e. that you have to get through each page. Remember, if your client leaves the session inspired and committed to going for their goal, you have done a great job.

Enjoy the journey

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