It’s great to open up a session with praise. When we recognise positive behaviour and give it recognition, the client feels good about themselves. This also had the effect of ‘amplification’, where the client is more likely to repeat a great behaviour that you have noticed.
It also let’s them know that you see and hear them and that you are also are grateful that they are following through on what you have been coaching them about.
Just like children, adults also thrive on praise. We are never too big for praise.
You can use praise during your session but it is also a great starting place and gets the session off to an energetic positive start. Also give the client great and specific examples of things that you have noticed.
Remember to use this technique authentically. Too much and the client will know.