There are coaches everywhere you look. I am a Certified Professional Coach and I think everyone should have a coach or mentor. I also think people should make informed decisions especially when the choices are overwhelming.
Why do I believe everyone should have a coach? Firstly, I am a coach and I have a coach. There is always someone out there that can bring a new and outside perspective to a situation. We sometimes wear blinders and don’t realize what is right in front of us until we talk to a neutral third-party who has dedicated their life to helping others, the coach.
1. Ask the coach what tools they have.
Coaches will use a variety of tools from assessments, talking, action plans, and more. Ask if each session will be talking. Will there be assignments? What kind of action will you be able to take? I use a variety of methods including assessments, intuitive listening, asking poignant questions, assigning homework, summarizing or recording the sessions, debriefing on previous sessions and homework, and most importantly, creating steps to act.
2. Be skeptical if it seems to good to be true.
I come across ads all the time promising to 10x your business in a very short period. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. I am all about acting right away but there is a journey and a process which makes the outcome even more rewarding.
3. Check references or read the testimonials.
I recently had a strategy session with a client who asked to talk to people I had coached. There is certainly an issue of confidentiality, but I had three women who were comfortable and had no problem making a call to the potential client. Very smart on the client’s part, I think.
4. Feel a connection.
Make sure you feel a connection with the coach. If there is any sense of doubt, listen to your gut or intuition. Beware though because the doubt may come in the form of inner voices that are telling you to put off taking care of you due to monetary concerns. If you feel passionate about being your best self and living happier, the investment in you is priceless.
5. Find the coach that fits your goals.
There are business coaches, executive coaches, health and wellness coaches, happiness coaches, success coaches, life coaches, and more. What are you specifically trying to achieve? Find the type of coach that fits your goals. I am a Quality of Life Strategist. I focus on a balanced approach of logic (strategy) and feelings (quality of life) and feel this fits my services best. I once called myself a happiness and success coach but realized that both fit under the Quality of Life Strategist umbrella.
6. Interview the coach before agreeing to work with them.
Most coaches have a free consultation, discovery session, or strategy session. Have this conversation and explain your goals and see how you feel after the call. This is also a great opportunity for the coach to see if you will be a good fit for one another.
7. Look for quality.
If a potential coach is offering you services that seem inexpensive, be careful. It’s possible they are not only overpromising and underdelivering, they may care more about the immediate money then the outcome or are undervaluing their worth. My 1:1 coaching is not priced at an hourly rate but at a package rate that brings more than 20 years of corporate experience to the table as well as being educated, certified, and lived what I am coaching.
8. Require an accreditation or certification.
Unfortunately, anyone can call him or her self a coach. Check their certifications, their professional experience, as well as life experience if they’re open to discussing it. It is so important that the coach has the credibility and authority you need.
9. See how the coach stands out among others.
There are so many coaches and of course everyone is different. See how they are different and what resonates with you. For example, I have a doctoral degree, am a former Chief Executive have experienced severe anxiety and burnout. Because of my unique background, I focus on helping my former self, highly successful women to prevent or recover from burnout.
10. Think about the style of person you want to work with.
Some coaches market themselves as the no BS type which will be direct. Others have a very soft approach. What kind of person makes you feel comfortable yet pushes you to be your best self?
So when you're looking for professional coach, be sure to consider all of the above. Any questions, comments, or concerns? Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]
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