Top 3 tips for choosing the right coach!
What do you want?
Why are you seeking out a coach? What do you specifically want help with?
When you get into a car, the navigation system will provide you a map if you know what your destination is. A coach is much the same. Though, if you don't know what you want, but you know you have a desire for CHANGE, a coach can help you get clear on what's next. Determine if you need someone who is in a certain niche or more broad based.
Can they help you with that?
Are they good at what they do?
Does they have a solution to your problem?
There are all kinds of coaches. Some with specific niches. Some who coach across a broad spectrum of life. There is no one standard for coaching. If you present your issue clearly enough for a coach, they should be able to succinctly tell you if they can help you with that.
METHODOLOGY & MAP
What are the techniques and strategies they use to help you get to where you want to go? Some coaches are really into visualization and creative activities. Others may utilize a step by step action plan. Do you want a mix of both? Ask them how their sessions are laid out.
TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
Are they trained and certified? What is their professional background and how does it influence their work now? Have their clients experienced the results you seek? What are their clients saying about them? Look at their client testimonials and ask yourself, "Do I want this too?"
Do you like them?
Hiring a coach is different than hiring a plumber. Not only do you need to know if they can help you solve your problem, you also want to like them. Do you feel at ease with them? Comfortable talking, sharing, asking questions? Do they balance out talking and listening?
This is such an important and overlooked category! After you meet them, do you think to yourself. "This is right. I like them. I trust them. I know they'll help support me to get to where I want to go." A coach could have all the right pieces of training, experience, and results, but if it doesn't feel like a good match, it can get in the way of you making progress, which is what coaching is all about!