Don’t just go with the first coach you contact (even if it is me :-)). Try two or three. Coaches come from all backgrounds, life experiences and we are all different in style and approach.
Come up with a list of potential coaches. Check out some of the great organisation and partners I’ve recommended below. Head over to the ICF website to find coaches in their registry. Ask people around you for recommendations
Come up with your list of what you are looking for in a coach (see ideas below) to help you prepare questions for your potential coach. Remember – the most important criteria is that you connect at a personal level and trust quickly.
How experienced a coach do you want (hours coaching, accredited, certified, etc.)? Coaches with more successful experience will typically charge a higher price, but this isn’t always a guarantee of success.
What values/personal philosophies do you want to your coach to possess? What values/personal philosophies would prevent you from working with a coach?
What kind of life/work experience do you want to see in your coach?
What kind of business/industry knowledge/technical knowledge do you want your coach to possess?
Can they easily understand your context and issues? Be careful with this one… more knowledge is not always better. The more specific technical knowledge a coach has in your field, the more likely they will be to act as a consultant and offer a lot of advice.
How challenging do you want your coach to be? Some clients don’t want to be pushed too hard. Others want to be challenged, significantly.
What methods does the coach use and will they be a good fit for you?
Can you happily afford coaching from this coach? If you cringe at the thought of dollars chinking away each minute you’re on the phone with this coach, you probably won’t get the most out of your coaching!
How similar/different is the coach from you in style/background? For a while, I was greatly helped by a coach who had a very similar to me – it’s what I needed at the time. However, the next time around, I purposefully chose a coach whose style was very different from mine.
What are the ethical boundaries or guidelines you would want to discuss with a coach? How do ethics show up in their approach? What examples does the coach have of their ethical approach in action?
Try them out with a free call. Make sure there is time for both introductions and a free coaching session. Some coaches don’t offer a free call, but I feel you should try before you buy. The relationship of trust is all too important.
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