Finding a great life coach can be the difference between success and failure.
There are many coaches world-wide and some can make a real difference in your life. How do you decide to hire the right coach? What strategies can you employ to find the right coach? How does employing a coach fit into your overall life strategies?
First you must identify the reason for wanting to hire a coach. Are you facing a problem you cannot tackle on your own or do you want to take the next step in your life with excellence and are not sure how to do it?
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your life and want someone to help you get mentally organized? Do you need someone to help you with life strategies or mental strategies for success?
Whatever your reason for hiring a life coach, be sure of your reasons. Identify your why and your goals. Decide what it is you want to have accomplished as a result of hiring a coach.
Your why will determine the success of your coaching sessions.
Once you have met a potential life coach, pay attention to your gut feelings. How do you feel in the presence of that person? Do you feel safe? Your intuition is the compass you should follow when making important decisions.
After you have connected with your inner compass, you must ask the potential coach some specific questions. The answer to these questions will tell you whether the coach you are considering is your right match.
These are the questions you need to ask of your prospective coach:
- What specific results have you obtained for your clients?
This is the single most important question you can ask. There are plenty of “training” and certification programs for coaches. What types of issues and challenges have they coached? What specific results has the coach demonstrated they can achieve for their clients?
- Who have you coached in the past? Who are your clients?
Make sure to review your coach’s testimonials and ask them if you can talk to the clients that have had, if possible.
- What is your background, training and experience as a coach?
While results are the single most critical consideration (particularly if they have helped others achieve the specific results you want), background and experience can bring additional value to your particular situation. A coach with professional business experience in dealing with individuals and teams can add significant value to your decision making in your work life as well as your personal life.
- How specifically have you used your training to enhance your own life and contribute to others? (make sure the coach walks the walk)
One of the easiest ways to get results is find someone achieving the results you want and model them. How can your coach provide you with a model of how it “works” unless they have been willing to take on challenges and use the “skills and techniques” they are getting to “teach” you? How important is congruence to you?
- What methods do you use in coaching? How do these methods work? What are the steps required for me to get the lasting changes I want? What is the difference between “knowing what to do and doing what you know?”
The steps you use to make lasting changes should be easy to learn and reproducible so that you can use them in the future in almost any situation you face. We all learn lots of things to “do” in our lives. We all have habits we wish to break or change. The difference is knowing how to take action on what we know we “should’ be doing and to make these changes permanent. Your coach should be able to give you a clear idea of how your mind works to move you forward in life or hold you where you are now and help you quickly tap into the resources you have to move forward where you wish to be.
- How much coaching has been required in the past for you to achieve the results you wanted for your clients?
Coaching is about achieving results even more quickly and effectively than you can achieve on your own. If the coaching methods are not rapid or permanent, coaching can be an extremely expensive proposition. What are some of the toughest challenges your coach has successfully addressed for clients and how long did it take a committed client to make the change?
- Would your prospective coach be willing to offer an introductory session in order for you to discover whether you are compatible with their style of coaching?
Most professional coaches will offer a 20 – 45 minute demo session of coaching. Shop around to find someone right for you. An outstanding coach can bring significant value to your life.
Have Fun Making The Right Choice. Live with Power.