Selecting a Coach?

Choosing the right coach is critical. With plenty of coaches to choose from, proper diligence at the outset will go a long way to ensure a successful experience.

Determine your need.  Ask yourself what you’d like to get out of a coaching relationship. What are your goals? What are the biggest changes you want? What expectations do you have about coaching?

Look at Credentials.  One of the problems in the coaching industry is that anyone can call themselves a professional coach, life coach, personal coach, etc. as coaching is not regulated. There are ‘schools’ that will offer a credential after three hours of training and people read a book or watch a TV program and decide ‘I’m a coach!'” As a result, the quality of coaches varies dramatically.

Ask about their coaching style and methods. Beware of coaches whose methodology and approach are described using the latest buzzwords and catchphrases. Rather, a coaching model should be clear and direct.  Is there substance? Will they use assessments? Or is it a lot of enthusiastic hype and hyperbole?  (Commonly called smoke and mirrors!)

Talk with Potential Coaches.  Do you feel comfortable with him or her?  Is rapport easily established?  Wll they will keep confidentiality?  Trust your intuition and your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, you probably need to select someone else.

Trust your intuition and your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, you probably need to select someone else. On the other hand, if it feels good and they have the credentials, get started! A good coach can make a huge difference in your career and your life!

(Dr. Mimi Hull is a fully licensed psychologist and coach!)


About drmimi

Miriam (Mimi) B. Hull, Ph. D., is President of Hull & Associates. Hull & Associates provides speaking training and facilitation services to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, associations and conventions. Her clients include Siemens Westinghouse, Walt Disney World, SunTrust Bank, Tommy Hilfiger, Sprint, Darden Restaurants, Parent Resource Centers, Florida Hospital, State and Local Governments and over 60 Associations. Dr. Hull earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Management and her Masters in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Her B.A. was earned in psychology from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Dr. Hull is a fully Licensed Psychologist who specializes in organizational development and human relations training and consulting. This includes Change Management, Sales Training and Management, Organizational Development and Procedure, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Diversity, Leadership, Team Building, Motivation and Communication, Time/Stress Management and Personality Insights. Her programs are known for being upbeat, participatory and productive. Dr. Mimi is a veteran speaker with tasteful, amusing and inspiring information for every listener. Dr. Hull is very active in her community, serving on many Community and Chamber Boards, including the Community Foundation and the National Conference of Community and Justice. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Greater Orlando. She has won many awards professionally and for her community service. Dr. Mimi has been heard on WDBO 580 AM radio, Orlando, Florida where she speaks about a variety of topics applicable to the nonprofit and business community. She is also the "Dr. Mimi" who writes the "Corporate Couch" articles. Both print and electronic media frequently seek Dr. Hull out for her insights into both people and organizations.
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