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!)