Getting a coach on board is one of the best ways you can invest in yourself and your future. Whether it’s short term for 6 weeks or a longer term of 3 months, coaching can really change the way you see yourself and the world around you.
So how do you choose the right coach for you?
I personally have my own Life Coach and a Business Coach. We’re all human and we all have challenges we need to break down, we all need a good sounding board to bounce ideas off in a safe and non-judgmental environment and we all need that non-objective person we can empty our heads in front of and get refocused from time to time.
It’s tough! There are a lot of options out there! I’ve been in your shoes so here’s my honest tips for choosing a coach to work with!
Decide whether you want a Life Coach, a Business Coach or an Executive Coach:
A Life Coach generally focuses on inspiring life-transforming experiences such as creating personal joy and freedom, developing a better sense of self, building stronger relationships with others and letting go of fear and doubts.
A Business Coach focuses on how to get your business from A to Z and Executive Coach is usually hired by corporations to work with directors and senior management.
Ensure they have Relevant Coaching Experience:
To be effective at life coaching, it is not necessary for the life coach to have experienced exactly what you’re trying to accomplish but its critical they know first-hand of what their talking about. For eg; there’s no point hiring a business coach if they’ve never owned or set up a small business. So, look for a coach with relevant coaching experiences to what you’re hoping to achieve. Ask about their background and if they’ve worked through the issues you’re having.
Ensure they have Relevant Coaching Qualifications:
There is no governing body overseeing the coaching industry in USA or in Australia which means anyone can call themselves a life coach after just reading a self-help book or video. Scary right?? Make sure you enquire about their training! Ask for their qualifications! A credible life coach will have gone through a significant body of coursework, has received guidance and feedback from a qualified supervisor and has experience in the field with at least 100 training hours. Here’s what to ask for;
- A Diploma in Coaching by an approved ICF (International Coaching Federation) accredited school. There are hundreds of schools popping up and the majority are NOT ICF certified.
- NLP certified by an approved ICF accredited school. NLP (Neuro Linguistics Programming) is about how we use language and the power of creative imagination to become successful and clear away self-sabotage. This stuff is amazing and very powerful!
- ICF membership. Choose someone that is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is therefore governed by professional practice and ethics guidelines. This is important. The ICF is the governing body of professional coaches at an international level.
- Matrix Therapies certified by an approved ICF accredited school. Matrix therapies involves clearing negative emotions and beliefs about past events in order to change behavioural patterns on the future. This stuff is amazing and gets results fast! If you just want a basic coach these aren’t necessary but if you really want to kick some bad habits and make some serious headway Matrix therapies and NLP practices are invaluable! I personally would never work with a coach who didn’t have either these qualifications.
Make sure you fit with your coach:
Trust your instincts when deciding whether or not the coach truly understands who you are and what you need. Ask for a free 20 minute consultation.
Ultimately, you will want a coach with whom you have great rapport, who you would trust with certain details of your life as well as your observations, who will not judge you. A safe environment to talk, a strong code of ethics and high confidentiality are essential. Ask them to email you a code of Ethics. You’ll find mine here.
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Enquire how you’ll know if the coaching is working for you:
A professionally trained life coach will help you set clear goals that are in alignment with your intention. They will not do the work for you, but be an advocate for you to accomplish your goals. Work with your life coach to set a reasonable time frame. It is important to remember, that it may have taken you months or years to get stuck in your current issue. It will likely take more than one session to start moving in a forward direction. Look for coaches who offer packages because by the end of that time period you’ll have a clear indication whether coaching is working for you and you will have a set price and not an ongoing costly ‘how do i get out of this?’ venture on your hands.
If you have any questions about choosing a right coach feel free to contact me, or explore my own freebies here. Who doesn’t love a freebie!
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