It is important to find the right coach who will mentor and inspire you while still being your trusted ally. You need to ensure that your coach not only has the best Coaching techniques and experience, but also is the right fit for your personality. You will get the best out of a coaching session only if your coach fully understands you, your life stage and your present situation.
With so many coaches out there, it might be hard to figure out which one is right for you. I would recommend short-listing two, or possibly three candidates and trying out taster sessions with them to find your best fit. Here are my five top tips for choosing a life coach who will provide the best experience and the best outcomes for you.
1. The ‘X’ factor
Sometimes a relationship just ‘clicks’. This is true for friendships and romantic relationships, and it’s true for coaches too!
There are plenty of qualified and experienced coaches out there, but you want someone who ‘gets you’. If your coach is not on the same page as you then you are less likely to enjoy working with them and less likely to invest in the coaching process.
So do some homework. Most coaches offer a free consultation. This is a great way to get to know your coach, and you have the opportunity to learn more about how your coach can help you.
2. Choose a specialist
Would you hire someone who designs kitchens to renovate your bathroom? It's the same with a life coach. You want someone who specialises in the area you need help with.
So before you start looking for a life coach, ask yourself, "What area do I need help with?" Starting a small business? Dating? Career advancement? Whatever your problem is, there is someone who specialises in that.
3. Relevant qualifications
Life Coaching is an unregulated industry, meaning anybody can call themselves a life coach. So it's a good idea to find out more about your coach’s qualifications before you engage their services. If their qualification is not listed on their website, call and ask them. Accredited life coaching courses can range from four days to two years, so it’s best to do some further research.
4. Cost/price analysis
You get what you pay for, and life coaching is no different. Generally speaking, life coaches who charge less have less training and less experience. Those with higher price tags have invested a lot of time and money into their practice and their outcomes with clients reflect this.
I hope these tips have been helpful!
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