Life truly is all about choices. When you are ready to work with a coach, how do you choose the right one? The list is endless and topics overlap, so do you choose...
the list is endless. When it is time for a coach, how do you choose? To get the most from your coaching sessions, here are 10 things to remember when choosing a coach:
As you are looking for a coach to work with, have a list of questions and take the time to interview the coach. Most coaches offer a FREE discovery session to determine if the two of you will be a "good fit" when working together. It is important that you work with someone who shares your core values. The role of a coach is to hold up a mirror so the client can understand who he/she is and how the choices they have made up to this point has gotten them where they are.
Decide on a budget that you can live with and choose a coach within your budget. You can reach your goals without contributing to your coach's vacation home fund. If your coaching sessions are not working out and you don't feel you are getting what you need from your coach, be honest. You are paying for the coach to push you until you see your greatness. You should never feel intimidated or dread your coaching sessions.
Ask the coach if he/she has a list of other coaches that they refer clients to. Often times a person will begin seeing a coach for specific reasons, only to find that there are deeper problems that need to be solved. There is a reason that there are so many coaches to choose from and it is important that you work with someone who has knowledge regarding your specific needs. During your coaching sessions, if you discover that you have specific needs that your coach is not equipped to handle, a good coach will be happy to refer you to someone who is more qualified with your specific need.
Avoid working with a coach who is "your friend" as the lines can often get blurred between friendship and professionalism. Be ready to face your fears, eliminate doubt and create positive affirmations out of any loss you have experienced thus far.
After a coaching session, you want to walk away feeling like you are the master of your universe and anything you want to do or be is possible! Never let anyone tell you what you can or can't do; you decided to work with a coach because you know you have something more to give the world so choose a coach that will always hold a bigger vision for you than you hold for yourself.
Ask your coach if he/she is working with a coach. Even coaches need coaches and you may want to work with someone who is constantly challenging himself or herself so that your coaching will continue to be "cutting edge".
Bottom line... go with your gut feeling. If the coach you are interviewing seems pushy or gives you an uneasy feeling during the discovery session, chances are, that feeling will grow if you work with him or her. You are the best judge of you (after all, you are the one who got you this far) so listen to your inner voice, tap into your Inner Strength and be ready to work from your power with your new coach.
Yours In Health,
Speaker, Author, Success Coach for Women
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