Life is a roller coaster; we experience highs and lows. Through the course of our ride, we can find ourselves needing an expert for various reasons, whether is a business strategy, a life change, a support network or a sounding board. Determining what your needs are, will define who is most suitable for your needs. However, this can feel very confronting and overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be.

Here are some key elements to keep in mind and help you find the right coach for you.

 

Questions for you to ask yourself first

 What is going on in your life or business?

What are you needing?

What do you already have?

Are there any gaps that perhaps you need support in?

What do you want or hope to gain when working with a coach?

Where do you want to see yourself come the end of your coaching series?

How do you currently feel, and how do you want to feel?

What is your overall vision?

 

Where to search for a coach

 

We can search for coaches anywhere, you can look locally, or internationally. You can search via Google, or look at coaching organisations for their listed professionals, as they often have criteria for these professional to meet before they can be listed as a professional coach.

Know what you’re are looking for, you MUST have and then read their profiles and visit their website to see if they resonate with you.

It is important to check they are qualified as we are seeing more and more none qualified business’ marketing themselves as something they are not.

 

How to determine if you will resonate with the coach?

Visit their website, subscribe to their mailing list, read their blogs/articles, check out their social media, and book in for a chat with them.

Make sure you ask ALL the questions you have, and if you forget to ask anything don’t be afraid to go back to them to get ALL your answers. A good coach, won’t hesitate to answer all your questions because they want you to feel comfortable with them.

If you aren’t 100% sure, but still want to work with the coach. Then rather than signing up for a series of sessions, ask if you could book in for one session to determine if you’ll be a true fit for the longer term.

 

Important things to know about a life coach

Life coaches are not counsellors or psychologist. They don’t work in your past issues. Life coaches are about working on your present and forward goals. This also applies with business coaches, they can’t fix the past. As we know the past is the past, learn from it and more forward.

 

 

 

What you don’t want from a coach

You don’t want a coach that intimidates you or fails to listen to you. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed, or have them push you too far outside your comfort zone that you start feeling anxious.

There is a difference between feeling uncomfortable when stepping outside your comfort zone to try something new, to feeling sheer terror at the thought of having to do something that isn’t you.

There are multiple paths that lead to the same point, and a coach should be able to find those routes for you to determine which is best for you.

 

 

All in all, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s a sign to listen to it.  Don’t be afraid to talk to multiple coaches until you find the one you need for now.