How to Find a Coach Who’s the Right Fit
Do you have a goal you want to reach by the end of the year—either career-related or personal? Is there something you want to improve or change between now and then?
What’s holding you back? Where are you stuck? Why haven’t you been successful in the past? Have you ever considered working with a coach?
You may wonder who exactly seeks out a coach … it’s winners who want even more out of life.
Finding the right coach may not be as momentous a decision as choosing your life partner, but it’s not far off.
As with any close relationship, there has to be harmony. Kindred spirits inspire, but they can also hold you back. You’re not looking for a friend. Or a superior. You want an equal whom you respect and who respects you.
The right coach will connect with you at a profound level while also applying gentle pressure, like the grit that polishes the pearl.
Recommendations from colleagues are dandy, but one person may like sneakers while another prefers combat boots. You have to find the best fit for you. Who’s going to help you climb that mountain?
Do your research and find out what kind of a coach you want. A life coach? A leadership coach? A co-active coach? Are your aspirations professional, personal, or both?
Explore the websites of coaches in your area and see whose philosophy, personality, and attitude resonate with you. Narrow your list down to a few finalists and schedule a free consultation.
When you meet with a prospective coach, pay attention to how you behave and feel. You may find yourself sharing things you’d never expected to tell a stranger during a first meeting. You need someone you can be completely honest with. If you quickly develop a rapport, there’s a good likelihood you’ll be able to establish a relationship of mutual trust.
The coach’s questions may elicit new realizations about your career or life trajectory. Did you come away from that first meeting inspired, with a clearer vision of what to aim for and how to get there? A coach should help you clarify your goals while also equipping you with the tools to reach them.
In Your Executive Coaching Solution, Joan Kofodimos says a good coach will do the following:
1. Strike a balance between supporting and challenging you
2. Help create feedback loops with colleagues
3. Assist with clarifying your true strengths, values and purpose
4. Provide structure in the development process
5. Broaden your perspectives
6. Teach concepts and skills
7. Maintain confidentiality
8. Influence how others view you
Keep these tips in mind as you evaluate coaches and try to listen equally to your heart and your head. Ultimately, you’re looking for the person who’s going to push you to greater heights—and depths.
As you seek a coach who is right for you, give me a chance to interview for the position. In celebration of my newly minted coaching certification by the International Coaches Federation and The Coaches Training Institute, I am offering a special discount on a three-month coaching package.
Not sure if coaching is for you? Check out my coaching services for free. In your complimentary 30-minute session, I guarantee you will design action toward the change you desire. I will help you become clearer on what you want, develop action plans, stay committed to your goals and live intentionally.
As your coach, I will hold you accountable—and that’s a good thing because statistics show people who are coached are seven times more likely to follow through on their plans.
Call 541.601.0114 or email me today to schedule your free coaching sample session and to learn more about how coaching will change your life.
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