Choosing a Coach

With 2019 around the corner, many of us are looking at making the New Year our best one yet! Hiring a coach is an investment, and as such, should be undertook as one would in any financial endeavor. Below are five tips to keep in mind as you begin your search.

  1. Set a timeline.
    Decide on how much you can realistically afford, when you would like to start, how long you anticipate you would commit to and come up with a plan.
  2. Get clear on what kind of coach you need.
    Are you looking to transition to a new job? Getting married or divorced? Starting a new business? Coaches specialize in certain areas, so you want to make sure you are aligning yourself with a coach that speaks to your specific needs.
  3. Write out a global view of what you are hoping to change.
    If you are transitioning into a new job, think of someone that has experience in that field. Getting married or divorced are on the top of the list of the most stressful life events that any of us undertake. Make sure you are connecting with a coach that understands how to help you successfully move through this. Starting a new coaching business for example is a lot different from the “how” of coaching but learning how to run that business.
  4. Write out a list of your top 3 questions for a Discovery call.
    Coaches offer complimentary calls anywhere from 10 – 60 minutes to learn what you are looking for and how they may be able to help you out. Be sure to get an idea of what their coaching process looks like, for example do they use the latest technologies for scheduling, how they will communicate with you, share documents, etc.
  5. Schedule at least 3 Discovery calls with different coaches and follow through on all of them. If none resonate with you, then schedule 3 more. Remember, this is both an emotional and financial investment for you, so finding the right fit is imperative.

Hiring a coach is not only a big decision, but a life changing one as well! Be prepared and this next chapter of your journey will be one full of hope and change.