With so many coaches practicing globally, confusion is growing when it comes to how to look for the right coach and choosing the one who’s perfect for you is becoming more difficult.
What To Look for in a Coach?
In a world with more and more people jumping on the coaching drive we need to become more cautious about how to look for a coach who can serve us best. It’s not enough to find someone who simply believes he’s right, though that’s surely part of the equation. There are other important factors to consider if you’re serious about seeing a reasonable change.
- Track Record
- Ask your coach about their experience, the results they’ve handed over, and their successes and accomplishments. Ask if they have they ever guided a successful business of their own? Do they have substantial leadership experience? Ask them about their failures and struggles, and how they conquered them. You’ll learn much about how they solve problems and how they view the world. Also ask them about their coaching experience. How long have they been coaching? How many clients do they have? What kind of results have their clients experienced?
- It’s important to ask your coach about the nature of training they’re received. Who led the training and what was its duration? Also ask about their coaching certification. Just because someone shares common happenings with you does not essentially mean that they are capable of coaching you effectively. Maybe they’ve undergone similar challenges as you have in their life. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be able to help. It’s important to look for a coach who is constantly training and growing in order to expand their skills and ensure that their support will be suitable to you.
- All talented individuals are not necessarily an expert in everything. The concern then becomes whether the coach has the means or relationships to hand you to an individual who can help you in those other fields. Some coaches do not want to refer their client to someone else. They have a deep desire to serve and support, but also have a fear of losing the client. Coaches who operate in a team don’t face that risk. They rely on the skills, experiences and mastery of their team mates. You are better served and assured that the support you’re receiving is of a higher quality.
- It’s important to be aware of the tools and resources your coach has to support you. Coaching should help you not just feel better, but do better and get better. The resources available with a coach will either enable your growth or become the limit of your growth. You will develop a better sense of what is truly possible by understanding what processes and systems they have in place to help you,
- While looking for the right coach, trust is very important. Without it, you never get to the core of the most important issues. Trust begins when we connect with someone for the first time, though it builds over time. We look for indications that depict that we are entering a trustworthy relationship. Look for signs that show you that they have already worked with others to achieve the goals that you are looking for. To accomplish your goals, you need to have a strong, open, and honest rapport with your coach.
- Your Coach is Choosing You Too
- While you’re trying to find out if the coach is right for you, a good coach is also trying to make out if you’re right for them. You’re choosing one another. They’re evaluating you, as you assess them. A good coach will be figuring how open you are to explore different ways of doing things that you’ve not been aware of. The more obvious you are, the more likely you are to see the changes you are looking for. You need to change your mind to change anything. Your coach is looking for indications that you are at a point in your life when things must change.
Now that you know how to look for a coach, you need to see whether you’re ready. If you are at point of time when the waiting needs to stop and the first step needs to be taken, then don’t wait any longer. Reach out today and choose the one that’s fit for you.