Life coaching can be one of the most meaningful investments you’ll make in yourself and your future.
But with so many coaches out there, how do you decide which one is right for you? That’s why I put together a list of my top 7 questions to ask yourself when hiring a coach:
1. “Am I truly ready to change?”
Life coaching is more than just a financial investment -- it’s an investment of time, emotions and effort. So before hiring a coach, be honest with yourself. If you aren’t sure you’re willing to do the work to implement change in your life right now, push pause on hiring a coach until the moment does feel right.
2. “What is it I want to accomplish?”
Your coach is there to support and champion what you’re looking to accomplish during your time together. Before reaching out, it helps to have a general idea of what you’d like to achieve. Balance? A concrete goal? A life change? This way, when you’re interviewing coaches, you’ll get a better sense of fit for your specific needs.
3. “How much am I willing to invest?”
Hiring a coach is a worthwhile investment in you and the future you want to create. Knowing how much you are willing to invest financially is helpful in narrowing down the field of coaches. While not all coaches list pricing on their websites, never hesitate to reach out and ask.
4. “Are they credentialed?”
While credentials aren’t mandatory in the field of coaching, an accredited coach demonstrates commitment to their craft and business. Getting certified means a coach has spent many hours training and coaching clients, gaining valuable experience in their field. So how do you determine a good certification credential over something bogus? Best rule of thumb, confirm their training program is recognized by the International Coaching Federation, ICF.
5. “How’s the chemistry?”
When connecting with a coach, you should feel resonance with the questions they are asking you, their approach and them as a person. You want to feel comfortable enough with your coach to be intimately honest and open. You should feel understood, and that you have a champion in your corner. Connection is crucial.
6. “Do they have a coach?”
Do they walk the walk? While not necessary, having a coach demonstrates their belief in, and dedication to, the process. It shows they are invested in coaching as a method of continuous learning and leaning into the lives they want for themselves.
7. Am I feeling pressured?
A conversation with a coach should never end with you feeling pressured to sign up for their services. They might offer you an incentive, or a limited time hiring window, but ultimately you need to decide if their coaching services are right for you. Any coach worth their salt will give you space to interview as many coaches as you need to make your best decision.
Coaching unleashes endless possibilities within us and the lives we want to be living. Finding a coach with whom you connect and feel comfortable is essential to unlocking these possibilities.
I always offer sample sessions to interested individuals to determine if the connection is there, and do what I can to help them along in their coaching journey.
If you’d like to schedule a complimentary sample session with me, you can do so here.
Best of luck on your search, and congratulations on taking the next step toward the larger life you envision for yourself.