7 things you should look for when choosing your Coach
A coach is a person equipped to help you achieve the desired change in both personal and professional life. The areas you can work in coaching vary from performance, life balance, health, self-confidence, relationship, career, etc.
There is an increasing interest in the profession of coaching as well as for working with a coach especially in times of challenge. It in the USA almost everyone has a coach, and it is regarded as something very cool. In Europe people are still discovering coaching, it is recognized as being something useful but less are engaged in coaching.
Face-to-face or online, it became very easy nowadays to find a coach and start working towards your goals. However, some people get blocked at the stage of choosing a coach for themselves.
Thus, the question is how to make the right choice? What should we pay attention to when we choose our coach?
First of all, there are many types of coaches: relationship coach, career coach, executive coach, life coach, sales coach, pet coach (this is a brand new one) and so on. Somehow what we see today is a generalization of the term “coach” which together with the fact that the profession of coaching is not controlled, creates an opportunity for impostors.
So, here are 7 things you need to know before choosing your coach
Find out what is the training and education of your coach. Normally you should look for a “Certified Coach”. This means that the person has completed a long term training to learn the principles and the method. Then, it is important to look for affiliations that are a mark of one’s credentials in coaching. For example ICF (International Coach Federation), the global standard in coaching, EMCC (European mentoring and coaching council) the European standard, etc.
Ask details about the method. You can ask about your coach’s experience but most of all about the method, the way he/she works. Even the term “coaching” might have a clear definition in your mind because of what you read or experienced. There are many approaches, ways in which coaching can be done. Just to give you some examples you can have: cognitive-behavioral coaching, integrative coaching, systemic coaching, solution-focused coaching, transpersonal coaching, transformational coaching, etc. Choose the one that is closer to your style.
Think about your coaching objective. Identify in which area of your life you would like to work and after that, search for the best approach that can help you achieve your desired change. Sometimes, you might think you need to know it all before having the first session, but actually, you can clarify more together with your coach.
Decide in which language you would like to work. This is very important especially if you live in an international location. Some people prefer their native language, but others don’t want that because in a foreign language they can access a different part of themselves. However, it is essential to choose a language in which you feel comfortable speaking and don’t feel restricted to express yourself. This will make coaching more effective.
Think if you would like to have online or face-to-face sessions. Depending on that the offer of coaches might vary. Meanwhile, the majority of coaches provide services online, if you prefer in-person sessions you have to contact a person that lives in your proximity.
Budget. Think beforehand what will be the budget that you allocate for coaching. Depending on your goals and what would you like to achieve, the coaching process can last from 3 sessions to more than 10. You can ask the coach if there are any packages in case you take more sessions. However, keep in mind that the prices per coaching session vary a lot (from 50 euros to over 2000 euros/session). You can find someone in your budget and still have great results.
Compatibility. This is very important in making things work. Take advantage of a 30 minutes call or the first session with your coach to test the compatibility between the two of you. Good compatibility explain 40% of the results. So, be ready to say an honest ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to your potential coach.