Finding the right coach or consultant for your needs and personality can be a daunting and challenging task. However, it is of the greatest importance to find someone that is not only qualified, but qualified to address your YOUnique needs. To make sure your coach or consultant is qualified and can deliver what you need, here are 9 tips to consider.
- Does the coach have the experience and expertise to assist you in meeting your goals? It is estimated that about 75% of self-proclaimed coaches actually have little-to-no experience in the workplace and have only been trained in life coaching. Such individuals may have a number of suggestions that seem wise on the surface, but have few practical suggestions on how to help you achieve your professional goals.
- Choose a coach who belongs to trade organizations like the International Coaches Federation (ICF) and Institution for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). These affiliations are a sign of formal training and of adherence to general standards of professionalism.
- Select a coach that has a solid and quality reputation in the industry. Your coach should be active and visible in the industry. It is crucial to validate the person's standing. Select a coach for whom coaching was a first career choice, not someone who may have failed in another role and found coaching as a default role to which he or she may not be 100% committed. You must feel comfortable working with your coach to meet and exceed your expectations.
- Some coaches insist that you come to their location in person; others will agree to meet with you at a local coffee shop or even work with you by phone or by email. If you would prefer a particular meeting location or method, make sure the coach you're considering will at least discuss your request.
- Any decent coach should be able to help you find and establish your professional or personal goals. However, before meeting with anyone, take some time to determine your own goals and potential milestones. When you do meet with your coach, inquire as to when you can expect to see results, and what those results might look like. If your coach is unable to give you answers in this regard, he or she is asking you to drive without directions.
- Your first meeting is vital in establishing the extent to which your potential coach and you are compatible (or not). Don't forget: this an individual with whom you will be revealing personal aspects and details of your life. Make sure you make the most of the first session, but also bear in mind that the first consultation should be free. Beware of anyone who charges for an initial consultation.
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