Coaching involves working closely in a partnership based on trust, respect, support and encouragement. It involves you communicating your vision and dreams with your coach, and sharing what is important so that you can move freely towards your goals and potential. It is important that you have the right coach to work with.
Consider the following when looking for a coach:
- Be clear about what you want and why you feel coaching, and not a consultant or counselor, is right for you.
- Find at least three coaches to talk to about coaching. You can do this by asking for recommendations, looking at listings or visiting websites.
- Interview the coaches you select and ask them questions in line with what you are seeking to achieve with coaching.
- Evaluate your interviews and reflect on your impressions of each coach. How did they make you feel? Were you relaxed and felt you could trust the person? Did you feel understood? Was it easy to talk to the coach? Were you heard? Did you have fun and enjoy your talk? Do you think you could work together and achieve your goals?
- Think about your evaluation for a couple of days. Then make a decision on which coach you felt could support to you achieve the change you are seeking. (Remember: your needs will change as you undergo coaching).
- Then call the coach to set up times and terms.
Good luck finding the coach who is right for you.