Nowadays coaching is rapidly growing industry. In a recent Forbes article from October 2017:
“According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), the largest professional coaching organization in the U.S., the number of worldwide coaches has grown from 47,500 in 2012 to 53,300 in 2016 with the addition of approximately 1,500 coaches per year for the last four years.”
With that as a quick data point, what I notice more and more each day is how many coaches exist out there.
There are leadership coaches, finance coaches, business coaches, executive coaches, relationship coaches, fitness coaches and of course life coaches you name it and there is a coach for that niche.
So, I am sure it can feel overwhelming to try and find the right area of focus for your life or even the right coach for you.
To support you on your quest to hire a life coach here a few quick tips to consider before hiring your coach.
Your coach should have a coach
Coaches who are working with their clients are also working on themselves.
You want your coach to be immersed in their own internal work so as they are more readily available and accessible to you as a client.
Coaches are human beings just like you and get stopped and stuck too.
A coach who is serious about their practice will constantly be involved in the work themselves getting the support they need in order to be able to better support you as their client.
Your coach should be able to connect with you
Your coach should get you.
As coaches, we can’t coach everybody and part of what makes the relationship work with our clients is that connection and rapport that we are able to establish.
You can sense a connection between a coach and client within a 30-minute discovery call.
The connection should be grounded in respect and confidentiality for the client. The outcome is always relationship, connection and supporting the client in what they are seeking to accomplish in their life. If during your coaching conversation those elements are present and palpable for you then it sounds like you may have found your “one” or found your coach.
During a conversation with a client coaches seek to share what they are noticing, support the client in reflecting on their current life and what are the circumstances that might be standing in their way. The coach may also share and co-create new behaviors and practices that will support the client in moving forward. The coach is always seeking to add value to the client (note: this value may not always be what is most comfortable for the client to hear and experience).
So, if during your sample session you sense a real connection has been established and you are left with the feeling that this coach “gets” me, understands my plight and made a difference for me then that coach is a keeper.
That type of connection is gold and worth your investment in you.
Your coach’s training background is important
Because coaching is a growing industry, nowadays everybody claims to be a coach so learning more about your coach’s training background is important.
Have they graduated from a reputable ICF approved coaching training program, are they certified or experienced in coaching, are they insured, what types of outcomes have they achieved with their clients, how do they explain coaching and how do they structure their calls?
Coaching is amazing work and it’s also SOUL WORK.
The business of supporting others in the transformation of any area of their life is not fly by night work so be sure to check in with your prospective coach about their background before you sign that dotted line.