How To Hire A Life Coach

Many individuals are now hiring a life coach to assist them in improving various aspects of their lives and setting goals. Whether it’s marriage, career, fitness, time management or any other area that you’d like to improve, finding a good mentor will help you achieve your goals. Such a person can be a helpful presence when changing careers or when you’re feeling unsure about the direction you need to take in a particular situation. They advise their clients on how to navigate through challenges of various intensities. In some instances, they may conduct sessions in person or over the phone.

First, you have to decide on the type of coach you want to hire. There are general ones as well as those who specialize in a particular area. You may require help with organizing your life, financial planning or advancing your career. Finding someone whose expertise lies in your desired area will help you achieve your goals.

Discuss with your friends and family to get a referral for a good coach. This method is one of the best ways to learn if a particular individual is someone you’d want to work with. You can also conduct an online search. Some also advertise through directories and websites.

Research the potential mentor’s credentials. Coaching requires certification and training; mentors can be classed into three categories namely associate, professional and masters. Each of these reflects the quantity and type of training the person has undergone as well as their level of experience.

Ask for a consulting session. This will help you understand what you may achieve as a result of the coaching sessions. It could also help you determine whether the mentor’s personality augments well with yours. This can impact your ability to change the aspects of your life you want to alter. Connect with the person individually or watch them during a seminar. You could also send a letter/email or call them.

Look into the person’s reputation using the internet. There are various sites where you can find this kind of information. You should also visit their professional sites to review their career histories, purpose statements and biographical profiles. If a particular mentor impresses you, contact them and request an introductory session. Check the references. The most effective way of determining the kind of results to expect from choosing a particular mentor is to look into their successes with past clients.

After having a conversation with a life coach, listen to the words they use in speech. Look into their values and observe to see if they’re truly living on them with conviction. Also keenly take note of their authenticity. Are they successful in their own personal lives? Though some may try to give a false impression, the truth becomes evident with time. Observe their ability to communicate ideas easily.

Enquire about their fees and find out what the mentorship package includes. The credentials of a life coach as well as their experience influence their fees. Some mentors will offer email support, regular phone conversations and face-to-face sessions at a set price. Compare the rates charged by various individuals and ensure that you understand exactly what services you’ll receive for your money.

Glen James Murdoch

Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching Program - The Advanced Diploma in Coaching.

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