Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Life Coach
Everyone needs a coach, no matter who you are or what you are into, we all need someone who can help you bring out the best in you. It has been discovered that people who surround themselves with positively minded individuals tend to have a better quality of life both emotionally, physically, and in all spheres of life.
This is not all; having a life coach helps you have clarity of thoughts and plans, makes you more committed to things that matter and not just envision success but makes it achievable too. A good life coach modifies your life when required and helps you come up with strategies and goals that best suits your needs. The benefits are endless.
However, there are life coaches, and then there are Life Coaches. The choice of the best life coach goes a long way in determining how your life will be shaped. If you must hire a life coach, endeavor to go for the best, your success and overall improvement depend on it.
Hiring a life coach can be a bit difficult as there are so many available with the same claim of being the best. Not to worry, though, we have outlined ten questions to ask before hiring a life coach, this would form a guide to helping you make the best choice. They include:
Q1: Is this the right time to hire a life coach?
Before spending your money and time hiring a life coach, it’s essential to ask if it’s the right time and if you are ready. A coach can spend all his time, effort and resources coaching, teaching, and training, but if you are not prepared or willing to change, then it’s all a wasted effort.
Q2: What kind of coach do I need?
There are different types of life coaches, and the choice of the one to go for should depend on what you want at that time. From nutrition and diet, executive coach, business coach, spiritual guide, and so on, the choice depends on what you want.
Q3: What Approach works best for me?
While some people prefer a well-structured life coaching, others like a customized kind of coaching. Any of these options will work fine; you have to identify the one that best suits you and stick with it.
Q4: Have they done what I am trying to achieve?
It makes no sense hiring a life coach on a particular aspect where you have more experience than your coach. Yes you don’t know it all, and yes there may be new information to add, the best would be to hire someone with a broader knowledge and idea, that way you can expand and become better.
Q5: Where did they get their experience and training from?
The best coaches don’t need a fancy degree its true. However, there is still a need for your coach to have some primary education, especially in the field where you are looking to get a coach in. If your life coach has nothing more to brag than years spent watching the Secret, then this may be a sign that you need to check elsewhere.
Q6: Are there testimonials and reviews you can see?
One of the qualities of a good life coach is the ability to keep clients secret; often, a confidentialy agreement is signed. This, however, does not mean there should not be one or two testimonials from other clients to consider. Usually, the life coach need not sing his or her praises as satisfied clients often do that for them.
Q7: Why did they choose life coaching as a career?
The answer to this question will help you determine if that life coach is the best person for the job. The reasons must be aligned with a sense of purpose, a calling, or a passion.
Q8: What is your experience dealing with people with the same goal as me?
Your prospective life coach must be able to answer this question satisfactorily before being hired. Reading or watching something is quite different from experiencing it yourself; it is this experience that will help your life coach find the best solution to your unique problems.
Q9: Does the coach have a coach?
Everyone can evolve, become better. There are new things to learn, a perspective to a situation that was missed, and without coaching, you may not discover them all. Just as you are seeking to hire a life coach, your coach should also have a life coach that trains him to be better than his best version.
Q10: What does your instinct say?
After all, is said and done, it comes down to what your heart is telling you. What does your instinct say? Is that life coach the best option for you, or would you instead check out someone else? Only you have the answers to these questions.
Christopher is the Chief Value Officer and Founder of Change My Life Coaching and Co-Founder of Change My Business Coaching and the Healthy Transformations Weight Loss & Inflammation Reduction Program. Change my Life Coaching is a fast growing whole-life, leadership and business coaching company, and the only one of it’s kind. He is also the author of “Go Beyond Passion: Discover Your Dream Job”. Christopher spent 15+ years working in the corporate world with a plethora of industries and companies. His focus was primarily in planning, strategy, and leadership of change management and communication. Christopher is a Certified Master Coach Practitioner (CMCP), trainer and facilitator, and a passionate public speaker who truly cares about the success of each and every single person he comes into contact with. You can reach him at Christopher@ChangeMyLifeCoaching.ca.