How to Find the Right Life Coach
Posted November 16, 2018, by Jenny
“The right life coach can help you reach and even exceed your biggest dreams and goals” – Tony Robbins
What is a life coach and what do they do? These are questions that are circling the web. We want to address them for our readers and help them find the right life coach!
Welcome to the magical, mystical world of Life Coaches! In this article, we take a look why you should get a life coach, how it works and how to find a life coach who is perfect for you. And if you are questioning ‘will a life coach help me?’ then the answer is a definite yes if you find the right one!
The trouble with life coaches is that anybody can decide to be a life coach, but only some might be able to help you transform. This is because if a life coach doesn’t have the appropriate skills, experience, strategies or contacts to help you, then they are clearly not going to be able to help you.
“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want, copy what they do, and you’ll achieve the same results.” – Tony Robbins
But how do you know what to look for so that you can find the right life coach for you? Here are a few things to consider...
- Decide what you want help with
Do you have a specific goal, or situation that you’d like to resolve or achieve? For example, you might want to improve your career, relationships, marriage or even your finances but you are happy in other areas in your life. Perhaps you feel that your whole life needs an overhaul, or you need somebody to talk to resolve issues from the past.
Getting clear about why you want to hire a life coach is crucial in helping you find the right coach for you. Instead of hiring a general life coach you might decide that you need a marriage or relationship coach, or a career coach. To overhaul your life, you might take a look at a transformation coach or a holistic coach.
With so many life coach categories to choose from, making this decision beforehand will help you narrow down your choices so that you can start to track down that perfect coach.
- Think about how you like to be motivated or inspired
If you are not comfortable with group sessions, or you find it difficult to commit to one class at the same time each week or even a challenge scenario which can often be used to motivate people, then you are not going to enjoy working with a coach who works in this way.
If you know that change won't occur inside you if you just talk and don’t have any ‘homework’ to keep you focused. If you need access to a coach frequently to help you stay accountable for the tasks and habits you need to create change, then this is the type of coach and services that you need.
It’s important to consider this especially when you can access life coaches from all over the world via the internet. Most life coaches will offer group coaching or a coaching course that you can work through yourself as a way to make their services more accessible to those who cannot afford or apply the time or money to their coaching needs. If you are clear about how you like to work, then you can start to look for a coach who works in a similar way to your preferences.
- Decide on your budget
To be successful you need to be ready to invest time, money, and emotion. Think about how much can you allocate to hiring a life coach, and how much time can you spare? You’ll need to make time for your life coaching sessions and for the work that you’ll need to do to bring change into your life.
So if you find a life coach who has a tailored fast-track programme where you attend two to three sessions per week for six weeks, and you don’t have enough time, then it’s time to find a coach who can work with you to your schedule. Or make sure that you can realistically amend your schedule to fit it in.
There are life coaches who offer package deals which might be a way to prevent you quitting, or running out of budget at a crucial moment, plus package deals are also usually cheaper than buying a session as you go. Finding a life coach who challenges and empowers you, takes attention and care, is worth the investment.
- Check out the skills and experience of the life coach
Is the life coach you are exploring clear about what results they can achieve for you and why they can make such claims. There are two types of coaches to look for:
- Coaches who are master practitioners or trainers in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnosis, psychotherapy.
- The coaches who have already walked the walk that you want to take. If you want to snag a CEO role in your career find a former successful CEO who is now a coach or consultant to coach you.
The ideal scenario here is a life coach who has the experience and still keeps their hand in on whatever it is they are coaching about professionally and has some of the transformational skills that are needed from a life coach. It’s also worth finding out how your coach stays relevant and up to date. Do they take courses? Read books? Stay up to date with current material to do with their speciality? And do they invest in enhancing their coaching toolkit?
Also, feel free to ask questions around how long they’ve been coaching professionally, or even how many clients they’ve worked with and of course, their success rate.
Ideally, you want a coach who does all of the above and well, to be honest with you the best ones will (even if they don’t have the flashiest websites and million dollar mansions to boast their success).