You may know that you need to invest in yourself to move forward in your career or get more fulfillment in life, but there are so many coaches out there these days – where do you start? How do you choose the right coach for you?
I’m Sarah and I’m a coach for lawyers. In this article, I’m going to give some practical tips to help you choose the right coach for you. Number 6 especially is an important one – so look out for that!
Let’s dive in:
1. Experience in Your Field
Ideally, you will choose a coach who has experience in your industry, understands it to some level, or has experience in the specific area of your life that you want to change. So you may choose a financial coach if you want to manage your money better, or a health coach if you want to get fitter.
One of the things that my clients love is knowing that they don’t have to explain the nuances of the legal industry to me. I’ve been a lawyer for a decade – I understand their stressors and so we can dive straight into strategies to help them cope, and dig in together on any limiting beliefs holding them back.
2. Check Their Online Presence
From looking at their website and social media presence, you can get a feel for whether they might be right for you. Read their blog posts, see whether their social media posts resonate for you, what is their experience, and do they have any testimonials or reviews you can check out?
3. Talk To Them
Most coaches will offer a free discovery call or clarity call to find out more about you and your situation to see whether you are both a fit for each other. Sometimes coaches may be selective about their clients too, so this is a two-way street to establish rapport.
You can use this as an opportunity to ask them questions about their style and any logistics that you need to understand. For example, you could ask:
- What should I expect from coaching?
- Who do you like to work with?
- How will we set goals during our time together?
- Will you help keep me accountable?
4. Don’t Just Buy On Price
Yes, you will need to understand the financial investment to be able to budget for the outlay, but it is important to not just focus on the price tag. Consider coaching as an investment in yourself and your continued growth and development.
It is important to understand the value that you will be getting from your coach. You are not just buying their time – you are buying the personal transformation.
For example, if you are unfulfilled at work and know that there is more that you want to do with your life but can’t see how, a great coach will work with you to finetune your vision, see past the limiting beliefs and fear of failure and help you get on track to transition to that life that you dreamed of.
How much would that kind of transformation in your work, life, and happiness be worth? And what’s the cost of staying as you are?
The value of the transformation is far greater than the price of the coaching, so try to avoid thinking about the hourly rate and focus on what you can achieve with the right help.
5. Use Your Whole Self Wisdom
With any decision, I suggest tuning in to your logical mind, your heart, and your gut instinct. Choosing the right coach is a big decision but you don’t need to agonize over it. Your intuition will give you a strong pointer towards who to work with.
6. Watch The Objections
As humans, we can be really good at talking ourselves out of something, especially if it involves change or potentially digging into emotions that have been buried for a while. Our ego doesn’t like challenging the status quo, so self-preservation kicks in and gives us a ream of excuses why we shouldn’t go ahead.
Some common objections that you might hear from yourself are:
- It’s too expensive. This can be true sometimes, but just check in with yourself that you aren’t avoiding doing the work. Some people have the money but find it hard to value themselves enough to invest in this way, or they haven’t truly recognized the impact that coaching could have.
- I can figure it out alone. This might be true, but I suspect if it were, you would have done it by now. Either way, coaching will speed up the process and help you get insights that you may never arrive at alone.
- Letting someone talk you out of it. This can commonly happen when someone else is asked for their opinion or
- to weigh in on the decision making process. They probably want the best for you and are trying to protect you from being challenged, even if that might lead to greater happiness in the long run.
7. Look for Rapport
This is one of the most important things in my view. You must be able to trust your coach and build up a genuine, authentic connection. You need to feel safe being vulnerable with them so that you can get the best out of coaching. This means that you need to choose someone who you feel comfortable talking to.
If you’re interested in exploring how coaching can benefit you, you can book a discovery call with me to discuss.
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