10 questions to ask yourself before you hire a coach

Posted On Feb 24, 2021 |

So you’ve seen and heard about the benefits of coaching and you’ve made the decision to hire a coach. Congratulations! It’s an amazing journey, one where the development of your own self-awareness can be life-changing. Once you’ve made the decision to be committed to the coaching process, what makes the entire experience transformative can really come down to who you hire as your coach.

Coaches are there to support, challenge and cheer you on to creating and living a life that is meaningful to you. In order to get the most out of your investment, it’s ideal that connect with your coach, trust them, like their style and feel comfortable in their presence.

Here are ten questions you can ask yourself when you’re looking for your coach:

1. What is it that I really want?

First getting clarity on what you want to work on is super important. When you know what you want to achieve and what is important for you, it becomes easier to find a coach that has the skills and experience to assist you. You may need the help of a coach to figure this out, and discovery sessions can be a great way to tap into this question.

2. What kind of coach do I need?

There is a multitude of coaches out there that have very different and unique traits. Understanding what you need on a personal level will you define what coaching style you need. I coach with empathy, enthusiasm and intuition to help you understand the core challenge and how to overcome it by tapping into your true purpose and motivation. Read more about my coaching style and philosophy.

3. Are they qualified to coach me?

It’s important that you find a coach that has the appropriate credentials to coach you. There are many coaches in the industry that do not have the training or skills to legitimately call themselves a coach. Though they may be really good, the best is to hire a coach that has a coach that has completed an ICF accredited course, or is recognised and accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). My coaching certification is ICF accredited and is through iPEC one of the best coaching schools in the world. I’m currently working towards a PCC ICF accreditation as an individual coach.

4. How much should I pay?

Despite the financial cost, there is the investment of commitment, time, patience and personal emotional growth. Coaching is an investment in you, and even though prices fluctuate greatly in the market, you pay a coach for their expertise, skills and wealth of life experience knowledge.

5. Do I need a coaching program or more personalised approach?

My coaching is completely customised to you and your needs.

6. What results have they achieved with other clients?

It’s important to understand if the coach that you are working with has achieved the results you are looking for with their previous clients. You can read my testimonials here - I’ve worked with a variety of people from different cultures, age groups and stages of life.

7. What type of person are they?

Being a coach means that you have developed certain qualities required in the profession, but also need to possess a number of inner traits and characteristics. Read more about my personal values and strengths.

8. Do I connect with the coach?

This is probably one of the most important questions to answer. In order for the coaching relationship to work, there needs to be a personality fit. It’s essential that you feel you can trust your coach and that they possess qualities and values you can connect with. The coach can also make the decision that you may not be the best fit and recommend another coach to you. I have a large network of coaches that I can refer you to, should I not be the coach for you.

9. Does the coach have a coach?

This goes without saying 😊 I had a coach even before I became a coach and I am always learning and growing from the various coaches that I hire or am coached by. As a coach, I understand the importance of constantly growing and developing myself to show up for my clients in a powerful and impactful way.

10. What does my heart say?

When you’ve found the right coach for you, you want to feel excited, optimistic and committed to working with them. Coaching can be a life-changing experience that leaves you feeling hopeful, enthusiastic and energised. You’ll know when you’ve found the right coach for you.

Are you ready to start propelling yourself forward?