Coaching Q&A: How Does One Choose the Right Coach?
(Reprinted with permission from "IMPressions", your newsletter
This month's column is written by my Buddy Coach, Maureen Miller.
"I have my own coach right now but my friend is interested in finding a coach. I could recommend mine but I think she needs to explore other coaches and not just take my word for it. How can I guide her in this choice?" Janice
The first thing is to decide how you want to be coached. Coaches have different styles of coaching.
For example, ask yourself:
You will want to discuss fees. Do they have a payment plan or scholarship
program? Some coaches take a few clients as 'pro bono' until you can afford
to pay. Some are willing to exchange services.
Some coaches work specifically in certain areas, their specialty. This might be important to you.
It might also be important to you for the Coach to be Certified. The referral sites listed below,will tell you their certification process and whether or not a coach is certified.
Coaches will be just as interested in seeing if you are a good fit for them as they are for you. The coach you are interviewing may ask you questions. If they don't think you are a fit or you don't like their approach, they often will suggest other coaches.
If you asked me (Maureen) such questions, I'd answer:
Some sites to check out are:
Maureen coaches both Personal and Business Clients. She has several areas she likes to coach in (expertise and interest): families, creative issues, small businesses and education.
Maureen has been coaching since 1995 and has logged over 850 hours coaching all types of people on all types of issues.
By July 1, 2006 Maureen will have her Associate Coaching Certification with the International Coaching Federation.