How do you find the right coach for you?


The very first thing you need to do is some self-reflection. If you can’t share what you want, others can’t help you (even if what you want is help finding out what you want!) Think about your goals, aspirations, and areas where you need to grow. What motivates you, and what doesn’t? What’s important to you and what’s important right now?

Then do your research. Reach out to friends, colleagues, or a qualified coach who might know someone suitable for you. Look for coaches specialising in your specific needs, like onboarding coaching or life coaching.

There are 4 things I recommend looking for when considering a coach or mentor:

1: Check their qualifications

Choose a qualified coach by looking for the right certifications or accreditations.

For instance, organisations like the Association for Coaching (AC), European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), or the International Coach Federation (ICF) ensure high professional standards and ethics. They also require coaches to have a certain amount of experience, re-demonstrate these standards every few years and to commit to having a supervisor (which is like a coach and mentor for coaches).

For example, I qualified at The Henley Business School on a course accredited by the ICF, AC and EMCC and I’m also personally accredited as an EMCC Senior Practitioner.

2: Look at reviews and testimonials

Look for client reviews or testimonials that resonate with you. Feedback can give you a good idea of what to expect from the coaching experience.

3: Check out their style

From a personality perspective do you click with more structured and detailed people or softer more heart-led people? Do you gel with life and soul of the party or someone more chilled? See what you can get of their personality from their socials and website but ultimately, you’ll need to meet them to really get a feel for their personality.

Find someone whose personality appeals and who you think you could really talk to and open up to. Chemistry is essential.

4: Try Before You Buy

Don’t be afraid to try out a few coaches before finding the perfect match. Many coaches offer complimentary calls to help you get to know them better and ask questions. The more questions you ask, the better!

By finding the right coach, you embark on a rewarding journey of self-discovery, growth, and achievement. With the right coach’s support, you can unlock your potential, overcome barriers, and create the career you want.

Contact me or book a complimentary exploratory call here.

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