9 Tips To Find The Right Coach

At Coachilla, we want to help you find the coach that best matches your needs and personality. A good match between the client and coach is the foundation on which a good coaching relationship is built on. From that foundation of trust it’s easier for you to discover and achieve the things that you want in your life and work. That’s why we decided to collect some of the best advice we’ve found online from blogs and the ICF’s knowledge base about selecting your own coach.

  1. First of all educate yourself about coaching, read our blog or check out ICF’s extensive knowledge base.
  2. Ask around, often people find their coach through word-of-mouth by a friend’s or colleague’s recommendation. If a coach has helped a person you trust, that’s a good place to start!
  3. Consider interviewing a couple of coaches to find out who feels right. Coaches are used to this and will usually give a session free of charge.
  4. Check the coaches’ background; what is their training? What education do they hold, is it something that supports learning and change, such as psychology, organisational development or HR? While a formal education is not required to be a coach, a background in a similar field can be a sign of a competent coach.
  5. Read client testimonials or ask for references from your coach candidate.
  6. Think about “stylistic” similarities and differences. Does the coach have interests or expertise that could support or intrigue you too? Or does it look like there is no shared platform for your relationship?
  7. Look for certified coaches. The most widely spread certification is the one provided by ICF, International Coach Federation. A certified coach adheres to an international set of ethical guidelines and has completed training that covers the core competencies of the coaching profession.
  8. Know why you’re looking for a coach: be as specific as you can, what is the question that bothers you constantly, or maybe you already have a certain goal that you want to reach. Discuss this together with your coach candidate and figure out if his specialty or working style can help you.
  9. Remember not all life’s challenges are meant for coaching. If you have depression, anxiety or deeply rooted family issues, it’s probably best to see a psychotherapist. A good coach will tell you when your needs are better served by therapy, it’s one of their ethical guidelines.

Follow these nine tips and you should be well on your way to a quality coaching relationship!

One last thing I’d like to mention, you probably are already thinking “Wow, finding my own coach sounds like a lot of work” and we agree with you it can be a chore. It’s actually one of the reasons why we are building a platform for coaching. When it is live we’ll help you easily match to the right coach, find reviews from previous clients and quickly schedule a few intro video calls with great coaches so you can start your coaching journey effortlessly.

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