Three Steps to Finding the Right Coach for You

Three Steps to Finding the Right Coach for You, by Ryan Hansen

These days, more and more professionals are turning to an executive coach to sustain their growth and help them perform at their best. Previous posts on this site have already covered why you should consider a professional coach, and how to get the most out of a coaching relationship, but that first step - finding the right coach - is the most important of all. Here are a few keys to finding the right coach for you:

1. Know Your Purpose

To find a great coach, start with the end in mind. What would you like to accomplish through this coaching experience? Identify your goals so you can identify the type of coaching you need. The more specific you can be in your quest to find a coach, the bigger the impact of the coaching relationship. Do you need a career coach to help you take the next step in your professional life? Do you need a business coach to help you grow your side hustle into a full-time gig? Maybe you are looking for an executive coach to help you increase your effectiveness at work. Clarity in your purpose will equip you for a successful coaching search.

2. Meet with Multiple Coaches

Realtors tell their clients not to fall in love with the first house they see, and I am telling you not to partner with the first coach you meet. Meet a few coaches to get a sense for the style that works for you. Ask for recommendations, or run a Google search for coaches who serve your needs. Try to talk to three coaches so you have an informed perspective without overwhelming yourself with options.

Be sure to share your goals with the coaches you meet with. Many coaches specialize in more than one topic, and they might want to layer a few resources together to create a well-rounded package that best suits your needs. 


3. Check for Chemistry

Take it from me, after more than enough hours spent in coaching sessions: You want to work with a coach you like. Set yourself up for success by finding someone you enjoy talking to. Beyond that, consider the following questions:

  • Does this person work as I work? Personal preferences can make a big difference in a coaching relationship. Do you like to meet in person, or virtually? Do you want blunt feedback or measured suggestions? Do you like to send emails at all hours of the day, or would you prefer to only touch base during business hours?
  • Does this person share my values? If your values do not align, you can hardly expect great advice from your coach. For example, is it more important to you to grow your own career or stay loyal to an employer? These are not necessarily conflicting issues, but a coach who does not share your values might recommend a strategy that you don't support. Head this off by seeking alignment from the beginning.
  • Can this person challenge me to reach my full potential? A good coach does more than pass the time. Will they hold you accountable? Will they challenge you to consider new perspectives and rethink your assumptions? If not, maybe this relationship should't advance to a contractual level.

There you have it - with these factors in mind, you're ready to find the perfect coach to keep you growing and help you reach your full potential. Questions for our team? Drop us a line at [email protected] today!


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