So, you’re ready to tackle your biggest fears, overcome your greatest obstacles, and become your best self, bringing your dream life into reality. Well, with ambitious goals like those, you need all the help you can get!
Hiring a personal coach can be one of the greatest investments you ever make. A life coach is trained to help you break through the barriers in your life to build a better present for yourself while setting yourself up for success in the future.
However, to get results such as these, you can’t hire just any coach. They have to be the right coach for you. How do you find such a person? Keep reading to find out!
Set a Budget
The first step to choosing a life coach is to set a personal budget – what are you willing to spend on coaching services? Coaches typically charge anywhere between $50 and $500 per hour, depending on their experience and client pool.
Because there’s such a broad range in cost, it’s important to discuss a prospective coach’s hourly rate before diving too far into the details of their coaching. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a particular coach only to find out that you can’t afford their services.
In addition to asking about the overall cost, ask about what’s included in their rate. Do they have additional tools at their disposal? Team members? Do they offer a money-back guarantee? You need to know exactly where your money is going before you spend it.
Ask About Certifications
Thanks to the internet, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of “coaches” in recent years. If you’re trying to find a life coach online, be wary. Anyone can call themselves a coach, even if they have no experience or qualifications.
There’s nothing wrong with choosing someone relatively new to coaching, as long as they have the appropriate training and certifications for your needs.
For example, if you’re in search of a life coach who can double as a fitness coach, you need someone who has a personal training certification as well as life coach training. Be specific in your questions, as the difference between types of fitness coaches can change your experience entirely. A group fitness instructor isn’t quite the same as a personal trainer.
Choose a Preferred Coaching Style
Every coach is different and brings their own particular brand of coaching to the table. Knowing the type of coaching that would best help you is crucial to finding an effective coach.
Ask each prospective coach about what to expect from their coaching programs and how they would describe their coaching style. If you need someone with a firm hand to challenge you to hit that goal of 150 minutes of exercise per week, a coach with a warm, supportive style isn’t going to be the right fit.
Set up a Consultation
There’s no better way to get a feel of someone than to meet them in person. If your conversations with coaches thus far have been primarily via email or phone call, ask to set up a consultation. Most coaches offer this service for free, as it helps them to find clients that will excel most under their coaching.
To get the most out of your experience, you need to feel safe and comfortable with your coach. If you feel judged or uncomfortable while discussing your needs and goals, it’s not the right fit.
A consultation allows you to try a coach on for size (and for the coach to do the same) to determine if you’re the appropriate choice for each other. A good coach won’t take you on as a client if they don’t think they’re the best choice for you.
Ask About Availability
Coaches don’t work 24 hours a day, nor should they! With that in mind, it’s a good idea to ask about their availability to ensure that your schedules line up. If a coach is only available during business hours while you’re working, they won’t be much help.
On top of regular business hours, ask about how available they’ll be to you after hiring. Do they limit interactions to within their sessions, or do they welcome check-ins and questions in between?
And if you do call them with a question between sessions, is there a charge for the conversation? They should be able to answer all of your scheduling and availability questions without hesitation.
Gather References and Reviews
Unless you’re their first client, a coach should be able to give you a list of references and results. Personal coaching is a big investment, and the results you gain from the experience should make you feel that your investment was worth it.
Do they have any statistics showing the success of their coaching efforts? Can they tell a success story or two about a past client? Is there a recent or current client that would be willing to tell you about their experience?
If your coach has online reviews, take the time to read as many as you can. Look for red flags such as a low star rating or a common thread between the negative reviews.
Trust Your Gut
At the end of the day, the best thing you can do to find the perfect coach for you is to trust your gut. Let’s say, for example, that you have a consultation with a stellar coach on paper.
They have excellent reviews, they’re able to show their successes, and they’re generally popular amongst their clients. However, something doesn’t feel right between you. You can’t explain it, you just know that you wouldn’t be able to truly open up to this person.
If this happens, understand and accept that they’re not the right coach for you! All the 5-star reviews in the world can’t make up for a genuine connection.
Change Your Life With the Help of a Personal Coach
Hiring a personal coach can be a life-changing experience. Sometimes all you need is a nudge in the right direction to become your best, most successful self!
Choosing a coach is a big decision – don’t be afraid to take your time. Finding someone who fits your specific needs and goals makes all the difference.
Now, hiring a personal coach is a great step toward a better life, but there are plenty of steps you can take on your own as well! Take a look at our blog to learn what you can do to take your coaching results to the next level.