There are so many life coaches out there doing some pretty amazing things, but finding the right one is surely a process. Here's how you figure out how to pick the right one for you!
1. Assess your needs
Having a clear idea of what you need can better equip you in knowing if someone's coaching solutions or packages align with where you want to go in life. Thoroughly research the methods, courses, and ideals of a life coach prior to making any contact.
2. Determine if they are trained or certified
This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but so many people in our day and age claim to be a life coach without the appropriate credentials. Life coaching is based on scientific research. Well-trained coaches utilize evidence-based coaching models in their work and generally incorporate that theme in all of their offered assets.
If you're unable to find a lot of information on the internet, do your due diligence and inquire. Send a quick email asking about the coaching style, package offerings, training, methodology, availability, and anything else you can think of. Great coaches know that thorough questioning prior to decision making is extremely important because their goal is also to figure out if you both will make a brilliant team.
4. Testimonials or Track Record
Once you've made contact, you want to know what other people are saying. Do they have people who can vouch for them? Do they have sustainable resources that have assisted others in reaching their goals? Are they on Linkedin? Knowing that there is proven evidence of a coach's success and/or life work is a good sign when decision making.
5. Figure out costs
Budget is a crucial factor in selecting your coach. At the end of the day, everything comes down to money. Notice if the life coaches you are looking at have a range of options with different price points. This way you can get a taste of what they can do for you on any budget. Ask your prospective coaches if they have coaching options based on an hourly rate and take note of the VALUE you will get for the money you will pay per session or per package.
6. Book a consultation
Most life coaches will offer a free consultation. This is a great way to determine if the coach is a great fit and if their style matches what you are looking for. During your consultation, take note of how you feel while talking to the life coach. Do you feel safe? Does the conversation flow easily? If your answer is yes to these two questions then you're on the right track to picking the best life coach for you.
7. Take Inventory
After you've considered all 6 factors listed above and everything checks out, you should feel confident that the life coach you're considering will meet your needs and help you create the life you want. If it doesn’t feel like you both are gelling, note that they may still be a great coach, just maybe not the right coach for you.
We hope these tips have helped you in your quest for the perfect life coach and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!