Recognising that you would benefit from speaking to a life coach is one thing, the next challenge is to find a good one. We explore how best to do this.
If you are looking for a good life coach there are a few things that you will need to think about. The first important thing to consider is finding a good match for you. The most effective life coach for one individual may not be a great match for another individual and to this end it is vital to make sure that you have a professional level of personal chemistry for a life coach to really be of assistance to you.
In order to find the best possible life coach for you, it's a good idea to have a direct chat with potential life coaches and if possible request a sample session from them. By doing this, you can find out whether or not you are likely to feel comfortable enough talking to a life coach about personal issues and therefore develop a level of trust that is necessary for successful coaching.
Great life coaches will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns, either on the phone or in person, so take your time to contact a few different people before you make your final decision.
Before you select a life coach, check their certifications and qualifications. Many people may call themselves a life coach, but you may find that they are not certified by an accredited professional school.
As with any other profession, life coaching requires a certain set of very specific skills, standards of conduct, and a set foundation/schedule of training that can only be learned by attending qualified schools. Even if a life coach tells you that they have experience and some training – be wary, unless they have attended a coach training institution, they may not adhere to international standards for professional coaching ethics, training and practices.
References are also key when you are looking for a life coach – an experience and qualified life coach will be happy to give you examples of their previous ‘achievements’ i.e. cases where they have made significant changes to the lives of other individuals.
Although a life coach may not be able to disclose previous patient’s details, they should be able to provide you with references of friends or other people that they have coached to some degree of success.
With a little research, you are very likely to find an experienced and qualified life coach who can help you with any issues that you need to resolve.