Top 8 Factors to Consider When
Choosing a Life Coach
The life coaching industry is worth nearly $3 billion worldwide, and it's only growing in popularity.
In only three years, there are now 33% more professional life coaches and many more somewhat unprofessional life coaches. Perhaps the lure of life coaching is that it isn't as serious as therapy but can give you similar results.
However, this industry is vastly unregulated, and many have fallen foul to Ponzi schemes dressed up as life coaching. If you're looking into choosing a life coach, it could be the best (or worst) decision you make this year.
So make sure you know what to look for!
Read on to learn exactly what you need to check before hiring a life coach.
The first thing to consider when choosing a life coach is their professional status. Because it's an unregulated industry, anyone can wake up and decide they're a life coach!
You should look for a certified life coach that can show a certificate of achievement. Once you've seen their certificate, research the awarding body and the course to see whether it meets your expectations.
You'll find there's a wide variety, from 3 hour online courses to full diplomas. Make sure your life coach has spent adequate time in training before trusting them with your life decisions!
Beyond having a certificate saying they are a life coach, you should consider whether they have any real-world experience.
Life coaching experience doesn't have to come from their profession; try asking them how they've helped friends and family in the past.
It's important to choose someone competent, empathetic, and realistic. Unfortunately, you can pass a life coaching qualification without these traits, so you must make sure they have had good experiences guiding people in the past.
3. Personal Views
First, a good life coach won't make their personal views on subjects too clear. However, sometimes this is easier said than done.
Topics like religion and politics are highly emotive and can cause rifts between coaches and coachees if made known. If you want to find your happiness with a coach, you may find it difficult if you know they have starkly different life views to you.
Before committing to a life coach, ask them the important questions about things that matter to you and see how they respond.
Next, a key factor to consider when choosing a life coach is cost. You need to strike a balance between affordability and quality.
Some (unqualified) life coaches may offer rates as cheap as going for coffee and donuts. However, their style may be unfocused enough that it'd be more beneficial to just meet up with a friend and talk through your problems.
On the flip side, some life coaches may give you gold standard advice, but it won't be helpful if you've gone bankrupt in the process of going to see them.
Don't shell out for the most expensive life coach, but don't go for the cheapest deal. When it comes to life coaching, you get what you pay for.
Life coaches often rely on word-of-mouth recommendations to get clients. So, if you know anyone that's had life coaching, ask around to see who they think is the best life coach in your area.
You can also check their website for testimonials and reviews, and don't be afraid to ask your prospective life coach for references. Any life coach worth the money will be happy to provide this.
References and reviews are some of the best tools at your disposal to assess the quality of a life coach.
Location may seem trivial but don't underestimate how important it is to find a life coach near you.
If you're having regular coaching, the goal is to make your life easier. A long, stressful, or expensive commute will only add to your problems. Furthermore, an arduous journey is likely to mean you cancel sessions at the last minute.
Find a life coach nearby to eliminate this problem, or inquire if they'll do virtual sessions.
7. Coaching Structure
Everyone has different preferred methods of learning and coaching; it's essential that your life coach can adjust to your style.
Whereas some people prefer a session to be led entirely by the coach, others like to write an agenda and lead the sessions themselves. Consider how you would like your sessions to look and check whether your coach can meet your needs.
If you invest in a comprehensive life coaching program that's already running, you may have more structure and less individualized input; make sure you check out the schedule first.
8. Specialty Area
Finally, when you're looking at options for coaches, make sure you consider their specialty. Are they highly trained in financial advice, fertility, or careers?
For the most effective coaching, make sure you align your choice in a life coach to issues you are currently facing. Otherwise, you're throwing money away hiring someone to advise you on topics they aren't a specialist in!
Choosing a Life Coach Made Easy
So that's everything you need to know about choosing a life coach. This form of coaching can be a life-altering experience, and everyone can benefit from some professional guidance every now and then.
However, don't be caught out by unqualified 'life coaches' just looking for some extra money. You're entrusting them to advise on the trajectory of your life, so make sure they know what they're talking about!
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