If you are convinced that a coach would be the right “intervention” professional for yourself or your organization, how do you go about choosing the right one? Here are some ways you can do so.
1 Coaching Qualifications
Ask them where they get their coaching training from, and for how long. By international coaching standards, they should have logged at least 100 coaching hours before they are competent to coach others. Be careful of those who are “jack of all trade” where they are consultant, trainer, coach etc. Can they make a good coach? A tip here: ask them what is coaching and what they as a coach would do for you. Use your gut feelings to help you decide if you are satisfied with their answers.
2 Coaching Experiences
Ask them to narrate their coaching work and experiences that they do for individuals and/or organizations. Find out the kind of individuals and/or organizations they are representing. It will tell you a lot about them.
3 Coaching References
Although coaching clients may be reluctant to talk to you, you may be able to find some who are willing to share about their coach’s abilities and whether they are satisfied with the services they provide. Find out the coaching techniques that they use.
4 Coaching Terms & Conditions
This is a must in order to determine the type of coaching relationship you want. All these areas need to be discussed and agreed: duration, frequency, logistics, replacements dates and coaching fees.
5 Coaching Trial Session
It is common to ask for a free trial session where you can experience coaching with a coach. Liken it to the small cup of free coffee offered to you by the promoter at the supermarket. It gives you the opportunity to see and feel whether you are “triggered” by the coaching proceedings, the rapport building, the questions asked and the new ways
you are beginning to think! And, it will reveal to you what will happen if you were to engage a coach.
Since it is certain that you will meet the coach face to face, you will have first-hand experience to find out more about him/her such as self-projection, self-credibility, self-confidence, the questions they asked and the answers they provided, and most of all, whether you feel you will be in the good hands of someone you can truly trust and rely upon.
1 What would be some reasons why you should engage a coach? What are you looking for in a good coach? How do you define “good”?
2 What are you prepared to “give up” if you were to engage a coach? What are you not prepared to give up? Why not?
3 Of the 6 areas above, which one would you be prepared to compromise? What would be some consequences of this choice?