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How to: finding the life coach

How To December 21, 2018

Taking your life in your hands feels great, doesn’t it? Whether you’re capable of doing that on your own or not, the right life coach will guide you through the maze of your goals and aspirations to help you finally find yourself. You just have to find them first. Here’s how:

Educate yourself about coaching

Read related blogs or check out ICF’s extensive knowledge base. Ask around, often people find their coach through word-of-mouth by a friend’s or colleague’s recommendation. If a coach has helped a person you trust, that’s a good place to start! Consider interviewing a couple of coaches to find out who feels right. Coaches are used to this and will usually give a session free of charge.

Check the coaches’ background

What is their training? What education do they hold, is it something that supports learning and change, such as psychology, organizational development or HR? While formal education is not required to be a coach, a background in a similar field can be a sign of a competent coach. Read client testimonials or ask for references from your coach candidate.

Think about “stylistic” similarities and differences

Does the coach have interests or expertise that could support or intrigue you too? Or does it look like there is no shared platform for your relationship? Look for certified coaches. The most widely spread certification is the one provided by ICF, International Coach Federation. A certified coach adheres to an international set of ethical guidelines and has completed training that covers the core competencies of the coaching profession.

Know why you’re looking for a coach

Be as specific as you can, what is the question that bothers you constantly, or maybe you already have a certain goal that you want to reach. Discuss this together with your coach candidate and figure out if his specialty or working style can help you. Remember not all life’s challenges are meant for coaching. If you have depression, anxiety or deeply rooted family issues, it’s probably best to see a psychotherapist. A good coach will tell you when your needs are better served by therapy, it’s one of their ethical guidelines.