How do you find a coach?

It is crucial for a successful coaching relationship that you find the right coach for you. As there are a lot of coaches out in the market specialized in various areas you should prepare yourself before you make a decision. Spend some time researching (including checking the potential coaches qualification and experience) and have a couple of sessions before committing to a long-term engagement.

Following you will find some questions that might help you to identify and narrow down what kind of coach you are looking for.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering engaging with a professional coach:

Questions – that will help you to find your best match

1. In which areas of my life am I looking for a change/ support?
2. Do I need a coach from a similar background (role, industry…) or not?
3. What style (i.e directive vs. non-directive) do I need or prefer?
4. What credibility and qualifications do I expect from my coach? *
5. Does the coach offer a free consultation call?

* The International Coach Federation offers a Coach Finder for corporate and personal requirements. The listing includes credentialed coaches who have met the education and experience requirements.

Take a look here:

How do you feel after the introduction call?

– Do I trust this coach ?
– Does the coach align with my aspirations?
– Does the coach listen?
– Does the coach present a style/approach that I am comfortable with?
– Is the coach picking up on my strength and development opportunities?
– Can the coach articulate the model of coaching?
– Does the coach set expectations & define the scope of engagement?
– Can the coach give examples of how he/she has helped others thrive?
– Does the coach exude a brand of professionalism that I respect?

If you feel excited and curious (and maybe also a little bit scared) after the consultation call – don’t worry – this is a good sign! It shows that you’re inspired to grow but maybe also a little bit afraid because the coach might facilitate moving beyond your comfort zone.

Trust your gut instincts!