Get A Leg Up With Executive Coaching

by Lynn Lopez

Most people seek coaching assistance for personal development. You look for coaching to do better than before. Coaching is a structured and systematic discipline with standards to adhere to and professional associations to align with. Coaches come in a variety of experience and experience. There are business coaches and personal coaches. There are coaches for leadership development, team building, time management and more. Coaching enables people to reach maximum potential.

Coaching experts are a dime a dozen. Before you engage a coach, find out what type of coaching you need or want. What expertise do you require? Are you looking for one-on-one coaching? Do you want to work with one or more coaches? If you want more than one, do you wish to work with them at the same time or one after the other?

If you are still unclear on what type of coaching you need, make sure you mention that when you talk to them. Do your research. Get advice, recommendations, and references from everyone you know. Find one with a specific expertise on what you need. Draw up a list of potential coaches to contact, and set up interviews. Find out how long the coach has been coaching, and what the coach did before becoming a coaching expert. Ask if they have any licenses or credentials. Clarify the coach’s area of expertise. Finally, determine what services are included in their professional fees. Make sure that all fees, even estimates, are agreed to in writing.

It will be better to ensure that the coach and the coach’s firm have a positive reputation. They should be prepared to furnish you with references from their current and former clients. If not, give them time to provide you with their references. Sometimes they are busy with work that they do not have a list of references available on hand. If they refuse to give you the list point-blank, take your business elsewhere. There might be more to it than what they want you to know. Move on to the next coach on your list. Bear in mind that you are seeking help, not a headache. After all, you are willing to pay for their coaching services, experience and expertise.

Finally, trust your instincts. Choose the coach whom you feel comfortable with, who listens to your questions and concerns, and who treats you with respect. Coaching is a two-way process. Even if you decide to hire the best coach in the field, but you don’t feel comfortable, then there’s a chance the whole thing will not work. Remember, there are other coaches out there who will be a better fit for you and your needs.

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