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How-to: Find a Life Coach

By Cathy Watters on Dec 07 2009 • Filed under How-To

Whether you are searching for a life coach, business coach, or any other type of coach, it's important to make sure you find someone you will feel comfortable with. 

Here are some things you can do to find the best coach for you: 

Talk to people who have been to different coaches and get their opinions and referrals.

Go online and review websites of several coaches to see what makes one different from another.

Have a 10 to 15 minute conversation with a coach by phone before going in for an appointment. Chat with them to get a sense of who they are and whether they're willing to listen to where you're coming from. You want to find the best fit for yourself and your needs because this is someone who will be giving you guidance.

Ask about the price, process and setup. Some coaches will meet you in person and others do it over the phone. They may request that you commit to two or three sessions per month. Some may offer support by email between sessions.

Ask them to explain what they do and how they do it. Coaches can approach the same topic in different ways and bring different levels of experience to what they do. For example, you may find that one Life Coach focusses solely on personal life issues, while another may include some elements of Career Coaching with what they do.

Price range varies from $100 – $500 per hour, depending on the coach's experience.

Gerrianne Clare of Clare Consulting, Kelowna, BC, says the most important thing in all these tips is to make that phone call and chat. It's the best way to get a 'vibe' about someone. 

“It's important to interview your coach and make sure they have the understanding of what you need,” she adds. “You'll know that connection when you get it.”  

It can be a bit confusing figuring out if you need a Life Coach, Career Coach, or Business Coach, or someone who blends various aspects of each of them. 

LIFE COACH 

Gerrianne is a Life and Family Wellness coach. She helps people learn tools for dealing with stress, and finding ways to feel better in general. 

“I have a lot of knowledge and skill in family and family systems, and helping people feel the best they can be with family as well as with themselves,” she says. “I also help people with  work/life balance.” 

CAREER COACH 

A career coach usually has a very broad knowledge of career paths. They may work with Myers-Briggs personality testing or other things that help people figure out what type of work they're best suited for. A career coach may also do aptitude testing or help people who already know what they want to do to find their next step. 

BUSINESS COACH 

A business coach helps you grow your business and helps you be the best leader you can be in the context of your business. 

ASK FOR REFERRALS

If the coach you interview doesn't quite fit your needs, ask if they can suggest someone else. Because they're in the business they may know several different types of coaches. 

In addition to the three mentioned above, there are also marketing coaches, image consultants, and dating coaches. 

Gerrianne advises finding out if the coach has gone through the process themselves. For example, a life coach should have their own life coach. 

“You can't tell people to do something that you're not doing yourself,” she says. 

Finally, regardless of what type of coach you feel you need, remember to look for someone who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area you are interested in.


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