Things To Remember:
Before setting out to hire your next coach, be as
clear as you can about the goals you want to achieve.
A good coach will help you tighten your focus on goals,
but get as good an idea what you want to achieve as you
can on your own.
Coaching is expertise that has
been hammered into a fine art from experience.
Trust your vibes. Does this person you're interviewing
for the job of coach fit you as a person? Is there a fit
not only in the area of desired goals, but style and
Is this potential coach of
yours focused on you? Do they attend to you and your
needs and requests? Do not put up with a
coach who acts as though they barely have time for you
or are not sure you deserve their attention. Move on to
a coach who remembers your name and seems pleased to use
Does this new coach of yours
know professional boundaries? He or she
should be focused on you, yes, but also detached and
professional so that they how to stay objective.
If is always fair to check out several potential
candidates for "coach" when you're hiring. Get referrals
from people you trust. Call coaches and visit awhile.
Ask all the questions you need to, including the
person's way of coaching and style. Ask for people they
have worked with who may be open to your query. The only
caution is to not let the search for a coach replace
Keys to Bulletproof Coaching:
Trust is the major factor here. Can you
ask your coach questions, tell him or her things you
wouldn't tell another soul and show feelings that are
not always pretty?
Never forget who hired whom.
You can always fire your coach. At the same time, once
the coaching process has begun, it is wise to finish.
That's the trick, however: do you know when you're
finished? If not, call a time out and redefine goals and
signs of success with your coach. It is very important
to know where you are in the game.
With the right coach, you
should not have to guess what they are saying to you.
The best coaches not only have good timing, meaning the
right suggestion when you're ready for it, but they are
to the point, never mean, concise, practical and what
they give you works.
The right coach sticks with you, no matter what: win,
lose or draw.
The right coach for you is
interested in your overall success in life.
Many athletes, for example, win trophies, rings and
money, but lead an out-of-balanced lifestyle. As a
result, they do not sustain success and lose their
achieved goals. The right coach will emphasis good
self-care in all areas of life and encourage you to
integrate success as it is achieved into your overall
Good coaching does periodic
review and re-evaluation of you and your situation.
They never take control from you of the course of your