Coaching: Questions to Ask a Life Coach

Sandra Dillon: February 16, 2018


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Previously, I talked about What to Look for in a Life Coach and now offer questions you may want to ask a coach before signing on for the journey. Criteria in selecting the best coach for you should include personal chemistry, connection, and credentials. If I was interviewing potential coaches, I would pull from this list of questions.

  1. How did you decide to become a life coach?
  2. Why did you pick life coaching versus other coaching specialties?
  3. How long have you been coaching on a full-time basis?
  4. What did you do before you became a life coach?
  5. What are your credentials for coaching?
  6. What do you like most about coaching?
  7. Without revealing any confidences, what types of coaching experiences have been most rewarding?
  8. Without revealing any confidences, what coaching experiences have been most challenging? How did you handle them?
  9. What do you need to know about me to know whether coaching would be effective?
  10. How is coaching different than counseling?
  11. Would you explain a little bit about the coaching process?
  12. What assessments are involved in the coaching process?
  13. What types of life issues do people typically engage you for?
  14. What do you do when you don’t think I might be stuck or am not making much progress?
  15. How do I know that you will keep what I share in confidence?
  16. How often do we meet for sessions?
  17. Where and how do you conduct the sessions (in-person, call, or video)?
  18. How available are you between sessions?
  19. What is the fee structure? Are you flexible?
  20. What references can you provide?
  21. What are the next steps if I decide to hire you?

These questions are by no means exhaustive, and you may think of ones that are important to your situation. I believe life coaching is a valuable tool to help people find purpose and meaning in their lives. I encourage everyone to explore whether life coaching is the right tool at the right time to define and achieve their goals.


About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in leadership and premarital/marriage coaching.  She coaches individuals and couples as well as designs and facilitates workshops.  She has a passion to help people be the best versions of themselves.  You can learn more about Sandra by visiting her website at www.shinecrossings.com

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