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