Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Coach

Questions-to-Ask-Before-Hiring-A-CoachIf you’ve been following along with the blog for a while, you’ll know that my husband and I recently moved from Beijing, China to my hometown in Baltimore, MD, USA. We are settling in nicely and adjusting to life here. To help with this life transition and the start-up of my business, I recently hired a coach. A coach is a great resource to help you navigate through unknown territory and keep you accountable to achieving your goals and dreams.

However, finding the “right fit” coach can be as daunting as shopping for your next favorite pair of jeans. But trying on different styles, cuts, and washes is worth it when you find the perfect pair that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin and highlights your *ahem* assets.

That’s why I have put together this guide to help you with your search for “the perfect pair” in hiring a coach. Choosing to work with a coach is an investment in your skills, your productivity, and your fulfillment. I don’t think everyone needs a coach at all times. Instead, I believe that working with the right coach at the right time can make all the difference in the world.

So, let’s get started!

Needs — Is coaching right for me right now? A coach is a personal growth expert. In other words, working with a coach takes times, commitment, and communication to create the change you desire in your life. An appropriate time to work with a coach is when you’re facing an upcoming transition, ready to shed limiting beliefs, and want to take some major action towards your “next step.”

Action Step: If you sense that you’re ready to work with a coach, ask your friends with experience if they have recommendations, or do a Google search on the web.

Goals — What results/outcomes would you like from working with a coach? Just got a promotion and want to grow your leadership skills? Ready to pursue a start-up business and want accountability? Recently had a baby and want to lose 15 lbs?

Whatever season you’re in, I encourage you to get clear on what you want to work on with your coach. Every coach has a different niche and specialty and call themselves a _______ coach. A career coach helps you with your job, a health coach helps you with your health, and executive coach helps you be a better executive. You get the picture...

Note: I am a life coach for emerging entrepreneurs. This means that I take a holistic approach to creating and cultivating a meaningful life and business. I help you identify what is important to you, your core values, and your specific purpose to help you start achieving your entrepreneurial dreams.

Style — How can a coach best support you? Every client has unique gifts, methods of preferred communication, and levels of motivation. If you were to invite only person to be apart of your journey, what will make the biggest difference in how a coach can support you? In other words, do you prefer to meet in-person or have a regular phone call? Do you need help with seeing the big picture, or identifying the little steps? If you need accountability, what is your preferred system? In terms of personality, do you need someone to get your butt into gear, or someone who has a more gentle approach? Are you a visual person, a verbal processor, or audible learner?

The best way to test out the waters of someone’s coaching style is to do a free consultation or meet and greet. It’s a great opportunity to see if it’s a good fit, ask questions, and experience firsthand if it’s right for you.

Note: If you would like to experience coaching with me, email me at shi@shichencoaching.com to schedule a free consultation.

Pricing — What can I afford to pay? Coaches’ prices can range from $25-$300/hour. Rates are typically determined by a coach’s expertise, level of experience, and market. Get the best coach you can afford. Keep in mind, coaches may offer “scholarship opportunities” for discounted coaching, or group coaching as more affordable options.

Timing — What’s the time commitment I want to make? Effective coaching is like breaking a bad habit — it takes time and consistent action to create lasting change. A minimum commitment is typically 3 months, with up to six months, a year, or more. Some coaches also offer “one-off” sessions, which are just one-time stand alone sessions intended for laser-focused breakthroughs. The time commitment will depend on what it is you’re trying to achieve. A great coach will equip you with self-sufficiency skills to close out a coaching relationship with tools you need to continue to succeed.

Ultimately, after you’ve done you’re due diligence, the final question is — When do we start?

I hope these questions gave you a good head-start in finding your “right fit” coach. Having someone who supports, encourages, and “gets you” as you make meaningful changes in your life is so valuable.

I would love to hear from you. What other questions would you ask before hiring a coach? Or, if you’ve already worked with a coach, what were some things that worked or didn’t work for you? Write your comments below, and share this post on social media!

Blessings,

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