Have you been thinking about hiring a life coach? For every challenge we face in life, there is a coach ready to guide you through it. Coaches guide you through changes in your career, mindset, health, finances, spiritual, and inner self, to name a few. Name an aspect of life, and you can bet there is a coach for that niche.
Why Would I Hire a Coach?
A coach can assist you with many things and play many roles in your life. Coaches can help you unlock your full potential, discover the best version of yourself, motivate you to reach your goals, act as an accountability partner, find work-life balance, making career alignments, and learning to embrace, accept, and love yourself unconditionally. It can be quite overwhelming to find the right area of your life to focus on, let alone determine which coach is the right fit. So, here are a few things to consider before hiring your coach.
Costs Involved When Hiring a Coach.
According to Stephan Wiedner, cofounder of Noomii, coaches "charge rates similar to other helping professionals" (2020). Costs per session can range from $75 to $200 per session. Some coaches fall below and above that range, and coaches will base their rates on their training and experience.
While most coaches offer 1:1 sessions that vary in duration from 45 to 60 minutes, some coaches offer monthly packages that will change in price and commitment, depending on the coach's niche. Some coaches will ask for a long-term commitment of 3, 6, or 12 months. The length of your coaching commitment and the resulting cost depends on the issue or change you wish to make in your life. (Weidner, 2020)
Your Coach should have a coach.
Most coaches, when working with their clients, are also working on their personal growth. You want a coach invested in their own development and growth, so they are readily accessible to you as their client.
Despite being experts in their niche, coaches are human, and like you can get stuck and need help. If a coach is genuine and sincere about what they do, they will make sure to get the support they need to provide you with the support you need as their client.
You and Your Coach Must be Able to Connect.
The client-coach relationship is an essential part of the coaching process. For the process to be successful, the connection must be respect and rapport between the coach and client. Your soon-to-be coach should offer a complimentary 30-minute Good Fit Conversation to see if a connection is feasible.
The coach-client relationship should be founded based on respect, confidentiality, and integrity for the client. The end result of the Good Fit Conversations should always be a connection, a great coach-client relationship, and support for what the client wants to achieve. If all these elements are present and apparent to you, you may have found your "coach."
During a conversation, coaches will share what they notice, support the client's reflection on their current life, and point out things that may be holding the client back or making them stuck. The coach may also discuss and design new behaviors and practices with the client that will aid the client in moving forward.
If you feel that during your Good Fit conversation that an authentic connection between you and the coach has been created, think that the coach understands you and what you are struggling with, then the coach is a good fit for you and is worth your investment.
The Training Background of Your Coach is Important.
The coaching industry is growing by leaps and bounds, and anyone can claim to be a coach. Due to this, you must learn about your coach's' training background. This will also ensure you find the right coach. If the coach is certified, you can check their certification with their specific training program, such as the International Coaching Federation. Coaching is an unregulated industry, and there are no formal education requirements to become a coach. In fact, anyone can become a coach regardless of age or educational background. So, here is a list of questions that you should ask before hiring a coach.
Has your coach graduated from a reputable coaching training program?
Are they experienced in coaching?
How long have they been coaching?
Are they insured?
What results have their clients experienced?
What is their explanation of what coaching is and is not?
How do they structure and conduct their sessions?
Is the coach willing to share client testimonials and references?
Working with a coach is a fantastic thing. It is a lot of soul-searching and inner work, change, and flexibility. It is about facing your fears and moving forward in life. Coaching is about transformation in any aspect of your life, so make sure the potential coach is the "one" for you before signing the coaching contract.
Wiedner, S. (2020). Coaching costs. Retrieved from www.noomii.com/article/cost-hire-