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Hiring a Coach, to those who have not yet had that experience, can be a bit of a mystery. Here are my five easy steps to help you hire your right Coach!

Step # 1: Get clear why you are in the market for a Coach. What’s the situation you are wanting to evaluate or change or reflect on? Is it about your leadership abilities, career fulfillment, strengthening a relationship, health and wellness improvement, retirement planning…?

Step # 2: Do your research. Do a google search. Type in for example: “Career Coaches Nova Scotia”, or “Wellness Coaches Toronto” or “Executive Coaches Canada”. Specify the area of coaching you are most interested in, to help tailor the results you will get in your search. This is also a good time to ask your personal and/or professional network for names of any Coaches that they can recommend.

Step # 3: Make a Short List. Review the websites of the Coaches you turned up in your research phase. Coaches, like any other professional or business, work hard to ensure their website reflects their unique, professional brand. So check out the various sites and get a feel for which of the Coaches you are drawn to.

Step # 4: Make Contact. Call or email your top two, three or four Coaches. Ask for 15 minutes of their time for a phone call. Let them know you are in the market to hire a Coach and you’d like to ask them some questions about their practice. Typical questions? Do you coach by phone or in person? What is your fee? How long a term do you contract with clients for? What training and credentials do you have? Are you a member of the ICF (International Coach Federation)? What is your area of specialty/who are your typical clients?

Step # 5: Decide and Hire. Make your selection from the Coaches you’ve shortlisted and spoken with. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you make your choice: Do I think working with this Coach will be a good experience? How did I feel during and after that preliminary call? Did she/he seem interested in me and my situation and were they a good listener? Am I prepared to make the financial investment in myself at this time?

5 simple steps. And in the end, you’ve done due diligence, and hopefully found and hired a Coach that’s going to help you soar.

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