7 *Really Smart* Steps to Take Before Hiring Your Next Coach

"How do I found the right coach for me?"

I get this question a lot.

Whether you're looking for somebody to help you grow your business or deepen your self-care practice, working one-on-one with a coach is a powerful way to create positive change in your life.

Coaches are masters of transformation.  They empower you to get from where you are now to where you want to go.

How? A great coach will...

  1. Help you get clear on what it is you actually want. Vision is everything.
  2. Work with you to dissolve the negative thoughts, limiting beliefs and behavior patterns that are holding you back from creating what you want.
  3. Empower you to take clear, aligned action steps and hold you accountable to see your vision through.

I feel like everybody should experience working 1-1 with a coach at least once in their lives. It's so transformative and teaches you tools and skills you'll find yourself apply again and again, long after your coaching relationship has ended.

Over the years, I'm grateful to say I've been both a coach and a client.

I started my coaching practice True North Life Design in 2015 and have worked with a number of coaches over the years to help me get organized in my business, take charge of my finances and deepen my spirituality. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my coaches. Seriously.

But coaching is an investment, usually a pretty big one. And when it comes to hiring the right coach for you, it's super important to do your research and take the time to find a solid match. After all, it's a relationship! You're inviting a person into your life to get to know you in a deep way for a set period of time... you want to do everything you can to make sure they're a great fit for you and your lifestyle so that you can create the changes you're looking for.

If you've been thinking about hiring a coach here are 7 steps you should take before making your investment.

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1. Get clear on what you want a coach to help you with and why.

There are literally thousands of coaches in the world today helping clients with everything from marketing to parenting to sacred sexuality. Getting clear on what you want a coach to help you with and why will make it easier to seek out a coach who's services are aligned with the results you're seeking.

2. Reflect on what amount you feel confident investing in coaching right now.

Coaching is a premium service and it's important to consider how much you're willing and able to invest. While each coaches pricing will of course vary, at a minimum you should expect to spend at least $1,000 - $2,000 when investing in a coaching package in full. Some master coaches even charge $10,000 + for their services. Keep in mind that many coaches do offer payment plans to make it easier.

While initially this might feel like a lot of money (I totally get it) it's important to spend some time reflecting on what you feel you're worth and how much the change you're looking to create is worth to you right now?

I always tell my clients to honour their financial limits, but then I remind them that investing in yourself should feel a little scary. It's like betting on yourself! When you pay top dollar for a service, you tend to value you it more. And because coaching still requires you to take action and "do the work," you're more likely to follow through and stay committed to your goals, when you've paid a premium amount.

3. Find a handful of coaches that you feel might be a good fit for you.

Do some Google searching or cruise social media and look for coaches who have services that align with what you're looking for and pricing that matches your budget. Then create a shortlist of 3-5 coaches who you feel might be the perfect coach for you.

4. Get to know your prospective coaches.

Consume their content and see how it lands for you. Most great coaches will have some kind of online presence whether it's through a blog, newsletter, video series or social media where they share tools, resources and information. This is a great way to get a feel for the coach and to see if you resonate with her vibe.

Does her content inspire you? Do you feel drawn to her personality? Does she speak to the challenges you're currently facing? Taking the time to read her blog posts or watch her videos should give you a pretty solid sense of who she is, what she stands for and how she works with her clients.

Also check to see if she's certified! The coaching industry is unregulated, meaning pretty much anyone can call themselves a coach these days, with or without actually undertaking a coach training.

5. Set up a time to connect and chat.

Most coaches offer a complimentary clarity call or discovery call as a way for both of you to explore if working together is a good fit. I recommend getting on a call with at least 3 of your shortlisted coaches so that you can get a sense of their vibe, offerings, coaching style and how they work.

Before getting on the call, spend some time getting clear on any questions you might have about your coach or her services, so that you can make the absolute most out of your time together.

6. Pay attention to how you feel.

After connecting with each coach, notice how you feel when you hand up? Do you feel empowered? Inspired? Lit up? Expansive? Clear? These are good signs.

Some not so good signs? If you feel doubtful, closed off,  unsure of yourself or confused...

Trust your intuition. She'll never lead you astray.

6. Hire your coach!

After connecting with your shortlist of coaches you should be able to intuitively feel who's right for you right now.

Trust your instincts.

 

With love,

Alex

 

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