Choosing a coach or mentor can be a real dilemma – on several levels and I am sure you’ll have noticed that, on a global scale, there seems to be an increasing proliferation of coaches.
I guess it’s a sign of the times that we live in.
A sign that we are attuned to the need to reach out for help.
That’s really positive!
It’s wonderful when you are empowered to ask for help and understand it is not a weakness to seek help, but a strength.
The dilemma comes, when you have to decide who to work with.
A good coach is worth their weight in gold.
A quality coach will help you gain clarity and achieve results.
They will help you move forward with whatever aspects of your life or business you want to change/improve/work on. It all comes down to choosing the right person for the job.
How to choose the right coach
This is where you need to do a little homework (or maybe a lot of homework).
Just as there are horses for courses, there are different coaches suited to different people.
There are business coaches, personal development coaches, life coaches and a myriad more. There are also those who are just keen to separate you and your cash.
That’s why checking out reputations (not just what you read on Facebook or in other social media) is vital.
So, yes, it is confusing.
Especially when you are going to be investing your hard-earned money. At the end of the day it comes down to doing your own due diligence and choosing who you feel will be able to best serve YOUR needs.
Think carefully about what you want from a coach.
Being clear on your expectations of a coach will help you make the right decision.
Lay it on the table and communicate the outcomes you expect. Get clarity on how your coaching sessions will work, find out the availability of your coach and whether they’ll be running a ‘formula’ or if the sessions are unique to you.
Beware of the coach who claims to be able to work miracles. It comes down to your own efforts, but only once you understand what is required and have the tools to get from point A to point B.
There is no one size fits all, and different coaches have different niches and styles. You also need to consider whether their coaching style aligns with how you learn.
Or do you want a mentor?
There’s often confusion between the two. In an article written back in August 2015, on my personal blog, I talk about the difference between a coach and a mentor. You can check it out here.
Am I a coach or mentor?
Although some clients choose to engage me to coach them through specific areas of business I don’t market myself as a coach. I am first and foremost a business consultant that will, on occasion, coach clients in order to achieve their goals.
To your success,