Do you need a Coach?
People who hire coaches are success oriented people. Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, and so many other successful in their field have hired people to fine tune and elevate their talents. Coaching is a tight focus on your current skills to improve them even more.
Hiring a personal trainer or coach to make personal or business, or fitness improvements is a big investment. One thing most people don't realize is that elevating your current level in any genre is very intimidating. For one, when you make the choice to hire someone you may be at a plateau in your development. As a coach, I see that as a success and I want to use the momentum that got you to this point to launch you to your next phase.
Here are some things to consider when hiring a coach:
- What is their motivation style? A really good coach will get to know you and your motivation style. But it may be even more beneficial to find a coach who's main motivation style matches your own. I use a motivation quiz to determine my clients motivation style. In most cases I am able to determine their style in our interview and I give the quiz to find out the level of the motivation style.
- Does the coach have a thorough interview process to determine your needs? If your coach doesn't ask how you got where you are now, what are your current goals in addition to asking why you set your goals the way you did then you may not get the results you want from him/her. Most people know the what and the how but forget about their why. A good coach will focus on the why and use the what and how you are most familiar with or had the best success. I like simple exercises because they increase growth. I'm pretty sure that brand new golfers and 30 year veteran golfers both go to the driving range. Same exercise, but it grows with you.
- What are the coaches expectations of you? Coaches have goals too. If their goals don't align with your own, there may be trouble. If you have business coach who's goals is to increase his client's income by 200% in three months but your goals is to improve customer service quality, then he may be pushing you in ways that don't align with your goal. They may also have more services or training programs available and their coaching is geared to prepare you for the next level. Get this information up front and be clear. Those level up programs and coaches goals may serve you better and they may not. A good coach will want to use the best skills he/she has to get you to your goals.
- What are the agreement terms? Be sure to get an agreement in writing and look it over completely before signing. Before signing any agreement I like to ask what questions or concerns come up most often with their clients. Be sure you understand all the terms in the agreement. What constitutes a session? How are you charged? What is included in the communication between you and the coach?
- Ask for testimonials and referrals. This is a great way to see and hear what others say but keep in mind that your coach will only offer the best testimonials. It is a good idea to ask about any clients that canceled early or were not happy with their service. This is a touchy subject but when asked you can usually determine if the coach or trainer is disappointed that they were not able to help a client or if they blame the client.
I find that most people choose a coach or trainer based on a referral from someone they know. That is great because you can find out some information before meeting the coach. Go ahead and get at least three referrals and make plans to interview with potential coaches.
The problem for most people is that they are anxious to start seeing results so they choose an immediate start date before find the right coach. This is a big mistake. You will waste a lot of time if you choose the wrong coach and you may feel stuck or not leave because you are already invested.