A coaching relationship
A coaching relationship
A coaching relationship is much like any other relationship - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. And regardless of whether the coaching relationship works or not, one constant remain - you get out of it what you put into it.   To the uninitiated, there are a few things you need to know before you hire a coach. It's called "kicking the tires" in the auto industry; you want to see if the coach really is who she (or he) says she (or he) is. In my experience, I have seen not-so-good coaches with great marketing material (web site, face book, etc.) and great coaches who prefer less fanfare. In other words, there is no rhyme or reason how coaches will market themselves, so it's ultimately  peak-athletics up to the buyer (you) to find and discern who is right for you.   The following steps will help you prepare to find and hire the perfect coach for you:   1 Know why you want to work with a coach. Sometimes, you may feel stuck; you might be feeling that you need some outside motivation to get you back on track but you're not sure where exactly you need the push. That's actually a good reason to hire a coach. Or, say, you have numerous needs and you're not sure what should come first, second, and third, that's another good reason to get a coach. A good coach will help you get your priorities straight quickly and get you into action just as quickly.   The clearer you are about what you need, the easier it will be when you perform research to find the perfect coach. For example, in the first situation - feeling stuck - you'll want to find a coach who is skilled at motivation, project management, and/or execution. In the second example, you will probably want a coach whose focus is on organization, life balance, and/or time (or life) management.   2 Doing the research. There are several methods of research you should employ to find the right coach. There are coach directories that you can search for a coach by location or specialty. The following web sites provide such a service - coachinc.com or coachfederation.com. You may also perform a general search on, say, Google by putting in key words such as Life Coach Boston, or Life Coach Transitions, or Executive Coach Leadership.   Another method of searching is by calling those in your network who have experienced coaching. You won't necessarily want to hire their coach, even if they were amazed by them, but you may want to speak with that coach to find out 1) if they specialize in what you're looking for, or 2) if they can recommend someone who does coach this specialty.   You should, at a minimum, talk to three coaches to gain perspective. You will find that each coach has her or his particular way of approaching client needs and helping them succeed in their endeavor.      

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