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How to find the right coach

The world of coaching is vast and can be overwhelming. There are many different types of coaches with different specializations and methodologies. Some coaches can support you with your career (Career Coaching) or business (Business Coaching), while others offer life coaching. You may be wondering which coach is right for you.

First, decide if you really need a coach

Before you start looking for a coach, make sure you are ready to hire one. There are many reasons why it may be beneficial to work with an outside expert, but they may not apply to you. A good place to start is to ask yourself, ‘Do I have a specific issue that I would like to address with an expert?’ If the answer is no, then maybe you don’t need coaching – you should just keep doing what you’re doing.

But let’s face it. Who doesn’t know an area where they want to improve? If your professional or personal life could use a positive turn for a while now, then maybe it would be beneficial to get some assistance with that.

Another question to ask yourself before hiring a coach is, ‘Am I ready?’ Your readiness and commitment will affect how likely it is that the coaching will be impactful. If you are not ready, the presence of a coach in your life can become another source of stress instead of leading to positive change. So be honest with yourself find out where your priorities are right now.

Pick the right coach

There are so many coaches out there, so it’s important to choose the one who is right for you. First things first: do your research. Tools like the Narra matching algorithm can help you narrow down your search.

Next: Look at the coaches’ profiles and read what they have written about themselves and their work. What kind of coach are they? Do they have the experience you seek? Are they a good fit for what you are looking for in a coach?

Once all these questions are answered, it is time to build some trust with the coach who will accompany you on your life or career path. Book a get-to-know-you meeting and see if you enjoy the exchange. Your coach should be a person who inspires confidence and trust in you. In addition, he should show a good sense of your needs.

Tips on how to pick the right coach:

  • Choose someone who is good at what they do. Check out the coach’s training and past experience.
  • Select a coach whose approach resonates with you. Use your initial conversation to ask the coach how they have worked with previous clients on similar topics.
  • Find someone who is a good fit for you. The chemistry needs to be right. A coach who is a good fit for you may not be a good fit for someone else, and vice versa.
  • Also, pay attention to coach availability: on Narra, you can see each coach’s availability. Some coaches are even available the very next day.
  • Make sure the coach’s pricing fits your budget. In another blog post, we have listed some guidance on the cost of coaching.

Takeaway for your coach search

The main takeaway is: pick somebody who specializes in your topic and can convincingly convey how they will work with you. Hints for quality can be the coach’s education and past experience. Nevertheless, the chemistry between the coach and yourself might be the most important factor. Narra helps you in the process of finding a coach by making it simple to find, compare and book coaches.