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It’s easy for anyone to say anything in this age of pervasive social media. Sharing our thoughts and opinions is a compulsive 24/7/365 line of communication.
The “About Us” sections on these social channels are a blank canvas where people can paint a picture of what they want themselves to be. Many use those sections to present themselves as someone they’re not and embellish their experience.
This fabrication trend is a common occurrence in the career coaching world. People with little to no experience claim to be coaches who can transform people’s lives and businesses. Unfortunately, professionals who are desperate for change journey down an unfulfilling and frustrating path clinging to those empty promises the entire way.
You don’t have to be one of those desperate professionals. Finding a coach who understands what you’re going through and can map out a plan to get you where you want to go is essential.
Building an effective relationship with a coach can be difficult. The New York Times reported an estimated 71,000 professional coaches globally and 23,000 in North America.
How do you know which coach is best for you?
Finding a career coach who aligns with your needs can be a daunting process. Vetting requires that you ask the right questions to properly evaluate who can develop your talents, expose your inefficiencies and blind spots, create an action plan that elevates your performance and takes your career to new heights.
Simply starting the process of finding an executive coach or career coach can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, your to-do list seems to grow by the minute, and every time you turn around, there’s another fire to put out.
If you’re ready, here are three ways to find your career coach match:
What are your sticking points? Weaknesses? Challenges? Understanding where you fall short is the springboard for your search because you’ll have a better grasp of the coach’s skill sets and experience required to help you. If your coach has the experience and knows your trials and tribulations, you can be confident that this person will know what to do to help you.
The coaching vetting process is an interview. Use your interactions to get a better feel for specialties, experiences, and successes. Conduct thorough research to uncover the right coach who will meet your needs.
A good starting point would be reading through online reviews and testimonials on the coach’s website and LinkedIn profile. What are people saying? Is it generally positive? Did these people share similar struggles as you? Would the results the coach created for others help you in your situation?
How these questions are answered will signal whether you should pursue a conversation or continue your search.
If you feel the coach has potential, consider the following:
To build on this point, here are a handful of questions you can ask to help you gauge whether this coach is a good fit:
True coaches are problem solvers. And they’re people who can get into your mindset to ferret out your blind spots. If you feel like the coach can’t solve your issues, continue your search.
The search for a coach is much like dating. You’re opening yourself up to start a relationship with someone. You look for someone with whom you can build a relationship built on communication, trust, and connection.
The same notion applies to coaching. When deciding on a coach, you want to work with someone who:
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