Choosing The Right Professional Coach - 6 Tips

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD

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You and your coach are a partnership focused on you and your success. Coaching isn't a magic wand; it is a lot of hard work. You need to be committed to the process. Change, especially the kind evoked through coaching does not take place overnight. You will make subtle and powerful shifts if you are willing and able to commit to your success. Coaching is about your being in the present and focused on the future.

  • You and your coach need to have a good rapport. Be specific about what you need. The more you identify your needs, the greater chance you will find the person who can help you.

    For example: Do you need—

    -A coach to help you become motivated and to help you capitalize on your personal abilities?
    -A coach to have openness and flexibility to their approach at being ‘your’ coach; Ability to be patient and push you to succeed simultaneously?
    - A coach who’s direct and will act as a task master. ”
    - A coach who proffers advice and talks about their experiences.
    - A coach who listens as you recognize the answers from inside yourself.

    Trust your instincts when deciding whether or not the coach understands who you are and what you need.

  • Master's or Doctorate Degree
  • Proven experience as a professional in your field or like field
  • Check credentials and references
  • Know your budget. The cost for a coach varies with the specialties and capabilities.
  • To find your ideal coach: Research the Internet; contact the Chamber of Commerce, business magazines, organizations, business associates, U. S. Small Business Administration office, Small Business Development Center, Business Coach Associations

    Last, but not least, after choosing a coach, if you are not satisfied with how the process is going do not hesitate to discuss it with your coach. If after a discussion, you are still dissatisfied, cut your losses and find another coach.

    Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, “101 Great Ways To Improve Your Life. " Mind, Body, Spirit healing and Physical/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Recovery. As an inspirational leader, Dr. Neddermeyer empowers people to view life's challenges as an opportunity for Personal/Professional Growth and Spiritual Awakening.

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