A fairly new concept to the business world are the life coaches, who appear to have worked their way in to the hearts and minds of people in an overwhelming manner. You should really see the reviews given and the glowing terms in which experienced users describe the benefits they had enjoyed by obtaining the services of a life coach be it for their personal or professional needs. The trend is fast catching on, and their imaginations fired by the tributes paid by those who have already availed of such services to their satisfaction, now prospective clients are just making a beeline for obtaining the services of a life coach, sending the demand for such services skyrocketing!
Still there are no State or Federal regulations or governing bodies for defining, or for the control or enforcement of terms, specifications and standards of services to be rendered or a code of conduct and ethics pertaining to life coaches. Related training and certification programs and formation of Associations by service providers are yet in their budding stages. Despite the rapidly mounting popularity of life coaches, many prospective clients are often in a quandary as to what type of services to expect and at what rates and the rights they are entitled to (if any) in the absence of any official regulations or governing bodies regulating the operation of life coaches. Due to these reasons, finding a life coach that best suits your needs may not be an easy task.
In the absence of proper norms to be guided by, some of the areas that a prospective customer may take into consideration when looking for the services of a life coach are his or her qualifications, training undergone, experience, exposure and communication skills. What is most important is that they understand your needs perfectly and are able to communicate with you as to what exactly you are expected to do or what your responses should be. You may go for good and patient listeners rather than big talkers in selecting a good life coach!
You would have to talk to many life coaches before selecting one, since their fields of expertise, modus operandi, approach, attitudes, nature and quality of services provided, fees charged and package deals offered by some could highly vary between one coach and another.
Prepare a schedule from what transpires from the interviews and don't fail to request for references and follow up with the referees to make sure that the coach concerned does in fact possess all the qualities and characteristics claimed in the application. You may find lists of life coaches to be called for interviews from several websites that provide such services. Reading through some of the profiles of life coaches may give you ideas as to what sort of questions to ask them and what type of services and qualities of services you can expect and at what cost. After short-listing the best contenders for your final selection, make it a point to check on their professional credentials claimed and certificates furnished before you make your final selection. A tip that can be given is that high fees charged and claimed by a coach could be a reflection of his or her quality and integrity of service and past successes as a life coach, although it does not necessarily have to always so. In such cases you could check thoroughly with his or her referees to satisfy yourself.
If you feel that the coach you have hired does not satisfy your needs or of much help to you in achieving certain personal or professional objectives that you have set yourself to achieve, do not hesitate to try another.