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Choosing a life coach

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Do you need a life coach?

Have you ever considered using a life coach? A professional life coach can help guide you through some of life’s tougher challenges, including finding a new job or career, achieving better in your current career; dealing with anxiety and stress; increasing your confidence, motivation and self-esteem; helping you realise your true potential by discovering your dreams, talents, and skills; improving an existing relationship, or moving on to a new one and restructuring your priorities in life.How hard could it be choosing a life coach?

Not just for celebs!

Until recently, having a life coach was a celebrity thang but nowadays, there are plenty to choose from, and they charge reasonable hourly rates, meaning you can get your life on track for the around the same price as a personal trainer at the gym. A good coach can teach you how to be happier and more effective in your daily life without constantly dragging up your childhood like a psychologist can. Life coaches focus on the present, rather than the past and they can also have a positive effect on your kids, even if it is by proxy. After all, happier, focused and more positive parents mean happier kids, right?

Making the right choice

A quick search on Google for Life Coaches brings up thousands of results – where to start?    After all, selecting the correct coach for your specific needs and motives, and finding a person who is going to bring useful, lasting change into your life could be like looking for a needle in a haystack.Choosing the correct one for your needs and motives can be difficult. Don’t forget to ask around locally either – a good coach could come your way, purely through word of mouth.

Here are a few questions you may want to ask:

  • What do they specialise in?
  • You may want to write a book, change career, or escape a negative relationship – all very different objectives. It’s important to interview your life coach before signing up for a course – after all, they are applying for the important job of teaching you a life lesson.
  • Are they professionally qualified?
  • Ask to see their qualifications, and be sure to cross reference these, as certificates can be forged.
  • You should also ask them if they have experience in your particular field, how long they’ve been qualified for and if they can show you testimonials from satisfied clients.
  • Talk to a variety of coaches, and make notes. As you talk to them, you’ll inevitably develop a rapport. If you relax with a potential candidate while you chat, you’ll be able to tell them your innermost desires, and get more out of each session.

choosing a life coach

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

A good life coach should be able to walk their own walk and take their own advice. Don’t be afraid to ask them about their own personal circumstances. After all, why should you listen to someone whose own life is in a mess?A decent coach should be subjective, and not judge you either. Indeed, a good life coach should let you do about 80% of the talking, and they should also have a counselling background.

Also find out what rates they charge, and what the package includes. Experience level and credentials can affect the hourly rate. Some coaches do face-to-face meetings, email support, and phone conversations for a fixed price.

Once you start to narrow down your choices, ask for a free consultation, or taster session. Meeting your new life coach face-to-face is essential – you may have little in common and you may irk each other – hardly the foundation for a long, nurturing relationship.

It pays to remember that almost anybody can become a life coach nowadays, which is why it’s more important than ever to do your homework before choosing carefully. However, a well-selected and well-vetted life coach can make an incredibly influential and inspiring addition to your life. If you’re ready to do the groundwork and accept the guidance of a qualified mentor, who knows how many doors it could open up?

 

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About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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