How To Find The Right Coach

blog leadership personal growth personal leadership professional development Jul 19, 2021
The other day I was meeting with a client who mentioned that her doctor suggested working with a life coach to help overcome self-sabotage. This client realized that even though we have been working together on some leadership and career goals - and she has seen some great progress - she wasn't getting the most out of our sessions because she wasn't all-in on the thing she needed to overcome the most. In her case, it was overcoming self-sabotage. We had danced around the topic in the past, but other goals always took priority.
Recognizing that she was finally ready to work on this area, we spent the rest of our session coming up with a plan. The plan included helping her recognize when she is self-sabotaging, understanding what triggered her to self-sabotage, and setting up action steps that she could implement moving forward to get out of it as soon as it shows up.
Our session got me thinking...
How many women out there need a coach but don't know where to start, how to start, and maybe even need help getting ready to work on the hardest things? Well, I'm writing this blog post to help you answer those questions. So you can be equipped to make the right decisions and find the right Coach for you.

1. Where to start: get clear on your WHY and WHAT

First things first. You need to get clear on your WHY and your WHAT. You also need to realize that with coaching, there is a process. You might not be ready to work on the hardest thing yet because there might be so many things you need to work on first! And that's okay. It's a good idea to write down WHY you want to work with a Coach. Come up with a list of your top 5-10 reasons, and then order them according to importance. Here's a few more specific areas you might want to write down:


2. How to start: connect and build a relationship online

Once you've discovered why you want to work with a Coach, it's time to find the right one. Start following coaches on social media to see who you connect best with. You can type in a hashtag such as "#lifecoach" or "#leadershipcoach", etc. to find coaches, or pay attention to the people you already follow that are in the coaching industry. Your Coach should be someone that challenges your thinking, encourages you when needed, and helps you grow in your desired skills. Try connecting with a Coach in the following ways:

  • Follow them on your favorite social media platform. (We love Instagram and Facebook)
  • Sign up for their free content and actually use it, and then STAY on their VIP email list.
  • Subscribe to the podcast if they have one and tune in each week.
  • Pay attention to how the coach interacts with her audience. Is she consistent in her message, showing up, or engaging with her audience?

One last thing - pay attention to the vulnerability of the Coach you want to work with. There's a difference between sharing something to establish vulnerability versus being an actual hot mess that can't even. Make sure your Coach has the results to back up what she claims!


3. Take the plunge: experience working with a coach

And finally, the only way you can truly know if a Coach is the right fit for you, is to experience working with them. You'll never find the right coach if all you do is devour free content. You've gotta put skin in the game to really see the results you are looking for!

  • Book a one-on-one session with a coach to get results and see if they are the coach you need long term.
  • Join a mastermind or event to experience the coach in a group environment. Oftentimes the connection and communication with other attendees is just as valuable, if not more valuable, as the guidance from the coach!
Hiring a coach for yourself is one of the most responsible things you can do in the modern age. In fact, working with a coach is proven to help improve not only your professional life, but also your personal life. So what are you waiting for? Activate the tips shared above today and start making progress toward the confidence, success, leadership, and skills you want in this one precious life you get to live!
If you feel connected with us, we would be honored to work with you. And if not, we are confident that this post will help you take a step in the right direction with the coach that you do want to work with.
Much love,
~Coach Mandy