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146 Reserve Ave, Oberlin, OH 44074 P: (440) 864.0634

“On Hiring a Coach: Information for Prospective Clients”

imageBy Patricia Bright, BCC, GPCC
Executive, Leadership, and Career Coach
President-Elect ICF Cleveland
August 29, 2013

When I say the word “coaching”, what words come to mind for you?

Well, if you have ever hired a coach, you are familiar with why coaching is so popular.  Here are some reasons why:

A 2012 International Coach Federation study found that:

  • 80 percent of individuals have experienced a positive change in self-esteem and self-confidence as a result of partnering with a professional coach.
  • Companies that have used professional coaching for business reasons have seen a median return on investment of 700 percent, or seven times their initial investment.
  • 96 percent of coaching clients indicated they would repeat the coaching process, given the same circumstances.

So, if you think that you may want to explore hiring a coach, let’s discuss what these findings may mean to you.

First, let’s define coaching.

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as: a partnership with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

It is important to know what coaching is not:

  • Coaching is not therapy or analysis.  Instead, a coach focuses the client on the future.
  • Coaching is not consulting or directing.  Instead, coaches ask questions that guide a client in discovery and awareness.

They say, it only takes one person to change your life.

For a moment, imagine with me … Imagine that you are dealing with a career transition:

  • Your current job is no longer fulfilling and you wonder if you have the energy to make a change.
  • Your job has been eliminated and you have lost your confidence to start a new job search.
  • Your business venture was not successful and you question if you have what it will take to invest in a new business again.

Imagine that you are feeling overwhelmed in your life:

  • You never seem to have enough time in your life for things that really matter.
  • You find that you have more and more conflict with others.
  • You feel that your confidence and self-esteem has eroded.
  • You feel “stuck” and wonder what you should do to help yourself.

Now imagine:

  • That you feel more connected with your strengths.
  • That you feel confident about a plan that will guide you to a new future.
  • That you feel a sense of inner peace.
  • That you feel balance in your life.
  • That you feel excited about your life and about the future.

Coaching can help you experience these things with a step-by-step process that is customized to target your individual situation, based on your personal or business needs.

Here are comments from clients regarding their experience with one-on-one coaching:

  • “I felt that you really heard me.”
  • “I feel that I have new insight.  I am excited about new possibilities.”
  • “I feel connected with my ‘core’.”

A coach is someone with whom you feel you can easily relate and create a powerful partnership.

Here are some questions you may want to ask prospective coaches:

  • What is your coaching experience?
  • Do you hold an ICF Credential?
  • What is your coaching specialty?
  • What is your specific process for coaching?
  • What are some of your coaching success stories?

If you want to make a change, explore new options, work through a transition and reduce confusion while enhancing your success, consider seeking the services of a professional coach.

It only takes one person to change your life.  And when you have found the right coach, you will know that you have made the right decision.

Patricia Bright is the Owner of Bright Consulting, a Human Development Company.  She works with successful leaders and executives that desire enhanced performance or need to navigate challenges during transition.

Read more about the 2012 International Coach Federation Coaching Study.

Visit the International Coach Federation.
Visit the ICF Cleveland Chapter.

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