Nine tips for a successful coaching

on BLOG, Coaching, success 22 mag, 2012


Today I propose a list of tips to find the right coach for you. This post is addressed to those who have decided to hire a coach and need a recommendation to launch a successful coaching relationship.

1. What do you need? A mentor, a consultant, a counsellor, a coach or an advisor?

A coach covers all these five roles; the other four professions do not.

Counsellors work on psychological or emotional problems, mentors on the transmission of best practices and rules, consultants on strategic and operational issues and the advisors on culture and politics in general. An experienced coach with a relevant background can cover all areas, being anyway able to recognise the moment when the intervention of another expert is necessary.

2. Define your problem

Clearly identify the area on which you want to focus your coaching path, in order to have clear ideas already at the first coaching session.

However, very often, the truth is at a deeper level, but do not worry: the coach will make it emerge.

3. How to find YOUR coach

If you already know a coach or a coachee, you can start asking them of techniques and areas of expertise.

Another very useful and fast way is to consult the database of ICF accredited coaches, which allows you to filter on several variables: level of accreditation, gender, type of coaching, language, status, cost ...

4. Check before hiring your coach

Before you hire the coach, obtain information via his website, his blog and his references. In addition to this, contact his former clients and ask them how and in what areas the coach was very useful and helpful.

5. Take the first direct information

Once identified your potential coach, contact him to ask questions about his successful cases, his areas of excellence, his mistakes and about what he learned from them. A coach claiming to cover all domains of coaching and denying errors is clearly not credible.

6. Block your agenda

Consider that a coaching path lasts at least ten sessions, one every 15 or 20 days, that a coaching session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and that there are actions and "homework" to do, as well as changes or new points of view of to think about. So, check in advance if your agenda is flexible enough for such a commitment.

Finally, remember that coaching is not a "emergency" discipline; so, if your problem requires an immediate response, probably the coaching is not the right resource for you.

7. Ensure honesty and commitment

The coaching relationship is extremely deep and requires a total opening between coach and coachee. Therefore, you have to foresee to invest high doses of honesty and vulnerability, as well as of commitment.

8. Build a relationship of mutual trust

Given the specularity of coaching, without mutual trust it’s not possible to obtain any result. Therefore, before fixing the introductory session, wonder whether you have conflicts of interest or hidden agenda. If yes, desist.

9. Have fun

In addition to references, studies, and credibility, there can be no coaching without "chemistry": at the first meeting, ask yourself if you do like your coach and if you think he likes you. Do you think there are the right foundations for a trustful and respectful relationship? The coaching is a serious growth relationship, but fun and spontaneity cannot miss: without them you would hardly obtain successful outcomes.

I do believe that, if you follow these nine tips, the probability of successof your coaching path will increase dramatically.

Try and let me know: I look forward to receiving your feedbacks.

All the best!






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