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Coaching: How do I find the perfect coach for me?

You're curious about a Coaching? But how do I find the perfect coach for me - are you asking yourself? Imagine that you have made it! The job is going great. Financially, you don't have to worry. You are healthy. And actually, happiness is at your feet. Actually. Because you're lonely. What you need is a partner at eye level. A confidant with whom you can exchange ideas, who gives you feedback, criticism. Someone you can dream and laugh with. You are longing for the perfect partner at your side? Now a coach can help you, for example, to fill this area of your life, partnership. And we will show you what to look out for in your search for a coach.

With coaching to more lightness

A Coach is a neutral expert who supports you in your further development on a professional and personal level. He is unbiased. You will receive honest feedback from him. He checks your beliefs with you, works with you on your vision. Together you strengthen yourself, let the energy flow again - and also into the areas where it may flow even more. Look forward to clarity, lightness, joy of life! 

Look forward to clarity, lightness and joy of life.

Develop new success strategies in coaching

That sounds brutal and not like a situation you would voluntarily put yourself in, right? Yes, it is, because you're not looking for a feel-good manager who will cuddle up with you hand in hand and consistently praise your strengths. You are looking for a life coach who helps you to develop new success strategies and to maintain your success in the long run - or even to increase it!

How to find your coach 

But there are plenty of coaches. How to find the right one at the first go? Well, as with every search, thorough research pays off. To find the perfect coach, you should also proceed strategically and consider certain criteria. Here you will find practical tips on how to proceed and the most important selection criteria.

1. define your goal

In the first step, think about the reason for your search for a coach and what your concerns and goals are. Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Do you want financial abundance? Don't you even know what your strengths are? Or do you want clarity with regard to your childhood? A clearly defined goal helps to find out which competencies are especially important to you with your coach. In other words: a clearly defined goal makes it clear to you what the main focus of your coach's work must be.

What is the reason for your search for a coach?

2. compare offers for coaching

Coaching is an investment in your future. Therefore the coach should meet important criteria and for example have completed a sound training as a coach. Several years of experience as a coach as well as own leadership experience are also important. In addition, the price and the local proximity of course also decide which expert is the right one for you. Compare different offers and choose a favourite.

3. ask the coach for references

The term "coach" is not protected, which means that in principle anyone can call themselves that. Therefore, certificates and references are particularly relevant. Make sure to ask your favourite coach to show you a CV. Only when you know what professional experience the coach has can you decide whether he or she is suitable for you. References, licenses, certificates and seals of approval can also serve as proof of quality.

4. get to know your coach

Nothing beats getting to know each other personally! So how about meeting your prospective coach for a preliminary talk? In this meeting you should not only talk about important formalities, but above all about your goals and his approach. A good coach makes his working methods transparent and gives details about his approach.

5. trust your gut

Your gut feeling usually gives you a quick indication whether the coach suits you or not. If you don't like him in the preliminary talk, you should definitely keep looking, no matter how first-class his references may be. The chemistry has to be right, after all you have to build up trust and be able to rely on him.

Selection criteria for your coaching

During the above procedure you should pay special attention to some selection criteria. Before you make your final decision for the coach, make sure that he or she really meets all five of the following criteria. If not, you should reconsider your choice. If you do, you have hit the jackpot and found the perfect coach for you. And here are the five decisive selection criteria for you:

1. professional competence

Can your prospective coach convince professionally? Has he perhaps worked in a management position himself? Does he or she know the challenges you are facing - should your life cycle not be balanced in the job area? Pay attention to the skills the coach can demonstrate.

2. coaching methodology

In addition to competence, the methodology, i.e. the approach of your coach, naturally plays a central role. A good coach proceeds in a structured and goal-oriented manner. He follows a clear concept and knows exactly how to coach you best. Do not be satisfied with less!

3. time management

You usually consult a coach when the hut is on fire - that is, when there is a concrete situation in which you need help and cannot get on alone. So make sure that your coach helps you quickly and not in six months time. Good time management means that he structures the units sensibly and does not need a long warm-up phase. You need to benefit from your coach from the very first minute. After all, your time is limited and you want to see results.

4. interest

Your coach must be able to listen to you and respond to you completely. The most important basis of coaching is his interest in you. After all, it is about optimizing your personal skills and knowledge. Individual solutions can only be found if the coach deals with your personal development. And for this he must know you and be able to assess your strengths and weaknesses.

5. modesty

There are coaches who would rather talk than listen - and who want to make a name for themselves instead of supporting you. If he is more interested in his ego than in your success, then off to the desert with him! Professionals don't need to put themselves in the limelight, but concentrate entirely on you. Find a coach who is modest and gives everything to help you achieve your goals. You don't have time for self-portrayals.

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