Coaching - What type of coach do I need?
Click the button to determine the type of coaching you are looking for. Don't worry if it is both. It usually is :)
Recently I was working on increasing traffic on my website and as a result, I was examining keywords that potential clients use when searching for a Coach. Although I wasn’t surprised, I did become more aware that coaching comes by many names today. I can empathize with a potential client - that it must be hard to know what exactly you need or what kind of coach will be the best fit for your presenting issue or concern.
From my lens as an Executive and Life Coach, I see this confusion as being one of the primary reasons it takes some clients so long to make the decision to send that email inquiry or to make that first call to a coach.
When researching coaches, you may ask yourself, what am I looking for?
Do I want/need a:
- Life Coach
- Career Coach
- Executive Coach
- Leadership Coach
- Communication Coach
- Personal Coach
- Business Coach
- Spiritual Coach
- Inspiration Coach
- Accountability Coach
- Elite Coach
- Prosperity Coach
- Power Coach
- Professional Coach
- Relationship Coach
I have also found there can be stigma around the term “Life” Coach. Professionals tend to steer clear of life coaches and seek out coaches with business-related pronouns. Even the term “professional” is unclear. You can ask 20 people what a “professional” is and get 20 different responses. However, connecting with a “life” coach is for some reason embarrassing, not cool or fluffy. It’s as though seeking help with your “life” is somehow less important than your career – yet from what I have found, every client with career challenges, also raises concerns related to their life. And why not? Isn’t work a huge part of our lives??!!
That’s why I’m okay with whatever term someone wants to use when working with me. The goal of the Coach however, is to ensure the client understands the fundamentals of coaching so that the Coach can provide the space and clarity the client is seeking through conscious questioning.
I consider myself a well-rounded coach. I am as comfortable working with an entrepreneur, as with an engineer or stay-at-home dad. I’ve worked with young adults struggling with school and big life questions, and adults approaching retirement looking for help on how to wind down their careers and figure out what they will do with their impending spare time.
When searching for a coach – by whatever name you choose, just be sure that you relate well to them. A coach doesn’t need to know how to code to coach a software engineer any more than they need to have gone through a divorce to be a relationship coach.
Ask yourself, is the prospective coach:
- Easy to talk to
- Asking thought provoking questions
- Honouring your opinions
- Doing far less talking than you are
Christine and her coaching were truly incredible. Struggles with anxiety and current job dissatisfaction were bringing me to a place I was not wanting to be. With her empathy, care, compassion and expertise, she helped guide me through ways of confronting my current situation. Not only does she truly listen, her ability to provide constructive feedback while creating personal strategies for individual and unique scenarios is impeccable. A truly genuine and educated professional, with whom I am glad I reached out to for personal growth and life coaching.
Jessilyn H., Simcoe, Ontario