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Coaching’s the most popular topic today. Everyone’s talking about it.

And too much talking may also mean too little action. Not only from the hiring perspective but from norms, legislation, and professional environment perspective.

When coming to coaching, the most important thingafter making the decision to hire a coachis to pick a good one.

In my practice and life, I’ve worked with hundreds of coaches. I’ve had different coaches myself. (I still have one right now, as you can’t sell coaching if you yourself don’t value coaching.) I work and have worked in the last 10 years in different groups and have had access to different niche platforms. I’ve participated in seminars, trainings, and conferences of different coaches. There are now an estimated 40,000 coaches worldwide according to ICF [1].

How many are there with zero certifications and zero experience? A lot!

All this is to highlight an important point: too many self-declared coaches really harm their clientssometimes even coming from a good intention and good heart. Yet with zero education and experience, a good heart and a willingness to help isn’t enough to be a good coach.

Working with a coach can be mind-blowing. We reach levels of awareness that can’t be seen from our own thinking process. We achieve goals that we had believed weren’t for us, we move out of the “I’m not enough” perspective. We take back the control of what affects us and why. We become the leader of our own life. The benefits of working with a coach are almost unlimited because they’re directly linked with each of our goals, dreams, and blockages to overcome.

To allow you to get the best coaches, here are my tips:

  •  Ask for credentials and referrals
  •  Ask for the number of hours coached (any certified coach with ICF should have this; think of it like a pilotthe more they fly, the better they get)
  •  Ask for recommendations from people you know who’ve been successful following a coaching program
  • Look for certified coaches; this isn’t a guarantee they’re efficient, but at least they had training and have signed a code of ethics.
  • Use social media to ask for a good coach; this is not always the best source, but when someone in your network had a great experience, they’re likely to sharethe reverse is very true as well
  • Ask who’s coaching them; if they don’t have a coach, not only does it show they don’t value coaching themselves, but most importantly, they don’t keep growing
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Feel free to reach out to me. I can’t work with everyone, but my network of impactful coaches can.

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