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How to find a Life Coach - Step by Step Guide

Updated: Jan 3



You are embarking on a transformative journey. Acknowledging that you would benefit from a guidance and support from someone is a significant and courageous step towards your personal development. Even Hugh Jackman admits that he had to rely heavily on his coaches to get him through many life circumstances.


Your journey starts here, and the possibilities for self-discovery and achievements are boundless.


Step #1 - Know Your Goals


Start by identifying specific areas of your life where you want improvement. Whether it's career, relationships, personal development, public speaking or decreasing your anxiety and stress, clarifying your goals will help you find a coach with expertise in those areas.


Step #2 - Understand that some coaches have narrow niche, while others do not


Some coaches specialize in a narrow niche such as career coaching or relationship coaching, while others, like life coaches or trauma-informed coaches work within a broad spectrum of goals. The latter often excels at addressing a wide range of areas, making them well-suited for clients who seek holistic approach, especially because all areas of life are intertwined.


"Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, And Other Celebrities Recommend Coaching As A Necessity For Success."Forbes

Step#3 - Seek Recommendations or look Online


(a) Ask friends, colleagues, or family for recommendations. Personal referrals can provide valuable insights and help you connect with coaches who have a proven track record of success.


(b) Online consider these platforms:

  • Social Media such as Instagram or LinkedIn

  • Google Search with specific keywords applicable to you, e.g., "relationship coach" or "career transition coach"

  • Online directories such as the International Coach Federations (ICF)

  • Coaching websites like Life Coach Directory, Noomi, MarthaBeck, or BetterUp

  • Professional networks related to coaching and personal development forums or groups

  • Personal Development events, webinars, conferences


Step #4 - Schedule (FREE) Initial Consultations


Many coaches offer free initial consultations. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your goals, ask questions, and assess if the coach's approach resonates with you. Pay attention to their communication style and whether you feel a connection.


Ask if the coach has any credentials or certifications (such as ICF), if credentials are important for you.


Step #5 - Clarify Coaching Process


Understand the coach's methodology and coaching process. Discuss how sessions are conducted, the frequency of meetings, and any tools or assessments used. A clear understanding will help you set realistic expectations.


Step #6 - Assess Compatibility


Building a strong rapport with your life coach is crucial. Assess whether you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and challenges with them. A good coach-client relationship is built on trust and open communication. But a good coach should also be able to challenge the client and not always be a yes-supporting-person.


Step #7 - Discuss Fees and Logistics


Understand all the fees, session duration, and any additional costs. Ensure that the logistics, such as meeting frequency and scheduling, align with your preferences and availability. What is the cancelation policy or refunds.


Step #8 - Trust Your Instincts


Ultimately, trust your instincts when selecting a life coach. Choose someone who feels like the right fit for your personality and goals.


Remember that finding the right life coach may take the time and is crucial for a successful coaching experience.


If something does not work out, be honest with yourself why (are you putting the work in? or is the coach not the best match?) , learn what you can and try again.


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