It's because it provides a unique combination of:

  • Questioning

  • Support

  • Structure

  • Accountability

  • Objective Feedback

  • Action

And this we can do either face-to-face or on the phone.

Would you like to hire a coach to support you?

Great idea! But before you hire a new coach, check they are qualified, competent, experienced, and a good fit.

What questions should you ask a prospective coach?

I myself was trained at Coach University, a coaching school accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

One of the classes was on Ethics in Coaching. And one part of my ethical responsibility as a trained professional is to educate potential clients about coaching and coaching competence.

The barriers to becoming a coach are virtually non-existent. In fact, anyone can call themselves a coach.

It’s not that simple.

A surprising number of my clients come to me after having a poor experience with an unqualified so-called "coach".

I don't want you to experience that.

Margaret Krigbaum, MCC, contributed to Patrick Williams and Sharon Anderson's book “Law and Ethics in Coaching” .With input from clients, she developed a list of questions a prospective client could ask a coach about competence.

Here’s a few questions you can ask before hiring a coach:

   Do you have a certification or credential?

   What were the requirements to achieve the credential?

   Did you attend a coach training program?

   How long did it take to graduate from the program?

   Is the program recognized by a neutral international professional coaching body with no ties to the program?

   How will we as a client and coach work together?

   Do you have an agreement?

   What do you do on an ongoing basis to strengthen your skills as a coach?

   Do you have a coach?

   What do you consider your greatest strength as a coach?

   As a professional coach, what areas do you need to improve? 

If someone says they’re a coach,  these questions would be a good place to start to learn more about them and their qualifications.