When looking to hire a coach, keep the following tips in mind:
- Do your homework. Educate yourself about what coaching is, what it isn’t and what the coaching process entails. More than 2,000 articles, case studies and reports about coaching and related topics are easily accessible at the ICF Research Portal.
- Reflect on your goals and objectives. Summarize what you expect to accomplish by partnering with a coach. With a clear idea of your desired outcomes, you can better choose a coach practitioner who is well-equipped to help you develop a strategy for achieving them.
- Interview at least three coaches. Ask each coach about his or her experience, skills and qualifications, and request at least two references. Coaching is an important relationship, so look for a personal connection between you and the coach you choose.
- Confirm credibility. Research each coach’s training, professional memberships and credentials.