Coaches come from a variety of backgrounds–psychology, business, education, and finance–and they usually specialize in one area. My specialty is relationships.Everyone is in relationships and we can all benefit from focusing on and enhancing those important relationships. For example, small business owners have a relationship with their customers. Who would not think it wise to make sure your doing everything in your power to create the most positive relationship possible to attract and retain current customers?We also have relationships with staff or co-workers. Everyone has relationships with family and friends and usually a significant other. One relationship that most of us forget about is the one we have with ourselves. It can take many forms and in the current financial situation happening in our country our attitudes toward aboundance or scarcity are playing a big role in the decisions we are making. Being aware of our values is an important part of being proactive rather than reactive to decision making.I recommend interviewing a few coaches before hiring one.Coaching is a two-way co-creative process and needs to be a good fit. It is important for both the coach and the client to be confident and comfortable in the relationship for it to be successful. The best approach:
- Interview several coaches. Introductory sessions are usually given for free.
- Look for stylistic similarities and differences to help you determine your compatibility.
- Ask questions about their typical time frame of coaching, their specific coach training, their experience as a coach, the number of individuals, organizations and situations they worked with as well as the number of years in the field.
- Get referrals from previous clients or ask for examples of how the coach has helped other clients reach their goals.
- Find out what specific expertise or specialized skills the coach would bring to the relationship.
- Is the Coach a certified coach through the International Coach Federation?
You want to find someone you can bond with and build a partnership, someone with whom you can easily relate.Currently there are no state licensing requirements for coaches. That means it is very important that you choose a coach with coach specific training.I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a License in Clinical Social Work however when I transitioned into coaching I found a great coach training program to get some post graduate training. The College of Executive Coaching is where I finished a 128 hour coach specific training program. I am now a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.”Your personal and financial accomplishments spring from a focused, planned, intentional life — which coaching helps deliver.”-Dr. Jeffrey E. Auerbach, PresidentFeel free to contact me, Chuck Franks, PCC directly for a free consultation about coaching services. 816-885-2526or by e-mail at Chuck@innerstrengthquest.com Chuck is a proud member and accredited coach by the International Coach Federation. Chuck is a founding member of Kansas City’s International Coach Federation Chapter, Heartland Coaches Association, Kansas City’s premier coaching association. I served as President for 2 years and currently serve on the board as Past-President.