How to Choose a Life Coach
For the average person who doesn’t spend their spare time researching the life coaching industry (which is pretty much everyone), knowing how to choose a life coach can be tough.
Since we like to think of ourselves as the eHarmony of life coaching, we are constantly making recommendation for individuals. The right life coach is often obvious to us because we eat and breathe life coaching all day, every day. So here are some guidelines for you to follow.
Guidelines to choosing the best life coach for yourself
1. Find a life coach that specializes in your area of need
Most people hire a life coach when something in their life is not going well. It could be that your life is lacking meaning and purpose, your career path is not going in the right direction, or maybe you want help managing your ADHD. Whatever the case is, you want to find a life coach that specializes in the thing that you want to improve.
2. Look for life coaches with proper training
Relative to other professions such as law or architecture, the life coaching industry is new and less established. As a result, anybody can call themselves a life coach even though they may have no training whatsoever.
Therefore you should look for a life coach with adequate training. Most of the life coach training organizations out there offer two levels of service:
- An introductory weekend course.
- A certification program that generally takes a year or more to complete.
Unless you have severe budget constraints, you want to hire someone who completed more than a weekend course.
On Noomii, we make it easy for you by verifying all life coaches that have a credential with the International Coach Federation, the largest governing body of the life coaching industry. Once verified, we display the ACC, PCC, or MCC credential on the profile of the coach (see the image below).
3. Choose a life coach that “gets you”
Choosing a life coach is a personal matter. You are seeking help to improve the most important parts of your life. It’s not like you are getting your oil changed or buying a new pair of shoes.
When you choose a life coach, you want to look beyond the surface impression. You can only derive so much information from a life coach’s online bio or website. For starters, if you are browsing for life coaches on Noomii, listen to their interview. We’ve recorded 3 to 5-minute interviews with most of our life coaches.
Additionally, have a conversation with 2 or 3 life coaches (almost all life coaches offer a free consultation) and choose the one that is the right fit. Choose the life coach that:
- can relate to your situation,
- understands what your goals are,
- shares similar values as you, and
- gives you the confidence that they can assist you in moving forward.
4. Choose a local coach (where possible)
Finding a local life coach and meeting with them in person can certainly help to establish trust and rapport. But it’s not absolutely necessary.
A lot of people look for a life coach the same way they would look for a dentist, doctor, or massage therapist, all of which are services that require in-person meetings. Life coaching is different because it’s a conversation-based service that doesn’t require you to be in the physical presence of the life coach. No life coach will look at your teeth, take your blood pressure, or loosen up the knots in your shoulders (although that would be a nice bonus!).
Roughly 60% of life coaching is done on the phone or video chat. Some life coaches even work on the phone with local clients because it’s more convenient for both parties.
If you choose a local life coach, make sure they specializes in your area of need, have proper training, and are otherwise a good fit. Don’t choose a life coach just because they live and work a few blocks from you.
5. Choose a life coach that fits within your budget
Hiring a life coach is an investment into your future success but you don’t want to break the bank either. Choose the life coach that offers fees that are within your budget. Make sure you ask about rates as well as how long the coaching engagement will be.
This article was written by Stephan Wiedner, co-founder and "Head Coach" at Noomii.com.