Coaches help you:
- Think, by asking powerful questions, making observations, and objectively pointing out what you may be missing
- Uncover your limiting beliefs that might be keeping you stuck
- Determine next steps on a growth pathway so you own your own action plan, enabling you to become more of who God created you to be (Ephesians 1:4,5; 2:10)
Is it a coach you need?
It can get confusing between coaching, mentoring and counseling. A mentor is someone usually who has experienced what you have, is further down the road, and provides advice. A counselor is someone who focuses on the past to help you heal from the traumas you face. A coach focuses on the future and draws out the solutions from you to enable you to move forward with an action plan.
What type of coach are you needing?
A career coach, leadership coach, relationship coach, business coach or a health coach?
What are their qualifications?
Are they accredited through the International Coaching Federation (ICF)? Ask the coach for the training they completed so you can check into it later. Check out their bios. Are they connected to any other coaching organizations? Are there any reviews?
Once you have a coach in mind, connect with them. Most coaches offer a free consultation. Then ask the following questions:
What style of coaching do they use?
Ask them what their coaching session looks like and have the talk about the process. In The Coach Model for Christian Leaders by Keith Webb, the process follows the word COACH: Connect, Outcomes, Awareness, Course and Highlights. Ask what assessments they use, if any.
What is the cost?
Coaches charge between $50 to $500 per session depending on expertise and clients. They might also charge by the month such as 2 sessions for $300, plus brief connections between sessions. Ask if there are additional fees for assessments or other resources.