Tips for Seeking Personal Development Coaching
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You’ve been through a lot the last few years. The Great Recession stole your job, that ring around your mid-section is well on its way to becoming a fully fledged pot belly, and your wife says she needs more “Me Time.” You may think the timing is all wrong for looking into personal development coaching, but the truth is, you need it now more than ever.
If you find yourself looking in the mirror and asking what happened to your life (or wondering how to get your life back) then you’re ready for all that personal development coaching can offer. Are you fast becoming an unhappy person? Are you ready to do something about it? Here are a few tips on finding the right coach for you.
1. Figure out how much green you can afford before feeding the meter.
Budget, budget, budget. Before beginning your first personal development coaching session, you’ll want to have a good idea of what you can afford. Ask yourself if you can afford to commit to weekly or monthly coaching, or if this is going to be a onetime deal.
2. What are your expectations of personal development coaching?
Make a list of the areas of your life you are concerned about and would like your personal development coach to assist you with redefining. You might be looking for help with your finances, relationships or your body image. Narrow your focus to the areas most important to you. Prioritize these areas if you feel the need to do so.
3. Know exactly how your personal development coaching program is to be delivered.
There are several potential ways you’ll be engaged during the personal development coaching process. These methods include group seminars, webinars, conference calls, private meetings and coaching DVD’s. The rule of thumb here is that the more intimate the coaching setting, the more expensive it will most likely be. However, those more private and personal settings often produce the best results.
4. Beginning the hunt for a personal development coach.
By this point you should have figured out how much you can afford to spend, what your expectations will be for your personal development coaching sessions, and what delivery method you find yourself most comfortable with. You can then begin searching the internet for a directory of available coaches in your area. Many personal development coaches often have preview material available in the form of books, ebooks, articles, webinars and so forth. Using these to determine your opinion of a possible coach is a valuable tool in the process of selecting your personal development coaching guide. Some coaches may offer a short coaching call as a way to determine their suitability for you.
You will also want to look into whether the personal development coaching professional you select is certified. There are many organizations who offer coaches accreditation after completing universally accepted curriculum, and it’s important to be sure that your personal development guide is among these.