“I’ve worked with a coach (or coaches) before and am weary/didn’t get results/never got time with her.”
It seems everywhere I go, I can’t seem to get away from this conversation. Nine out of 10 clients have been sharing this with me as have 8 out of 10 ladies I meet at events…seems “everyone” is sharing a very similar story. I had a client the other day even tell me she doesn’t want to use the word “coach” in her title. Maybe “mentor” was best…
Here are some tips for creating what you truly want to be a part of; for aligning yourself with those that will support you the way you want to feel supported. Some of these may seem obvious but many times we forget to do our due diligence.
Ask them (poll yourself first):
1. What deliverables will you give me and in what time frame?
2. Spend some time reviewing testimonials on their site. Check out the work/feel of their past clients by visiting their sites. Are they similar to your work? Different?
3. Make sure the program or service you are looking at doesn’t just match your budget but (most importantly) matches the one-on-one service (or group) support you need. We can get way too focused on the money piece and make a decision based on that versus the container of support we really need. Buying into the wrong container will make us feel like we got the short end of the stick every time.
4. Ask them how they will support you in between sessions? Is there email access, and if so, how much…is there a limit?
5. And, all in all, make sure to feel out if they really “get you”. I remember when a client said this to me a few weeks ago ~ that I “got her” and that for her this was a key piece. That’s what it’s about, really. If and when a coach (or anyone supporting you) truly “gets you”, your product, your industry and values service and communication the way you do ~ you’re most of the way there.
And just remember, there’s a way to get there without rushing. There is no reason to feel pressured or like time is going to run out, especially for one-on-one work. Take the time you need (and give an answer when you promised you would). And, most importantly, do an internal audit first so that you know exactly what you need and who it is that you’re really looking for.