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Questions to Ask a Potential Coach

Engaging with a coach for development and growth is a personal commitment; this positive engagement requires rapport, trust and comfort between both of you.
Below are some possible questions you could ask in the first meeting, often referred to as a chemistry session, and these should give you a sense of whether he/she is the right coach for you – and even if you are the right client for the coach!

EXPERIENCE, STYLE AND CREDENTIALS

  • What is your coaching experience?
  • What is your philosophy around coaching?
  • What type of coach-training have you had?
  • What certification do you have?
  • What does your coaching style emphasise (exploration, action, strategies, etc.)?

AREAS OF SUCCESS AND IDEAL CLIENT

  • What areas do you most often work with your clients?
  • What kind of results have you had with clients?
  • Describe your ideal client.
  • Could I call a client or two for a referral?
  • If I were to hire you as my coach, what would be your first point to address and how would you proceed with this issue?

COACHING STRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS

  • How do you structure your coaching programs?
  • How do you support your clients during coaching sessions?
  • What additional value-added elements do your clients receive (forms, books, resources, etc.)?
  • Who do you provide feedback to in the company?
  • Where are your offices?
  • Do you have an Agreement that needs to be signed?
  • Describe your intake process.
  • Do you have a minimum coaching time commitment? (Set months)
  • Are there different coaching packages available and what are their respective fees?
  • Explain the payment terms.
  • Besides coaching, do you offer other services? (Guest speaking, workshops, business consulting, etc.)
  • What happens if we notice during the coaching that we are not a perfect fit?

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

  • What other work experience do you have (background info)?
  • Do you have a coach or mentor that develops your further?