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