Jennifer Dawn

7 Ways to Recognize a Great Professional Coach

The professional coaching industry has exploded over the last decade and for good reason. A study of Fortune 500 Companies found that “coaching resulted in a ROI of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.”

Top level athletes to the world’s most successful business professionals all have one thing in the common. A great coach.

Coaches not only help you get clear and focus on what’s important, they also help to accelerate your success. A great professional coach can help you in many ways including:

Outside Perspective – They’ll help you get clear on your goals, identify any blind spots, help determine what’s really important, and stay focused on the bigger picture.

Accelerate Success – Coaches can identify gaps between where you are now and where you want to be. They can help you get from point A to point B much faster than you might have done on your own.

Challenge You – A great professional coach will challenge you to change thought and behavior patterns holding you back that you might not have been able to see for yourself.  A coach can provide you with totally honest feedback because they are not invested in any specific outcome.

Create a Roadmap – Help you create a structure and roadmap for your goals and the accountability and support to get there. Often when we have someone to answer to it gives us the extra boost to get more things done than we would have when left alone.

Feel Happier – Coaching can help you clear away the clutter and focus on what really matters. As a result you’ll find more fulfillment in your personal and professional life.

The benefits of hiring a coach are indisputable. However, how do you know what to look for in a coach, or if you are working with one now, how can you tell if it’s truly in your best interests? It’s very easy to become a coach and sadly not all coaches are created equal.

Here is a list of the top 7 ways to know you have a great professional coach:

  • A great coach will challenge you past your comfort zone. It can be an uncomfortable place and you may not like your coach for doing it. However, a great coach sees your potential and pushes you to get there.
  • A great coach will encourage you to make your own choices and honor what’s right for you. There is no “my way or the highway” attitude. The purpose of coaching is to strengthen your own business and leadership skills. Empowering you to make your own decisions is part of that process.
  • A great coach will ask what YOU want and then guide you to get there. They won’t put their own objectives and desires on you. They will share their experience or knowledge but ultimately understand it’s your journey and their job is to help you get to the destination.
  • A great coach will not hold back information if you don’t pay more or buy into a more expensive package. Be wary of any coach who holds information hostage or creates a fear based environment of what you are missing out on if you don’t put out more cash.
  • A great coach will help you see real, tangible results. Results come in many shapes and sizes from increased profits in your business to improved relationships or peace of mind. A great coach will establish a clear baseline of where you are in the beginning of the relationship and then monitor and track your results along the way.
  • A great coach will equip you with the tools and resources you need to make your own decisions. It’s perfectly okay to sort through and discuss decisions you need to make, but it should never become a situation where you feel like you can’t act without your coach’s permission.
  • A great coach will ask lots of questions – but also offer their own insight for you to consider. You should never feel like the coach is just asking questions and then leaving you on your own to figure it out from there. A great coach is your partner in success.

Finding the right coach can be a tough process. Don’t just settle for the first one that comes along. It’s okay to interview and be picky. Like any relationship it needs to be a win-win for you both. Hiring the most expensive coach does not necessarily guarantee the highest results. Listen to your own intuition and then make the best decision for YOU.

To your success!

Article written by :
Jennifer Dawn
Jennifer Dawn is the founder of Jennifer Dawn Coaching, Best Planner Ever, and Success School. She’s a Certified Provendus Growth Academy Coach and a Mastery Level Profit First Certified Coach. She has built two multi-million dollar businesses, is a published author, and accomplished speaker. Jennifer is dedicated to empowering women globally to lead effective and joyful daily lives. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and three children, enjoys riding her horse Hockey, and yoga keeps her sane.
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