I remember the first time I worked with a coach. He was recommended to me and I had no idea what to expect, nor did I know what coaching was really about. Our first meeting was like getting to know a friend. Sure there was trust building through our conversation, and he was super nice. But when I left I didn’t feel challenged.
I returned to our next meeting and again it was more of the same – great listening on his part, but I still wasn’t sure where we were going. Eventually I realized that I had entered into this arrangement without enough information to give me the most out of this opportunity. Was the coaching helpful? Yes, but I believe it would have been way more powerful if I had asked the right questions at the beginning to make the most out of the experience and to really get the right “fit”.
Before you start with your coach, here are 7 critical questions to ask to make sure you get the most out of your experience – after all, you or your company are paying good money for the service so why not get the absolute best for you?
- What are her credentials and work history?
I don’t know about you, but knowing my coach is trained and credentialed is really important for me. It tells me she isn’t a flash in the pan or someone who has just decided to hang out a shingle. Knowing my coach’s background is key. I want to know there are common milestones we can both relate to. For example, if I were working in a large organization, I want to know she has some experience in that arena.