It's important that you understand that choosing a life coach is a bit like trying on a pair of new glasses. They have to fit and be the right prescription in order to help you to see more clearly.

A good life coach will offer you the opportunity to speak to them before expecting you to make any real commitment so that you can get a feel for their personality, coaching style, and skill.

Here are my top tips for choosing the right coach for you.

1- Be sure that you feel comfortable with your potential coach, and that you feel an almost immediate rapport.

2- Ask your coach if they specialise in a particular arena making sure that their speciality is consistent with the challenges you are looking to overcome.

3- Find out their skills and experience, and double check what qualifications they hold. Ideally, a coach with a background in a few varying techniques would be useful.

4- Ask how long people usually work with them for. Coaching is not designed to be long term and you don't want to be caught up in an indefinite agreement. A good coach will want you in and out!

5- Finally, trust your instinct. Don't be pushed or pressurised into anything you don't feel comfortable with. If someone is doing a hard sales pitch on you, I'd be very wary. A good life coach won't need to convince you. They will be confident in their ability and allow you to make the right decision for you.

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