How to find an online life coach you can rely on?
Nobody’s going to blame you for being cautious about searching for a mentor ot a personal guide online. The fact that you’re reading this proves you’ve taken the first step. But you may have done this simply to see what’s out there. Perhaps you wonder how confident you can be about proceeding once you find a trusted and qualified person?
This caution is reasonable. The Internet is changing our lives mainly for the better. Most of the information on it is genuine and useful. There are still plenty of tales, however, about web sites that mislead and let you down.
It’s therefore appropriate for you to apply some criteria when you go online for to search for professional life coaching tools and solutions.
Before deciding to work with a coach online, think about the goals or changes you want to make. Perhaps you'd like to focus more on your career or your relationships, your work-life balance, or something more specific?
When choosing a personal life coach, career or business coach, there are a few important criteria you want to take into consideration:
Professional qualification or Certification:
Certification is very important, because personal coaching is a profession that requires very specific skills, conduct specific standards, and a training curriculum which is only presented at qualified schools and organizations
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest worldwide resource for business and personal coaches. The ICF is the organization that sets and monitors the international standards for professional coaching ethics, training and practices. I'm a professional member of the ICF.
Personal and Professional References:
If you cannot find the references you're looking for online, make sure to ask for references or testimonials.
We recommend you look for a full-time coach because it typically takes several hundred hours of practice to master the skills of professional coaching.
An effective life coach for one person may not be a good match for another. Personal chemistry is important. I offer everyone an introduction coaching session, so you can see for yourself what coaching is all about and find out if you feel comfortable enough to develop the trust and confidence necessary for breakthrough results.
At the end, trust your 'gut' feeling in this process.