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Finding a Coach for Your Life

They can help you be more productive, and increase your chance of success

by April Mims, Career Coach  |  3815 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

In recent years, the coaching industry has grown by leaps and bounds. This is largely due to the fact that professionals and executives can see the value that coaching offers them, both personally and professionally. In a world driven by measurable results, a positive return on investment is an attractive proposition for any businessperson. Now, people outside of the business arena are seeing the value of coaching in helping them achieve their goals and create the life they desire.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a highly effective, co-creative process that supports individuals in creating the lives they’ve always wanted. Coaches provide perspective, support, and accountability as they help clients achieve their business and personal goals. For each session, the client brings the agenda to discuss. Focusing on the client’s agenda, the coach and client work together to propel the client forward by clarifying the agenda and creating a specific action plan. Although each coach has different methods of coaching, most coaches use thought-provoking questions, various coaching tools, and action challenges to stimulate thinking and create clarity for the client. Because this is a one-on-one relationship, sessions are completely focused on the client and helping them reach their desired goals. Some coaches work with clients in person while others hold sessions via telephone. Many coaches also offer group coaching sessions that use the synergy of the group to generate ideas and create results.

Who uses a coach?

Just as great athletes use coaches, so do many other already-successful people. Executives and professionals are turning to career coaches in growing numbers as coaches can help them become more productive and propel them to greater success. Others turn to life coaches to help find more balance and fulfillment in their lives or to deal with other transitions (changing jobs, careers, promotions, corporate layoffs, etc.). Coaching is perfect for designing the ideal personal or business life, making meaningful choices to simplify life, handling life changes, leading a balanced life, and freeing up energy, reducing stress and attracting great things in life. There are many more coaching niches or specialties as well including retirement, spiritual, fitness, and relationship coaching. Virtually anyone can benefit from working with a coach.

How does one pick a coach?

Selecting a coach is a very personal process. Most coaches will offer a complimentary sample session to see if the relationship will be a good fit for both client and coach. The sample session allows the client to get a feel for how well the coach and client can work together. If the conversation is strained or uncomfortable, this may not be a good fit. It is also important to look for a coach that specializes in the potential client’s area of interest.

About the Author

April Mims is a career coach specializing in helping clients achieve work/life balance. To learn more or subscribe to The Nexus Connection newsletter, visit

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4 comments so far...

  • Nataly - I'd love to give you a sample session if you're interested in trying it (or anyone else that might be curious about coaching).

    There are many, many coaches that offer a free session to see if the relationship is a good fit (both for them and for you). I would recommend talking to at least a couple of different coaches and finding one that you are comfortable with.

    I'll admit that I was a skeptic too!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by April Mims, Career Coach on 11th January 2008

  • I've never had a coach, but it's been on my list of things to try for years. I need to get around to it. A friend had a great experience and while I am a skeptic, I need to get over it!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 10th January 2008

  • Relaxnsmile - I'm glad to hear that you had such great results with a coach. I hear stories like that quite frequently, even from people that were a little skeptical about hiring a coach.

    I've had similar results with coaching. Coaches are great for helping you get "unstuck" and moving forward toward your goals. My coach helped me unleash my creativity and get the ideas flowing and was a great source of support as I got my business started.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by April Mims, Career Coach on 10th January 2008

  • A personal coach helped me get through a rough patch of procrastination in my dissertation...he also turned me on to the "Clean Sweep" program which has helped me many times over!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by relaxnsmile on 9th January 2008