Finding an accountability coach can be a daunting task.
Many don’t know where to look or start from. At the same time, an accountability coach can help you achieve your goals faster by holding you to a higher standard.
So how do you find a coach who’s a perfect fit for your and your goals?
We will explore that in this article. You’ll discover a simple 5-step process of finding the right coach. You’ll also see where to look for one, how to evaluate them, reach out to them and work together on your goals.
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Identify your coaching needs
Before you start searching for a coach, it’s important to take some time to reflect on what specific areas you need help with.
Here are a few questions to consider when identifying your coaching needs:
- What are your specific goals? Are you looking to improve your career, relationships, or overall well-being?
- What are the challenges or obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your goals?
- What type of coach do you think will be most beneficial?
- What type of coaching style do you prefer?
Once you have a clear understanding of your goals and the areas where you need help, you can start searching.
For example, if you’re looking to improve your career, you may want to consider working with a coach experienced in career development or executive coaching.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to improve relationships, you may want to consider working with a coach who has experience in couples or family therapy.
Additionally, it’s also important to consider your preferred coaching style. Some coaches may use a more directive approach, providing specific guidance and advice.
Others may use a more collaborative approach, working with you to develop your own solutions. Knowing what style you prefer can help you find a coach that aligns with your preferences.
Step 2: Finding the coach
Once you are aware of your coaching needs, you should then start looking for a coach. Here are some places you can start searching:
Google and online directories
Today, many coaches are running their businesses online. So you can find them by searching right.
Go to Google and type: ‘accountability coaches near me’, ‘psychologists near me’, ‘performance coaches near me’, etc. An important point to note is that not everyone brands themselves as an accountability coach.
So it’s important to keep your search wider. In fact, that’s how I connected with one coach. Although I didn’t work with her, it put me in the right direction. You’ll soon find out how.
Recommendations from friends, family and former coaches
So the coach I had found via Google, recommended me to another one (her daughter 🙂 ). That’s how I connected with my first coach.
Later, she moved to another country, and we stopped our sessions. Then she referred me to her friend, and eventually, I started working with the new coach.
Ask people you trust and those who’ve worked with an accountability coach for recommendations. Personal referrals are one of the best ways to find a great coach.
Finding coaches via Social media
Apart from Google, you can find a coach via social media platforms.
For instance, you can search on Instagram “accountability coach“. Here’s a list of recommendations that the app gives:
Step 3: Evaluating potential coaches and determining if they are a good fit
After you have a list of coaches, how do you choose the best fit for you? For this, you can evaluate them on the following criteria:
Testimonials: Go through testimonials and references from previous clients to get an idea of what to expect. But remember testimonials are not be-all and end-all. There’s a difference between an amazing coach and a coach who has the most reviews 🙂
They’re a good filter while looking for a coach.
Expertise: Make sure the coach has experience and expertise.
Communication style: The coach’s communication style should align with your own. This includes how they deliver feedback, set expectations, and provide support.
Availability: The coach should be available to work with you at times that are convenient for you.
Cost: Make sure you understand the coach’s fees and that they are within your budget.
Chemistry: How do you feel when you talk to the coach? You need to feel comfortable and that they understand and trust you.
After evaluating the coaches, it’s time to set up a consultation call and see how it goes.
Step 4: Reaching out for initial consultation
While reaching out, introduce yourself, give them background information and tell them about where you would like them to help.
Also, let them know when you can schedule an initial call with them to get started. Keep the message short and crisp. Here’s a template you can use:
Dear (Coach’s Name)
My name is [Your Name], and I have been exploring the idea of working with an accountability coach to help reach my goal. I came across your profile, and am impressed by your qualifications and experience.
I’m particularly interested in working with you because (insert specific reasons, if any, on why you are interested in working with this coach).
I would like to schedule an initial consultation with you to discuss this further. Please let me know your availability so we can set a date and time that works for us.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
Step 5: Choosing the right coach
If a coach isn’t the right fit for you, stop working with them and look for another one. Go through the steps mentioned previously.
You might need to take a few sessions with different coaches. Please do so because the right coach can change the long-term trajectory of your life.
If you get along well together, feel like the coach adds value, and learn a lot from them, then you’ve probably found the right accountability coach.
Step 6: Goal setting
Once you’ve found the right coach, it’s time to discuss (or set) your goals with them. Be as honest as possible because it’s only going to benefit you in the long term.
Taking feedback and making adjustments
Be clear on how you would want to receive feedback. At the same time, whenever a coach offers a suggestion, be open to making those adjustments.
Coaching works best when you have an open mind.
Once you’ve started to work with an accountability coach, monitor your progress carefully.
See if you are staying on track. Is your accountability coach checking in on you regularly?
Are they providing active feedback?
Are you taking their feedback and working on it?
These are some useful questions to ask from time to time. Also, you can set weekly, monthly, and quarterly accountability goals with your coach. Review them from time to time.
With the right approach, you can find an accountability coach who is a perfect fit for you and your goals.
Start with identifying your coaching needs, before you begin researching and evaluating potential coaches.
When reaching out to an accountability coach, it’s important to be clear, concise, provide enough information about your goals and what you hope to achieve through coaching.
Remember, finding the right coach may take some time, but the effort is well worth it in the long-term.
Good luck finding one!
Hello! It’s Rana here. On this blog, I write about productivity and self-help. I share my personal experiences and offer solutions that you can use in your life 🙂