You can engage a coach with a myriad of letters after their name and a great reputation, but if they don’t just ‘get you’, a better fit is required.
I have met extremely highly qualified individuals in other professions who had virtually no empathy or interest in anything but their methodology for showing how clever they were to their clients. The customer wasn’t only not ‘as right’ as them, in their view, they were barely acknowledged because the system as they perceived it, was too important to the professional involved. They were dedicated, but they could have done with a dose of human understanding and connection.
I am always wary of professionals jingling their credentials like charm bracelets when they are a charm free zone themselves. Conversely, I like to make up my own mind about whether we get on and always give them the benefit of the doubt if the initial contact has been satisfactory.
When I was training to be a coach I encountered someone on the same course who believed they did not need to be coached themselves. They were above it, knew it all, were unwilling to allow the process to show them anything other than the training materials. They were cashed up and ready to roll, of course they’d get clients, but I wondered what the clients would get in return for giving their confidence to this person. This is obviously an extreme scenario, but it does highlight the point that those seeking a coach must evaluate for themselves whether they feel comfortable and confident in their coaches ability to understand and deliver what they need, in appropriate measure.
You matter, your time and potential matter. Choose according to whether you believe we fit.
Statuam … Coaching at your speed … Let’s see where it takes us!