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How to find a quality coach

I have so many clients tell me: “Why on earth didn’t I sign up for coaching sooner?” It’s probably the one piece of feedback that I receive the most ("where were you all this time, Simone?" ) Why? Because my coaching is transformational. It changes lives. Every. Single. Time. It’s almost like magic. Except it isn’t. It’s the result of powerful coaching. And these days, it’s not easy to find a high-quality coach. There are many people out there offering coaching services, and it can quickly feel overwhelming to try and choose the right one. You might even not try at all, because the overwhelm is so big.

My tips for finding a high-quality coach:

  1. Don’t wait too long. I’ve never had a client who regretted their decision to start with coaching. On the contrary, my clients tend to regret not starting sooner.

  2. If you’re gifted, pick a coach who is gifted too. It makes all the difference when it comes to the depth and speed of coaching they’ll be able to offer you.

It’s why my clients often tell me: “This is the first time in my life where I feel like I don’t have to constantly explain what I mean. You just get me.” It’s also why even within the 1st session, we cover so much ground that in the sessions thereafter, we get to dive way deeper than my clients ever expected.
  1. Do your research; make a list of 3-5 coaches to explore in more depth. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many options, but you do want to look around.

  2. 'Stalk' them online: Read their blogs or articles. Consume their social media content. Watch their videos. Sign up to their mailing list. Attend one of their live events or masterclasses. Get to know them and their coaching style.

  3. Contact the coaches you feel drawn to: Ask for a call to meet and discuss your struggles, ambitions and desires. Gain information on what it would look like to work with this coach.

  4. Experience their coaching: In this first conversation, could you get a taste of what their coaching is like? Did they make you see things in a different way? Did they challenge your beliefs? Did they ‘shake your world’? Did the conversation leave you feeling more energised, empowered, calm, or clear? These energetic shifts are signs that you’ve found yourself a quality coach.

  5. The 'Full Body YES' decision: Sign up for coaching with the person who gave you a ‘full body YES’ feeling in response to the idea of working with them.

As a coach myself, I never take in a client without having had a long 1,5 - 2 hours conversation to get to know them first. I too must feel this ‘Full Body YES’ sensation when coaching a client. Because not everyone is coachable. Not everyone is an aligned match. And I don’t do Maybe’s. I’ve learnt that whenever a conversation gives me goosebumps and I feel the inspiration flow through me and my energy gets lifted up – then it’s an aligned match. If I don’t get this feeling, then it’s a no. You want to work with someone who deeply understands you as well as inspires you. Someone with lived experience of what you’re going through as a gifted person. Who has the ability to both demonstrate you (through the way in which they live life themselves) and guide you towards the fulfillment of your vast potential.

What’s the point of receiving life coaching from someone whose own life doesn’t seem fascinating to you? Why get career counseling from someone whose own career isn’t fueled by the level of ambition you sense within yourself? Why seek guidance as a widely interested multipotentialite from someone who only does one thing?

You wouldn’t take financial advice from someone who’s broke, would you? Or go to a hairdresser whose own hairdo you really dislike? Or hire a business consultant who’s never run a business before… Find yourself someone who makes you go: ‘Damn, what they’re doing, I want that too’.

Find yourself someone who practices what they preach. Who embodies their own teachings. There are good coaches and there are bad coaches. And then there are top-level coaches. Learn how to recognise the latter category. And then look for that personal connection.

When you’ve found that person, take the leap. I promise you, you won’t look back.


I’m opening up enrollment for 1-1 coaching

... for programs starting after the summer break, in September:

- 3 month coaching program (Sept – Nov.) - 6 month coaching program (Sept – Feb.) - Prodigy Program, full academic year (Sept - June) As I’m starting my PhD in Polar Studies at Cambridge University in October, my time will be more limited. Which means coaching spaces will be more limited. This month, I’ll be taking calls with people who are considering my 1-1 programs. For the Prodigy Program (PP), there is a selective application process. This includes writing a motivational statement and conducting a video interview on top of the standard discovery call, to assess your suitability for the program. For PP, 2 of the 3 available spaces have already been assigned for the academic year of 2022-2023 (September – June). * If you’re a current client, you have guaranteed ability to extend your program.

If you're considering applying, send me an email. Put 'Inquiry 1-1 coaching' in the title. Introduce yourself and tell me why you're interested in coaching. If appropriate, we'll schedule a free discovery coaching call.

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