How to Choose Your Coach?
In today’s world, it is very difficult to get things done if you don’t have someone with whom you can work. If you are not sure which person would suit your needs best, then choosing a good one will be crucial. There are many factors that go into selecting the right person for your business or personal life. You need to consider their personality, skillset and experience.
The first thing you need to do is decide whether you want a mentor or a coach. Mentors are those who provide guidance and support to others. They usually offer advice and suggestions for improvement. However, they don’t necessarily teach anything new themselves; rather they give advice based on their own experiences and knowledge of the subject matter.
A good example of such a person is your mother (or father). She may know more than you do about cooking, but she still helps you out when needed. On the other hand, coaches are those who are there to guide and assist others. Their main job is to improve performance. For instance, a coach might tell you how to improve your sales technique so that your company becomes more successful.
Mentors and coaches both have their place in business life and personal life. But they differ greatly in terms of their effectiveness. While you can select either one for any situation, it is best to choose the most suitable person based on what you need. If you require someone who will push and encourage, a coach would be more suitable.
On the other hand, if you prefer someone with more hands-on experience and knowledge, then a mentor would be better.
A good coach or mentor should do more than just provide you with advice and suggestions. Rather they should also assist with planning, organising and implementing ideas. If you are looking for someone to support and encourage you, then a coach would be more suitable. A mentor is a better choice if you are looking for someone to guide and teach you.
It is also important to note that a good coach or mentor should be chosen based on the situation at hand. For instance, a business coach will be of little use to an individual trying to overcome personal problems. The same is true for those with business and personal issues. It is important to know the difference between a coach and mentor to ensure that you are getting the most out of your sessions.
Once you have decided what sort of coach or mentor you require, it is time to start looking for one. If you already know someone who fits the requirements then all you have to do is contact them. If not, then you will have to search elsewhere. There are many ways of finding a suitable mentor or coach.
One of the most popular is the Internet. There are many websites dedicated to this very subject. They allow coaches and mentors to advertise their skills and services. All you have to do is contact those that seem suitable.
Of course, if the Internet isn’t for you then there are other avenues to try. For instance, your company may offer a mentoring or coaching program that might help. Sometimes companies provide such services in order to encourage higher employee productivity. In any case, it won’t hurt to ask!
No matter who you choose, make sure they are a good fit for you and your needs. Just because someone is highly skilled in one field doesn’t mean they will be a good coach or mentor for you. It is also important to have a good rapport with them, as this will make meetings easier and more comfortable. With the right coach or mentor by your side, just about anything is possible!
Remember, you cannot hope to soar like an eagle if you are surrounded by ducks!
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Sources & references used in this article:
Coach: A teaching agent that learns by T Selker – Communications of the ACM, 1994 – dl.acm.org
Virtual coach, virtual mentor by D Clutterbuck, Z Hussain – 2010 – books.google.com
Your Coach (in a Book): Mastering the Trickiest Leadership, Business, and Career Challenges You Will Ever Face by P Williams, DC Davis – 2002 – WW Norton & Company