There are many thousands of coaches in Germany. Finding the right one here can be a challenge. However, choosing the right coach is crucial to the success of the upcoming consultation. It takes mainly patience to find the right coach, but also a few concrete criteria.
BEWARE OF “SOUNDS SCIENCE”
A serious coach has a repertoire of methods that they can explain in an open and understandable way. Coaches work with a mix of “communicative”, “therapeutic” and “feedback approaches”. Because the coach only supports in finding individual solutions, suggestive techniques contradict this principle. The manifest reference to the “scientifically proven effectiveness” of a method is rather cause for skepticism.
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Beware of flashy advertising and follow-up campaigns! Moreover: for a serious initial contact the contract signing is not common. The client receives after an often free preliminary discussion a written concept and offer – including reflection time. The Stiftung Warentest recommends talking to two or three providers: does the coach provide all the information needed for the decision or are they trying to dazzle you? And: are they sympathetic? This is essential for successful coaching.
In Business Coaching, personal areas can be touched – as long as they are related to professional topics or goals. Intimate questions are not included. Coaching is not psychotherapy. In addition, coach and client are not in a relationship between master and student, but always meet at eye level.
A reputable contract does not prescribe minimum hours and allows the client to exit at any time, should he fail to notice any gain in knowledge after several sessions. Fees for individual sessions should be fixed in writing. In case a coaching session is sufficient, further commitments are usually unnecessary and void.
ALWAYS ASK THE COACHING HEADS FIRST
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