How to Select the Right Coach for You?

Jan 11, 2021

Elizabeth Houghton

Sutton Full Potential Founder

Choosing the right coach for yourself can be quite a challenge. There are different kinds of coaches, and it is often tough trying to figure out what kind of coach you should work with. You need to understand what exactly it is that you need to be coached on.

You cannot just randomly choose a coach and start working with them. There are some preliminary things that you need to bear in mind.

If you are looking for the right coach for yourself, start by following these tips:

Understand what you need to be coached on

Even if you can’t pinpoint the exact topic, you must at least have an idea about what you need to be coached on. Are you facing issues in your career? Do you have a stressful relationship with your partner? You need to select a coach based on the area in your life that you need help with.

Check the credentials

When choosing a coach, make sure to check their credentials. You must also find out where they were trained and what kind of clients they have worked with before. This information will help you analyze if the coach you have chosen has the right qualification.

Medium of coaching

The choice of your coach also depends on how you would like to be coached. Do you prefer virtual coaching, or do you feel more comfortable being coached face-to-face? If you choose virtual coaching, the location of your coach does not matter. However, if you opt for face-to-face coaching, you have to consider the distance that you would need to travel for each session.


When choosing a coach, it is always advisable to do some research. If they have a website, check out some articles that they may have written. Can you relate to any of them? Are they involved in research in any area that is of particular interest to you? Also, check out some testimonials to understand what their past clients have to say.

See if the coach can help you achieve your professional goals

When researching your coach, check to see how their professional background looks like. Do they have a similar background as yours or something entirely different? Ask yourself- would you like to associate with someone who has gone through a similar pathway as yours? Or, would you prefer to benefit from their varied experience? See if your coach agrees for a sample call with you so that you can better understand whether both of you are fit for each other.

Your chemistry with your coach is important

Ask yourself what kind of coach do you want? Do you want someone who nurtures you or someone who pushes you to do your best? When on a sample call or meeting, check if the coach is what you are looking for. If your chemistry clicks, you know you have the right coach.


Once you have chosen a coach, it is very important to set clear goals for your coaching. The better your coach understands you, the more fruitful and impactful your coaching journey would be.

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