At this time of the year, many people think how better their new year can be. Whether this includes creating new goals or revamping old ones; Life Coaching has been supporting millions of people around the world work around their goals. However, too many it is still confusing how to choose a life coach. For this, the below lines will help you decide who your right Life Coach is.

Before Coaching:

1. Define your needs:

What do you want out of coaching? When you are clear about what you want as an outcome from the coaching process, your decision will be easier.

2. Stop looking for answers:

instead look for someone who will help you find the answers yourself. A good coach does not give ready-made solutions, rather supports you in discovering the answers yourself.

3. Do your research:

It is important to understand the background of your life coach, this includes the academic qualifications and experience. One good option is using the referral services provided by the accrediting entities (such as the International Coaching Federation), where they list the details of the accredited coaches by country, so it gets easier for you to navigate the academically approved list of life coaches

4. Schedule a preliminary session:

This session will help you share your expectations and listen to how the coach can support you. After this session you will have a decision.

5. Get referrals:

whether through family or friends. If possible, find a coach through your social network.

During Coaching:

1. Find a good listener

A good coach listens without judgment This creates the space for you to share and trust

2. Feedback:

Make sure there is always the right channel for feedback. A good coach always seeks feedback and is open for improvements

3. Aligned agenda:

It is your agenda! To make the best use of everyone’s time, a good coach always makes sure you are aligned to your goals and objectives out of coaching.

After Coaching:

1. A life coach is not here to stay:

a good coach leaves you with the ‘know how’, equipping you with the right tools to navigate your future challenges smoothly and confidently.

2. Assess the ‘before’ and ‘after’. You should see the difference

3. Make sure you have the right follow-up channel:

No one can live without support, so it is always good to have a way back if needed.

Take your time and do your research. Choosing the right person to coach you will lead to your best results, and a good coach will make every session valuable and helpful

Nouran Nazer is a Senior Management & Human Resources Professional, as well as a certified Self-help & Life Coach. Her academic background has served as a strong basis for her professional career, holding a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Human Resources Management followed by Studies in Psychology, Counseling, & Coaching. Nouran started her career early enough by working across various Human Capital functions within the IT & Telecom sectors in Egypt. More than 15 years of experience helped polish her leadership, mentoring, & coaching skills in dynamic & diverse business cultures. In her capacity as a Life Coach, Nouran enables individuals achieve their full potential & discover their power basis. She also supports them increase their self-awareness, prioritize their wellness, & conquer their limiting beliefs. Her approach is a combination of Mindful-Coaching techniques capitalizing on her diverse experiences within the fields of Human Capital Management, Coaching, & Counseling. Moreover, being a certified Mindfulness Practitioner, Nouran is a strong supporter of mental and emotional well-being, driven by the strong belief that leading a healthy life starts from a healthy mind and soul