How can I get a personal coach

Personal Coach: 6 Tips on How to Find the Right One

If you don't know what to do with your job, you can get help. A personal coach supports you in solving professional problems, developing yourself personally or promoting your career. However, the market for personal coaching is huge: it is estimated that there are around 40,000 coaches in Germany alone. That doesn't exactly make the selection any easier. We'll show you what a personal coach does, what it costs, what the difference to a trainer or mentor is and how you can find the right personal coach ...

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Definition: what is a personal coach?

A personal coach is a professional companion. His training qualifies him to support people with various (professional) problems or personal development. The core idea is "helping people to help themselves". That means: The personal coach does not solve the problems of his client - the "coachee" - himself. Rather, he asks the right questions and gives the coachee the necessary tools to find "his" solution himself. Special conversation and reflection techniques help him with this.

However, the job title “coach” is not protected. Anyone can call themselves a “personal coach” - even without any training. When making your selection, therefore, pay particular attention to the experience and professional background of the coach.

What does a personal coach do?

Over several sessions, a personal coach works with his client on the area that the coachee would like to change. Since the term "personal coach" is interpreted differently, almost all areas are conceivable in coaching:

  • More clarity about professional goals
  • Conflict resolution with colleagues
  • Prepare for difficult negotiations
  • Crisis management
  • Relieve stress and strengthen health
  • Burnout prevention

For this to work, there is a basic requirement: trust.

The relationship between personal coach and coachee MUST be based on trust and mutual respect. Only then does the coachee have the necessary openness to identify their weaknesses, problems and feelings.

In order to gain the clients' trust, the coach needs important soft skills such as empathy and listening skills. Life experience, several years of professional experience as a coach are the foundation to help people with their personal development.

What does a personal coach cost?

The industry is happy to remain silent about exact prices. The range is huge. This is not least due to the different qualifications and professional experiences of the personal coaches. The hourly rates or daily fees vary accordingly:

  • 100 to 250 euros
    Application coaching, support for young professionals, development of career goals and personality - in the entry-level area, the average costs are 150 euros per session or hour.
  • 700 to 3000 euros
    Personal coaching in management and executives requires significantly more experience and background knowledge. And discretion. The costs and prices are climbing accordingly. Often times, billing is no longer based on hours, but on a daily flat rate that includes the coach's preparation.

For a coaching session with a typical session duration of up to 10 appointments, the “Coaching Report” has calculated a total cost of 2,500 to 6,000 euros.

Chances and limits of personal coaching

What can a personal coach do, what can he not? It is important to clarify in advance exactly the area in which the coach has specialized. The terms coach and personal coach are not protected. Frequent translations are simply trainers, personal trainers, but also psychological advisors. This may give the impression that a personal coach also deals with mental health problems. This error is due to two circumstances:

  • There is no standardized training to become a personal coach. The knowledge can be acquired in weekend courses or somewhat more complex in distance learning. It is true that coaching associations have set criteria for their part in order to guarantee a certain level of quality. Nevertheless, a lot depends on the individual personal coach, where he focuses and what professional training and experience he brings with him.
  • The consultants often use similar methods. In coaching itself there is a lot of overlap with methods that are used in training or psychotherapy. The main difference is the general approach that coach and coachee meet on an equal footing.

The differences between coach, mentor, trainer

Coaching, mediation, training - isn't that all the same? No. It is always a form of client-centered advice. Even the term “advice” is imprecise, because it is more about a one-sided transfer of information. But there are other differences. For a better differentiation, we explain the most important terms below:

  • Coach
    A coach focuses on the personality of his coachee. Often it is about changing unfavorable behavior or learning helpful methods to develop professionally. The most important means here is self-reflection. The right solution is not presented to the coachee. Rather, a mixture of questions, feedback and practice-oriented suggestions leads to an individual path. The relationship is designed to be mutual.
  • mentor
    A mentor can best be described as a role model from the professional context. The mentor is an experienced manager who is looking after a new manager. In the course of mentoring, the mentee benefits from the specialist knowledge and experience of the mentor.
  • Trainer
    Practice, practice, practice - that is the core of training. A trainer teaches specific exercises that his client repeats - until they become second nature. This is meant literally: A personal trainer is primarily to be found in the nutrition and fitness area. Personal development is more focused on an awareness of health and biological relationships. As with mentors and mentees, the relationship between trainer and client is more like that of a master and a student.

This is how you can find a personal coach

With a personal coach you can discover your own potential and use it accordingly. To do this, it is important to find the right one:

Tips for searching

  • Regional search
    The easiest way is to google it. Anyone considering coaching is likely to be looking for adequate support nearby. The combination “coach + place of residence” does not say anything about the quality of your search results. At most, your coach knows about search engine optimization. A search using databases, for example a coach database or a coaching portal, is more effective.
  • Personal recommendations
    The most obvious are personal recommendations. The value judgment of friends and acquaintances is often classified as particularly credible, which is why you should pay attention to this path. However, if your testimonial needed coaching for a completely different area, the recommendation may still be useless. When making your choice, it is also crucial that you and the personal coach work in harmony.
  • Social networks
    Many coaches are represented in social networks, especially in business networks such as Xing and LinkedIn. Since they often publish articles on their work, you can get an overview of their subject area and expertise. The self-portrayal gives you a first impression of whether you like a person or not.
  • Relevant professional associations
    The advantage is that coaches are based on certain criteria. The disadvantage: These differ massively from one another in some cases. Anyone looking for a personal coach should therefore not only consider the criteria for membership in an association. At least as important is the requirements that the association places on the qualification of its coaches. Quite banal: In some cases, interest in the topic of coaching is sufficient, in others, coaches must have several years of professional experience and references. This was the result of a comparison by the Stiftung Warentest from various coaching associations.

Tips for the decision

  • Check the training
    Get an overview during your research. Does the personal coach you are targeting have expertise in the desired area? What qualifications, what references can he or she show? An important keyword here is transparency. If the supposed quality criteria are not disclosed, they make a review more difficult. You should be suspicious of a coach who covers everything. A focus on a certain industry or a certain topic allows conclusions to be drawn about expertise in this field.
  • Pay attention to seriousness
    A reputable personal coach will offer you a free initial consultation at the beginning. Only when the chemistry between coach and client is right can both parties decide to work together. The exact framework conditions for this are clearly communicated. In this way you know what costs to expect, how long the sessions are and have an idea of ​​what is in store for you.

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April 30, 2021Author: Anja Rassek

Anja Rassek studied, among other things, German language and literature at the WWU in Münster. She worked for community radio and a publisher. Here she devotes herself to topics related to the office, everyday work and studies.

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