Life Coach

Questions to ask before hiring a life coach

Questions to ask before hiring a life coach

Life coaching is a growing field in the world of professional and personal development, and business leaders increasingly are hiring life coaches to help them reach personal and career goals. But how do you know if a life coach is the right person to hire? What are some things to look for in a life coach?

Everyone’s situation is different, but in general, people who are considering hiring a life coach should ask themselves the following questions:

  • Is my life coach certified? The field of life coaching is different from other professions (like law, medicine or counseling) in that there is not always a clear “barrier to entry” or regulatory framework – it’s easy for anyone to just put up a website and start selling their services as a life coach. But if you want to make sure to hire a real professional, who has been trained and certified in core principles and best practices, then you should make sure to hire a certified professional life coach who has credentials from a reputable training program or professional association. For example, for my credentials as a coach and consulting hypnotherapist, I have been certified by the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, National Guild of Hypnotists, American Board of Hypnotherapy, and Total Coach, a training program for life coaches run by best-selling author and success coach Mike Litman.
  • What expertise and experience does my life coach offer? Depending on what you need your life coach to help you with, you should ask whether your coach has experience in the particular areas of expertise that you need. For example, if you need leadership training, then ideally your life coach should have some experience in management as part of their career (not only as a coach). If you need help with improving sales performance, hire a life coach who has professional experience in sales. Try to find a life coach who has “walked the walk” as well as “talking the talk.”
  • Can the life coach help me achieve clear and measurable outcomes? A good life coach will help you set clear objectives for what you want to accomplish, and will put together a coaching plan outlining the key steps and actions that you need to take to achieve your goals. The best life coaches are not about “open ended commitments;” the right life coach will help you stay focused on measurable results and accomplishing specific goals.
  • Do I have good “personal chemistry” with this life coach? Sometimes you have to trust your gut. If you feel uncomfortable with a life coach, or if you do not feel that they are trustworthy, then this person is not the right life coach for you. A good life coach should act as a confidant and sounding board – you should be able to open up to your life coach and trust them enough to share your ideas, hopes, dreams and fears. A good life coach should also have a professional demeanor – if a life coach just doesn’t seem quite “put together,” or seems unfocused or disinterested, that could be a warning sign.
  • Do I like the personal style of this life coach? Not all life coaches have the same style of coaching. Some life coaches are more “warm and fuzzy,” while others take more of a “tough love” approach. Some people love to work with a life coach who is more like a friend, while others want a life coach to be more of a “drill sergeant” who will help them shape up and get in gear with unvarnished opinions.

Working with a life coach can be a fun, enlightening and rewarding experience. But make sure to consider these questions before you decide who to hire – it’s important to find the right life coach for you.

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Highly trained, experienced and specialized, Steven H. Lyles can tailor a coaching program that will fit your needs. Do you want to become more goal oriented? Are areas of your business floundering or dragging the rest of the business down financially? Use the experience that Steven brings as a Coach and a successful businessman to your advantage. Steven has already helped hundreds of clients and other Practitioners through the use of NLP strategies and personal experience. Coaching provides huge benefits to clients. Now envision how much more you will achieve when you utilize the services of an NLP coach specifically trained in Advanced Mind Skills including Hypnotherapy and TimeLines.

Steven Lyles, is certified hypnotherapists who uses Advanced Mind Skills training along with hypnotherapy to guide, support and facilitate rapid change in your life. You will receive continuous support, supervision and training as Steven’s ongoing commitment to your professional development helps you to create the results.


Everyone’s situation is unique. One client may need more personal strategies for advancement and success while others are focused on the development of their organizational culture. We customize each coaching program to fulfill the needs and achieve the goals of each individual client. All goals are achievable and we will coach you to achieve them.

The Steven Lyles and Associates Consultancy thrive on relationships. We use those bonds to focus our commitment on the three R’s that matter the most: Results, Results, Results!

Every aspect of a successful business must be squarely focused on the bottom line.

Ten Reasons to Hire an Executive NLP Coach.

  1. Address difficult and challenging situations in a non-threatening environment.
  2. Take control of a stalled career.
  3. Talent identification and self actualization.
  4. Leadership Development.
  5. State-of-the-art creativity and innovation.
  6. Declining performance and profitability.
  7. Transition and change management.
  8. Focus on excellence.
  9. Transformational leadership needs.
  10. Profit and Survival.

Organization Benefits to Utilizing a Coach

Coaching can help organizations make sustainable improvements in areas of productivity, internal and external communications, employee attitudes, and recruitment and retention of staff.

7 Benefits for the Organization:

  • Improve productivity, quality, customer service and shareholder value
  • Gain increased employee commitment and satisfaction, which can lead to improved retention
  • Demonstrate to employees that an organization is committed to developing its staff and helping them improve their skills
  • Support employees who’ve been promoted to cope with new responsibilities
  • Help employees to sort out personal issues that might otherwise affect performance at work
  • Gain a satisfactory process for self-development
  • Support other training and development initiatives

11 Benefits for the Individual:

  • Increase motivation, manage your own states and habits, etc
  • Learn to solve own problems
  • Improve managerial and interpersonal skills
  • Have better relationships with colleagues
  • Learn how to identify and act on development needs
  • Have greater confidence
  • Become more effective, assertive in dealing with people
  • Have a positive impact on performance
  • Have greater self-awareness and gain of new perspectives
  • Acquire new skills and abilities
  • Develop greater adaptability to change
  • Improve work-life balance
  • Reduce stress levels

Choose a Coach wisely; your coach sets the stage for success. Knowing the expertise and focus of a Coach will help you to determine if they are the perfect fit for your goals. The ultimate impact on your bottom line results cannot be overlooked.   The Steven Lyles and Associates Consultancy understand the implications to the organization and its stakeholders.

Steven’s unique expertise and focus is his real-life leadership success.  His track record of success is global and his core values of trust, openness, respect, confidentiality and customer responsiveness ensure that you will get the results you need.