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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Coach for You!

Author: Shawne' Poplar, Owner of U Optimized Success Coaching LLC



1. Empathy

Find someone who is a good listener, and has a high level of empathy.

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. Empathy is not the same as sympathy. Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone else's suffering or misfortune, but empathy is feeling what someone else feels. Empathy does not require that you have experienced what they have experienced, but it does require that you are able to understand and share their feelings with them.

2. Experience

Find someone who has previous experience in the field/discipline as your goal.

Your life coach should have experience working with the issues you present and the population you identify with. They may even have personal experience overcoming similar issues and be from a similar population. Some coaches have a coaching certification; however, coaching is unregulated and does not require a license or certification. When interviewing for the best fit, feel free to ask your potential coach about their specific experience working with your goals, issues, and/or population.

3. Budget & Timeline

Find someone who is willing to work with your budget and timeline.

Coaching programs and courses vary in price and length, but be sure to choose the one that best fits your goals and needs. If the price and time commitment does not fit your general schedule, it will not be a good fit and will be difficult to complete. Finding the best fit, taking your lifestyle into account, will increase course and program completion.

4. One-on-One Support

Find someone who can offer you one-on-one support in person or remotely.

Most clients have a preference on whether they meet in person, online, or by phone. Additionally, some have preferences for live courses, on-demand courses, group coaching, or individual coaching. Make sure your coaching program offers the options that fit your preferences.

5. Non- Judgemental

Find someone who is not judgemental and will not try to change you or your lifestyle choices, but instead will help support you in changing them if they are not working for you anymore.

A good coach will be able to listen without judging and avoid trying to fix the problem themselves. They instead give advice, tools, and proven steps to help achieve a goal or solution.


U Optimized Success Coaching

U Optimized specializes provides both on-demand courses and 1:1 coaching services. We specialize in:

  • Academic Coaching

  • ADHD Coaching

  • Business Basics Coaching

  • Chronic Illness Coaching

  • Parent Coaching

We support those who are looking to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. U Optimized clients are highly motivated individuals who are ready to grow into themselves.

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