Everything There is to Know About Hiring an Executive Coach

Notes I’ve been giving to friends who haven’t worked with an executive coach before

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How Often Do You Meet With an Executive Coach?

You meet an executive coach somewhere between weekly and monthly. The most common cadence is every two weeks. At every meeting you can expect two things:

  1. The possibility of an epiphany, about every four months, where you see yourself or the world differently. In this, executive coaching borrows from therapy, but with a focus on business achievement.

What is the ROI of Executive Coaching?

If you’re wondering about ROI, one grim but easy calculation is to realize that you probably drag your feet on firing decisions. If having someone to talk to helps you make that decision faster, even by just a month, that could save more money than you’ll pay for an entire year of coaching.

When Will You Start to Get Value from an Executive Coach?

A lot of potential clients ask me how long they need to wait until they start to see value from the coaching, expecting it to take a few months to start seeing big changes.

Should the Executive Coach Be Similar to Me?

I want to call out one dynamic for choosing an executive coach.

What’s the Difference Between Coaching and Advising?

98% of the time, coaching is not advising. Coaches are trained to help you think better and make better decisions. In addition, a coach is trained to help you see your own blind spots (with the key phrase being “you see”).

How Is Executive Coaching Different From Leadership, Sales or Public Speaking Coaching?

There’s another world of coaching that’s far more transactional. For instance, if you wanted a sales coach, or a productivity coach, or a public speaking coach — that’s completely different.

How Much Should an Executive Coach Cost?

There’s a general pricing ladder for executive coaches that’s parallel to how lawyers price.

How Should You Find and Evaluate an Executive Coach?

The last part is the hard part. What makes a trustworthy coach and how do you find one?

  • They are in a rush to give you advice.
  • You didn’t get any value.

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Human potential busy body. Founded @coachdotme, @bttrHumans, @bttrMarketing. Helped @medium @calm. Current work focus: Habit Coach Certification.

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