“When should I….?” That seems to be the question writers are always asking because there are so many steps involved in both the writing AND the publishing process.
*Drum roll*….in walks the Life Coach for Writers!
Yes, there seems to be a Life Coach for just about anything you can think of however, these people are eager to help others. **Just as a side note here…if you get one that seems concerned about nothing but how much you are going to pay him/her, steer clear. You want someone who is passionate about helping others.**
According to Greg Clowminzer:
“What are some benefits of hiring a coach?
- Coaches through encouragement and accountability get their players or clients to work harder for peak performance.
- Coaches enhance performance through more effective methods or skills they learned or figured out for themselves.
- Coaches offer realistic assessment of where you are and how to improve.
- Coaches help to identify personal strengths and weaknesses and help you focus on what you do best.
- Coaches help you brainstorm for ideas for needed changes and help you plan how to make the change.
There are a variety of coaches for all areas of your life. There are life coaches, organizationalcoaches, business coaches, sport coaches, executive coaches, career coaches; you name it and you can probably find a coach to suit your needs. The greatest commonality with all of these types are their goal is to help you reach the greatest potential in the area of focus.
The most successful people today either have had a coach or a mentor in their life. Having someone to guide you in the direction of your goals and give guidance for success is one of the greatest decisions a person can do for self-improvement.
With the abundance of coaches available today, some things to be aware of when searching for one:
- Compatibility-when speaking and spending time with the coach you should feel comfortable and able to speak openly.
- Professionalism-is the coach credible in the fact they are competent in the area of your focus and able to bring knowledge, skills, and good advice? Do they have references?
- Listening skills-are they a good listener? If your first conversation, phone or in person, is one-sided and mainly from them you may want to consider interviewing others. It is the coach‘s job to help you find your inner wisdom while giving guidance and advice but they can only do this if they are listening effectively.
Most coaches offer a free introductory session to alleviate the fear of taking the next step and working with them. Take advantage of the offer and seize the opportunity to see if you are ready to be coached to reaching your ultimate goals.”
And there you have it! (Evin Wilkins – http://www.mrgurupublishing.com)