When it comes to personal growth and personal character it must be earned, and that hardly matters if you a coach, mentor, or a client. To achieve in live and live without the stress and daily issues which drag on the psyche one must elevate their self-esteem and self-worth. The best way to do this is by overcoming adversity and building character. Question is can you do that on your own, or do you need a coach to help you over that first hurdle.
Some folks gain a strong sense of self early on, some not. Many go through their lives challenged by issues, and life things in their way – barriers, problems, self-doubt, or even personal family dilemmas. One observation that we’ve uncovered at our think tank in studying the personal growth coaching sector is that many of the coaches are worse off than the clients they seek, or the clientele which seek them out with payment in hand.
We’ve noted that there are a number of coaches online who prey upon users of social media; Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to garner clients. It is getting to be quite problematic, we’ve seen questionable individuals showing up online from Canada, claiming to be able to help young teenagers in California for instance. In fact, one coach out of Calgary, Canada, had the audacity to not even give his last name on his website or on the articles he’s written. No one knows exactly who he is or what is after, which is a scary concern these days online for parents, police, and potentially concerned politicians.
Therefore, we have some advice for anyone seeking a so-called “professional personal coach” and we’ve been preparing an expose research piece to show just how bad things are. Some is outright fraud, while others are perhaps unemployed home based folks just trying to pay their rent. Nevertheless, you need to know before you hire them. Here are some tips below:
1. If a coach does not display their true, full, and correct name on their website or articles beware.
2. Always ask for at least 5-references and do call them.
3. Watch for passive-aggressive behavior in online correspondence, how are they treating others.
4. Watch for coaches who claim to be certified geniuses, or famous.
5. Look for a coach who operates in the real world, and not just online – never give out personal information.
6. Watch to make sure the coach in question is living as an example of what they are preaching.
7. Watch out for cliches, long sales letters on websites, and pay in advance and all upfront schemes.
If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or other case studies on this topic, please contact us by email. I hope you will think on it.