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Coaches can be a remarkable, life-changing asset. They have the ability to engage and inspire a manager, making them suddenly capable of performing feats that would have seemed impossible before. But there are also plenty of coach-client relationships that turn awkward and start to feel like a waste of time and money. That is why it is so important that you make a good decision when choosing a coach, and find the person that is right for you. Here are three things to consider in your search for a coach. If all three factors are present, then you have probably found yourself a compatible match.

Clarity

The first key to choosing a coach is to be clear with yourself. What are your objectives for your relationship with a coach? Is there something you want to change in your company, or some aspect you’d like to improve on? What expectations do you have for the coach-client relationship? Ask yourselves these questions and be sure you have answered them before you even begin your search for a coach. Then, have these ideas in your head as you meet potential candidates.

Credibility

Ask yourself what you think a coach needs to have to be considered credible, and then make sure that a potential coach fits your needs. If you don’t believe in a coach’s abilities to help, then their services are absolutely worthless to you. Figure out exactly what will make a coach credible to you, whether it’s a proven track record or an energizing spirit, and don’t settle for anyone who doesn’t fit the bill.

Connection

While credibility comes from outside, a sense of connection can only be found in the relationship between yourself and the coaching candidate. If there is no rapport from the start, then the partnership is destined to fail. You want your coach to be somebody you feel comfortable with, someone who might be tough but who you can always count on. Keep this in mind, and don’t settle for anything less.

Choosing a coach is a unique opportunity to bring a positive outside influence into your professional life. Find the right person, and they might be the catalyst to your revitalized career.