Your first steps before engaging a Coach


It starts with accepting that you have gaps in your knowledge … about your life, your career or your business. Acknowledging that you don’t know everything!

Secondly, if you are considering working with a coach, there are three other characteristics you should display.

  • Motivated by a fierce desire to learn and grow … to change.
  • Prepared to have your belief systems challenged.
  • Consider your personal and career development using a coach, as an investment

When it comes to choosing a coach, there are characteristics you should be looking for:

  • Integrity in everything is the first skill your coach should exhibit.

If you’re looking for a manager, find someone energetic, intelligent and has integrity.

If he hasn’t got the third, don’t. 

[The same applies to a lifestyle, career or a business coach.]

Said at Warren Buffet’s recent Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting at Omaha.


When it comes to choosing a coach, there are other characteristics you should be looking for:

  • A toolbox of personal skills and experience that can be adapted to produce a plan, that meets your needs; but coupled with a flexibility by the coach to discuss possible solutions effectively.
  • Strategic fit – someone you are comfortable to work with
  • A coach who isn’t focussed on themselves – rather someone who is comfortable developing relationships, exhibiting an understanding of your unique needs,  focussed on facilitating your learning –  someone you feel comfortable with in your interaction … someone you trust to empower you to become the best you can be.

A successful coach is someone who has a high level of emotional intelligence, is self-aware without being overpowering, outwardly-focused, and is able to put others first. They have the qualities, in other words, to facilitate your personal develop and to empower you as a leader, to coach you to achieve excellence!

Considering engaging a Coach?

We offer a free consultation – talking before walking.
Contact me, Laurie Vogt, to set up a meeting – 082 302 8229

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