Suggestions for How to Find a Coach

Searching for a coach can be a time-consuming task if you don’t know what you want or if you don’t know how to search for a coach that has the skills, experience or background that you think might be more appropriate for want you want.

If you are not sure what a coach does or how coaching is different from what consultants, mentors, and others do, click here to read descriptions of the different disciplines.

We have tried to simplify how to search for a coach who are members of SDPCA based on criteria that might streamline the process of selecting the right coach for you. Here are the options you can choose to help you find what you want more quickly:

1. Principal Coaching Focus

Select only one of the following three types of Coach Members:

  • Business/Executive/Organization coaches
  • Life/Health/Personal/Wellness coaches
  • Marketing/Speaker/Writing/Presentation coaches

(Read the Coaching Definitions if you want to know what each of the above includes):

2. Functional Background Experience

Select one or more of the following types of functional background experience you would like a coach to have ONLY if it is important to you:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Healthcare/Nursing/Medical Professional
  • Human Resources/Personal Development/Training
  • Legal
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Operations/Administration
  • Manufacturing/Production
  • Technical – Information
  • Technical – Biotech/Chemical

3. Primary Industry Experience

Select one or more of the following  types of industry experience that you would like a coach to have ONLY if it is important to you

  • Consumer – Products & Services
  • Contracting and Construction
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial & Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Nonprofit/Academia/Government
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Technology – Information/Bio

4. Enter a name or keyword (Optional)

  • You can enter the name of a coach if you already know it
  • You can enter a keyword if you only want to see coach profiles that contain that word
  • Leave this field blank to search for all coaches

When you select Search with any of the choices selected above, your search results will include ONLY those Coach Members whose profile includes the information you select. Keep in mind that many successful coaches have developed expertise in areas outside of their functional or industry backgrounds and can often think outside the box based on their different perspectives.

Click on the link below if you are ready to start your search now.