I would like to start a revolution.
I spent 150 of my dollars on a session with one of my peers. I was hoping to find help for my post-divorce family.
To be totally honest:
And not just a little.
It was a disgrace to my profession. To my money. To my time.
She should have just had a sign on her desk that said:
"I don't give a shit about you. Just give me your money."
Please don't do what I did.
What not to pay for when you hire a coach:
$33 - Lecture on payment and cancellation policy. (Great coaches don't even need a payment and cancellation policy. Let alone feel the need to charge their clients for dictation.)
$6 - Submitting payment during session. (Great coaches don't charge you money for charging you money.)
$9 - Forgetting my name and what I do for a living. (Great coaches know who the hell they're talking to. Period.)
$42 - Lecture about "I statements." (Great coaches know that juvenile tricks may be effective for kindergarteners but are a dumb-ass waste of time for grown-ups. Great coaches respect their client's intelligence.)
$24 - Story about her own personal issue. (Great coaches don't use their personal stories to fuel their narcissism.)
$34.50 - Unsolicited advice. (Great coaches know that the client is the leading expert on her own life.)
$1.50 - One decent question. (Great coaches ask hundreds of beautifully crafted questions designed to open their client's mind. The questions lead to new ways of thinking. And the new ways of thinking create radically different results in their client's life.)
Here I am IN this profession. I KNOW what makes a good coach and what makes a bad coach. I KNOW what I'm looking for - very specifically.
I found myself in a session that was a total waste of my money and time.
I can't even imagine what it feels like to be YOU. Trying to figure out who to work with, what makes someone good coach, wondering if they can really help you. Or if they're just a crazy-cracker trying to take your money.
I guess I'm naive to think that other people in my industry value their clients as much as I do.
Some of them just don't.
But the great ones really do.
I love my clients. My readers. My students. My coaches. I value their money and mine. I'm honored to share the time that they give me.
I radically over-deliver. I care about what's happening in their lives. I'm humbled by their trust in me.
I am constantly reading, studying, listening and learning so that I can continue to rock their world.
I am a great coach.
I want to protect you.
From being lied to, used and discarded.
I want to rise up against the charlatans in this industry.
And put them out of business.
I want us to stop paying people to waste our time, our money and our intelligence.
Talk about a revolution.
You have a right to good coaching.