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How To Vet And Hire A Somatic Mindfulness Coach

Anna Choi is an Energy Master, Qigong Tai Chi Instructor, and Taekwondo Black Belt. After burning out from her wealth management and event consulting business, she hit rock bottom. She met her two enlightened energy masters transforming her life into a singer songwriter performance artist, 2x TEDx speaker, & Amazon No.1 International Best Selling Author as Founder of SolJoy with Anna Choi SPC.

 
Executive Contributor Anna Choi

When finding the right coach to work with, make sure that it's a good fit by vetting them through three areas of credibility, relevance, and resonance. First, find out 3 indicators whether your ready to hire a coach at this stage in your life. After you’ve determined you’re ready, now is the fun part of vetting the best coach for you.


Millennial-aged women learning and practicing yoga together in a private home setting

While a decent coach will be a sounding board, hold you accountable, help you get unstuck, and be your cheerleader. However, a stellar coach is someone who listens deeply to understand what you can't articulate, and provide you the space, guidance, and tools for a transformative experience that lasts.


Here are 3 areas to vet for a somatic mindfulness coach along with interview questions you can ask them when finding the best match


1. Credibility


In essence, does the coach embody, live, breathe, and practice what they preach? Are the coach's words, actions, and results congruent? 


The best Somatic Mindfulness Coach embodies being an Energy Master. An Energy Master embodies universal life force energy in daily life and exists to share these energy principles to others to widely benefit humanity. 


For example, don’t hire a health coach that is unhealthy. Don’t hire a business coach who hasn’t made money. Credibility goes beyond credentials to results they give their clients, plus embodying the principles they are teaching you to be successful. Look for congruence, and if there's a gap, find out why by asking questions.


For example, if your goal is better work-life balance, self-care, or avoiding burnout, ask them their burnout story. Then ask, "What self-care success have you achieved in your life? This allows you to get a clear "before" and "after" picture across a specific time frame.


If revenue growth is your number one objective, you need to ask the awkward question--how much do you make to see if they accomplished the same level of revenue you're looking to achieve.


If it’s energy mastery, their energetic presence online and offline as an energy master will be enough to know they are the real deal. 


Also consider, does the coach you are considering have experience and success in what you want coaching you on?


Just because someone has once done the feat you desire to attain, it doesn't make them a good coach. But if their students do better than them, that's a huge sign.


These days, a professional coach will already have several client testimonials on their website. In addition, you will see 5-star reviews on Google, Yelp, or social media. Even better, they can give you an objective metric of before and after results from clients. A true professional coach will already have many client success stories on their website before you even have your first inquiry call.


2. Relevance


We may often like someone, but what they offer isn't what we're looking for. Relevance is vital in determining that you need what they offer.


Relevance also includes whether their expertise is aligned with your future direction. Get clear on what kind of expertise, experience, or wisdom you're looking to tap into. Ask, what expertise do they bring relevant to your vision and goals.


Before you even consider pricing or hours, the bottom line is, can they deliver what you're looking for?


Once you're clear on that, you should consider paying a premium to work with someone who can achieve the results in half the time. It can be a better investment than working with a newbie who will take double the time for you to achieve results, and you'll be their guinea pig client. Also, keep in mind that return on investment (ROI) isn't just financial. ROI also includes getting back more time, health, energy, and fulfillment.


3. Resonance


Next, consider coach alignment. Do they align with their values? Do you resonate with their energy? Aside from the know, like, trust factor-is there a basic chemistry?


Ideally, they resonate on levels of the mind, body, heart, and soul. There are so many coaches out there. You don't need 100% perfect alignment, but at least reach for 80% or higher. Don't settle for less just to "get the goods."


There is someone who has the goods and is a match for the type of entrepreneur you are and want to become. Trust your intuition and gut on this one. No questions need to be asked.


I've personally made the mistake of buying a program of someone I somewhat liked enough but just wanted access to their templates and process, only to find out later their values were not the same as mine. As a result, I questioned even using the templates and processes since we were not aligned.


Questions to ask yourself when you meet them is


  • Do they believe in you and your dreams? Or do they steer you in what they think is best for you based on their own success.

  • Do they ask good questions that help you gain clarity and trust yourself? Some coaches may be newer or feel like they need to deliver value upfront. They might start doling out advice right away, which may or may not stick because you didn't discover it for yourself. The best coaches I've worked with ask questions I never even thought of, bringing an enlightening perspective that brings me to greater heights.

  • Are they superb listeners? Are they intuitive enough to "get you" and read between the lines without you explicitly communicating your goals or intentions?

  • ·Do you feel like a better person just talking to them? Whether you feel confronted, relieved, or alive, trust your gut to let you know on this one.

  • ·Do you sense they can call you out in a way you'll be able to receive it? Some coaches are more concerned about being liked and thought of well as a buddy than being a coach who will go where it's uncomfortable.


Key takeaways


To recap, three areas to vet a business Somatic Mindfulness Coach are credibility, alignment, and resonance.


Do your research. Most of these three areas can be found on their website, and if not, but you feel compelled to learn more, set up a 1:1 call to interview and get to know them. Trust yourself and your intuition above all, especially if your ego mind is hungry for more money and results.


As many entrepreneurs discover, business is not for the faint of heart. If you want to catalyze your dream lifestyle and the difference you want to make in the world, a business Somatic Mindfulness Coach simply helps you catalyze, accelerate, or magnify your dream life and vision.


They encourage you to do what feels impossible if you did it on your own and enable you to utilize proven methodologies and systems that, ultimately, help you achieve your dreams faster.

 

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Anna Choi, Energy Master

Anna Choi is an Energy Master, Qigong Tai Chi Instructor, and Taekwondo Black Belt. After burning out from her wealth management and event consulting business, she hit rock bottom. She met her two enlightened energy masters transforming her life into a singer songwriter performance artist, 2x TEDx speaker, & Amazon No.1 International Best Selling Author as Founder of SolJoy with Anna Choi SPC.


SolJoy servies high-achieving, impact driven, mindful community leaders, entrepreneurs and executives to shift from burnout to brilliance, unleashing their soul's joy. Serving thousands of students, SolJoy specializes in somatic mindfulness, moving meditations, and healing martial arts to tap into boundless energy for more health, happiness, and peace.

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