Two blog posts have preceded this one. They stress the significance of
employing your very own, personal life coach, as a means of improving
persona or image. The subject of these blogs is as follows:
. A Life Coach Can Help With Your Image Enhancement, Personal Growth and
. Life Coaching Sessions: What to Expect
An important question still remains. Just how much does it cost to hire a
life coach? Is it expensive, affordable and worth the money? Here's what
some folks had to say about that:
1. "I am currently being coached by [my life coach] and we started about 6
weeks ago. His insight into the human psyche, what motivates us, how to
improve our relationships, how to improve ME, is remarkable. In the short
time [he] has been coaching me, I have seen remarkable improvements in both
my business life and my personal life. He is very easy to talk with and I
have shared many aspects of my life that no one else knows. I am very
excited about the future and eagerly look forward to our coaching
2. I had totally lost my confidence and was about to lose my job. [My life
coach] coached me through each meeting with my district manager. I not only
kept my job but I got a promotion in three months.
3. "After only two months I found myself in a "winning zone". Three months
after starting, I now have clear direction in my professional life, friends
are noticing changes in me, and life at home is better than ever. My life
has turned completely around."
4. "My relationships with my wife, kids and father have grown since we began
coaching together. I could never have done it without you and have
accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. My life has become so
much more manageable and stress free since working with you. My conflicts at
home and work are now seen in a different light and are not so major and I
am now able to now work through them. I also have to thank you for
supporting me in writing a thank you letter to my father. That action has
had a big impact on me and my relationship with my father that words cannot
5. "Working with [my life coach] has been a life changing experience for me.
Her coaching sessions consistently provide fresh opportunities to discern
the true nature of my life situation, to become clearly aware of where I am,
where I really want to go and most importantly, what I need to do to get
there.In just a few months, I've seen my stress level drop and my overall
personal and professional life satisfaction grow by leaps and bounds."
6. "Although the coaching was expensive for me at the time - in monetary
terms - it was the best decision I ever made, and I have never regretted it
for a second."
7. "It helped me most to have someone in my corner, encouraging me, pointing
out the negative talk in my head and the ways in which I sabotage myself.
Now I have a dialogue with my self and push through the negative talk."
As you can clearly see from these testimonials, investing in life coaching
is definitely worth the money. Currently the coaching profession is
unregulated. Individual coaches determine their own costs based upon what
the market will bear. Be sure to discuss pricing in detail with your
potential life coach before you sign on to avoid any surprises, and get the
terms in writing.
Fees vary widely due to several factors: a) the reputation and expertise of
the coach, b) his time commitment, c) coaching objectives, d) the type of
services requested, e) the offering of package deals or special pricings,
and f) whether personal or business coaching is involved. Coaching fees,
also, differ depending on the length of each session, the number of sessions
held per month, and how many months you commit to being coached.
The cost range I've observed extends from forty dollars for a one-hour
session to over five hundred dollars for a one-hour session. Paying clients
generally agree that the services rendered are very much worth the cash
outlay. Note however that the fees charged do not validate the quality of
coaching you can expect to receive.
DO NOT choose a life coach based upon cost; but rather, select a coach based
upon an ideal match with you and your needs. Decide to pay a little more now
if necessary to get from where you are to where you want to be in the near
future. Perhaps the reputable coach will require fewer sessions to achieve
your desired results.
Sometimes the prices can be negotiated. Two hours a month seems to be the
minimum requirement for effectivity with at least a three month commitment.
Phone charges are not always included in fee quotes. Some life coaches
offer money back guarantees and will refund the entire amount paid should
you become dissatisfied, while others will refund only the unused portion.
For business owners all or part of these costs may be tax deductible.
Please check with your tax accountant for verification.
Costs for investing in life coaching services pale when compared with the
enormous value obtained. Ask yourself, "Is it possible that the benefits
received from life coaching are worth the monetary investment for my
happiness and peace of mind?" Can I expect long-term consequences that will
yield a better life to my family, friends and to myself? If the answers to
these questions are YES, then I say, "You go for it!"