The 12 Greatest Questions to Hire a Coach in 2024

Dr. Kevin Gazzara
7 min readJan 1, 2024

Introduction

As we embark on a new year that will be characterized by rapid change and unprecedented challenges, hiring an executive coach or life coach may just be the best investment you can make to ensure you don’t have to go it alone. Hiring a coach has been proven to be one of the most valuable proactive steps towards unlocking one’s full potential for accelerated success.

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Coaching vs. Consulting

In the dynamic realm of personal and professional development, the terms coaching and consulting are often used interchangeably, leading to confusion regarding their distinct purpose and approach. While both play crucial roles in fostering growth, they diverge in fundamental ways, each offering a unique set of skills and approaches.

Coaching is a collaborative process focused on unlocking an individual’s potential and facilitating self-discovery. A coach acts as a guide, employing powerful questioning techniques and active listening to help clients explore their goals and aspirations. The emphasis in coaching lies in drawing out the client’s innate abilities, fostering self-awareness, and encouraging responsibility for one’s actions. This approach is akin to navigating uncharted waters, where the coach provides the compass direction, and the client pilots the ship.

Consulting on the other hand, is characterized by providing expert advice and solutions to specific challenges. Consultants are subject matter experts who offer specialized knowledge to address organizational issues and/or personal dilemmas. Unlike coaching, consulting involves a more directive approach, where the consultant analyzes the situation, diagnoses problems, and collaboratively develops solutions with the client. It is comparable to having a skilled navigator on board, providing specific guidance to you as the ship’s captain as you travel through known waters with precision and expertise.

Divergent Approaches, Common Goals

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Dr. Kevin Gazzara

CEO of Magna Leadership Solutions, Certified Positive Intelligence Coach, Management Expert, Professor, Speaker, and Author. Contact: Kevin@Magnaleadership.com