Be an educated consumer of coaching

Becky Mollenkamp
8 min readMay 30, 2023

Finding a quality coach can be a challenge thanks to a lack of regulation and a dearth of bad actors. These 7 tips can help you make an investment you won’t regret.

By Becky Mollenkamp, PCC

Two women in one week told me horror stories about having been burned by bad coaching.

One felt she’d wasted $9,000 on a year-long coaching program that wasn’t helpful at all. The other said she’d invested more than $30,000 on a series of coaches who proved to be toxic and harmful.

These were just the most recent people to share these stories with me.

I hear from so many people who have paid coaches, or people calling themselves coaches, only to not get the results they wanted, to get completely defrauded with no services delivered, or to be harmed by the coach’s practice.

Many of my clients come to me having already had these types of terrible experiences. They are rightfully frustrated and skeptical.

I had a bad coaching experience myself with someone who failed to deliver on her promise. It was a $6,000 learning experience.

Before you invest in coaching, here are a few things to consider.

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1. Are they actually a coach?