More on How to Hire a Suitable Physician Career Coach or Consultant

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This is Part 2 of my discussion of coaches and how to hire one. I receive frequent questions about this topic from listeners. Their questions generally involve one or more of these themes:

  • Should I use a coach?
  • Where do I find a coach?
  • Are coaches expensive?
  • Do you recommend certain coaches?

I'm aware of three directories of physician coaches:

  • Happy MD lists five coaches affiliated with Dr. Dike Drummond
  • The Physician Coaching Alliance currently lists 43 coaches, including the CEO, Dr. Errin Weisman
  • Finally, Physician Coaches, hosted by Dr. Mike Woo-Ming, provides a directory of 170 coaches for physicians. Thirty-eight are designated as career coaches. Many of the Life Coaches also include career coaching in what they do.

My advice for finding a suitable coach:

  1. First learn about burnout, career transition, and nontraditional careers through free websites, blogs, Facebook groups, podcasts like this one, articles, and books. Some of the coaches I mentioned have podcasts. Most post articles on their websites.
  1. Network with colleagues who have transitioned and ask them if they used a coach and whether it was a worthwhile investment. I’ve asked physicians this question many times. And to a person, they found the process to be useful and effective. Then check out the directories I already mentioned.
  1. Narrow down your choice to 3 or 4, check out their websites, read their bios on LinkedIn, access their websites, and join their email lists to get to know them. Then set up an interview (discovery call, free consultation) and spend at least 15 minutes getting to know them. Tell them each that you are interviewing others to find one who is a good fit for both of you.
  1. Select one of them and get started. If it seems you are not making progress or connecting well after several sessions, then explain to them that you wish to move on.

Putting this episode together made me think a lot more about providing career consulting services myself. I have really enjoyed the Nonclinical Mastermind Sessions I have been doing, which is a form of group coaching, in my opinion. And I definitely encourage you to try that if it appeals to you.

So, I decided to take the plunge and set aside some time for Nonclinical Career Consulting. And if you want to work with me, you can learn more about it at nonclinicalcareeracademy.com.

There you will find a description of the three levels of Career Consulting Services I provide. You can read the descriptions and set up a short call for us to discuss your needs.

You can find the show notes for today’s episode at nonclinicalphysicians.com/find-a-physician-career-coach

If you'd like to join my Nonclinical Mastermind Group, you can learn about it at nonclinicalphysicians.com/mastermind.

Get an updated edition of the FREE GUIDE to 10 Nonclinical Careers at nonclinicalphysicians.com/freeguide.

Get a list of 70 nontraditional jobs at nonclinicalphysicians.com/70jobs.

Check out a FREE WEBINAR called Best Options for an Interesting and Secure Nonclinical Job at nonclinicalphysicians.com/freewebinar1

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