Are You Coachable?

“Goal-driven, action-oriented coaching”

"What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us
as by the attitude we bring to life."

— Lewis Dunnington

Is coaching for you?

You may be interested in coaching, and I certainly am interested in coaching you, but the gap between interest and a firm commitment is vast. I won’t try to sell you on coaching; either you want to be coached, or you don’t. Either you can afford it, or you can’t. Some people aren’t willing to devote the necessary resources for personal development, and I respect that. There isn’t any sense paying for a service you’re resistant to use or can’t afford. Take the Coaching Quick Quiz to see if you are coachable.

Why hire a coach?

  • Improve your self-image
  • Take control of your life
  • Reduce destructive self-criticism
  • Accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible
  • Trigger positive thoughts and emotions
  • Take action in difficult situations
  • Attain peace of mind
  • Attract positive relationships
  • Put great ideas to work
  • Develop your natural talents and abilities

What kind of commitment is required?

Like everything else in life, the results you get from coaching are largely determined by the effort you’re prepared to put into it! Here are five tips to help determine if you are ready for a coach:

  1. You have an open-minded willingness to change
  2. You are ready to devote time and energy to make things happen
  3. You can firmly committed to our collaboration
  4. You develop a clear idea of the desired outcome
  5. You can financially afford the service

What makes a great coaching client?

I thoroughly enjoy coaching people who recognize that continual improvement can help them make intelligent decisions about future steps.

  • My clients exhibit awareness, motivation, and a strong desire for self-improvement.
  • My clients are fully willing to do the necessary work required without sabotaging the effort.
  • My clients come to coaching because they want to know how to get more out of themselves without wasting many hours, even years, functioning below their potential.
  • My clients bring to each session a desire to get things done. Perhaps they wish merely to talk through an issue or articulate a goal, with minimal support from me. Maybe they want to increase their chances of success by employing a variety of strategies and are looking for feedback, support, and inspiration. Perhaps they are simply looking to develop additional knowledge. In each case, resolution of a personal challenge is what my clients seek.

Is there a quick, easy way to be coached?

As any good poker player knows he cannot play every hand and expect at the end of the evening to come out ahead. It takes skill, various strategies and thinking about the future to eventually come out a winner. My coaching does not offer a secret, formulaic quick-fix for people who hope “something” will eventually happen. Rather, it provides a safe, guilt-free, nonjudgmental environment that requires active involvement, motivation, and personal responsibility on the client’s part.

“In my career as a graphic designer and artist, I’m familiar with the occurrence of creative blocks. They vary in intensity and length of stay. They are a great emotional disturbance—always unwelcome for the increased depression and stress they bring along. Bruce’s attentive listening and well-directed thoughtful questions helped me focus and look to myself for answers, some of which I have found as I continue the search. Currently, I am happily working and wish to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to Bruce for sharing his professional expertise.”

—Pasquale Temperio
Port Angeles, WA

Coaching Quick Quiz

As your coach, I will need to you to be at the place in life where you are coachable. This simple but effective assessment will help both of us discover if you are ready.

Simply click the number that comes closest to representing how true the statement is for you. When you have finished, click the “Total Score” button below. Next, compare your score with the key to discover how coachable you are.

Less More Statement
1 2 3 4 5  
I can be relied upon to be on time for all calls and appointments.
This is the right time for me to accept coaching.
I am fully willing to do the work and to let the coach do the coaching.
I keep my word without struggling or sabotaging.
I'll give the coach the benefit of the doubt and "try on" new concepts or different ways of doing things.
I will "speak straight" (tell what's really true) to the coach.
If I feel that I am not getting what I need or expect from the coach, I will share this as soon as I sense it and ask that I get what I want and need from the relationship.
I am willing to eliminate or modify the self-defeating behaviors that limit my success.
I have adequate funds to pay for coaching and will not regret or suffer about the fee. I see coaching as a worthwhile investment in my life.
I am someone who can share the credit for my success with the coach.


Scoring Key

10–20 Not coachable right now.
21–30 Coachable, but make sure ground rules are honored.
31–40 Coachable.
41–50 Very coachable. Make sure to recommend that the coach ask a lot from you.


In taking this brief self-test, you have just explored what your coachability needs and values are. If the results of the Coaching Quick Quiz indicate you are ready for coaching, take the next step and test-drive the coaching experience. Contact me to schedule a FREE 30-minute coaching session. I’ll send you easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions to help you prepare for our session.

This quiz is intended as a tool for self-exploration and is not to be construed as a scientifically-validated test. The results of this test are not being recorded, compiled, or distributed in any way. This quiz is courtesy of and copyrighted by Coach U.

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