To me there seems a lot of noise coming from the poker community about coaching best practices. Particularly about what makes a coach valuable to someone. How is this value judged? Is getting a coach +EV? And who would be the right match for my needs?
Common approaches to coaching these days seems to have become standardized in a very short amount of time, primarily because the internet makes access to coaches so much easier now. There are hand history reviews, sweat sessions, traditional classroom like teaching methods for concepts and theory, and obviously video lessons through many training sites. Lots of these things we can do ourselves. Almost all coaches offer these methods as ways of improving our games, so we all look at these methods and think "Where can I best spend my time among all this?", "Where do I start?". There really is a lot to consider.
I want to distill that information into something more refined and useful. Along with the main question are deeper, related questions like...
How could your teacher differentiate themself from the crowd?
What areas of expertise/ability would you need them to have? Why?
What methods get solid fast results, and why?
What does your coach have to show before you can trust what they're teaching you?
Why is it just "One Tiiimmmme"? Why not twice? O_o
So, thinking big, if you could hire any coach at all, what would make for the most rewarding experience?
If you have any life experiences of a great (or bad!) poker coach, it would be very valuable to hear about what you learnt from it. Also, think of the times you've had a breakthrough just by yourself. What were you doing when inspiration struck?