How to hire your next business coach & what to consider
Just because you’re in the coaching industry, don’t think you would never have a need for a coach of your own. Seems like a funny thing to think about, right. But even the best coaches could use some help streamlining their businesses or having an objective third party to talk to about personal or family matters. Heck, even psychiatrists are required to speak to other psychiatrists on a regular basis!
Business coaches can assist anyone with their businesses and often will find things to fix or change simply because they have an objective, outside viewpoint. Everything from billing inefficiencies to brainstorming product ideas, a business coach can be a non-judgmental sounding board who offers clarity and perspective.
Your Coach as Your Accountability Partner
If you have a plan in place for creating a signature program, utilizing a coach as an accountability partner is a wise investment. We all tend to work more efficiently when we know there’s a deadline looming but it’s also easy to ignore that deadline because we are the ones who set it. Rather than moving your deadline further and further away, use this accountability partner to keep your productivity on track.
Accountability is necessary in many instances, though, not just in product creation. Whatever goals you have set for yourself, your coach will hold you solely responsible for meeting those deadlines and goals.
More on accountability on my blog post WHAT IS ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Your Coach as Your Guide
A good business coach will have the ability to challenge your thinking and your goals in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way. Instead of staying inside our comfort zones, a coach will encourage us to explore what we fear in an effort to fight that fear and try something new. Coaches also have the skill to break down large tasks into smaller tasks that don’t seem so intimidating. They can also guide us with instructions for how to do or implement something in our business.
Your Coach as Your Mentor
When it comes to hiring a business coach, always hire someone you consider to be at a higher income level or level of success than you. After all, those who have already reached a level of success will have the best experience to share about how you can reach that same level. Your coach is one who will teach you the skills you need to be successful based on real life experiences.
Get Your Plan Started Ahead of Time
Before you spend good money on a coach, create a business plan with your goals, and your action steps spelled out. You want to provide your coach with a starting point and chances are that would be your first assignment anyway with a new coach.
If setting up a business plan sounds daunting or you don’t know where to start, I have a webinar coming up called “Why You Need a Million Dollar Plan for a Million Dollar Business.” We’ll discuss how planning will keep you focused on your next action steps, why taking action is so vitally important if you want to reach serious goals, and how to break down your overwhelming tasks into doable action steps will improve your productivity.