The word “coach” tends to bring to mind thoughts of Little League, whistles, and stopwatches. As we get older, we are quick to forget the roles these individuals played in guiding our lives in the right direction. These were the type of people we wanted to work hard and succeed for. Why, then, should we not seek out this type of guidance when it comes to our professional lives? In other words, why not spend time to find the right business coach for your business?
As my business partner and I were starting to figure out what it took to build a successful business, we found that nearly everything we read stated the importance of having a mentor to guide you through the process. Back then, our sole form of guidance came from the many business and psychology books we read. For several years, we only knew our mentors virtually, through their articles. Taking these principles, we would get together with our “mastermind” group of six close friends, and use the feedback we received from them as a guide through the business world. Click Here to Read Article …
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Though I’ve been freelancing full-time for two years, and I’m happy with where I am in my business, I’m a big fan of personal development. I read books, follow blogs, take classes, and attend conferences in my field. After all, everyone has areas where they could improve. Recently, I had the idea that I should hire a business coach to help me rethink some of the strategies I use and help my business climb to the next level.
A colleague suggested several business coaching candidates, so I contacted a smaller subset of that group and discussed my needs over the phone. The first coach seemed friendly, yet professional, and we clicked almost immediately. As our conversation concluded, she agreed to send me a proposal of what our coaching relationship would look like.
The second coach seemed equally friendly and professional, but after we chatted for awhile, she did something that few self-employed professionals do: discouraged me from becoming a client. “It sounds like you have solid strategies in place, and the few issues you’ve had were unusual circumstances,” she said. “I hate to turn away business, but I’m just not sure you need this right now.” I told her appreciated her honesty and that I’d get in touch if I really did need her in the future. When the first coach got back to me with her proposal, I responded similarly. I’d also been thinking about hiring a personal assistant and that seemed like a better use of resources anyway.
Though I didn’t end up using a business coach, there are others who went the other way.
Have you hired a business coach or a life coach? What did you look for? How did they help you? Click Here to Read Article …