My business coaches are one of my secret weapons in the fight against success-stealing zombies.
I’ve worked with several coaches for different aspects of business over the years and without them I end up spinning my wheels and spending time on the wrong things.
Coaches are fabulous for pushing you to recognize your own value and take consistent action to keep moving forward. Knowing I’ll need to “report in” on what goals I’ve accomplished this week helps motivate me to get things done.
Working with a coach can also help you get outside your own limited view of your business. Big picture. How many of us are really good at pulling ourselves out of that unmotivated state or realizing when we’re being held back by false fears? If zombies are attacking you need someone to help you spot ’em so they can’t sneak up behind you!
Coaching can come in many forms:
- in person coaching with someone local
- coaching by phone or email
- weekly, monthly or other regular coaching
- single coaching sessions to get you out of “stuck”
- group coaching programs
- … and more
So, if you’re wondering whether you need your own zombie fighter, I grabbed one of my coaches and asked her the questions I hear most about business coaches. Enjoy!
1. What is a business coach?
A business coach is someone who asks lots of questions in order find out where you are in business and what is holding you back in any areas. The coach then uses that knowledge to create a plan and challenge you to push forward toward success.
2. Who can benefit from working with a coach?
Truly anyone can benefit from working with a coach. I’ve worked with women in every different season of business – from taking a business dream and making it a reality to working through what may be holding a business owner back to helping someone through burnout to find their passion again. It’s so incredibly rewarding to watch women succeed!
3. What should we look for in a coach to find someone who’s a good fit for our businesses and where we’re at?
When looking for a business coach there are a few to things keep in mind:
* Find someone whose beliefs and ethics match yours. If you’re a traditionally minded businessperson then working with someone cut-throat, who pushed you to do whatever it takes to get ahead, won’t be a good experience for you (and vice-versa).
* Find someone who will tell you the truth, not just what you want to hear. A coaches job is to push you, not be your buddy.
* Find someone who has had success building a business. There are many coaches out there today and for other kinds of coaching (like life coaching) it’s not necessarily important that they have a big, successful practice. However, for business coaching – if they haven’t successfully built a business, how can they help you?
4. How do coaches and coachees work together if they live in different areas geographically?
Generally, when the coach and coachee live in different regions they meet either via the phone or Skype. It’s amazing the amount coaches and their clients can accomplish even having never met in person.
5. What’s your favorite aspect of coaching?
One of the things that I love most about coaching with watching my coachees grow and change. I can look back over the past months and years that I’ve been working with someone and see how they’ve grown into a new, stronger person. Each success for one of my clients feel like a success for me as well. I can honestly say that I think I have the BEST job around!
(end of interview – thank you, Jill!)
Are you working with a business coach? Have you worked with one before? What tips do you have for someone looking for a coach or thinking about enrolling in a coaching program?
If you haven’t worked with a coach yet, do you have questions about it? Post ’em in the comments!
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