When deciding to work with a business coach, it’s important to understand how the process works and whether or not, you’re ready to work with a business coach. If you’re not ready, then don’t do it because you won’t get the results you want and you’re setting yourself up to fail. If on the other hand you are ready consider the following tips, which should help ensure you get the positive results you want.
Hire the Right Type of Business Coach For You
The interview process is a good way to ensure that you’re hiring the right type of coach for you. You want someone who is experienced in your industry and with working with people of your temperament as well as your type of business entity. Just because a particular coach is popular doesn’t mean they are right for you and remember you are going to share some pretty important secrets so spend some the time interviewing different business coaches and always ensure you interview at least two potential businesses coaches.
Use Your Free Consultation Well
Almost every single business coach will offer a free consultation before getting started. They will use this time to interview you, to ensure that you’re right for their system and you will use the time to ensure that they are right for you. But, you can also get an idea of what their system is and where they see your business going, as well as a few hints about how it will all work and the process involved.
Be Prepared for Constructive Feedback
During the coaching process and the analyzing of your business, be ready for constructive criticism and feedback. If you’re not the type of person who can hear that your website is ugly or that you’re doing something wrong, you may not want a business coach. While a coach can also act as a cheerleader, you also want someone who acts in your best interests, more like a school teacher than someone who just tells you that everything is perfect and holds you back.
Be Open Minded to Change
It can be very hard to hear someone telling you that you need to change something about how you run your business, especially if you have spent years working on it. Your business often feels like your baby and you want things your way. But sometimes your way is not the best way, you’ll need to be open minded enough to hear this advice and to change things but also able to think critically so that you know for sure it’s the right change to make.
Be Honest about Who You Are
Sometimes it can be really difficult to accept who we are and our own personalities. Are you a self-starter? Are you a loner? Are you an introvert? Are you technologically challenged? Are you organized or disorganized? What type of system helps you keep on track?
Know What You Want Getting in to.
Typically how a business coach works is that they deal with one issue at a time, so you might have a twelve week coaching contract to deal with identifying your target audience, or you might have a six week coaching contract to help you break through some sort of block such as launching a product you’ve already created. Knowing what you want the end result to be before getting started is very important.
Are You Ready to Work
During the time of your coaching contract which can be as long as twelve months, be ready to put in the extra time required to get the work done. If you don’t implement anything you and your coach work out together, you’re not going to have any meaningful results.
Track Your Results
If you know what you want the result to be, and have written some specific goals, then you will be able to know whether the coaching relationship worked the way you hoped. Without metrics to look at, you really won’t know for sure what has worked and what hasn’t.
Working with a business coach can change your life as we as well as help push your business to the next level. But, you must be truly ready to work