Hiring a business coach is a big decision. It is also one of the best decisions you can make for your business. There are a lot of coaches out there these days, so how do you find the right coach for you? Here are 5 key things to look for when hiring a business coach.
Experience: Your business coach should have extensive and applicable experience in the business world. In order for a coach to be effective, they need to have lived through and experienced many of the challenges their clients are facing.
Outside Perspective: Your business coach should provide a clear outside perspective of your business. Some prefer to hire a coach that works specifically in their industry. While this can be valuable in certain situations, it is very often the outside perspective that a coach can bring from other industries that provides the most value. Because your coach is not inundated with the day-to-day operations of the business, they should be able to give you a higher level “fresh perspective”.
Proven Systems: Your business coach must have a proven, consistent system they use to guide you and your business. If your coach “flies by the seat of their pants” and moves around from topic to topic with no organized process, this may be a warning sign. More importantly, your coach and their system must be demonstrated to have produced quantifiable results for their clients.
Aligned with Your Goals: Your coach should be able to be flexible and focus on your goals, needs, and concerns. If you express a desire to focus on a certain area of your business, your coach should respond to and satisfy that request.
The Accountability Factor: One of the many reasons why coaching is so effective is because of the accountability factor. Your coach should hold you accountable for your commitments. If he/she doesn’t, this is also a warning sign. If you want to move your business forward, you need to be held accountable.
Above all else, you want to feel a connection and level of trust with your coach. You need to feel like you can open up and be completely honest with your coach. They need to know the dirty secrets, your deepest fears, and your wildest dream in order to help you achieve your greatest potential.
If you are ready to hire a business coach to help you achieve your next level of success, please set up some time for us to connect, and don’t forget to ask me the 5 key questions!