Now that the year-end is here you’ll start seeing a number of articles of goals for next year and how they fit in your overall business plan. I’ve really thought about my goals and I found in order for me to look forward to my goals, I have to look at what worked for my business this past year. What was the HIT or MISS of my business?
One item that sticks out more than anything that was a huge HIT was my business coach. Surprisingly I have found that if I didn’t have a business coach, I’d still be floundering and wondering what I was doing wrong. It’s funny because when I started as an entrepreneur I really never thought of a business coach. I rarely heard of people using them. Of course the whole entrepreneurial thing was pretty new to me too, so I was kind of in the dark.
I started learning about business coaches and found that there were quite a few people in my industry. I had a chance to get to know a few and I really connected with one the most. That’s the key… to have a meaningful connection. If you don’t have a connection the coaching is NOT going to work.
Here are 5 tips to finding your ideal business coach:
- Google it!
Type in your “industry” business coach and you’ll get SO many results. Do your research and get to know them.
- Ask around
Get other opinions in your industry. Who has your competitor reached out to for coaching? You may not have the same personality as your competitor but this will give you an idea of how the coach works.
Every good business coach has a list of testimonials of past clients. They’ll typically have a list on their website or sporadically throughout their web pages. This is a great indicator of their work.
Of course you’ll want to connect with a business coach that’s going to connect with you on a certain level. Maybe a typical complaint in your industry is finding clients and the business coach has had several years experience in a specific social media platform in finding clients. He or She may have books or blog posts on details or how-to’s in becoming successful in finding clients for that particular platform. This experience is essential. They have the “Been there done that” model where it shows a proven track record.
What makes a business coach genuinely concerned with what you’re going through as an entrepreneur? How do you find out if they’re REAL? Every coach has a video of themselves with their coaching lessons or advice, to enhance their credibility and authenticity. Video will show your business coach as a real person and their personality will shine through. This is a great indicator of how or if you will connect. My business coach had a ton of videos that I completely resonated with and it was one of the main reasons of going with her.
If you haven’t worked with a business coach, please consider it. They will see aspects of your business that need improvement that you’d never think of. There are so many benefits to having a coach and can hold you accountable to all the ongoing plans you have for your business.
Back to you…
Have you ever worked with a business coach?
Why did you want to work with that person?
I hope the 5 tips to finding your ideal business coach will help you find the business coach you need to make your business successful. Blessings to you and I pray you have much success in your business next year.
Lillian De Jesus