We have all been there. Every day we are ultra busy, there are simply not enough hours in the day, and we are working hard, but despite our best efforts are basically standing still. Our business is not growing or we are stagnating in our career.
Sometimes we are too busy to realize that is happening. Even when we do realize what is happening it is not always clear what can be done to change the situation.
Fortunately, the solution is relatively simple. If you find yourself in this situation, it is time to hire a business coach. They will help you to assess where you are now and how to progress in the future.
With the support of the right coach, you will be able to identify the areas and skills that you need to work on and find ways to learn the new skills you need, and do so quickly. Often your coach will be able to provide the training you need themselves, but if they do not have the necessary skills or experience, they will identify high quality and targeted training courses for you to attend.
Finding the right coach
Whether you are looking for business coaching in New York, London or Brisbane it is important to take your time and find the right coach for you. Here are a few things you need to consider when looking for a coach.
Can I connect with this coach?
In all likelihood, the relationship you are going to have with your business coach is going to be a long-term one. If you find the right coach, you will want to go back to him or her periodically for further advice.
It makes sense to find a coach that you can connect with. You need someone that you can talk to and understand. If you do not believe in your coach and their skills you are not going to listen to them, so will not be able to benefit fully from their advice. You need a mentor, someone you trust and can communicate with effectively.
Does this coach have the knowledge I need?
It is not essential to find a coach that has experience of your industry, but you do want a coach that is successful. You need to check out their credentials and find out who they have worked with in the past. Asking colleagues for recommendations can be a good starting point when looking for an executive coach, but it is important to do your own research and find out more rather than just go with someone else’s recommendation.
Exactly what type of support are they offering?
Before signing up with a private coach or a coaching firm, you need to understand exactly what you are getting for your money. If a firm cannot be clear about what they have to offer and sell themselves to you, they are definitely not going to be able to help you to sell yourself and your company’s services to others.
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