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How to Make Your Business Coach Work for You!

Editors Note: Expert content needs an expert content writer and Yorkshire Powerhouse is pleased to publish this business advice article on business coaching, kindly written by real experts in their field – Adrian and Lisa Wales from LPD Associates.

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Hiring a business coach could be one of the smartest decisions you ever make. However, it’s one thing to hire a coach, but quite another to get the best out of the coaching process.  Here are our thoughts on how to make a business coach work for you.

Good coaches don’t come cheap, so here are a few suggestions to ensure you get the best ‘bang for your buck’, as well as helping you enjoy the journey!

Communication is the key

Like any relationship, getting the best from your coach will be dependent on good communication. What does that mean? Firstly, agree upfront on how often you will meet and how often you will speak. There are no hard and fast rules here but usually, you’ll meet with your coach between every 2 and 4 weeks. In between, most coaches will welcome a regular update of your progress. This may take the shape of a brief phone call or e-mail, usually weekly. This encourages progress and accountability and you’re more likely to reach your objectives if you agree to a good coaching structure upfront.

Additionally, think about what to communicate with your coach. He or she will likely have a wealth of knowledge and experience, but they can only help if you’re prepared to share what’s on your mind. Coaching is completely confidential, and openness and honesty are vital to make the support as effective as possible. So, don’t be afraid to share the whole business picture with your coach.

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Prepare!

To get the very best from your coach, ensure you prepare for your coaching session.

Too many business owners miss this vital part of the process and don’t, therefore, maximise their return on investment. However, by considering what you want to work on in advance you can enable your coach to prepare any tools or techniques to help you AND you can also hit the ground running once your session begins. Your coach should encourage you to do this as it really helps maximise the effectiveness of coaching.

Ensure you do your actions.

Coaching is results-focused, it’s also action-oriented, so it’s likely that actions will arise from your coaching. Some may sit with the coach but, inevitably, most will be your responsibility. So, do them! And don’t wait until you ‘feel like it’ as often the enthusiasm you get from a session with your coach may not feel the same a day or two later.

If you do the things you said you’d do one of two things usually happens. Either the action will take your business forward and you can celebrate that. Or, the action won’t initially be successful, and you can learn from that, which again is worth celebrating as it probably means you’ll be even more successful in the long run!

Review regularly

As part of your coaching ensure you regularly review your progress. Again, a good coach will normally take the lead here, as they will be anxious to ensure you’re achieving what you want to achieve.

This means that you will likely want to agree specific objectives, goals and targets at the beginning of your working relationship and review these on a regular basis, which generally is between one and three months, depending on the specific target.

The bottom line is you’re looking for a return on your coaching investment then agree SMART targets (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed) with your coach to ensure you both take your business significantly forward.

Ultimately, a good coach will demonstrate that the sky is the limit when it comes to your business, but it’s a relationship that has to be nurtured and worked at. If you make the investment, you need to get the absolute best from it.  If you want your business to succeed, you have to work fluidly your coach and be a team. Commit to that, and you will see your confidence increase as well as your profits.

How to Make Your Business Coach Work for You? Straight talking advice from Yorkshire Powerhouse

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