Have you ever worked with a business coach?
I am interested in hiring a business coach, but I have my doubts if they can bring me real value. I want to know from others who have worked with coaches, what were your expectations out of the deal? And were those expectations met?
Hi Lynn ~
I refer to myself as a "business alchemist," someone who supports clients in working real magic to deliver their dreams. Having worked in corporate communications for ten years before launching a successful communications business, and later my coaching practice, I understand business from all sides.
And that's what a good coach can do: help you understand your business, crystallize your vision/mission, target your audience, and identify any gaps in your knowledge. A coach also holds you accountable for the action steps we co-create, celebrates your successes, and helps you refine elements that aren't working.
You'll find a business coach testimonial for me on this page (second one down): http://liveyourlight.com/GlowingR.html
I also have reviews from mosaicHUB founder Mary-Alice Brady, and a number of business clients, here: http://liveyourlight.com/services/BusAlchemy.html
Hope this is helpful. I'd be happy to have a complimentary intro call to see if I might be good fit for your knitting business!
Hi Lynn, I am a business coach and I have used coaching services periodically. Expectations are not always met, however this is as much about having realistic expectations as anything else. If you are seeking someone who can fix you, make you whole or catapult your business into the stratosphere, a genuine coach is not for you. If you seek someone who can and will facilitate your growth and development, who will provide accountability, who will treat your accomplishments with reverence then a coach is worth your while. The best way to know who is right is to interview prospects. I most certainly would be happy for the opportunity to learn more about you. All the best.
I have been a coach for the past couple years, but before that was an IT business owner or self-employed for most of my career.
If I hadn't committed to coaching (hiring coaches) I never would have turned around my struggling IT firm, which I eventually sold. I have used coaches intensively for the past 5 years and have always come out ahead financially compared to what I invested in paying the coach.
Even now that I am coaching I still heavily invest in my own coaches. Many of the coaches I meet now got into it because, like me, they benefited so much from coaching in their previous careers that they became passionate about sharing what they've learned with others.
I look forward to answers from others as well. Thanks for asking this question.
To your specific question, my expectations were different based on the coach and my situation at the time. It's probably safe to say in most cases they believed in me more than I believed in myself, so my expectations were always exceeded.
Hope this helps :)