Tell me if this sounds familiar: You know you’re ready for big things. You’re just not quite sure how to get there.
If this is you, it might be time to hire a business coach!
I believe that just about anyone can benefit from having a coach or a mentor to reach higher, but how the heck do you choose when there are so many out there?
One of my biggest pet peeves is business coaches who just don’t have the experience to help you grow a business. There are way too many coaches whose first and only business IS business coaching other people to build a business. Whaaat?! That’s just confusing and ridiculous, and I think we can all acknowledge that’s just crazy talk.
So how DO you find the right person who can help catapult your business to the next level? That’s what I want to talk with you about in today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV. Check it out:
To watch this week’s video, go to: http://youtu.be/sCPp7fDTZXk
To recap, here are some tips to help you hire the right coach:
1. Set goals and expectations. Be upfront with your coach about what you expect to get out of this. Do you want homework and assignments to be given to you? Are you looking for kind, loving support or a good-natured kick in the ass? A good coach will let you know if what you’re looking for jives with their style of coaching and the services they can provide you. And if not, they might just refer you to someone even better suited for you!
2. Look for someone 5 steps ahead. I hire coaches who are just a few “steps” ahead of me in my industry, people who have recently been where I want to go. In talking with potential mentors who are much farther along in their careers, I usually find that it’s hard for them to get back into the headspace of where I am right now.
3. Sign a contract: It’s not the fun part of running a business, but having these things down on paper is key. I know they’re a drag but they protect everyone involved. I use a great tool by my friend and mentor Kyle Durand called OURDEAL, and it’s awesome. We even have a complimentary account for our Conquer Club members!
4. Ask for quantifiable results. Set concrete goals and then tell your coach what you want to achieve. For example, maybe you want to have 10,000 Twitter followers by September 1 or 1,000 new email list signups by July 4. Getting clear on what you want will leave you feeling more satisfied with the coaching process and will allow your coach to help you better!
5. Ask for references. Before your hire, follow up with some former clients. They can tell you what worked and what didn’t and how to get the most out of your coaching experience.
My actionable for you this week is to write down three goals you want a coach to help you with, and then get a few recommendations from friends and colleagues on who they think would be ideal for helping you to achieve those goals. And I’d love for you to share your business goals in a comment below.
While we’re on the topic of taking your business to the next level, I’d like to invite you to join me and my good friend Gabrielle Bernstein for our MIRACLES NOW live event on May 1 at 7 p.m. During this free, virtual event you’ll get practical tools and meditations that will help you unleash your creativity, get more done, melt stress, and strengthen your intuition. Wow! And you’ll be able to ask Gabrielle and me questions during a straight-talking Q&A session. Even if you can’t attend live, you can still sign up to receive the recording afterward. Click here to RSVP!