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 Work at Home Moms > General Internet Marketing Articles > Is It Time For A Professional Coach?

How, When and Why You Should Hire A Professional Coach

As business grows, so too do the tasks and demands on an entrepreneur. Many business owners committed to growing their business often turn to a professional coach to help get them through the stages of growth and to make managing increasing responsibilities much easier. Professional coaches can also be tremendously beneficial if you’re just starting out as a business owner. Here’s how to know if a professional coach is right for you.

What is a professional coach?

A professional coach is someone who as an outside and non invested party can help business owners to:

• Take a complete look at their current situation
• Set relevant and realistic goals based on their own nature and needs;
• Provide guidance on how to take action toward reaching goals
• Provide feedback
• Someone who is motivated to help you resolve issues, grow personally, and grow professionally
• Help you take business operations to the next level by providing insight and ideas.
There are many different types of professional coaching. It is important to find a coach that works in a manner that is beneficial to your personality, beliefs, and core practices. If you’re not compatible with a coach, there will be limited benefit.
Finding the right professional coach for you can be overwhelming. Here are five tips to get you headed in the right direction:

1. Ask friends, family, and associates in your field if they know any professional coaches that they can recommend. This is a great way to find a great coach but you already have a built in referral which is really important when hiring a coach. You don’t want to hire someone whose personality clashes with your own or who doesn’t understand your business goals or chosen profession.

2. If your community of friends, family and associates are not able to provide you with a list of potential coaches, consider looking online. There are several professional coaching associations and organizations that provide geographic listings or you can visit your favorite search engine and conduct a local search by including your city in the search phrase like this: “Professional coach” “Manhattan”.

3. Contact coaches and inquire about rates and their general suggested meeting frequency. It is important to get a general feel for each coach’s policies and procedures to determine if they will meet your budget and time constraints.

4. Once you have a list of potential coaches, three to five, contact them and request references. Contact the references! This is important. You want to speak with real people and get a real life sense of how the coach was able to help them reach their goals.

5. Final task when deciding on a professional coach is to schedule a time to meet so that you can ask them some questions and determine if your personalities match. Be sure to prepare some questions ahead of time so that you don’t forget anything that you feel is important to you. You can and should ask each coach about their background both as a coach and prior to becoming a coach. You’ll also want to make sure that you understand their coaching approach and make sure that it works for you. Lastly, make sure that your coach is someone that you respect and can take advice from.

When weighing the decision to hire a personal or professional coach don’t forget to take educational opportunities into consideration. Two of the major factors that contribute to your personal and professional success are your motivation and your commitment to personal development, or your continued investment in developing your skills and education. By hiring a coach that can provide both, you’re getting the best of both worlds and you’re getting a specialized plan for success.

One benefit that is often overlooked when considering a personal or professional coach is that some coaches offer trainings, workshops, and seminars. The benefit to this kind of education is that your coach not only has your best interests at heart but they’re offering up a core of knowledge that is designed specifically to help you succeed. A personal coach understands your priorities, goals, and skill levels.

There is a tremendous benefit to finding a personal coach that offers on-line trainings and workshops because you know your coach and your coach knows you. Your coach knows your needs and goals. They are able to guide you to take the most appropriate trainings for your needs; saving you time and money and ensuring that you’re getting the information that you need to further your career and better yourself.



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