I Think Most Business Coaches Are Full of Hot Air!

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I Think Most Business Coaches Are Full of Hot Air!

A business coach isn't a guru, they exist to hold you accountable.

Isn’t A Business Coach Really Just A Motivational Speaker? I can’t begin to tell you how many times this question has come up in one form or another. The question can take many forms, even the form of a statement. Statements like “I still don’t really get what you do”. “Will you just be saying go team”? It’s a major reality, people don’t really understand what a business coach does or, more importantly, why they would ever need or want one. Business owners get different perceptions in their mind as to what a coach does or doesn’t do. Many have even formed the opinion that, if they are a good business owner, they should never need outside help. It’s a dilemma for a lot of business coaches. And, there’s a lot of business owners who could benefit from a coach but will never even know it.  The business coaching industry also often gets a

bad rap because a percentage of business coaches have no idea how to help their clients get results. But there are plenty of very good ones too.  So let’s clear up a few things about business coaching and give you a fresh perspective.  Before we get into what a business coach does, let’s spend a few minutes talking about what a business coach isn’t.

A business coach is not your guru. To put it simply, coaching is about developing the capabilities of the business owner and their key employees.  A coach doesn’t exist to provide you with all the answers. The coach exists to help you find the best answers for you.

A coach is not responsible for your outcomes. I want to clarify this statement a little bit. A good coach will put in a great deal of effort to help you progress and create positive change in your business


and mindset.  However, the coach can’t control your behaviors. You are 100% responsible for your behaviors, coach or not.

A business coach is not someone who’s simply there to motivate you and make you feel good about yourself. A quality business coach does want you to feel inspired and positive. But that’s only a minor piece of it. Sometimes a good coach will make you feel a little bit uncomfortable when they help you uncover some things that you need to work on.

When you’re considering whether a business coach would be helpful for you, here’s some things to consider.

Business coaching is a way to take you and your business from where you are now to where you want to be.  A business coach will assist and guide you in growing your business by helping you clarify your

  • Vision
  • Strengths
  • And how these fit in with your personal goals.

A good business coach will also help you identify the things that are preventing you from progressing the way you want. Whether it’s:

  • Head trash
  • Business stresses
  • Burnout
  • Or a lack of fresh ideas

A good coach will help you to get rid of the things that are in your way and increase your capacity to create results.

A great business owner seeks to understand why executing on business goals is important to them personally, and the impact it will have on their life.

After clarifying where a business owner would like to take their business…

  • Business coaching will help strategize and prioritize what goals and strategies are needed to help progress the business closer to its goal.
  • A business coach will meet with the business owner regularly, either weekly or monthly, to keep them on track to the commitments made during the past coaching session.

A critical component of business coaching is accountability. A business coach is not a consultant. They will not do the work for you in your business. They are there to keep you focused on the end result and remind you why it is important. They will motivate you to keep your commitments. They will act as a sounding board and when needed hold a mirror in front of you, highlighting your business and personal blind spots.

Sometimes a business coach is there to help you get out of your own way. There’s lots of things in our business that can cause us to be in our own way:

  • Stagnant growth
  • Employee issues
  • Family issues
  • Financial challenges
  • A lack of new ideas
  • Day to day fires
  • You name it.

So a good business coach isn’t there to provide you with all the answers, motivate you, or do the work for you. They exist to help you bring out your best and enjoy your business more. It can be a lot more than just being your motivational speaker.

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