Asking The Right Questions is Key
Selecting the right business coach is critical to your success. Not all coaches will approach your situation the same. That means you need to shop wisely when seeking the right coach for you. Shopping means asking the right questions and listening. Here are six points to guide your questioning when you are looking for the right Coach to help you:
Knowledge & Experience of Your Business
It is not absolutely necessary to have someone who knows and understands your industry. However, if the issues you want coached on are related to your business than this variable may be important and help you cut to the chase quicker.
Rapport and Relationship.
You definitely want to get a good vibe. If you are choosing someone to sit, listen, talk and Coach, then you will need a coach that you can relate to and vice versa.
Willingness to Listen (and not just talk!)
The coaching process in some measure is about self- discovery. A process that allows you to get in touch the great amount of potential within you. Be sure to choose a Coach who really listens to you and responds appropriately.
Honest and direct
There will be things that your Coach needs to say that may not be fun for you to hear. Your coach should be a person who can say what needs to be said without a concern for hurting your feelings. The quicker that you agree to be honest with you and your Coach, the sooner you advance in your career.
Experience With Success And Failure
Of course, no one trumpets their failure. But when you’re in the swamp and there are alligators, you want a Coach “who’s been there and done that.” This is exactly why you hire a Coach--for their experience. They know the questions to ask to help you get focused on the right solutions for you.
The Right Tools
Be sure to ask the Coach what professional tools are utilized in the initial evaluation. There is no one professional evaluation tool that everyone uses. You will want to know what tools are used by the coach and a little behind the rationale for its use.
References & Credibility
This is similar to the point above. But, here you should ask for validation and evidence. Be sure that you are comfortable with the depth of the experience, knowledge and evidence of everything that the Coach has given to you.