We’re back this week with Part 2 in our Coaching Series! This week I wanted to expand on the “how” to pick the right coach as opposed to the “why” working with a coach is beneficial for business. If you didn’t catch our live last week, you can watch it here, but here’s a quick recap about what we chatted about:
How a qualified coach can help put things into perspective
How our hopes, goals and dreams evolve and how a coach can help guide us
What coaches do to help us grow quicker
Examples of how coaching has helped us in our businesses
Generally, in life and business, we tend to gravitate to and attract people that have traits and habits similar to our own. But, sometimes, this doesn’t happen and you can end up working with people that don’t flow with you and your goals. That’s why this week I wanted to share with you some things that Carolina and I have both discovered in our entrepreneurial journey so that you can find the right coach and/or team members for you!
Tips For Success
I have a confession to make...I do not make great knee jerk decisions. Over the years I’ve learned that I often get caught up in my excitement and the energy of others instead of taking a step back to look at the WHOLE picture.
So, what can you do when this happens?
Try using a trial period instead of signing a long term contract with a new coach or team member. Instead, try 3 months to see if it’s a good fit. This way you can give it some time to see how the relationship develops but can also walk away if it doesn’t.
Discovery calls are another great way to get to know someone. In these calls you get a chance to ask questions about their background, experiences and processes. You’ll also get a better understanding of their strategy- for example, are they more ideas based or do they handle the execution?
Look at the flow. In your trial period, be sure to observe how you feel when working with them. Do you feel comfortable? Do you trust them? Are they in alignment with your energy, goals and how you work?
Know What You Want
It is very important, before you start any coaching or bring a new team member on board, to know exactly what you want out of this experience. Carolina uses this quote from Brene Brown in our live chat, “Clear is kind”. So simple, but so true. Being clear saves time and energy for everyone involved.
If you’re working with someone and it’s just not working out, and you have clearly communicated your goals and expectations, then it’s not mean or bad business to let them go.
But, you have to be clear on what you’re looking for, what you want and what you expect before working with a coach or bringing a new team member on board. As Carolina points out, it’s really hard to see any results if you don’t know what you’re going for.
Lastly, you have to commit. Knowing what you want and going for what you want are two different things. Are you ready to dig deep and work for it?
What To Look For
A good rule of thumb when looking for a coach is experience. It’s a red flag if someone is offering services for something that they themselves have never done. Can they provide case studies of people/businesses that they have worked with? What areas do they specialize in? Do they have any testimonials they can share?
This is where discovery calls come in handy - you can ask these types of questions on your call. If they don’t offer one, ask if they would be willing to hop on one with you. (If they refuse, well, that’s a big red flag).
Like in romantic relationships, chemistry is a big aspect of a great working relationship. Carolina has a policy of only interviewing people that come into her studio- this way she is able to learn more about the person, get a feel for them and see how they fit in the environment they would be working.
Look for people who are in alignment with you, your personality and working style and who are going to help you get to that next level of success!
I’ve created a quick workbook that helps you get clear on your goals, provides 10 questions to ask your potential coach and a few things to reflect on after your initial connection!
Are You Ready?
As you know, a lot of how the session goes depends on what state we are in. So much of the work is making sure that we are in a centered, grounded, connected, and super engaged place so that we can give our clients what we need.
I help therapists create thriving practices through mentorship and personalized coaching. My mission is to help you discover BALANCE, REFINE your SKILLS, and REIGNITE your PASSION!
If you’ve read this blog and you’re ready to take action, contact me today! I would love to help you create the thriving practice of your dreams!