We recently showed you what goes into being the best business coach. Some coaches specialize in areas that may or may not align with what you’re trying to achieve.
But let’s say you’ve found a handful of coaches that seem like good fits to address your challenges. Now you have to find the right one out of your pool of candidates – the one that will offer the right blend of guidance and advice.
The right coach for you will want to learn as much as they can about you, your company, and how it operates. They will know which questions to ask you. They will know what advice will resonate and inspire. And they will be able to share a track record of success that is legitimate, meaningful, relevant, and inspires your confidence.
Assessing Potential Business Coaches
You want your business coach to have a 360-degree view of your business before they start offering solutions. Find a business coach that can address everything that needs development, such as:
- Refining your operations
- Building outstanding processes
You also want them to ask a lot of questions about you and your business. This shows they care about you and your specific needs, and that they have the ability to make you rethink what you’ve always done.
A business coach may be outstanding in certain areas, but if they can’t address what’s ailing you or make you see things in a different light, they aren’t the right fit.
What to Ask Business Coaches
There are business coaches who have industry-specific insight, and there are those with deep knowledge across industries. Then there are those whose knowledge is focused on generally applicable best practices. As you start to interview potential candidates that seem to be a good fit, ask for the following:
- Their awards and professional certifications
- Proof that they measure their results
- Reviews, success stories, and client references
- Their proven system of coaching
- A complimentary coaching session to determine whether you are a good fit for each other
Then see how comprehensive this track record is and whether they address the areas most important to you – like leadership skills, planning, and accountability.
Sign Up for a Free Session with ActionCOACH Tampa Bay
ActionCOACH Tampa Bay has the expertise to be the right coach, regardless of your industry. Sign up for a free 30-minute session and find out for yourself. If you feel we aren’t a fit, we will use the knowledge from our meeting to connect you with someone we think can help.
To make you feel comfortable with choosing us, we’ve attached a competitive comparison document that lists the kinds of services business owners typically need to improve their outcomes.
Contact us and let us know the areas where you feel you could use an objective assessment.