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How To Know When You Need A Business Coach

By Frank Smith

Despite what some coaches would have you believe, not every business needs the support of a business coach. but for many businesses who’ve hit roadblocks or challenges, the support and guidance of an experienced coach can be immensely beneficial.

Here are 7 of the most common signs that you and your business could benefit from coaching support:

* Growth in your business has stalled – and you don’t know why. * Your profit is low relative to sales. * You spend your day fire-fighting and tackling operational issues rather than working on developing and growing your business. * Staff morale is low – and you find yourself struggling to get motivated. * You’re losing customers to your competitors. * All sorts of problems arise in your business when you’re not around. * You need to get more enquires and new leads – but the methods you’ve used before just don’t seem to work any more.

But it doesn’t need to be this way.

It is possible to get your business back on a strong growth track – despite the recession.

It’s absolutely possible to find and win new clients.

You CAN have an energised and motivated team working for you.

And it’s certainly possible to wake up full of energy looking forward to what each day holds.

An experienced mentor or coach can help steer you through these issues. They will help you get to the root of problems and develop practical, implementable plans to address them.

The coaching process typically involves an initial meeting where the coach works with you to identify the main challenges you face in your business and lays out a plan to address them. You’ll then meet up with your coach regularly (usually face to face, but it could also be by telephone or even email) to work on addressing the challenges.

At the end of every session you’ll usually be set a number of tasks to implement the ideas and solutions discussed in the meeting. At the start of the next session you’ll review your progress to identify what worked and what didn’t, and what you learned from it. In this way, your coach acts as an “accountability partner” to ensure you achieve the goals you set yourself.

Your coach can also add help by giving specific advice based on their experience of similar challenges to your. You both need to be careful though: there’s a risk when the coach gives advice that this can take ownership away from you leaving you less committed personally to making the changes. On the other hand, insightful advice from a coach who has “been there before” can often really accelerate your progress in areas where you have limited experience.

All in all, the success of a coaching relationship is dependent on both you and your coach. You must be willing to listen, to share your issues openly, to be open to new ideas and options – and to be open to being challenged. Your coach must be both experienced in the areas you need help – but also able to hold back from simply telling you the “right answer” and instead to hep you discover what will work for you.

To find out more about when a Business Coach can help, visit the site of Business Coach based in Manchester Frank Smith.

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Smith, Frank "How To Know When You Need A Business Coach." How To Know When You Need A Business Coach. 21 Jun. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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Smith, F (2010, June 21). How To Know When You Need A Business Coach. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from

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