Could a Coach Help You? – A Guide to the Basics
I had an epiphany a few years ago; I started at 6:30 am got dressed and said to myself, “I am an Entrepreneur and today I am going to rock.”
7:30 am: I check email about a deal that looks like it’s going to fall through. Pick up my glasses to read more and they snap in half, and my two client meetings cancel due to the snowstorm. It is only 7:45am.
It doesn’t mean, however, that you should just give up because you can’t bring your A-game. Instead plan for a shit day. Nothing is going right, but you have a list of small tasks that bring value to your business objectives but might not be high-yield activities. These tasks for me tend to be the things I personally hate doing, like updating my log book or filing receipts.
I was speaking to my Mom over the weekend and she was asking me how business is going. She normally asks how I am, so I had to take stock of where I was at this moment to tell her the truth. not the stock answer that I might pull from a sales script.
I took risks this year. Some of them paid off, some didn’t. I have a mentor who works with me and asks the tough questions. I still manage to find time to volunteer with organizations like pHacktory, Legacy Conference and Robot Missions – time spent that always leaves feeling nurtured and fulfilled.
Mom then said, “I have always known you to be a very giving person and always willing to help others, this is what makes me most proud of you. Don’t let the people who take advantage of that nature change you.”
I have to admit, that last bit choked me a little bit.
I realized one of my greatest accomplishments since I started my own business was the social capital I have accumulated. I can’t qualify or measure it in any spreadsheet or balance sheet, but every day I come into work, I find myself surrounded by friends, supporters, mentors, partners and family. It wasn’t at all what I had thought about when I decided to creating a co-working space – people gathering together through what I built, but they have also built something here that I could never have created on my own: a community.
To the My Byward Office community: Thank you for contributing to my success and helping me along some difficult paths. I could have never done it without you. And a very special thank you to Mom — I could not have done it without you believing in me.
Are you at a stage in your life or business where you feel a coach could help you reach success? There are lots of different kinds of coaches, from leadership to business strategy and life. There’s even happiness coaches. All of them have one thing in common: they help provide the tools and know-how to succeed in their area of expertise.In business, there is a common belief that everyone should have a coach. I have a coach. I also coach others, specifically helping new entrepreneurs and startup founders. I work with clients to create an actionable plan to get their business up and moving as quickly as possible.
My goal with every client is to steer them toward the most efficient path for testing their idea and creating a viable business model. My expertise is drawn from testing my own ideas throughout my career, some of which have succeeded, a lot of them have also failed. It is my learning from this experience, especially the failures, I offer to my clients, in the hope that they can save both time and money by learning from what I have done.
When finding the right coach for you, determine if what they are offering is relevant to your goals. Also, besides being sure they will help you grow and succeed, make sure that you actually like the coach as a person. A great coach challenges your assumptions and leaves you feeling you are making better decisions because of them.