What does it mean to be a successful business coach? And how can you make sure you have what it takes to be a successful business coach before you decide to leave your 9-5 job and dive headfirst into a new world of business coaching? Let’s first look at what exactly business coaching is. Business coaching is essentially a practice that takes a business from where it currently stands, to where the business owner envisions it to be. A business coach’s role is to assist and guide business owners in the process of growing their business. A successful business coach helps their clients clarify the vision of their business and helps them understand how this vision fits in and assists them in achieving their personal goals. A business coach is not a consultant. They are not the ones doing the work. A business coach is a personal educator and sounding board, someone who is there to be honest with you about your business and personal blind spots. So, as you can see, it takes a special sort of person to be a successful business coach. If you’re considering becoming a business coach and want to know exactly what it takes to be a successful business coach, look no further than this blog.
A Successful Business Coach Has Had Their Own Business Success
Not just anyone can become a business coach. In order to coach a client to success, It doesn’t matter what industry or background you come from, you will however need to have several years of management experience or have run your own successful business to be a successful business coach.
A Successful Business Coach Listens
Everyone likes to think they’re a good listener, but the reality is that not many people actually are. So, what exactly does it mean to be a good listener? Firstly, you need to be able to focus your full attention on the person you’re talking to, taking in both their verbal and non-verbal cues. A successful business coach is someone who treats their clients as if they are the most important person in the room (because when you’re coaching someone, they are the most important person in the room).
A Successful Business Coach is Passionate About Teaching Others How to be Successful
Many people often assume a successful businessperson should easily be able to teach others how to be successful, but this is not always the case. In order to teach someone how to be successful, you need to be passionate about teaching and helping others learn the tools and tricks of the trade. If you don’t love or have a passion for teaching and helping others succeed, then it’s unlikely you’re going to be a successful business coach.
A Successful Business Coach Has a Positive Attitude and Mindset
To be a successful business coach it’s important you possess a positive attitude and mindset. Successful business coaches don’t see ‘failure’ as a bad thing, instead, they look at it as a learning experience. Having an optimistic outlook allows a business coach to help their clients cultivate resilience, something that is vital to have when times get tough.
A Successful Business Coach is Someone Who is Reachable
If you don’t think you’ll be able to make yourself available to your clients outside ‘business hours’, chances are business coaching is not the right role for you. Even when you do not have a scheduled coaching session planned, a successful business coach will make themselves available to their clients by answering emails, phone calls or texts whenever they are able to. It shows clients you are there to help them no matter what.
A Successful Business Coach Has Expectations from Their Clients
A business coach who only cares about gaining more clients so they can earn more money is not passionate about business and helping others succeed, and most likely won’t be a successful business coach. A successful business coach is someone who has expectations from their clients – someone who holds their clients accountable. The best business coaches will tell their clients what they expect from them, both in terms of time and action (and make sure they stick to it).