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Have you hired a business coach/consultant before and was it value for money?

Paul FarinaOwner at Fresh Eye Solutions
I am a business coach and facilitator. It sounds weird, but it took me a couple of years to find a coach as I needed direction, validation, and accountability like anyone working for themselves. I am also very careful with any business expenses. It is important to find someone that clicks with you and your business so be picky, and get plenty of quotes, referrals, etc. For me, I am a coaching advocate. PLC CEO's have coaches, Olympic Athletes have coaches, and our children have coaches. Coaching is a critical part of everyone's existence. My coach has helped me achieve more in a few months than what I did in a few years. The advantage of coaching is that you do the learning and the "doing", meaning that results are sustainable. You increase your capacity to grow.I have consulted before, and in short - it doesn't work for small business. It is expensive (as it takes a lot of the consultant's time), and having someone give you answers does not give you buy-in. Reports and recommendations are made, but rarely is there lasting change.Find a coach to help you crack the obstacles. It may be from a government body, or an independent - whatever works for you. I hope that is helpful!
Hamish Anderson
Hamish AndersonFounder and Director at Mesh Consulting
I know I am late to the party on this one, but absolutely. I have worked with two different people/organisations for different reasons and felt that there has been great outcomes as a result. They pushed me to learn things about myself I was not going to by myself and made me realise there were strengths I had I was not taking advantage of. If you need names, let me know. Hamish
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If you were thinking of working with a business coach, what questions would you ask yourself, the coach and others?

And if you are a coach, what questions have you been asked frequently? read more

Hi Suzanne, us business coaches come with many different skills sets and some will have different specialities to others so it's important for you first to get really clear on for what purpose you would like help from a business coach. Ask yourself what gaps do I have that I need to fill? Maybe it's marketing or mindset or your financials or business planning or improving profitability or systemising your business or none of these. Then look for a business coach that has experience in those areas. Ask them about their experience, ask them if you can chat to a couple of their clients. Chat to a few and find one that you feel comfortable with but that will stretch you at the same time. We often need different coaches at different evolutional stages in our business so find one that can help you focus on getting you to the next stage right now. Good luck with your search. Cheers Claire.
Hitesh Mohanlal
Hitesh MohanlalDirector at WOW! Advisors & Business Accountants
As a business coach myself the questions i ask are really about my client. If you want business growth then my questions are going to be different than if the business owner is working 90 hours a week and wants to reduce time. They cannot really be written down as all my questions are generated on the spot. It is all about the business owner and what they want. What the coach wants is actually irrelevant and it is sometimes difficult not to judge. If you are looking to take on a coach you need to discus with them in detail what you want and what you are after. Trust your gut and only take them on if you feel comfortable. If they promise you grow and profit ask them exactly how much? If they cannot answer they are not for you. If you want to reduce hours ask them how many hours they will reduce for you. If you do not do this your coach is not accountable. Generally i always say that a coach should help you grow your business by at least $100,000 a year.
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Do you think there are benefits with working with a business coach?

Why have you resisted working with one in the past? read more

If a business coach can't quantify the benefits for you then they are obviously not the coach for you. A coach is a catalyst to help you achieve your goals faster and with less resistance, to challenge your beliefs and patterns of thinking and help you make decisions and move forward with confidence in your business.This being said, getting results comes down to your willingness to keep your commitments, implement the agreed upon strategies and put the effort in. Coaching is not a magic pill, however it is essential for any business or sporting professional who wants to perform at the top of their game.
The very fact that you asked this question Ben makes it's answer glaringly obvious! Find a good one with great credentials (and a little grey hair), make certain you keep away from any franchised perorations that push a coaching formula.
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How would you choose a coach?

I want to start coaching program for entrepreneurs. I have two ideas on mind. One is to help... read more

Edward Plant
Edward PlantStrategic Leader at Lead a Better Business
Hi Sandra,I think there was a secondary question behind your main question, however I will address your main question: "How would you choose a coach?"I would look at three initial key areas:1. What do you want out of it?2. What can the coach do for me?3. Do I trust this person and do I believe they can support em get the results I want?There are many more things to consider, however this is a good starting point for you to consider.
Greg Rogers
Greg RogersFounder and CEO at REthink HQ
Hi Sandra, My feedback is this. Both of the streams are starting to move into 'niche' territory which is something you are going to need as the field of 'coaching programs for entrepreneurs' is quite expansive!It might be best to identify which niche would give you more traction in the first instance and which one you feel more comfortable in. One is very personal, the other clearly more business related. As you might do for a client it would seem you need to do some more work on your why, how and what. If you can define those then you are a long way down the road to getting it right.Here is an excerpt from an article that nails it really succinctly, it is primarily based on a TED talk by Simon Sinek."People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.If this is true, that means “why” is extremely important to someone’s buying decision. Their choice to buy from you says as much about them and their beliefs as it does about you.The most successful companies and people market starting with “Why” they exist. Then they move to “How” they do what they do. Lastly they talk about “What” it is they are selling."Hope this helps. Cheers
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What is your Conflict Response Style?

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Yee Trinh
Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Naturally, I avoid conflict. I prefer pushing away an issue, hoping it won't happen a second time so as to prolong the need to deal with it. This is especially true in my personal life and have yet to really overcome this.At work however, the stakes are much higher as the company and community will potentially suffer. Consequently, everything gets laid on the table. Honesty is the best policy. I find it incredibly hard to deal with people who are not upfront and honest, as this only builds up tension that will surface later. We make a point at SavvySME, to have a session once every month or so where every person in the team has to make one complimentary point, and one of criticism about every other person. The goal is to break down any facade or tendency to purely say what the other person wants to hear.
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I typically take some time to weigh all the angles (not that it is a drawn out process, but it is dependent on the specific situation and the potential magnitude of consequences). After that I approach the situation head on, but I do try to remain flexible.
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Hi Lisa, Is there any piece of advice that you give your clients but do not yourself follow? read more

Lisa Ormenyessy
Oh Rebecca you made me laugh!Absolutely! I wish I was super human, alas I am not. My main culpruit is taking time out to smell the roses. I always encourage my clients to do this as it lowers stress levels, increases focus and concerntration, and hey, life should be fun too right?Many of my clients come to me beating themselves up for not doing this or that without acknowledging how much they HAVE done. While I am there to hold them accountable, I am also there to be a support, and sometimes that means telling them to take a break.That would be my biggest advice I have trouble following myself Rebecca - thanks for asking and reminding me to take time out and appreciate this wonderful life! :-D
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Does SavvySME organise business networking events?

Just wondering if SavvySME organise business networking events or meetings as it would be... read more

Yee Trinh
Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Hi Leah!Thanks for your question. Good to see interest in offline events! We're setting up a few for later this year. Stay tuned and let us know what you'd like to achieve from such events, so that we can provide as much value to the community as possible. :)
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Lisa Ormenyessy
Hi Leo, There are a few things, but top of the list I'd say Fear. Procrastination is closely aligned with perfectionism.   So the fear of being wrong, or not good enough gets in the way for many.  I always tell my clients ... "Don't let perfect get in the way of progress" This simple mind shift is often all that is needed to take the next step. As you mentioned the word 'steer' I also like the saying "you can only steer a moving ship" .  Sometimes it doesn't matter in what direction we are heading - belong as we are moving - and somehow, if our intentions are focused where we want to go, miraculous as it may seem, it all seems to work out just fine.  (Sometimes even better than we imagined!) Warmly, Lisa O  
Andrew Oldham
Andrew OldhamOwner at Shoebooks
Hi Leo, I would say fear for most people.
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