Suzanne Butler

If Working With A Business Coach, What Questions Would You Ask?

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


2 Answers

Claire Whitelaw Brown

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 Mohanlal Director 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.

Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt , Owner at Startup Chucktown

Hitesh is right on context. Having the questions in the moment is important because it means you are taking time to understand the client and their needs. Assaulting them with stock questions won't necessarily reveal the true issues and it may make them feel like you aren't giving them your full attention.
Hitesh Mohanlal

Hitesh Mohanlal , Director at WOW! Advisors & Business Accountants

Thanks Jef