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What Business Coaching is All About
Many business owners and managers hit rough patches now and again. They often wish they had someone to go to for help; someone they could talk to freely without the risk of office politics or employee mutiny. Although there are countless books and blogs on every possible business topic, in the heat of the moment, a real person would be a lot more useful than words on a page.

However, many of these people are still reluctant to use the services of a business coach. A primary reason for that is that there is still a lot of confusion about what business coaching actually is. Let’s clear up some of the misperceptions.

A business coach is not a consultant. A business coach also is not just a therapist. A good business coach is a mixture of both, like a combination of the best qualities of each.

Business coaching is about building a relationship in which a businessperson can express their business related issues, doubts, and confusions to someone. Rather than serving only as a listening ear (although the coach does do that too), a business coach helps the businessperson to identify issues that may be causing the business or their own leadership to stagnate. Then, within the framework of a supportive relationship, the business coach helps the individual to find solutions to problems and set goals that will help achieve those solutions. The coach and the individual then walk through the implementation process together, with the coach providing insight, encouragement, and feedback.

How to Know if You’d Benefit from a Business Coach

Skepticism about business coaches exists, and rightly so. Many people parading as coaches have left a wake of trouble behind them. But a good business coach might be just what the doctor ordered for you. Here’s how to know if you could benefit from a coach.

If you feel like you have all the answers and your business is blossoming, but you’re working 7 days a week for more than 8 or 9 hours a day, then you could get help from a business coach. Coaches aren’t just for people whose businesses are cracking at the seams. They are also for people who are successful, but are on a full tilt course for a crash and burn scenario.

If you’re feeling fearful about what lies ahead for your business, or if you’ve got a crisis on your hands, then a business coach could be a wise move. There’s always going to be uncertainty and issues in business, that’s a given. However, you don’t have to try to face them all alone. A business coach can help you deal with the reality of life in the business world and get your company back on the right track.

If you’re having trouble managing people, then it’s probably time to get the help of a business coach. Just because you’re excellent in your field doesn’t mean you automatically know how to be a good manager. Managing others is a learned skill, and a coach can lead you down a course where you are managing your employees or the people in your department more effectively.

What You Should Look for in a Business Coach

When it comes to choosing a business coach, don’t settle! Contrary to popular belief, a business coach does not have to be an expert in your particular field to be able to help you. In fact, sometimes a new perspective from someone outside the field can be just what you need.

However, a business coach does need to be skilled! On the one hand, a good coach should possess experience in the business world. On the other hand, the coach should also be interested in people and skilled in listening. Patience, but also an ability to push the boundaries; understanding, but also a willingness to challenge; and realism, but also the drive to dream beyond the possible are some of the qualities that are found in the best coaches.

If you think a business coach might be helpful, but you’re feeling hesitant, just go out on a limb and give business coaching a try! After all, if you find it’s not for you, you can always discontinue. The potential benefits for both you and your business are huge, so consider thinking beyond your usual box and giving business coaching a chance!