The best business coaching involves a mix of a number of skills. The first of which is all about making sure you turn up at their coaching session and I don’t mean physically. Mentally turning up, tuning in and switching on is key to getting the most out of a coaching session and letting your potential shine through.
If you’re working with the right coach, they’ll help you show up mentally and then they won’t let you off the hook. You’ll get to the end of the session, feel like you’ve gone nine rounds with Mike Tyson and you’ll have done all the running. It should be like playing a game of squash where you’re the novice and the coach is the expert, them standing on the T bashing the ball around, you chasing after it – only in a more structured way.
Getting the most out of a business coach is all about responding to the questions, which, if asked well, will put you on the spot and help you take responsibility for your actions. You don’t need to be told what to do, you need someone to help you unearth the strategies that are right for your business and help you take responsibility for making the commitment to following through on what you find.
Of course, your coach will need to understand your business and will need to be able to impart to you knowledge, tools, techniques and help show you the way through challenges that can seem insurmountable, but at the heart of all great coaching lies you and your business. The coach is there to help you find your way, in a way that fits with you and the potential within you.
When coaching is working well, your potential is laid bare and able to shine.