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COURAGE COACHING POWER TEAM?
If you are interested in promoting your business, consultancy or books through public speaking I may be able to help you. I'm regularly offered fees to speak for a variety of organizations. Not all are right for me, and I like to refer in effective speakers for the specific event. I refer speakers either because I have spoken on same event with them, OR have coached them myself. Get in touch to find out whether applying for Courage Coaching Power Team is right for you
When your business or life challenge is meaningful
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COACH MATTERS
"Is what you do really essential, like crampons when you're climbing on ice, or is it just a silly fad, which adds no utility, like sagging jeans or fidget-spinners?"
This was a potentially challenging question asked of me by a property developer friend over a coffee, and yet it is a fair question isn't it? After all, like any other professional, coaches should be able to demonstrate the real-life utility of coaching in getting results.
When you are looking for crampon level competence to execute on your business or personal project, it's worth putting in some due diligence. Having been a coach for over 20 years and having invested in coaching myself a number of times, here are three ideas to help you hire the right coach.
1 - Remote low profile test: Look for their LinkedIn client recommendations rather than recommendations from previous colleagues, because clients know that these are publicly visible and will avoid writing them unless they mean what they say. *The old-fashioned method would be to request a letter of recommendation from previous clients, and this may still be worth doing, although it's not a low profile approach.
2 - Get up close to test previous results: Ask the prospective coach if they’ve worked on something similar to your proposed project, and if the answer is 'yes', ask what results they achieved with the client. If you want a coach capable of making sure your team delivers a big tender win, for example, make sure the coaches you shortlist have previously achieved this.
3 - Request a coaching taster session: It is important to experience their attitude, aptitude, and coaching style, and many coaches will be happy to do this without charge if you are seriously considering working with them. Skilful constructive listening is arguably the number one tool a good coach brings to your individual situation. This is because many of the best solutions are already within you and /or your team, just requiring to be drawn out. An effective coach will bring their own strategies and proven processes (such as my EnerPres® presentation impact process) but to use these tools effectively a good coach will need to be an empathetic yet sometimes challenging listener.
Your final consideration is based more on your feelings rather than reason and testing. Much like a climbing session, with or without crampons, effective coaching should leave you feeling worked yet exhilarated with a clear way forward.
And to answer my property developer friend, yes, coaching can be a crampon… indeed, coaching may be most effective when you choose to view life and business challenges as mountains to be exhilarated on, rather than as problems to be solved. With all this in mind, I wouldn't suggest hiring a coach unless your personal or business stakes are high enough to warrant the investment of effort to find the right crampon coach for you. I'd love to hear your experiences of coaching or to ask me your potentially challenging question email me