Focus on Some Specific Activity
You are probably aware of the old phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none”. If you are not, you should be, because it is very important for your future profession. Namely, if you try to become good at too many different things, and cover every possible coaching field, you will end up mastering none of them. And when businesses face some concrete problem they will not hire someone to rebuild their operations from the ground up, but to solve that specific problem. Therefore, if you try to increase the number of employment opportunities by stretching yourself too thin, you will not only fail to do that, but limit your existing options instead.
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Adapt Your Methods to Each Client
Business coaching may be built upon some universal foundations, but do not think for a single moment that you should approach every client with identical methods, no matter how their problems may seem similar in nature, or some method that may have worked in the past. So, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you simply cannot get through to your coaching client, the problem is not in the client but you. Stop beating a dead horse, forget everything you have done on previous assignments, and approach client’s problem as if you are dealing with it for the first time.
Improve Your Communication
Being a business coach temporarily puts you in a position of a leader and great leaders never sit isolated behind their desk and solve problems with memos and graphs. If you want to find the right answer to the problem you will first have to ask yourself some good coaching questions, and to find them, you will have to bring your communication skills to the highest possible level.Do your bestto pay attention to every word of your coaching clients, summarize what your clients have said to strengthen the mutual trust and ensure that you have understood the essence of the conversation, and always provide a timely andmeaningful feedback.
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Provide Concrete Business Solutions
You have to remember that your job is not founded exclusively on motivation. If you manage to motivate people –great, but if you do not provide them some concrete strategies they can use to channel that motivation, they may not be able todeal with tasks ahead of them. Think of it as a ladder you have thrown into the hole so your client can climb up. He will still have to do all the hard work, but he would not have much use of your cheering if you have not shown him the way out.
Stay in Touch With Business World
But in order to be able to put your focus on the concrete business strategies and do not dwell too much on the overall coaching practice, you will first have to make sure you are familiar with the business environment. Do not take this advice lightly; these days business landscape is changing rapidly and new players, trends, buzz words, and technologies are popping up each second. Be sure to stay informed and keep up with everything happening in the world of business. When a client comes knocking at your door you should already be aware of the latest industry developments and be ready to jump right into the hearth of the problem.
These were some of the tips that should help you make your mark on the world of business coaching. Use them, and you will see just how easy it is to rise above the empty pep-talks in front of the disconnected audiences and put your name on the radar of a business in need of coaching.Once you successfully solve a few problems, your resume will speak for you.
Nate M. Vickery is a business consultant from Sydney, Australia. His fields of expertise are company management and efficient work environment through latest technology trends