I’ve been privileged to support the work of coaches for many years now, through the ICF CCE approved programs I offer, Mentor Coaching Groups and also in individual coaching conversations.
Through the good times as well as the downturns, like the 2008 and 2009, and more recently the 2020 pandemic, coaches can benefit from having several things and people in their world. Think about:
Your own coach - While we can do things alone, a coach is there to support us in getting places quicker, faster and perhaps differently than we thought by ourselves. Whether you engage a coach for 1-1 work, as part of a group program, or a Mastermind, it’s valuable to engage coaches throughout our career.
A community of peers - One of the reasons I love my work so much is seeing the peer process play out every day. Connecting with, learning from and sharing with peers can be so important at all stages of our business. It can be the thing that helps us grow and stretch. Looking back at my own business growth, it was many collaborative peer experiences that helped me (and even pushed me) to “Get out” and start talking about coaching with prospective clients. Some of you may have heard my stories about partnering with several sets of coaches to host booths at large trade shows in offering live coaching sessions. This was HUGE for my growth of a coach, having to talk about what coaching is, and demo it. I learned quickly from the reaction of those I was speaking with how resonant my language and messaging was to prospective clients. Those two or three day marathons of conversations were invaluable in helping me refine my message, and it wasn’t something I would have done on my own.
Admin or project support - Having extra hands to help you with program launches, administrative tasks or financials can make a big difference. Whether it’s hiring a VA, or getting creative with even a coop student placement, what would you benefit from passing off?
If you have a copy of the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner, be sure to check out the sections on Prioritization and Delegation in section 4. These can help you think through your task buckets and identify some of the areas you might want to let go of.
Enjoy your reflections and conversation!
Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, CHRL
Author of PlanDoTrack (2019), Coaching Business Builder (2018), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Pick up a copy of any of her books at Amazon.
Book Jennifer for a coaching session to explore what's next for your coaching business, or group and team programming.
Thank you very much for this inspiring article. Your tips are great and it answers a lot of my questions. Online learning is a great way to have some additional knowledge because this will give us the need and urgency to do what is best for all of us. Great post, thanks for sharing valuable content. :) https://blue.social/social-media/best-new-apps/
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Coach Jennifer Britton has worked with entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors since the late 1990s, even before she was in business herself. From supporting micro-entreprise and eco-tourism businesses to working with service based entrepreneurs and coaches, her PRACTICAL and TACTICAL approach to business coaching is ACTION focused, with emphasis on AWARENESS as well. Jenn is the author of the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and planner, and 3 others books related to group and team coaching and virtual conversations. She also hosts the Coaching BIzGrowth Lab, an open-enrollment group coaching program for coaches. Jenn founded her business - Potentials Realized - in April 2004.
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