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    Calcul8or
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    I was approached at a recent function by a guy who turned out to be a business coach. Not only that, he later revealed himself to be a rather pushy business coach. I managed to resist his attempts to “lock me in” to a breakfast meeting with him, and thankfully haven’t heard from him since.

    This encounter brought questions to the fore that had previously been lurking in the back shed of my mind for a while. The first was what actually qualified the guy as a “coach”? He was most likely younger than me, and even though I’m no superstar when it comes to success, I dare say I probably have more qualifications, experience and street cred than he did. So how come he knew the answers to secrets that have evaded me for so long?

    Some of the other questions were whether anyone had positive experiences to report, and how much and on what basis they charge, and if those people thought they were worth it.

    Anyone care to comment?

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    Hi Calcul8or

    As all industries there a bad, good and great – It is vital that you quickly gel with this type of coach so then you will know how the benefit will fit with you.
    Everyone also charges different rates – for example all my rates are on my website so my pricing is very transparent.

    My clients provide me wonderful feedback and we celebrate their successes together – this shows me that I am making a difference. As a business adviser it is my clients success and achievements that keep me coming back for more and working incredibly hard in each session to ensure they are getting value for money.

    I hope that helps to answer from the adviser/coach position.

    PS: My experience that affords me this business is that I have owned several different types of small business (retail, trade, financial and service) I have also run other peoples businesses for them. Hands on experience – plus I am constantly learning from my current clients and their experiences.

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    I think you need to be careful as there are “coaches” whose sole interest is in locking you into programs and then selling you more and more of them!

    I have used a business coach a couple of times, it was done over the phone by a guy I’ve connected with on Twitter. I found it very useful, just having someone to bounce ideas off and come up with ideas that I hadn’t thought of. I think sometimes we’re so close to our businesses we can’t see new ways of doing things!

    Mostly though my husband is my business coach. Again, he can see different ways of doing/handling things and makes a great sounding board when I come up with new ideas.

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    Calcul8or, post: 185516 wrote:
    I was approached at a recent function by a guy who turned out to be a business coach. Not only that, he later revealed himself to be a rather pushy business coach. I managed to resist his attempts to “lock me in” to a breakfast meeting with him, and thankfully haven’t heard from him since.

    This encounter brought questions to the fore that had previously been lurking in the back shed of my mind for a while. The first was what actually qualified the guy as a “coach”? He was most likely younger than me, and even though I’m no superstar when it comes to success, I dare say I probably have more qualifications, experience and street cred than he did. So how come he knew the answers to secrets that have evaded me for so long?

    Some of the other questions were whether anyone had positive experiences to report, and how much and on what basis they charge, and if those people thought they were worth it.

    Anyone care to comment?

    I had a very similar experience at a meet up, and my thoughts were similar, reinforced by the fact I found out later he did it part time and had a job. I must be getting old and cynical, but how can you coach for business if you’re not in business?

    Such a species didn’t exist when I started out (we only had steam driven telephones too), but I was lucky enough to have some good mentors who were already successful.

    In principal they sound like a good idea, and I perhaps should have used one if they’d been available.

    One of the issues with online delivery is it doesn’t take much to hang out a shingle (SEO comes to mind for some reason). I guess business coaching could easily fall into this category.

    Having said all that, I’ve seen some pretty good advice offered here by business coaches, and I’ve also seen some pretty dumb questions from people jumping off the edge that probably need one.

    Anyone specialise in opinionated old men, maybe you can teach me some new tricks :)

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