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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    Hello,

    I am currently writing a book about small business.

    If advising a new small business owner where to find the services of a business coach (NOT a mentor), where would you suggest they look/approach?

    Also is there a central professional organisation the business coach should be accredited / affiliated with?

    Thank-you for any insights you can share.

    Heather Smith

    http://www.LearnMYOBin7Days.com

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    Burgo
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    International Coaching Federation has a website and an Australian branch.

    You should be able to find qualified business coaches on this website.

    Otherwise do a search for business coaches, or evn search on this forum for a friendly business coach.

    Active coaching has been around for some time how good they are I really dont know, they have approached me a couple of times so if that is the type of coach they are after I think I would be concerned…Hahahaha

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    yourvirtualboard
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    Sadly it is not a regulated industry and there are both good and not so good that are out there. I researched this quite finely before I left the corporate world and found that the most popular / well known organisations are a franchise system where business acumen or life skills are not the key to entry but having the $$$ are. A very well-known franchise has regular information sessions for prospective clients and at the same events they recruit coaches??

    Most would look via Google but here again excellent SEO or PPC does not mean an excellent coach. My recommendation would be to speak to people in business that might have gone through the process and ask what they thought and if they would recommend the person. Personal referrals from people you trust would be the best way to choose a coach (or most resources for your business).

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    With something like coaching – and the fact it is not regulated and includes some snake oil salesman – I’d probably only be interested in referrals from trusted colleagues/friends….

    Not much help, sorry

    Cheers

    Nicole

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    As I mentioned, I am not looking personally, just writing about it.

    Thank-you for your wisdom.

    I can find: – http://www.icfaustralasia.com/ International Coach Federation Australasian region
    This site talks about professional and accredited coaches
    http://www.icoachacademy.com/lp/coach-certification/?gclid=CLimn7Wo668CFdA2pAodAXth1Q
    Is the industry really not regulated?

    Mmmmm

    Harry maybe as you researched this area extensively as you suggest it would make a good article here on Flying Solo – 5 things to look for in a Business Coach – just an idea :-)

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    I agree with Nicole, if I was looking for a coach I’d first ask my network for a referral.
    In my line of work I’ve met a LOT of business coaches over the years, and while I’ve met some incredibly impressive coaches, there majority of them have been less than impressive.
    I think the coaching industry was damaged when one of the largest coaching organizations (a franchise group) was running regular newspaper advertisements that said “become a business coach, no experience needed”!

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    Hi Heather

    I’d have to agree that the ICF is the place to go. I’ve been heavily involved with the ICF over the years – from when they commenced operations in Australasia and can fully endorse their accreditation process and the integrity of the organisation.

    I hope this helps!

    Robert

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    Robert,

    Thank-you for your response.

    It sounds a bit like the accounting industry, unfortunately anyone can call themselves an accountant.

    It is a shame that their website does not answer basic questions like;

    What is a business coach?

    What can a business coach do for your business?

    and a search option…

    Also a shame they do not have the advertising budget, of the franchise company that has been mentioned several times here!!!

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    I agree Heather that it’s a shame they don’t really explain what a business coach is.

    To answer your original question:

    If advising a new small business owner where to find the services of a business coach (NOT a mentor), where would you suggest they look/approach?

    I would be more likely (personally, or if making suggestions to other business owners) to search on Google or similar for a coach in the particular area of need, rather than broadly a “business coach”. Now knowing of the International Coach Federation, I would perhaps suggest a review of the listed coaches to see if someone seems to fit the bill for the particular purpose.

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    Jacqui,

    Thanks for agreeing with me. I wondered whether it was hidden someone in the website.

    My interpretation is that there are business coaches and business mentors.

    e.g.

    Ian Thorpe’s coach is Tracey Menzies

    Ian Thorpe’s mentor may be (& I don’t know) someone like Dawn Fraser

    Someone can be both a mentor and a coach, but there are distinct differences in the role.

    Do you think what you are talking about is more of a mentor? Or a specialist business coach?

    I would personally think you have specialist mentors but generalist business coaches.

    ??

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    Hi Heather,

    You raise good points – and have me confused now as to whether I am talking about a mentor or a coach ;)

    Using the Ian Thorpe example, my interpretation still is that Tracey Menzies is a specialist coach – i.e. she is a swimming coach rather than ‘all areas covered’ style business coach…

    So, I (and of course, this is just my thoughts) would still be searching for a specialist business coach (I think); one that can coach either on specific areas within my business, or one that has experience/expertise with other businesses like mine. I wouldn’t be searching/engaging a ‘general’ business coach if all of their experience was, for example, in connection with hospitality style businesses.

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    Robert Gerrish
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    Hi Heather

    With regards the ICF, they are certainly not a commercial enterprise and you’re right their site is not as user friendly as it might be, altough you can undertake a search here and there is some good detail on descriptions of coaching here.

    As others have mentioned, word-of-mouth is undoubtedly a good way to proceed when looking for a coach and it’s worth remembering most will allow you to trial their services before you make a commitment.

    This article is hardly ‘fresh’, but the content is still very valid.

    Robert

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    Just to keep in mind – your requirement is for a business coach and the ICF is coaching in general, while it may not appear too much of a difference there is enough for me (I understand life coaching and business coaching is not too long a bow to draw but there is a difference as far as acumen).

    Part of my research did have me come across a Master of Business Coaching delivered by the Uni of Wollongong, this for me was the closest that added business to what I believe the ICF would do.

    Good suggestion – I wrote an article on Points to consider before hiring outside help

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    Thank-you again for your insights, I think I have a really good understanding now.

    Keep well :-)

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