In old days, there were no life coaches. In fact, business owners in Woodward were forced to focus on the profit and the things which were required to run a business. Buy nowadays that scenario is changed and now business owners are focusing on return on investments, profits, customer value, and other goals. There are plenty of ways a business owner can improve their business but for the small or long-term success of the business, it required to get some feedback and consultation or coaching from the industry persons. By attending Business Coaching sessions, business owners can improve their business a lot. Below are the 3 ways through which business coaching can improve and deliver results in order to improve the business in a short term in Woodward .
Woodward Life Coach: Small Steps Can Lead To Success
It seems that everyone I meet these days wants to be a life coach. “My passion is to help people find their passion.” “My purpose is to help people find their purpose.” I hear this at many of the personal development retreats and career workshops I attend.
This is a noble and beautiful goal; to dedicate your life to empowering others to reach their full potential. In a world where 70% of Americans are disengaged with their jobs, and millions of people are depressed, unfulfilled, or addicted to prescription pain medication, we certainly need more coaches, enablers, and givers.
In 2012, the International Coach Federation (ICF) reported that life coaching is a $2 billion a year industry. Since there is wide disagreement on the value of professional coaching certification programs and many coaches don’t pursue formal training, this number is probably higher.
The problem I have with life coaches is not their lack of certification or qualifications. I have many friends who lack formal training, yet are excellent coaches. Furthermore, I’m not sure anyone can be certified in something as broad as “life coaching,” whether it’s a 2-week, 2-month, or 2-year program.
The problem I have with some life coaches is that they sell their life, disguised as a coaching product. Perhaps a result of the growing popularity of the lifestyle design industry, these life coaches spend more time trying to live and sell a lifestyle that suits them, rather than investing in the service they are allegedly providing to others.
I see a lot of life coaches post photos on Instagram of themselves on the beach or at yoga retreats with captions like, “Live life full! Be free! #lovemylife” These pictures are in places like Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Bali — often at all-inclusive resorts or very pristine beaches. Usually the coaches are incredibly attractive people with tan skin who seemingly spend a lot of time at the gym or do yoga all the time (as in, like, every second of every day).
We should all strive to live a beautiful life (whatever that means for each of us), I’m just not sure the point is to sell that life. Depicting an idealized life that others should aspire to is dangerous. It misleads clients into thinking that their goal should be to emulate and idolize their all-knowing coach. It also misleads other coaches into adopting deceiving marketing practices and making false promises.
Here’s the thing: you don’t need to have a pristine life to be a coach. Coaching is about inquiry, asking the right questions, listening, empathy, and empowering someone to become their best self. I know many talented coaches whose life doesn’t look that great on social media — some of these coaches aren’t even on social media at all! They make a living because their clients recommend their services. They are talented coaches because they know how to coach, not because their life is perfect or they know how to run an auto drip campaign on MailChimp.
I don’t do much 1-on-1 coaching, because personally, given my background and lack of coaching training, I think I can provide more value writing, speaking, and doing workshops, but when someone approaches me about hiring me as their career coach, I ask them why they want to work with me. If they say anything close to “your life is awesome, I want your life,” I don’t respond to their email. Don’t get me wrong, my name is Smiley — I love my life. But it’s my life. It’s not intended to be someone else’s.
Trust me, my life isn’t for you. I have five roommates. My kitchen has a mice problem. My sink is constantly full of dishes. There are fruit flies everywhere. My bedroom is so small it barely fits my bed. I bring tea bags with me wherever I go to save the $3 (that adds up to like $60 a month!). I can’t for the life of me find a moisturizing cream that keeps my hands moist — I’ve tried like seven different kinds. I can’t drink coffee or alcohol anymore since I have really bad acid reflux. I love to do yoga but I fart a lot when I do it, so I can’t go to class more than once a week. My back is already starting to hurt — and I’m only 31!
These are the kinds of things I spend my time thinking about — it’s just not Instagram life coach worthy material. I can’t post a picture of me wallowing in back pain with the caption, “Love my life! #lifeisamazing. Sign up for my 3-step plan to fulfillment now — it’s only $495 — ahhhhh, my back!”
I refuse to sell some notion that my life is ideal or perfect — it’s inauthentic and it’s bullshit. I see some life coaches prancing around the beach and I’m like, “#Livefree?! You just quit your job! I know your ass is broke! Ahhhhh, my back!”
All of us (myself included) are sharing our highlight reels on social media, but I am immediately turned off by life coaches who make life seem easy or perfect in order to sell their product. These coaches give a bad reputation to talented coaches who have a tangible and valuable service to offer.
The coaches I know who make a living from coaching, don’t spend their days at the beach. They are on video calls with clients, working with executives and senior managers in office buildings, meeting with students at universities, and running trainings at leadership development programs. They don’t work 4 hours a week. They work 40 or 50 hours a week, sometimes more. Their life isn’t perfect (no ones life is perfect), but they are still a great coach.
When we depict an idealized life others should aspire to, we ignore the fact that most people’s lives are actually really complicated and nuanced. Most of the time, when people are “in flow,” “coming alive,” or “living with purpose,” they are not at the beach or sipping a green smoothie or doing endless yoga or traveling in a foreign country, they are studying in a dimly-lit library at 1 in the morning, sweating in a noisy warehouse, or a managing a classroom full of restless children. Or, they are cooking dinner for their family.
The goal of coaching (and personal development work in general) should not be to get people to ignore these day-to-day rituals, but to find more personal meaning in all aspects of their life. It’s not about escaping to the beach and posting a photo (#lovemylife!), it’s about finding meaning, purpose, and joy in the day-to-day (and sometimes mundane) rituals that make up our lives.
We need more coaches. More business coaches, relationship coaches, career coaches, leadership coaches, communications coaches, and even more life coaches. But we need coaches who are honest about the services they are able to provide to their clients (and just as authentic about the services they are not qualified to offer).
By all means, design your ideal life and travel to exotic locations—just be conscious of what it is you’re actually selling. I’m all for personal development retreats (even ones on the beach) that offer honest and practical solutions for navigating the complex and nuanced world we live in. I have participated in retreats that are extremely powerful; offering someone permission to be who they are, embrace their fears, overcome roadblocks and barriers, set new intentions, align work with purpose, integrate health and wellness into daily routines, and build a community of like-minded peers.
Life is not easy. There are no 3 simple steps to fulfillment or 10 ways to do anything. Happiness cannot be bought for $495 (or $4,095). There is not one answer and there is no quick fix, so let’s stop selling one.
Smiley Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: a guide for millennials to find meaningful work. Follow @whatsupsmiley and get free resources at smileyposwolsky.com.
Special thanks to my friends Peter Rubin (a business coach and relationship coach), and Lauren Weinstein (a consultant and coach) for reading a draft of this piece and offering feedback. If you are interested in learning more about pursuing coaching as a profession, I recommend reading Coaching is Calling, by Lauren Weinstein.
Everything You Need to Know About Finding and Hiring a Business CoachEverything You Need to Know About Finding and Hiring a Business Coach A business coach, or corporate coach, is a trusted advisor with industry management experience who can guide you through start-up challenges like hiring staff and paying taxes, as well as help you plan your growth strategy, make sound marketing decisions, and recommend software. Most also provide coaching to help you grow your personal leadership skills. We’ll share tips in this article on where to find and how to hire a business coach, including how much business coaching services cost, and questions you can ask to ensure you find a coach that matches your needs. Where to Find a Business Coach or Coaching Services According to a Global Coaching Study by the International Coaching Federation, there are over 50K personal business and life coaches worldwide, and coaching has increased about 20% since 2011. A business coach can be a great mentor and help you achieve your business goals. Here are four ways to find a business coach: 1. Ask Your Personal Network According to the Alternative Board, 85% of business owners stated that they sought a business coach from their own network of other business owners, and that personal referrals were the best way to find a good coach. If you’re in business, and you have friends in business, those peers may know other business leaders who can provide coaching to help you grow your business. 2. Search for Coaching Services Online Most professional business coaches have a web presence and you can find ones locally in your area by searching your web browser for ‘business coach, life coach, marketing coach’ or whatever particular area of coaching you feel most in need of. Here’s our review of some of the best business coaching services out there. Websites like the ones below can also help you find a business coach: Noomii – This site, which is the largest web directory of business coaches, focuses their search by zip code, and they’ll provide a list of coaches near you, ranging from business and finance to entrepreneurship. Noomi coaches have senior leadership experience across a range of industries. They will assign an account rep to help you find the best business coach. Life Coach Hub – Choose the type type of coach you need and submit a detailed coaching request and they’ll match you with a coach. Coaches will send you personalized emails, and you can set up free initial calls with the ones you like. MyCoachMatch – Browse all their business coaches by type, like leadership or creativity, or fill out a 48-question survey and they’ll match you with a coach based on your personality, values, and business needs. You can also search for business coaching and certification schools that can match you with graduates of their proprietary coaching programs, like: Coach Federation – This site is designed to provide coaching education and resources for business coaches. The site offers a ‘Credentialed Coach Finder’ for you to search for a coach with their certification. International Association of Coaches (IAC) – This is a non-profit international organization that provides coaching certification. The ‘Find a Coach’ tab allows you to search for a coach by country, language, or type of coach — i.e. business, career, mentor. School of Coaching Mastery – This website provides coach training based on positive psychology, in other words, “what makes people flourish”. You can find a coach based on location. But on this site, you have to create a login account before they’ll share options. Another option is to look at schools that offer coaching programs. Of course, you’d have to contact the school directly to ask about potential coaches, because they don’t have a coach search option on their website: Harvard Business School – provides continuing education for coaching leaders Board Certified Coach – provides coach credentials and assessments There may even be a coaching certification program or school in your area that can recommend a local business coach. Another way is to search for ‘business coach’ on social media, like LinkedIn, or to ask your friends on social media, whether Facebook or Twitter, if they know of a business coach that might meet your needs. 3. Look for a Business Coach or Mentor Locally One of my favorite ways to find resources, including a corporate coach, in addition to the local phone book is to attend local business networking meetings, like chamber of commerce meetings and ask members who they recommend. The BBB in your local area can also serve as a resource. 4. Go to the Small Business Administration (SBA) It’s worth noting another option for business coaching is the Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, a non-profit, which no longer refers to itself as Service Corps of Retired Executives, but rather Counselors to America’s Small Business. Their services are free to small business owners. Local Business Coach vs Online Business Coach Although it may seem like a local business coach would be better because they know the community, can meet face to face, and can evaluate your business onsite, we find that many coaches, even local ones, are now offering their services online or by phone or video conference. You may find that searching online gives you more options for finding and hiring a business coach than what you may be able to find locally, depending on how large your community is. Particularly if you’re looking for a coach that specializes in something particular or in a certain industry, searching online will open up your options. Meeting your coach face-to-face, whether in person or via video conference is a good first step so that you can establish rapport. After that, whatever works best for you and the coach respectively is the process we recommend.
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Being a visionary is required in a business and without vision, it is hard to survive in the industry. Business Coaching is a way through which business owners can learn to create a vision for a company. By creating a vision statement, employees, shareholders will know the objective and the direction of the business. Thus it’ll ultimately help a business to set and achieve goals in time. So, it is the most important thing that a business owner will learn from the coaching sessions.
Sometimes business owners while deciding the pricing of their products or services and they use different tactics like discounts, free trials etc to attract a group of customers. But such tactics can be bad for their business process as per their vision and mission. By doing so, there may be negative impacts on the breakeven analysis of the business. Here a Business Coach can help a business owner with multiple business tools like Price Discount Calculator, Break Even Calculator etc. Such tools ensure that that the pricing and discount should be in accordance with the industry and the vision of the company.
Team Engagement and High Productivity:
High productivity in any business can be achieved only when it’s employees will be engaged with each other. There should not be any loopholes in the work process and communication. Sometimes it takes too much effort to deliver high productivity due to lack of the engagement and enthusiasm in the workforce. Business Coach helps business owners to align the employees with the business goals through different engagement processes like Break Down Analysis, Weekly Operation Reviews etc.
To perform all the above-mentioned things is somewhat difficult for a business owner without getting coached by a business coach. Building a business plan, implement it and identifying new business opportunities are the few things which need a assistance from a business guru so that he can recommend necessary changes to make it more efficient. So if you find yourself or know anyone who is in a need of Business Coach in Oklahoma then do let me know in comments.