Business Coaches form an important part of an business owners advice team and support network so it makes sense to approach the hiring of a coach in the same way that you would recruit a new manager for your business.
Take your time finding the right one who has the right set of skills and knowledge that you need to help grow your business.
Before you start 'interviewing', think about what you really need first and what kind of person will fit with you and your team.
Once you start looking around you'll find there are many different business coaches with very different backgrounds, training, experience and skills.
Since the industry is still relatively new, it is not regulated and
there is no universal standard or certification. Currently anyone can call themselves a business coach so ask around for referrals and do your research.
If you come across a coach that's ICF certified (International
Coaching Federation) they will have met fairly rigorous standards and studied with an ICF
certified training program. But there are probably many good coaches out there who don't have this accreditation.
The best approach is to interview potential candidates and get a free first session (most offer this anyway so you can experience how they operate).
At the end of the day the best coach for you is the one that you feel confident with, who you like working with, who makes you think differently and who really believes in you.
Here are some examples of what to ask them before you hire:
The most important thing is to work with someone with whom you have a personal connection. Most coaches should be able to coach any business owner although they will inevitably have their preferred client type.
This last one is important because you will be the one making things happen. A coach does not do the work for you. They 'coach' you to achieve your own results in the same way that a Wimbledon champion is coached to success.
Business Coaching Questions: