As the business coaching industry grows, so do the number of people in the market who call themselves “Business Coaches”.

Since ActionCOACH was started in 1993, no fewer than 10 national and international competitors have started business coaching companies. All have failed. Recently it was found that ActionCOACH outpaced its nearest competitor by more than 10-to-1. In fact, the greatest competition faced by ActionCOACH are independent “coaches” and conventional business consultants.

Many times, the hardest choice faced by business owners who are interested in coaching is whether to hire an ActionCOACH, or hire an “independent” coach or consultant operating without the backing and support of a large international brand.

How can a business owner make sure the decision to hire a Business Coach is sound? What can an owner look for in a prospective Business Coach to make sure he or she will get the tools and systems needed to successfully build a business? What factors make a good Business Coach?

9 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Business Coach…

Listed below are a series of questions that you can ask a prospective Business Coach to make sure you will get an excellent return on your coaching investment:

  1. How will you work with my company and team?
  2. What is your background?
  3. What accreditation do you have to be a coach?
  4. Do you have any client testimonials?
  5. How many clients has your company coached?
  6. Do you have or work from a proven system of business development?
  7. What kind of support do you have from your coaching company?
  8. How big is your network?
  9. What is your company’s track record of business experience and proven results?

During your meeting with the coach, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Has the coach clearly outlined  the differences between coaching and consulting?
  2. Does the coach ask good questions?
  3. Will the coach hold me accountable?
  4. Is the coach honest about how you will will work together?
  5. Does the coach put you and your company first, or is the coach only interested in selling coaching?

Ideally, your investment in business coaching will be one of the best, most effective and most profitable you will ever make. Take some time to review a coach’s experience, credentials and resources – including whether or not a coach is part of a worldwide network of professionals. Then take your business to the next-level and start working with your coach today!

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