Happy Halloween! I write this to you today wearing my giraffe costume. One of my work traditions is to dress up all day, even if it means looking ridiculous on calls. I hope you're finding some
fun today, too!
In other behind-the-scenes news, I thought I'd give you a few updates of what's happening in my business:
-I finally pressed
send on an email to all of my clients raising my rates. I've been procrastinating for months as inflation kept getting worse, but bit the bullet today. I'm feeling nervous about what they will say, but I know it's the right thing to do for me.
-An article I submitted to be published on Tara McMullin's Explore What Works site got accepted! I'm a mix of excited and terrified because there are some revisions I need to make that are feeling daunting. It's a really cool opportunity, though, so worth the time to do it well.
-I'm approaching my 10 Year Business Anniversary (December) so I'm working on a bit of a celebration for that which you'll hear about closer to the time.
-I started working with a coaching
supervisor which has been amazing! Already I'm seeing improvements in my coaching work with clients and it's only been a month. This has been a fantastic investment.
I'm being really intentional with my time, scheduling in when to work on what, and sticking to my plan for the rest of the year. If I don't, I have no idea
how this will all come together!
Today's article is a bit shorter and something that was inspired by a client a few weeks ago. Enjoy!
What to Talk About in a Business Coaching Session
You’ve hired a coach to help you with your business. Amazing!
Many “coaching” programs have a curriculum they follow, so they guide you through in more of a consulting or teaching way step-by-step. But true coaching tends to be client-led, meaning the topic of conversation is whatever is important to the client, not the coach.
Over the years I’ve done my best to get clients to think about what they’d like to get out of a session before they arrive, but inevitably there are always people who just don’t know what they want to talk about. There are a few possible reasons for this:
1. Everything is going great and they maybe don’t need a coach at all (here’s some info on when to hire a coach)
2.They haven’t spent any time thinking about what they want to talk about. Maybe they’re very busy or overwhelmed, so we need to talk about that instead.
3.Sometimes a client is showing up with scapegoat energy, feeling helpless and wanting the coach to figure it out for them
4.They might simply not know what a coach can help them with (here’s an article I wrote about
5.They need to use the time on the coaching call to help them figure out what to do next
In this article I’d just like to make a list of prompts to get you thinking about how to make the most of your time with a business coach, elaborating on situation number 4 above. This list has my own bias towards the kinds of things I like to do with clients, and the kinds of things my clients typically need, so if you need something else don’t just assume it’s off limits in coaching. Talk to your current or prospective coach and
see if your need is something they can help you with. And of course, this list is not complete or exhaustive, though I did draw from actual clients and things they like to work on in sessions. It’s just to get us started!
Business Model and Profitability
Marketing, Messaging, and Finding Clients
Impact and Legacy
Hiring and Team
- When is the right time to hire help?
- How do I get started hiring an assistant? Or someone else?
- Delegating so when I go away my business
keeps running smoothly
- My team member isn’t meeting deadlines
- Managing team members effectively
- Stepping into a leadership role
Client Onboarding, Management, Offboarding
- What are the steps I should go through when I take on a new client?
- How can I help my clients get better results?
- Keeping my brand and delivery tight (packaging, timing, instructions, etc.)
- Client agreements
- Letting go of projects/clients that aren’t working anymore
- Talk out challenging client situations
Systems, Automation, Processes, Efficiency
- What are some things I should automate?
- Streamlining my services so it’s great for clients but easier for me
- Talk through step-by-step what needs to happen to achieve a
- Adding systems and checklists to my business
- Where am I wasting
What would you add to the list? Is there something on the list that surprised you? Let me know!
And if this inspires you to look at
working with a business coach you’re welcome to a session with me, my gift to you. No pitch, no strings attached, just a way for you to experience what it’s like to have someone to talk to about your business. You can read more about gift sessions
here and book one by clicking this link.
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