8 Questions to Ask Your Business Coach

October 27th, 2016

As a business coach I would say that you should have a coach wouldn’t I? When people find out I’m a business coach, I can generally predict the next 7 or 8 questions – And here they are……

  1. Should I have a coach? Perhaps. Why do you think you should have one?
  2. How do I choose a coach? Chemistry, credentials, recommendations, experience and respect
  3. How much do coaches cost? I don’t know for certain but as with anything you get what you pay for. You should pay what it’s worth to you
  4. Who do you coach? Business owners who really want to be coached; willing participants, businesses I choose to work with
  5. WIIFM (What’s in it for me) – a new and better world
  6. Do you have a coach? Yes I do.
  7. Can I just ask you this question that’s been niggling me and I don’t know what to do – Of course let’s book a session in…..
  8. What is your coaching style? That depends on you and how you respond. I’ll adjust my style to suit you

The question I love to be asked is “how will I know coaching works for me?”

  • You have a sounding board that challenges you to get to the best outcome.
  • You make better decisions – you’re forced to get the facts, consider other options, look at both up- and down-sides.
  • Confidence improves
  • You start sleeping better
  • Your business starts out-performing your peers
  • You have more free time, you can choose how you spend your time
  • You have clarity
  • You solve a problem once and for all
  • Consistency and predictability arrives
  • Knee jerks, stress and illness disappear

As I was penning this blog, a great article from Jodie Shaw popped up in my LinkedIn timeline. Called 12 Things Your Coach Won’t Tell You, it’s a great read.

So what’s your next question?


Shirley Mansfield is a highly experienced business coach and Master Problem Solver. With over 25 years’ experience, she founded CoachSME in 2011 to work with business owners to maximise growth, and she is still trying to reduce the 14 handicap! Keep up to date by following me on Twitter @coachsme