Top Ten Reasons Businesses Hire A Business Plan Coach

Have you considered becoming a business plan coach? Jack Canfield, in The Success Principles, says a “coach is one of the best-kept secrets of the successful.” Although it is not mandatory for business owners to hire a business plan coach, if they are serious about taking their businesses to the next level, a business plan coach can help them realize their visions and goals.

Top Ten Reasons Businesses Hire A Business Plan Coach
1. A business plan coach can help business owners clarify their visions and goals. If what they are doing isn’t something they really want for their businesses but they don’t have a clear vision of what they want, then a coach can help them get clear.

2. A business plan coach can support business owners through their difficult times. Sometimes, business owners just need someone to talk to who isn’t too busy, too distracted or too involved to just objectively support them when times are tough. If they need someone to talk to who understands and doesn’t judge them, then a coach can help.

3. A business plan coach can help business owners develop momentum. There will be times when a business owner started a business, felt good about it but then lost interest. A business plan coach can help business owners craft a business plan that will sustain that momentum and keep them focused on the prize. This is similar to hiring a personal trainer to help one sustain the momentum of exercising when they feel like doing something else.

4. A business plan coach can help business owners stay on track and be focused. There will be times when the little, unimportant things take control of business owners’ days and by the time the day ends, they realize they haven’t accomplished anything they were hoping to accomplish. A coach can help them stay focused on the important things while learning to delegate or dump the unimportant things.

5. A business plan coach can help business owners take an objective look at exactly what they have been doing. A good coach would ask business owners to take a close, and sometimes painful, look at what they say they want as compared to the things they are actually doing. If business owners continue to do things the way they are, will they get to the place they are hoping to get to? Coaches ask the hard questions.

6. A business plan coach may help business owners identify both effective and destructive behavior patterns that they may not see. Since the coach isn’t standing in the forest, he can typically see the trees that business owners don’t. How often do business owners continue the same destructive patterns over and over again just because they can’t identify them? A coach will help them see this more clearly.

7. A business plan coach will hold business owners accountable for the goals they set. A coach is not a babysitter. When business owners decide they want to get going and accomplish some things in their businesses, a coach will not accept their excuses for why they weren’t done. Making a public declaration of their intent will also provide business owners with the needed incentive to keep their commitments.

8. A business plan coach can show business owners how to accomplish more by working less. Coaches are adept at teaching time-tested systems for being more productive. A business plan coach can help business owners be more productive in less time.

9. A business plan coach can help business owners discover their true passions. All business owners have unique abilities and a purpose but some of them never discover their passions and the rest who do are too afraid to just go for it! A business plan coach can help business owners uncover their passions—the things that will make them excited to get out of bed in the morning.

10. A business plan coach can help business owners identify their core business values and show them how they can do business in synergy with them. The values by which business owners conduct their businesses are very important to each of them. Many times, certain values they hold may be in conflict with each other. Sometimes, business owners are not even consciously aware of the values of importance to them. A business plan coach can help them to run their businesses in accordance with their values through a solid business plan. This will provide the kind of businesses of which business owners can be proud.

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Jeannie Cotter
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Creating A Successful Business Coaching Plan

If you are a business coach who is planning to set up a proper business, having a strategic business coaching plan is crucial to the success of your business. The creation of an efficient and effective business plan can mean the difference between having the need to work 70+ hours a week all year long – only to find out that your business is just breaking even or losing money.

Creating A Successful Business Coaching Plan

We know that having a good business plan is essential, but what really is “strategic business management”? In its most basic form, it is the process in which the goals and objectives for your business are defined, and an action plan is then created so you may reach your goals and objectives.

How Do You Go About Creating a Strategic Business Coaching Plan?

1) As a business owner, you should know and be able to describe in detail, the vision for your business. What is the image you want your coaching business to have?

2) Your business should also have clear and concise company values and guiding principles. For instance, what are the reasons you are in the coaching business? Create more profits for small businesses? Help managers develop a team of employees? And how do you do business?

3) It would also be a good idea to create 3 and 5-year business coaching plans. A long-term plan that is based on broad objectives will assist you in getting your business from where it is today to where you want it to be.

4) Thinking not only long-term but also short-term, will also greatly help your coaching business develop. Each year, you should create, define, and plan specific objectives that will when accomplished, help you on the road to achieving your long-term goals. Make sure your business coaching plan incorporates the following points:
– Be very specific
– Show measures and approaches
– Make the goals realistic and attainable
– Make sure they are time-oriented

5) Include a list of obstacles and barriers which could hinder you from achieving your goals. In any case, in order to get your business to where you want it to be, you’ll need resources. Create and define a list of resources you’ve already got and other resources which you will need to achieve your goals.

6) You should also create a concise action plan that clearly defines how you will actually achieve your intended goals. If your business has employees, it is of great importance to involve them with this part of the business planning process.

7) In your business coaching plan, you should create simple and concise milestones or benchmarks that will define when you have actually reached a goal or objective. This is an essential part of the planning, as it will enable you to measure your progress as a business.

8) After you have created your strategic business plan, it is of paramount importance that the plan is shared with anyone who will be involved in the process. Your annual business plan is the roadmap that will lead your coaching business and those involved, to the goals which need to be achieved – but to be effective, everyone must end up at the same goals and objectives or the “destination”. And to do so, everyone requires the same roadmap.

9) Be sure to regularly check and compare the progress of your business against the benchmarks defined in your business plan. Should something go wrong with your business, the sooner you figure out what went wrong, the sooner you can fix the problem, make the necessary adjustments and get your business back on track.

10) And finally, ensure that each year you follow the exact same cycle or template to create your strategic business plan. Dream, Plan, Act, Check. That’s all there is to it.

Creating a strategic business plan and ensuring that you follow it is not just about achieving specific goals and objectives. It’s all about making sure that the journey to these goals is not only safe but enjoyable.

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A Sample Business Coaching Plan

A business coaching plan can help you map out, organize, and prioritize the way you work with each client. Having a cohesive and comprehensive plan can improve results, and ultimately boost your business. The more satisfactory results you get, the more clients you will have!

Business Coaching Plan

Business Coaching Plan – kasto ©

Coaching Plan – Not a Business Plan

Every business needs a business plan – a written foundational document that details various aspects of a business. But, here I am talking about an actual coaching plan – how you will go about helping each client achieve their goals and dreams.

You need both – a business plan and a business coach plan!

Ignore either of these at your own peril!

An Outline for a Business Coaching Plan

Here is a quick outline for a coaching plan – this works for any type of coaching business

Initial Session

This is where the assessment process begins – a sort of get-to-know-you session. This can be done with interview questions, casual conversation, active listening techniques, and questionnaires. Goals and objectives are discussed. It’s also the best time to analyze the client’s ability to be coached and their receptiveness towards coaching.

Second Session

In this session, the coach and the client go over the assessments. This can mean discussing what was talked about in the initial session or going over any assessment question that may have been given as “homework.” Obstacles to success and behavior issues can be discussed here. This session should give the coach a comprehensive overview of what the client needs and expects.

Third Session

Goals and objectives are clarified in this session and strategic plans are begun. The groundwork has been laid and the journey has begun. The business coaching plan is being set in motion. All aspects of a coach’s training are brought into this session, from behavioral analysis to positive psychology.

Remaining Sessions

All the remaining sessions will be based on the previous session. The business coaching plan will have many variables, and twists and turns at this point. This is where coaching skills are tested, and the cream rises to the top. You need to go with the flow, and when that flow gets stagnate, you need to have the skills to push it forward. Goals can be revisited, strategic plans can be modified, and additional assessments can be made as needed.

Later Sessions

As you near achievement of goals, accountability and feedback become even more important. Taking the time to analyze progress will benefit both the coach and the client. Feedback become a vital component of each session (though feedback is always important).

No Template is Perfect for Coaching

Templates and samples are a great way to organize and prioritize your coaching sessions, but the real coaching sessions never go exactly as planned. Just like having a game plan in sports, a coaching plan is only a framework, not something which can be changed or adjusted according to the variables that occur.

A business coaching plan is an absolute necessity, but it’s only a start. Combined with high-level coaching skills, you will certainly be able to find the outcomes which your clients seek, and make your name in the coaching world!

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Fred Philips
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