I personally love coaching programs. I’ve had coaches for the last 8 years. In this post I give you some tips on finding the right LNC coach and coming up with the right plan to get the most out of coaching.
Qualities of the LNC Coach
When you are considering working with an LNC coach, determine if the person is knowledgeable and an expert in the subject.
What qualifies the person to be a coach? What results did the LNC get in his or her business? What has the coach done for other people? The coach should be willing to tell you this in advance before you decide to say yes to the program.
What do others have to say about the coach’s expertise? Can you contact other people who have worked with the coach and ask them some questions? They'll say, "This is exactly what it was like working with this person. I'll give it to you straight." And then you can ask if they'd recommend that you work with the LNC coach. You'll get more information asking other people who've taken this coaching in the past than you will any other thing.
Not only does the LNC coach need to have a deep knowledge base, but she has to be able to teach what she knows. It's not enough to know and to be an expert. The LNC coach must be able to communicate what she knows in a way that will get other people to take action.
That's not enough, though. Not only does she have to have the expertise, not only does she have to have the ability to be able to teach others what she knows, but she has to be able to relate to you.
Your LNC coach should be able to take you to the next level because your personalities mesh. You like her; you like being around her. You really appreciate and respect what she does, and it engages you. That's super important.
Let's analyze what makes an LNC coach the best coach. The best coaches ask more than they advise. You want to work with somebody who's asking you a lot of questions before giving you advice.
And the LNC coach knows how to get inside your head. There's going to be times where you want to moan, "Oh, man. I can't get going." The coach is going to be there for you. She is going to figure out what motivates you to take action, and then she’s going to talk in the language that will get you to take action using those specific motivators. That's what the best coaches do, and that's so valuable.
Focus on results
The best coaches want to get you results more than they want to be your friend. She will push you because she wants you to get the results. She should want to help you achieve your goals more than she wants to be your buddy. Coaches who want to be buddies with somebody can't push them that hard because they're going to get pissed off at the coach from time to time.
What do you want to achieve with coaching? This is what you should know also before joining a coaching program. You’ve got to have a plan. If you don't have a goal going into the coaching program, you probably will not get your money's worth.
Have realistic expectations. A lot of people think a coach is going to do all these things for them and immediately change their life. No. A coach can only help you develop strategies, but you personally must utilize those strategies. So, don't think you're going to rule the world once you get a coach, but do expect that over time you're going to get immense value from a coach.
As an LNC coach, I can’t want to see your business develop more than you want to see it develop. I can motivate you to take action, but you have to carry out the action plan.
The best solution is to work with an LNC coach to develop your own goals. Not everybody has the same goals. If your coach knows what goals you have, can work with you, you two can create a plan together so you can get the most out of the coaching. That's what really good coaches do.
What a coaching program can give you
LNC coaches give you a fresh perspective. They have an objective view. You only see things from within. They see things from without your blinders. The coach also knows how other LNCs have tackled the same issues as well as how the LNC coach has succeeded with the same challenges.
A hand between your shoulder blades
There are going to be tough times and that's when you get pushed. That's when your LNC coach says, "Do it." I remember how anxious I was the first time I had to tackle doing a budget. My coach made it easy and led me through the steps.
A coach gives you accountability. You have somebody you have to answer to. And anytime you have somebody who you respect, who you're paying money for to answer to, you're going to get more work done -- plain and simple -- just because you don't want to let them down. If I had my way, I would not have prepared a budget.
An LNC coach also gives you a chance to break habits because she challenges your habits. She asks, "Why do you do things this way?" You say, "I don't know. I just do them that way." "Let's try it this way instead." And she forces you to face unproductive habits.
A coach also gives you her insight you can't get anywhere else. She gives you advice to deal with situations, which is super valuable.
A safe person for venting
A coach lets you vent your frustration, meaning sometimes all you need to do is bitch for a little bit. Then when you're done, you're able to go back out there and get on with it. But if you don't have anybody to do that to, you don't get that value.
You get peace of mind that whatever you do, if you go out there and mess up, you can turn to your coach and she'll help me figure out what to do next. That's another value.
There you have it -- what to know before joining a coaching program and hiring an LNC coach.
Pat Iyer MSN RN LNCC founded an independent LNC business that billed over a million dollars a year for the last 5 years she owned the business. She coaches LNCs through LNCAcademy. Want to talk to Pat about whether you are a great candidate for her coaching program? Set up a call with Pat at http://LNC.tips/gethelp and explore the support she provides.