There’s nothing like the real-time, laser-focused feedback of a coach.
When the focus is squarely and solely on you and your work, there is no place to hide.
It’s a vulnerable position, but it’s also probably the best and fastest way to get better at something.
Hiring a coach means you are going to face yourself and your work head on. You are going to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly of whatever feedback you get.
You will also benefit immensely from the support and encouragement and experience and expertise of a coach.
That’s why I hired a speaking coach.
I want to grow and get better. I want to deliver more for everyone who hires me to speak. I want to do a great job for the audience.
I also want to do a great job for myself. Growth is about challenging yourself to reach new levels.
That’s not often easy. And it can be an emotional roller coaster. That’s where coaches help.
I’ve hired other types of coaches in the past and have never once regretted it. More often, I wonder “why didn’t I do that sooner?”
A Coach Doesn’t Know You
There is an energizing fresh-start aspect of any new coaching relationship.
The coach doesn’t know you and you don’t know the coach. (Even if you “know” each other, the coaching thing takes it to a whole new level.)
This means that you will get the chance to look at yourself with fresh eyes. You will have to explain some basic things about yourself and your goals.
Things so basic that you don’t ever have to think about them. Taking this look at these things through your coach’s eyes is refreshing. It gets you out of your head a bit.
You also have to explain your goals. This gets you to focus and it sets the strategy for how you will both work together.
A Coach Knows Their Stuff
There is also something energizing about working with someone with expert skills, training, and experience.
It’s exciting to work with someone who is good at what they do. Someone who not only has a wealth of experience in whatever it is you’re trying to learn, but also a wealth of experience in teaching whatever it is you’re trying to learn.
You know those simple tricks, quips, or insights that someone gives you that can make all the difference? That’s the sort of thing you can get from a good coach in bunches.
Motivation to Deliver
When you are working with a coach that you respect, you will work harder than you ever would on your own. (Have you ever worked with a personal trainer at the gym? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.)
You are spending money. You are dedicating time. You are working with a real professional.
By hiring a coach, you have created a “game time” situation for yourself. That’s motivating.
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
There’s nothing like a coach to push you to your limits, and beyond.
That might be the best reason to hire a coach. You will be challenged. You will be critiqued. You will be held accountable.
That’s the sort of “tough love” that gets results.
Because you will also be supported. You will be guided. And you will be shown one of the fastest and best ways to get to the next level.
That’s why I hired a coach.
Maybe you have an area where you would seriously like to improve.
You might want to consider hiring a coach. It could be just the sort of investment that makes your dreams of reaching new levels a reality.