If you are in a service-based business you have seen this happen. You give coaching to a client and nothing happens. No results. No momentum. Nada.
Or maybe you are on the other side and you aren’t seeing things happen. It’s frustrating isn’t it?
Why does this happen?
I’m going to give you the tips on how to get the most out of your coach, how your clients can get the most out of you, and how to hire the right coach. It’s way too much info to put in one newsletter so watch out for part 1, 2 and 3. Here is part 1:
One thing I didn’t always have in my business was the time freedom to take off when I wanted to and focus on the really important things.
Two weeks ago, I celebrated my anniversary in Sundance, Utah with my hubby. We saw the changing leaves as this fall season approaches. I believe that the same energy that is in nature is within us. The brilliance that a tree experiences to show its fervent red leaves means it’s possible for us to show our brilliance (and for more than just a season).
It was the summer of 2008 and I walked into my manager’s office and he informed me that I was being “laid off,” which is a fancy word for being fired.
I took it as a not-so-subtle sign that it’s time to do my own thing and stop being miserable working for other people.
I was thankful and freaked out at the same time. I had been running some hobbies (not full businesses if I’m honest because businesses are profitable) for a couple of years and this change in circumstances forced me to get honest and take action. Yet I struggled for another year before I really got clear about what I wanted and got serious about creating results!
About 18 months ago I fired myself! I found that I was wasting precious resources doing things I hated and feeling overwhelmed. I got serious and hired my first real business coach. And I haven’t looked back since.
I had the same excuses you have heard and probably used yourself:
What you THINK people want isn’t usually what they really want.
What people say they want isn’t usually what they really want.
When you can get through this maze of what your prospects, clients and tribe REALLY WANT, you will be a magnet for people who really do want what you have.
Before I tell you what it is, let me show you this example.
In 2008 I had an idea of hundreds of women gathering and changing their lives. When I visualized this I saw these same “ordinary” women doing extraordinary things. I saw a global ripple effect.
Then I thought, “Who am I to start such a movement?” “I don’t even have my own crap together all of the time. I can’t possibly do this.” So I put it on the shelf for almost two years. I didn’t believe I had what people wanted.
Then in 2009, I revisited this idea. And I went for it. I had no capital, no team and no real plan. I just had an inspired idea that quite frankly wouldn’t shut up and I knew I had to do it.
That is when I started planning the first Ignite Your Spark 2-day women’s event.
What happened next shocked me. I thought there must be a catch. When I talked to people about my idea, they wanted to be involved. I couldn’t pay them. I could hook them up with a free ticket to attend the event but that was about it.
Then I realized that people who were wanting to help me because they wanted to be a part of something bigger than themselves. I did have what they wanted – I had the vision. And just as important, I could give gratitude for helping me see the vision come to life.
Then I learned the biggest way to empower people was to acknowledge them and show my gratitude. It wasn’t by promising money, or by guilting anyone into helping because at times I bit off a bit more than I could chew. They just wanted a thank-you. They wanted to feel like they accomplished something for the greater good and were recognized for it.
The first Ignite Your Spark event debuted in February 2010 with over 300 women from across North America in attendance. And it was built on thank-yous.
WHAT PEOPLE WANT IS TO: