Jun 062014

business coachThe other day I was at a networking meeting and someone was talking about having had a business coach and how that person helped her grow her business. I thought about how to choose the right coach for you.

Here is what to do to pick the ideal coach for you and your small business.

  1. Choose the kind you need. There is a business coach, a life coach, one for marketing, social media, technology, for finance and more. What do you need?
  2.  Ask people you trust for referrals. Who have THEY used?
  3. Interview at least three coaches. Remember to ask for names of their clients and permission to call them and then do it. It’s just like getting a job. Would you take the first person you meet?
  4. Do you have anything different or unusual about you? For example, I’m disabled now (in 2005 I had a stroke which meant I can’t do public speaking as I used to) so I ask if they have any experience with my type of disability.
  5. Trust not only their credentials, education and experience but your heart and your “gut feeling”. When I had small businesses with employees and there were two with a very similar resume, I went by how I felt about each one.

These five ideas will get you started. What’s YOUR experience with coaches been? Have they helped or hindered you and your business?

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May 232012

Jan Marie DoreI met Jan online in Facebook (I can’t remember how I found out about her) and “friended” her and have been following her and her events since then. She has been a speaker at my monthly networking event in Toronto and I’ve taken a telecourse (a five or six part course done by phone – sessions are usually a week apart) from her.

She has a very interesting background. She started out as a management accountant which is very “left-brain” and moved to coaching which can be “right-brain”. She is one of the many of us who are good with both sides of our brain. (See the book I’ve been reading on neuromarketing called The Buying Brain by Dr. A. K. Pradeep.)

Learn more about her by listening to this interview of another woman business owner.

Click below to hear our interview. If you want to save a version to listen to at a later time, click where you see “Download MP3″.

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Jan can be reached via phone at (519) 827-9369 or via her email at info@janmariedore.com  Her website is janmariedore.com  or femalepreneurs.com  should you want to ask her any questions or use her services and ALL business owners should have coaching especially coaches :-)

I interview these women business owners to demonstrate to you that  YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! How have YOU used their experience in your business?

Feb 032012

What is a coach and how is it different from a consultant?

hire a business coachThe Merriam Webster dictionary defines them this way .. “a coach instructs or trains. … a consultant gives professional advice or services; an expert.”

That doesn’t really help you, though does it? A coach can and should be expert too. But what matters is that the coach is a teacher who is also your cheerleader and trains you so you can do it yourself and the consultant gives you advice and possibly does something for you.

You’ll eventually need a consultant but you need a business coach first.

Why should you have a business coach?

This is your first business, isn’t it? You were very good at your job and may have moved up through the ranks. You may have worked for a large corporation that had multiple offices. But this may be the first time you’ve had your own business and you probably don’t know what to do.

Don’t worry. If you hire the right coach, you will.

A coach knows the right question to ask. A session with a coach could be a mini “steeping” (like tea) session where you shut out the world and just steep and reflect inwardly.

Who is the RIGHT coach and how do you find her/ him?

Here are some ideas.

  1. Make a list of these: who you are (do you ask a lot of questions?), how you’d like to work (daily or weekly, by phone or in person), how you learn (are you visual, auditory or kinesthetic?).
  2. Talk to friends or colleagues who have their own business and ask who they used. Would they use them again? Refer them?
  3. If you don’t know anyone with their own business call a “stranger” who has a successful business that’s similar to the kind you want to begin and and ask them.
  4. Ask your mentor. That’s why you you get one first :-)
  5. Make an appointment with several people who are coaches. Many have a free session. See who “fits” with you.


  • it’s YOUR decision. YOU choose them not vice versa.
  • You’ll have a lot of no’s before you have a “yes”
  • Trust your feelings.

Let me know what happens. If you’re already in business then what criteria did YOU use to choose YOUR coach?