Essential Skills a Business Coach Can Teach You

Last Updated: 

June 22, 2023

If you're thinking about hiring a business coach, congratulations! You're well on your way to taking your business to the next level and getting more out of life. Coaching is an incredibly powerful tool for transformation and growth. 

And when it comes to business coaches, there are so many different types: life coaches, marriage counsellors, executive coaches...the list goes on. 

The good news is that almost everyone can benefit from working with a coach in some capacity – whether it's something as specific as helping them prepare for an important meeting or making sure they get their work-life balance under control.

Key takeaways on skills you can learn from a coach

  1. Effective communication: Business coaches can teach you how to improve your communication skills, including active listening, clear and concise expression of ideas, and adapting communication style to different audiences.
  2. Leadership development: Business coaches can help you develop leadership skills, such as decision-making, problem-solving, delegation, and motivating and inspiring your team.
  3. Strategic thinking: Coaches can teach you how to think strategically, analyse market trends, identify opportunities, and develop effective business strategies to drive growth and success.
  4. Time management and productivity: Business coaches can provide techniques and strategies to enhance your time management skills, prioritise tasks, set goals, and optimise productivity.
  5. Emotional intelligence: Coaches can teach you how to develop emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and effective relationship management, to improve your interactions with others.
  6. Networking and relationship building: Business coaches can help you develop networking skills, build meaningful relationships with clients, partners, and industry professionals, and leverage those connections for business growth.
  7. Financial acumen: Coaches can teach you the fundamentals of financial management, including budgeting, forecasting, cash flow management, and financial analysis, enabling you to make informed business decisions.
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How to hire the right people.

Hiring the right people is one of the most important things you can do. If you hire the wrong person, it will cost your company time and money. You need to know what you are looking for, what you can afford and how to interview candidates before deciding whether or not they are a good fit for your company.

You also need to have a system in place that allows you to screen out poor candidates early on so that only qualified ones make it through all of your hiring processes. 

How to manage your time and energy

You may have heard it said that the ability to manage your time and energy is the most important skill for success in business (and life). It really is! If you want your business coaching sessions with me, or any other coach, to be productive and fulfilling for both of us, then this is one area where we need to work together from day one.

How to run a meeting well

Running a good meeting is an essential skill for any business coach or manager to have, but it's also one that many people find difficult to master. This is because there are several things that need to be done right in order for your meeting to go smoothly and efficiently, and if even one thing goes wrong, you can end up wasting time and getting nothing done! But don't worry: by following these simple steps, you'll soon be able to run meetings like an expert...

How to market yourself as a coach and improve your visibility.

Marketing is a big part of any business, but it's even more important for coaches. If people don't know who you are and what services you offer, they won't be able to hire you. In this section, we'll talk about how to use social media and SEO (search engine optimisation) to improve visibility, as well as other ways that coaches can market themselves effectively online.

You should also consider email marketing as another way to reach potential clients, and build relationships with existing ones!

What kinds of business tools you need to use, and which ones you don't need.

You've decided to get a business coach, but now you're wondering: what exactly do they do? And how do they help their clients?

A good coach will sit down with you and discuss the goals of your business, then help you come up with strategies for achieving those goals. They'll also help you stay on track by providing accountability, support and advice along the way.

Your coach may have experience in specific areas, for example, if your goal is increasing sales or improving customer service. In this case, they can provide advice specifically related to those issues (email marketing campaigns vs live chat platforms). On the other hand, if all of these things sound foreign or intimidating to you, if they feel like something only "experts" could possibly understand, then a coach might be even more valuable because they won't just tell you what needs fixing; instead they'll teach you how fix it yourself!

How to stay organised and on track for your own business and productivity.

The first thing a business coach can teach you is how to stay organised and on track for your own business and productivity.

  • Time management is essential for every entrepreneur, but it can be difficult to learn how to manage your time and energy effectively. A good coach will help you prioritise tasks so that you're spending more of your day working on what's most important, like growing your business or making sales calls.
  • Your day should be broken down into chunks that are manageable so that when it comes time for each segment of work, it doesn't feel overwhelming or stressful (which leads us back into procrastination territory). A good coach will help with this process by breaking up big projects into smaller tasks so they seem less intimidating, and then helping keep those smaller pieces moving forward until they're finished!

Business coaches can offer the support you need 

Business coaches are experts in their field, and they can help you achieve your goals. They can also help you manage your time and energy, market yourself and improve your visibility, stay organised and on track, the list goes on! A good business coach will guide you through these challenges to ensure that all aspects of running your own business are working as effectively as possible.

FAQs on skills you can learn from a business coach

Interested in working with a business coach but not sure how to get the most out of the experience? Here are answers to frequently asked questions that provide insights and strategies to help you make the most of your coaching relationship and achieve your business goals.

What is the role of a business coach, and how can they help me grow my business?

Business coaching is a relationship between the coach and the client. It's about working together to achieve goals, not just talking about them. Coaching isn't therapy or counseling - it's helping you to find solutions to your problems by asking questions and supporting you as you make changes in your business or personal life.

A good business coach will help you identify opportunities, overcome obstacles and make better decisions by using their expertise and experience in their field of expertise (i.e., marketing). They can also provide advice on how to structure your time effectively so that nothing slips through the cracks at work or home life (or both!).

How do I find the right business coach that aligns with my goals and needs?

If you're thinking about hiring a business coach, the first thing to do is research coaches in your area. The best way to do this is by asking around for referrals and looking at their websites. You should also ask if they offer free consultations where they can meet with you over Skype or phone calls so that they can get an idea of what kind of person you are and how they might be able to help you.

  • Look for someone who has the right credentials, experience and style - This will vary depending on the type of business that needs coaching but generally speaking:
  • A certified executive coach will have worked as an executive in their own field before becoming a coach;
  • An organisational development specialist may have spent time working as an HR professional or consultant;
  • Make sure they're willing to work with you on your schedule - While some coaches prefer meeting face-to-face every week or two weeks (or even once), others prefer using technology such as Skype because it allows them more flexibility when it comes down scheduling meetings based on when both parties are available at any given time

What should I expect in a typical coaching session, and how often should I meet with my business coach?

A typical coaching session will last about an hour and a half. During that time, you'll discuss your goals and challenges with your coach, who will provide feedback on how to improve them.

You can expect to meet with your business coach on a regular basis, once every two weeks is common. It's up to you and the other person what works best for both of you!

You should also prepare for each session by thinking about what needs improvement in your business and making notes about any questions or concerns that come up during previous conversations between coaches.

How can I ensure effective communication with my business coach?

You can ensure effective communication with your business coach by making sure that you are clear about your goals, needs, expectations and what you want to achieve.

Make sure that the goals and needs of both parties are aligned. You will not get the most out of the coaching relationship if they are not mutually beneficial for both parties involved in it. It's important for both parties to be completely honest about their respective expectations so that there is no confusion or misunderstanding later on in case things go sour between them because someone wasn't upfront enough during initial discussions with each other about what they expect from each other when working together as coach/client pairings.

Otherwise there may be misunderstandings later down line which could potentially lead towards more serious problems such as lawsuits against one party or another (or both!) depending on how much damage has been done already by then due partly if not mostly because these issues weren't resolved earlier before things got worse between them later down line.

What are some strategies for actively participating in coaching sessions and applying the learnings to my business?

In order to get the most out of your coaching sessions, it's important to be prepared and actively participate in them. Here are some tips:

Ask questions. You can use these questions as a guide for what you want to get out of your coaching session:

  • Why am I here?
  • How will this help my business?
  • What do I need help with right now?
  • Where do I want my business to go next year or five years from now?
  • If there were no limits on how much money could be made in our industry, how would that change things for me personally and professionally, and why would it matter so much?
  • Do I really believe in what I'm selling/offering customers (or even myself)?
  • How could another person benefit from working with me right now, and what type of person would they be likely attracted toward working with anyway based on their interests/needs/style preferences?


If you're feeling overwhelmed by the thought of starting your own business or growing an existing one, then it might be time to consider hiring a business coach. Business coaches can help you develop strategies and tools to achieve success in your business while providing the support and guidance necessary for success. Whether you need help with hiring new employees, managing time more effectively or improving your marketing efforts, the list goes on!, there are many ways that working with a coach can benefit both novice entrepreneurs as well as seasoned veterans looking for ways to improve upon past successes.

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