In my last post I touched on the subject of coaching for dentists and I was slightly surprised to see this subject come up the following day on the UK dentists’ forum, GDPUK. A dentist was asking on the forum for his colleagues’ thoughts on who they thought was the best coach out of the two that I mentioned: Chris Barrow or Sheila Scott. The ensuing discussion on GDPUK centred around whether a coach should have relevant dental experience.
Personally, I think that if you are running a business you may need 2 coaches. One coach to help you figure out what you want from your life generally (your business would be just one part of this),and a professional coach to get your business going the way you want it to go.
How to choose?
Talk to them – most coaches will give you a free session at first. Talk to as many as you can and find one you feel comfortable with.
Qualifications – VITAL!! You want to know that they take their own education seriously, that they are up-to-date and that you can count on the advice they will be giving you.
Once you and your coach have identified which areas of your business needs to be worked on, does your coach have a good network of consultants who can help you? ie. if you want to improve your website or seo skills, do they have a recommendation? (hint: Mark Oborn if you’re a dentist)
Ask to speak to previous clients.