Over the years of being in the front of the room, I’ve developed a reputation as a pretty good speaker. It’s my sincerest hope that as you read that line, you understand that I’m not trying to brag, but to say simply that I’ve been told I do it well. I think that’s why some of my friends were surprised when I told them that I was hiring a coach.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but I realized that if I were to be as good as I am capable of being, I needed some additional help. In working with a professional coach this is what I learned:
Coaches Force Clarity
One of the first things I had to do when working with a professional was to get really clear on what I wanted to accomplish. Since I was going to make a financial investment, I needed to be able to clearly see my goals and the path to their achievement. Together, we were able to establish where I was, where I wanted to go and the steps required to get there. Working with a coach forced clarity.
Coaches Bring Accountability
I’ve made a lot of commitments to myself and no followed through. I’ve made a lot of commitments to myself and told my friends and family about them and they loved me even when I didn’t follow through. My coach, however, isn’t paid to love me, he’s paid for results. Working with someone who is paid to tell you the unvarnished truth isn’t always pleasant, but it’s worth it. For instance, my love of brevity was causing me in many ways to rush my ideas. No one ever told me that I was having a hard time being clear. Working with a coach opened my eyes to one of my weaknesses and held me accountable for fixing it. Coaches bring accountability.
Coaches Are Guides
There’s an old saying that success leaves clues. A good coach can help you find those clues serve as your guide through the wilderness of your growth. In working with someone that’s accomplished many of the things that I‘m working toward, I have a guide that can tell me where the best path, where the pitfalls are and how to avoid them. Having a coach allows me to benefit from their years of experience without having to figure everything out for myself. It’s been an eye-opening experience because coaches are guides.
Tomorrow, when my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes kick off their 2016 run toward yet another National Championship (see what I did there?) every player on the team will receive a tremendous amount of individual coaching. After every series, the linebackers work with a coach, as do the receivers, quarterbacks, and every other position. This happens not because they’re college students, but because peak performance requires great coaching. For me, it’s turned out that hiring a coach has been one of the best gifts that I’ve ever given myself. The clarity, accountability, and guidance have all paid for themselves way beyond my initial investment. I may not be an athlete in the traditional sense, but I’ve benefitted from coaching nonetheless. Now, if I can only find a coach to help me achieve my goal of dotting the i in Ohio Stadium.
If you’re interested in personal coaching to better develop your communication skills or executive presence, I currently have four openings and would love to work with you. Please find more information here.