You may find that your business is not doing well even when you are quite thorough with the subject of fitness training. Your gym may have the right equipment, ambience and staff, but yet you are unable to achieve the profits that you always dreamt of. It is in this situation that you might think of hiring a fitness business coach. And this may be a good idea, considering the benefits to be derived, if you know how to choose the right one for your business. Read on in case you want to know more.
Hiring the first business coach you get to know of may ultimately backfire on you. This is because not everyone out there may help you to:
– Achieve better communication
– Learn to balance priorities
– Identify strengths and weaknesses
– Identify new competencies or skill-sets that you need to imbibe.
Add to this the usually high rates that a coach might charge and you may see your losses mounting, if you are unable to choose the right fitness business coach.
However the silver lining is that you can follow some simple guidelines which can enable you to choose a fitness business coach who can take your venture to the next level.
The Required Steps
You can get hold of the right training business coach by careful consideration based on relevant parameters. Since there are no concrete guidelines for doing so, you can look to evaluate the following:
1. Credentials: evaluating credentials will answer vital questions regarding:
– The formal training that the coach has in the field of business management.
– His understanding of organizational dynamics and corporate culture.
You can also get to know whether the coach is a freelancer or an employee of a consulting firm, he has written books and articles about fitness business coaching, and if he offers products or services other than coaching
2. Approach: this will involve an evaluation of how the coach works with the clients. This is important because you would not want a coach who will offer you standardized and not customized solutions.
3. Expertise: this is to ensure that the coach is an expert in the fitness arena. So you can read their bio or ask about their earlier work. You can even ask them whether they have worked in solving the types of problems that your fitness business might be facing. Another way to understand their expertise is to look into whether they market themselves as general business coaches or fitness business gurus.
4. Testimonials and referrals: don’t settle for the eloquent testimonials that you can find on the websites of most fitness business coaches and particularly those which are anonymous. Ask for contacts of previous clients and try to get in touch with them to obtain real feedback.
5. Intrinsic Traits: although this may be difficult to evaluate in the first few meetings, you can still try to understand whether a coach can be a motivator, a good listener, unbiased and direct.