Choosing A Business Coach – 5 Top Tips

Choosing a Business Coach – What’s important to you when you start to work with someone? Is it that you “click” from the get-go? Our intuition or that “gut feeling” telling us that this person understands our vibe and “gets” us? Or do you judge them on their experience, or that they appear to “practice what they preach”?

There is no right or wrong answer on choosing a business coach, but here are my top 5 tips on making the right choice – for you and your business.

Social Media – Have a look at the coach’s social media accounts. Firstly, are they up to date? Whilst outdated accounts might be a sign that they are run off their feet with clients, it could also show a lack of attention – Is this someone who you would trust with your business? Next, decide whether the content they post aligns with your beliefs; Do they “walk the walk”? Read their blogs, watch their videos. Can you relate to them? Are they sharing valuable content with you, or is it all just “same old, same old”?

Relevant experience – In choosing a business coach, you really want to home in on someone who has practical experience, even better if it’s in your field of expertise. Learning practice and procedure is necessary, but practical experience cannot be beaten. Ideally, you need someone who has walked in your shoes and who may have experienced at least some of the same issues as you.

Rapport – Arrange a face to face or Zoom call with your potential business coach. Do you feel you can build a trusted relationship with that person? Do you feel you share the same values? This is important as you need to work with people who resonate with you and in whom you trust.

Ask Questions – Be open and honest around your needs, struggles and what you want to achieve out of the relationship. As a coach, I always arrange a discovery chat before taking on a new client to ensure a good fit and that we can work well together. This is important for both sides.

Trust Your Instincts – Does that coach inspire you, or do you feel excited to start working with them? You can do as much research as you like and look at a whole bunch of credentials, but I would always go with your gut feeling. Your instinct will always be true to your higher good.

Working with the right business coach will be a sound business investment, if it’s the right coach for you, in this stage of your journey. The right business coach will support you to remain in your power, whilst helping you achieve your business vision. Choose carefully.

If you would like to explore how working with a business coach could help you gain business momentum, whether you are seeking know-how and expertise, accountability, clarity or just help to get you out of your own way, then let’s set up a call.

Business Growth Strategy – 3 Steps

What’s your recipe for Success – Why your Business Growth Strategy is Key.

Have you got a business growth strategy or are you guilty of just “winging it”?

Growing a business is a lot like baking a winning cake. You put all the necessary ingredients in a bowl and, as if by magic, something beautiful is created.

Except, you and I know that this isn’t how it works in the real world!

You can have all the right ingredients, some fancy (and probably expensive!) equipment and bucketful’s of know-how, but unless you know what the end result is supposed to look like and unless you have some recipe to follow, the outcome could be far from perfect.

And this is where growing a successful and sustainable business comes in. If you want to build a business, no matter whether a small, but beautiful lifestyle-type or a grand empire, then you need to have solid foundations upon which to build. Here are my three things to make your foundations super strong.

My recipe for Business Growth Strategy Success:

Strategy -This is the recipe that you’ll follow to create that showstopper of a business. A strategic plan will detail your vision for your growth – what does that growth look like in measurable steps? Then, how are you going to achieve it and by when? Your business growth strategy is the road map that you write for your business and it is unique to you. In as much as every business is different, so will be every business owner’s measures of success. Your strategy will need to be flexible to withstand the bumps in the road and remember, you can alter the route as often as you like. No strategy is ever set in stone.

“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind”- African Proverb

Mindset – We’ve all seen those cheesy “inspirational” quotes about positive mindset and whilst I don’t recommend you become a walking, talking version of any of them, (You’re you, after all, and that’s your superpower!) mindset is still a really important element both of any success and your business strategy. If you don’t believe you have the right to success; if you don’t think you are worthy or for whatever reason, that growth is not part of your story, then you just won’t get the results you want. It’s really that simple.

Energy – What’s your “Why”? If you’ve lost track of the reason why you started a business; the passion that drove you in the beginning, then it’s going to be very difficult to find the drive you’ll need to push yourself and your business forward for success. You need to be energetically connected to your strategy or it just. won’t. work. You need to be enjoying what you do. Sometimes it’s easy to focus so much on the destination that we forget to enjoy the journey. Having the right energy, and energy that is aligned to your mindset will help you reach your business goals and enjoy the ride, too.

Successful and sustainable businesses are built through the right mix of ingredients. It comes from having a clear recipe (or direction), believing that you can create something beautiful (even when obstacles are put in the way) and enjoying all that your journey entails.

This is where having a business coach on your side can help. From creating that all-important strategy and helping you translate that into actionable but practical steps, to providing accountability and being a sounding board when you need one, right through to being there to celebrate your achievements is what I love doing! If you would like to discuss ways in which we can work together for your continued success, then contact me and let’s have a chat.

All About Me

I’ve written many blogs, both for my own businesses and for clients, but this is a whole new experience; this is all about me and why I started my business, Julia Ngapo Business Coaching.

So, firstly, welcome to my website and my blog articles and settle in to learn more about what makes me tick.

Had someone told me when I started out that I would be coaching other business owners, I would never have believed them. It was never on my agenda.

However, last year I was talking to my amazing friend, Jo Dutfield, about my existing business. In the course of a general conversation about business, she asked if I was considering coaching? Suddenly, this was the missing piece to the jigsaw. I had been “unofficially” coaching people, I realised, in my existing business, that of a social media manager and marketing consultant. This was the part of my job that I enjoyed the most; helping clients to create clarity and understanding around their social media and marketing and to grow their business through effective use of these. Invariably, in helping them to get noticed online, I had to dig deeper into their overall business objectives and very often I found myself supporting them in the strategic growth of their wider business. So, Julia Ngapo Business Coaching was born!

I know there are so many amazing women in the world, who already run successful businesses, but I also believe there are women who lack the confidence, who experience blocks to their own success, who just simply don’t know how to grow their business. Perhaps they’ve got caught up in the day to day and feel overwhelmed. Perhaps they’re so busy working “in” their business, that they can’t figure out how to work “on” it, instead. Or maybe they aren’t sure of the steps they need to take to get the business success they so deserve. Those are the women that I work with and those are the ones that I love to see succeed.

Having owned and run businesses in the past, there aren’t many problems that I haven’t faced, so when I coach a client, I’m not just “talking the talk”.
There are times when I have felt completely out of my depth; have had to deal with things that I had no idea about and faced problems that have kept me awake at night. That’s why I do what I do, because I know what it’s like to be a woman running a small business.

What else can I tell you about me? Well, I really do feel like I am made up of two distinct halves which definitely complement each other. Some years ago, I decided to study Reiki. I had been told many years previously, that I should be a healer and had done nothing about it. Then, the opportunity arose to study level 1 in Reiki and Seichem. Having successfully completed that, I was sure that this was where my healing journey would end; after all, I didn’t plan to be a therapist, I was too busy running a media agency! However, the following year, I completed my level 2 and then in 2020 completed training in Shamanic healing.

In early 2020, I became an accredited coach with the Sue Stone Foundation , helping clients transform their lives and empower themselves through the power of positive thought.

I could never have known that all of this “alternative” training would play such an important part in my work. When a client works with me, I work with the “whole” of them. I don’t work on just their business, as I believe that their business success is inextricably connected to their overall well-being. That’s why I ask that before I work with anyone, they undertake my 6-week “Catalyst For Change” course. This course allows clients to understand what is really holding them back and for me to understand with which aspects of their life, in general, they need support, in order that they can move their business forward.

If you would like to create momentum around your business, clear blocks and feel that you would benefit from the help and support of a business coach, then please get in touch. I would love to have a chat with you via Zoom or in-person and discover the ways in which I can help you create your business success. Julia Ngapo Business Coaching is business coaching with a difference! Come and find out more.