Business coach with over 35 years of successful self-employment. Provides structure, support, and accountability to increase productivity and effectiveness.
Ask first to see if anyone has ever done that task before and how long did it take them. I also find that when I have to estimate how long a task is going to take me, I close my eyes and visually imagine myself going through all the steps it will take to complete it. I then guesstimate the amount of time it will take and then add 25% extra as a cushion.
1. Have very high expectations that they will be your coach, not necessarily your friend (though many of my clients have become my friends, my first responsibility is to be their coach and focus on their business growth).
2. Ask around to the people you know who have a coach, Google "business coach in (your city), or RSVP to the many coaches who have posted answers here (myself included: I offer a free strategy session to see if we're a fit, email email@example.com)
3. Ask what their business background is, and are they a "pure" coach (who only asks you questions and never gives advice) or are they a hybrid coach (like me. I make a distinction between coaching, consulting, and training, and I do all three depending on what you the client needs).
4. Depending on whether it's by phone or in person, the frequency, their level of expertise, etc., the fees can vary from $400 to $2000 or more per month.
Hope that helps. Again, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a no-obligation session with me over the phone.
Have you considered Crowdfunding your book? If enough people have read it and believe in your message, you could use their testimonials to crowdfund it (lots of new websites who can help you here). I use my book to build credibility and to get me in the door of larger companies, then I "throw" in the book as a freebie when I'm negotiating my fee to come in and speak or train. Hard to explain my other thoughts through email (plus I need to know more about your subject, the book you've written, how much you're spending to publish it, etc.) so feel free to call me chat (for free, of course, at least for the first 30 minutes). 510-537-0107.
Brad has been my personal and business coach since 2005. He has consistently shared his expertise with me, coached me through personal and professional challenges. He walks the walk, he shares his passion and enthuisasm, and can adapt honestly and quickly to different "styles" of coaching. Every "good" piece of my life is in someway linked back to my coaching with Brad. Brad, Thank you!
I recently took Brad Warren's Time Management class and he is truly an expert when it comes to this topic. He is a professional who practices what he preaches giving him first-hand experience which further enhances his ability to train people to effectively manage their time. He gives various techniques, tips and systems that can be used by all people regardless of their personality or business. He is very interactive and encourages audience participation and questions. He makes sure everyone fully understands a concept and how to best implement it in their lives before moving on to another subject. I highly recommend Brad’s time management coaching for anyone who feels there is not enough time in the day, people who have a hard time focusing during the work day, people who don’t have a calendar system or have too many calendars to maintain, people who have problems with follow up, missing meetings, remembering what they need to do, task prioritization, goal setting and much much more. I look forward to being more efficient and saving more time in my day!
I've worked with Brad as my executive coach for years, and recommend him highly. He's talented and skillful, but more than that, he's rigorous and committed -- and holds me to the same standards. As he puts it, he's more committed to my commitments than I am -- no room for story, excuses and sympathy, just helping me stay clear on my commitments, and my plans and actions to fulfill them. Invaluable.
I used Brad as a business coach with a specialty of "Time Management". I am going to be using him again to keep me and my fledging "team" on track and focused on this ever "shifting" real estate market.