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Getting the best from your coach, advisor or mentor

When it comes to getting the right support in building your start-up, you may want to consider working with a business coach, advisor, or mentor to guide you on your journey.

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Julia Elliott Brown, Founder & CEO Enter the Arena

Investing your time, energy and resources in the right support has the potential to really make a difference, providing significant short-cuts to getting where you want to go. A great coach will catapult you forward and empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed, way faster than trying it alone. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know!

Here are some ways that a coach, advisor, or mentor could support you:

• Goal setting, accountability, and motivation
• Working through challenges and issues
• Helping you develop your strategy and growth plans
• Make suggestions and recommendations
• Support with specific areas of your business
• Challenge your thinking
• Support with mindset and confidence
• Provide industry or technical expertise
• Providing contacts and connections
• Champion you as a female founder

Where possible, work with the very best support you can to enable you to achieve the results you’re looking for.

Ideally, they will have the following skills and experience:

  • Direct experience doing the thing you need to get good at
  • Total understanding of the challenges you face
  • A structured approach to supporting you
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A track record of amazing results
  • The ability to provide you with genuine support and accountability
  • An extended network of experts and peers they can connect you with

How do you get the most out of working with a coach, advisor or mentor?

  • Be clear on what you want to get out of the relationship
  • Agree how often you will meet and how long for
  • Determine how your support sessions will be structured
  • Understand what work you will need to do in between sessions
  • Agree the ground rules on confidentiality
  • Understand the fee structure and payment terms

When you invest in yourself, you invest in your personal growth and development, and that is something that will never be taken from you. Nothing is bigger than you.

You decide who you want to be and step into becoming it by getting out of your comfort zone and doing it. Working with the right coach, advisor or mentor will help you take those steps, and take them with more confidence.