I've dipped my toe into the realm of coaching others. It's not what I normally do, but I found it fulfilling.
For the most part, I stick to content creation. I've run a few blogger campaigns, but mostly I stick to the writing. Recently, I was approached the platform
Recently, I was approached the platform Savvy.is to teach others. They were looking for people who could help with finances, and I decided to sign up. Why not give it a try? I've done presentations and taught seminars for pay, but I've never been involved with coaching others one-on-one for pay.
I didn't think much of it. I put together a profile, created a schedule, and got on with my life. Imagine my surprise when, after a few weeks, someone actually booked me. My first thought was, “How can I get out of this?” I panicked because this sort of thing is way out of my comfort zone.
Then I took a deep breath and a step back. The reality is that most of your growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. I've been working on that these last few years, and I reminded myself of that fact.
I accepted the appointment and prepared for it.
While coaching others isn't something I feel I excel at, I did enjoy the experience more than I thought I would. Additionally, I felt like I was doing a good job and being helpful — which is something I like to feel.
Even better was when I received an email from my contact at Savvy, telling me that my “student” benefitted from our session.
While I'm probably not going to get into promoting myself as a financial coach or a writing coach, I'll keep my profile up at Savvy. They passed on the money quickly to me after the end of the session, and I liked the feeling of working one-on-one with someone and helping him visualize a plan to reach his goals.
Could You Be Cut Out for Coaching Others?
I've never really thought of myself as a teacher. I'm not particularly nurturing. However, I'm willing to talk to people about what I've learned and what works for me. I've been known to spend an hour or two on the phone with a friend, helping him or her work through issues related to getting started as a freelancer, or working with a relative to establish a budget. As a result, others have told me I could be a good coach. I'm “real” and I often tell it like it is, without sugar-coating. At least that's what “they” tell me.
If you want to start coaching others for pay, it makes sense to stop and think about whether such a path would work for you:
- Do you like helping others?
- Are you willing to listen?
- Can you solve problems in a way that works with others' needs?
- Do you explain things in an easily accessible manner?
- Are you genuine?
Whether I'm helping a friend or whether I'm coaching others for a fee, I've discovered that outcomes are better when I start by listening to the other person's hopes and understanding their goals. Once I know where they want to go, and where they are now, it's easier for me to help them create a plan that works with their own style. Being able to listen and to personalize are essential when you're coaching others.
If you know how to do something, and you can impart that knowledge to someone else in a way that is accessible and practical, you might be cut out for coaching others.
What do you think? Have you ever thought of coaching others? What makes a good coach?