Written by Jay Conrad Levinson
Every world champion has had a coach. Here's why the coaching industry growing so fast and how it can make you a champion, too. I make a presentation and watch as the audience takes careful notes, nods in agreement with what I say, then rises to its feet with applause. But deep in my heart, I know that only 5 percent of the people in the audience will actually take action based upon what they have learned.
These are bright people, motivated people, but the vast majority of them are just too busy or too overwhelmed by day-to-day business matters to implement the changes they know they must make. They have everything it takes to succeed except for one thing’ follow-up.
It's that lack of follow-up that has led to the explosive growth of the coaching industry. And "explosive" might be an understatement. Fortune magazine agrees: "The hottest thing in management today is the executive coach." Newsweek magazine chimes in with their take on coaching:
Industry Week obviously goes along: "The benefits of coaching appear to win over even the most cynical clients within just a few weeks." Executive Female is even more specific: "Coaching is having a dedicated mentor; it's getting knowledgeable support and encouragement and a new way of looking at things when you need it."
Imagine closing the door to your office for 30 minutes and having your own private success coach right there. Or perhaps the perfect time is on your cellular phone during that tedious commute to and from work. In fact you can call from any state in the country.
It is clear that these days business coaching has been booming. It succeeds because it works. Consider this quote from D.A. Benton in "Secrets of A CEO Coach":
He will help you maintain a sharp focus, by focusing upon your goals and helping you overcome your problems. He will provide you with research-based tools including strategic exercises based on years of work with thousands of clients. His goals are the results you want. And he will help you achieve them with one-on-one coaching.
The line at the bottom has "follow-up" written all over it. We have learned that guerrillas need follow-up and now we are offering it. Success at marketing means you’ you're part of a process and not merely engaging in an event. Have you ever attended an excellent training program, perhaps a full day or weekend seminar? The speaker is great, the information is valuable and you take eight pads full of notes. You come back to your business and you're lucky if you implement even one idea. Why?
Consider this analogy from the world of sports. Let's say you decide you want to become a tennis player. You take a tennis lesson. No matter how great that tennis lesson is, you do not become an overnight tennis champion. It takes a process to create a tennis champion, and it takes a process to create a profitable company. Coaching is a process training experience designed to have a dramatic impact on your business.
The entire design of a coaching program is to get you to take action and then to stay with you to assure the proper follow-up. If a coach is nothing else, he's a master of implementation, and if he's a winning coach, he'll impart that mastery to you.
When I write a book, I know it has only two parts: starting it and completing it. When you opened your business, you had the same two parts. Coaching exists to help you with that second part. Coaching exists to provide the objectivity and extra energy that champions possess.
If you're interested in learning more, just check out the explosive growth of the coaching industry as a whole, and if you're interested in participating, now you can do it as a guerrilla and gear up to be a champion yourself.