Is It Really So Hard to Get Coaching Clients?
A few weeks ago, a colleague said something to me about 'coaches who can't get clients' and a nerve broke for me. I'm fed up with the image of the coach who's always chasing clients, but never catches them. Chasing doesn't work. But getting clients is simple.
I've heard this whine for years. And it usually comes from people who, themselves, are having a tough time of it. And often they are hanging out with people who are also struggling. Therefore, they reason, it must be hard for everyone.
Well I'm here to debunk this myth: Coaches DO get clients. Plenty of them.
How do I know that coaches get plenty of clients? Because I mentor them and teach them. It's just as common to for me to hear from coaches who have too many clients and want to redesign their businesses as it is to hear from coaches who don't have enough clients.
Even in 2009, the worst year for the economy that most of us have ever seen, my students were building their businesses with new paying clients. Some of them were supporting their entire families with their new coaching businesses and commanding fees that impressed even me. And veteran coaches reported that they were doing fine. Some were doing better then ever.
Does that mean that coaches didn't notice the recession? Sure we did, but less than you'd think. I noticed a decline in the number of new coaching students, for instance, but the number of coaching clients that I have has stayed steady.
In every business, some people don't succeed. But if it's a growing business like coaching, you can bet more people are succeeding than failing.
There are 8 reasons why some coaches don't have enough coaching clients:
- They're new and they haven't given it enough time, yet.
- They still need training.
- They haven't defined what 'enough' is.
- Their environment isn't supporting them.
- They aren't doing enough to succeed.
- They're doing the wrong stuff.
- They've got shadow issues holding them back.
- They're in the wrong business.
Don't join us unless you're willing to abandon ALL your old excuses and are willing to do what works in your own unique way and fill your coaching practice once and for all.
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Do you agree or disagree that getting coaching clients is simple? Please share your thoughts in the comments section, below.