FAQs

Q?How is business coaching different from business consulting?
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We work as consultants on specific projects over a defined period of time, or with a specific outcome as the end of the project. When working with a business owner or emerging leader on a coaching program, your coach works with you on an ongoing basis for a longer period of time. The ongoing relationship allows us to help you build and strengthen the skills and experiences necessary to allow you to handle the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities in your business.

Q?How should I think about business coaching?
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Business coaching will focus you on the most important business and personal goals and allow you to clearly identify the most powerful actions that you can take to consistently move your business on the right trajectory. Your coach supports you in identifying priorities and opportunities and ensures that you remain focused on the most important actions to ensure your success. We often tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. Sounds a bit grim, but trust us, it’s all done in a good way!

Q?How does the coach-client relationship work?
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We build a strong relationship based upon mutual respect and trust. We communicate with candor and without judgement. The focus of our relationship is getting to the business of identifying actions that will improve the performance and value of the business through greater effectiveness.

Q?Why do businesses hire your company to be their coach?
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Many of our clients tell us they’re having the same challenges: feeling stuck, feeling owned by the business, and feeling that they just can’t get focused and organized. While all of these business leaders are very skilled and successful, they may not have the confidence or training to drive all of the other aspects of their business, such as marketing, sales, systems, profitability, financial management, etc. We provide another seasoned voice to help the owner to find the confidence to pursue the shortest path to extraordinary success.

Q?How long does the typical coaching program last?
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We recognize that great coaching involves lasting change, and lasting change takes a bit of time. We encourage clients to make a commitment to a one year coaching program, but frankly, most find the program so valuable that they continue beyond that original commitment.

Q?What are the benefits I can expect from working with a business coach?
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Your confidence will increase as you gain clarity on where to focus your energies. You will have discipline and consistently resolve the most important issues in your business and gain momentum in maximizing the biggest opportunities through your coach providing you outstanding support, candid feedback, and yes, even consulting advice when necessary.

Q?What is the best way to get started?
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Contact Michael. We can have a conversation about your business situation. There is no obligation, no fee to discuss the possibilities, and we will answer all of your questions and help you to make a decision confidently about whether a coaching program with Michael Beach Coaching & Consulting makes sense for you.

Q?Will my workload increase due to assignments given by the coach?
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You will be spending your time working on the highest priorities identified in the discussions with your coach. Michael keeps the assignments manageable and achievable so that you gain momentum and confidence. Clients feel like they become more focused and more productive in short order, as they work on more of the important things and less on unimportant things. Our results oriented approach moves the business forward, making them more money, and saving them more time for fun in their lives. Don’t take our word for it, check out the testimonials on the site, they speak volumes….

Q?Will you provide coaching for clients outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area?
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Absolutely, yes! In fact, today about half of my clients are located on the East and West coasts, and I even work with clients outside of the United States. I use technology such as FaceTime and Skype to allow me to coach across great distances and it works very well!

Q?How is Group Coaching different from your Premium One on One Coaching?
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Great question! Group coaching is designed to be more cost effective, and offers clients another option to gain the benefit of coaching while also gaining the benefit of becoming part of a Mastermind/peer networking group. We have monthly meetings where we learn about and discuss a relevant business topic together and brainstorm and learn from the entire group. In addition, each member of the group has a one on one coaching session with the coach each month, where we talk about YOUR business challenges and opportunities. This program is very valuable and sometimes clients who have been in a one on one program join a group coaching program as well for the value of a “network of like minds” that lasts for years. Frequently, the clients in the Group program become friends and customers of one another for many years to come….

Q?Which program is right for me?
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The answer depends on how quickly you want results! It also depends upon your availability to invest time and effort into getting results. Enrolling in a coaching program is a commitment, and you know nothing great ever comes easily. Regardless of which program you choose, you must be fully committed to taking the actions that move your business forward each week. In return, your coach will commit to providing you outstanding support, and you will begin to gain confidence and become steadily more effective. Our most aggressive one on one programs meet 3 or 4 times a month to maximize your opportunity to transform your business and your life, and we get outstanding, life-changing results!

Q?Can I give this a try before I make a decision?
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Absolutely, yes! Call today to schedule a free initial two-hour consultation. During this session, you’ll experience the coaching process! By the end of the second hour, you’ll have specific actions to begin your journey to success. You’ll confirm whether this is the kind of program that you’ll benefit from, without having to guess or take a leap of faith! If, after our no obligation, free, initial session, you conclude that coaching is not for you, there’s no hard feelings! I’ll wish you the best and we’ll shake hands and part as friends. If, on the other hand, you decide that this is a great investment in your business and your personal success (and I’m betting that you will!), we will finalize the details and get started immediately!

Q?Are there any guarantees?
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Yes! If after your first 30 days of coaching, you regret your decision for any reason, you can cancel immediately, and receive all of your money back, no questions asked. This program is incredibly powerful, but it does require a commitment to action on your part. If you “bit off more than you can chew,” neither of us benefits from you continuing, if you’re not 100% committed. I need every client to be successful and enthusiastic about the experience! I will gladly refund your money at 30 days for any reason, without exception. That’s the kind of business we want to run.

Q?Where do we meet?
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That’s your call! Most clients meet with Michael via Skype or FaceTime technology from their offices to avoid losing precious time to driving, parking, hauling their briefcase around, etc. In any case, we can meet via internet technology, or we can meet in our Savage offices, or in my Eden Prairie, MN office, your favorite coffee shop (YUMMM!) or we can meet in your office. Most importantly, we try to maximize privacy and minimize interruptions and distractions to help you move forward with speed.

Q?How much does a Business Coach cost?
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In most cases, the growth in revenue and profits realized from the coaching program more than pay for, (by triple or quadruple) the cost of the coaching program. In fact, the results you receive last for years after the coaching program has ended. It’s one of the greatest investments you will ever make! It would cost you more to hire a receptionist to answer your phones for a year, than it will cost you to hire a coach for weekly coaching sessions. Think about that for a moment…