How long does it take to get results from business coaching
How long does business coaching take? On the surface seems like a simple question, but the answer is complex and complicated.
Coaching is not a one-and-done event like running a race, getting married, or even birthing a child. Rather, business coaching is an ongoing process that varies in length depending on:
- Your business and life goals
- What topics/areas do you need coaching on
- The type of coaching program you enroll in
- Other factors
When doing your research on coaches and coaching programs, I recommend you focus on those “other factors.” I’ve found that there are four main factors to consider when looking at the length and time of an individual, one-on-one coaching program: number of sessions, frequency of sessions, length of time for each session, and the overall length of the entire program.
How Coaching Programs Are Designed
Most coaches today follow a specific coaching program or model, one they were trained in either by another coach or a coaching school. These coaching models usually have a built-in timeframe, however, coaches can adjust the programs as needed. This means that while two coaches might use the same coaching model, the timeframe could still be different.
Some coaches have developed their own unique and completely custom program models. Often these coaches are industry- or goal-specific, where the end result is the same or at least similar among all clients. These programs often have a set time frame but can be customized to fit each client.
There are also coaches who co-create a custom coaching program for each individual client. With this model, there’s usually an initial session where the focus is on designing the program plan.
How Coaching Program Length Works
The vast majority of coaches who work individually with clients start with an initial 90-day program with weekly coaching sessions. However, this can vary depending on the topic you’re focusing on during coaching. In business coaching, you may also see programs up to six months long while in life or relationship coaching, programs usually range from 30 days to three months.
There’s a trend among corporate coaches to hold bi-weekly coaching sessions with longer programs, seemingly to allow more flexibility in schedules. And to confuse things even more, many coaches also offer maintenance-style programs where they meet once per month with clients over the course of a year or two.
The most consistent part of program length and style among coaches is probably the length of the sessions. Most individual programs have sessions that run 60 minutes, while some coaches offer 30- or 90-minute sessions. But just like other aspects of searching for that perfect program, there are other variations. It’s become popular to offer half-day VIP sessions to clients who want to make big pivots in a short amount of time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erin Garcia, Business Coach
Coach Erin has been guiding new business owners through the process of starting, growing, and managing a service business since 2003. Between coaching, brand design, and website development you might catch her strolling the beaches of Western Washington, visiting family in Arizona, or enjoying a glass of iced tea creekside on her back patio.
I'm Coach Erin
In 2006 I stepped into the solopreneur lifestyle as a business coach helping others reinvent themselves as self-employed business owners.
I've been able to work with hundreds of women and a handful of men in a variety of service industries from patient advocates and copywriters to coaches, consultants, and therapists.
My coaching style is a mix of structure with free-flowing creativity and personalized guidance and feedback at every step.
I have endless ideas and endless possibilities. I jump in with both feet to tackle challenges. And I love helping my clients simplify the crazy that runs through their heads.
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