Why Do I Need a Business Coach and Business Coaching?

“You maybe on the right road. But stand still long enough and you’ll get run over”– said someone far more important than I.

But it’s very true. And at no other time in the last 100 years, have we seen as many changes to the way you work, the way you do business or how you grow a business, no matter what size or industry.

It could also be said, never before have business owners needed more experience, perspective and forward thinking when it comes to business growth or even survival because of the current global crisis.

There is so much happening and it’s impossible to stand still. Otherwise your competitors will find a better, faster and smarter way of doing things which means your customers and clients will find someone or something new. Fast. And that’s going to hurt.

The Benefits of Me as Your Business Coach

Is business coaching more valuable than a business degree or cheap online programmes and courses?

Short answer: Yes

The Problems

Most business owners enter their professional careers not understanding how to start, run and grow a business. And it’s no-ones fault. We were taught, trained and learned to be good at doing what we do, and not the other stuff that goes with the selling and marketing what they do. At times, this makes business owners feel lost, or worse, like a fraud pretending to know what they’re doing.

It’s hard to be successful without a clear understanding of how business works. That’s where an experienced business coach can be crucial for any professional or business owner who wants to take their career to the next level.

I know that running a business is more than just a good idea made profitable – it’s a system of unspoken rules, rarely taught by Business Studies, MBA courses or online programmes. If you are attempting to profitably grow your business or career, you need elite business knowledge – knowledge that creates real tangible value.

Even if you had the time, access, or money to attend any of these business programmes, you would still be missing the practical knowledge that propels the best and brightest forward, along with he accountability to get things done properly and in a timely way. 

I realised quite quickly that owning and running my own business was often a very lonely place. And keeping on top of what I needed to do for my customers and clients was difficult enough without the pressure of having to look at what everyone else was doing or at what I could be doing better and smarter. I realised that in the business world, coaching is becoming a necessity not only for your business growth and success, but also for your business to continue to be sustainable and viable. So, I’ve been there. Done that. Got The T-Shirt. Succeeded. Crashed and burned. Got up again. And did what needed to be done to get where I wanted to be. (perhaps they’ll write that on my headstone when I’m gone?!)

The Business Coaching Solution

Back in 2015 I became a full-time, self employed business coach. I’d done 20 years in corporate businesses, working my way up from part-time fruit and veg assistant, to store manager, to trouble shooter, to trouble shooting bank manager, back to retail trouble shooter, to junior director level. I made a lot of people money and a few quid myself. Then I walked away. Started, ran and sold my own business. Throughout those 25 years I developed three talents. 

– Diagnose what was wrong and why it was wrong in a business and how to fix it.

– Recognise talent and leadership and how to make it better, which made the business better and gave those individuals opportunities they never thought possible.

– To listen, analyse and implement things from other genuinely successful people and aim to deliver better results than they achieved.

I then studied, watched, learned and implemented the things that business coaching is really about which helping business owners, directors, managers and it’s employees make the most and grow these 6 areas that form every successful business:

6 Characteristics of a Successful Business

  • Leadership and Management 
  • Overheads, Costs, Productivity and Execution
  • Sales
  • Marketing 
  • Products and Services
  • Cash Flow and Controls

How We Work Together as Client and Coach

I become your silent business partner for anyone who feels lost, overwhelmed or frustrated by the modern business climate, and we implement what the most successful business leaders have known for years through the simple goals, processes and focus that takes businesses to their next level.

As business owners and leaders read more and more of best-selling books, go on webinars, courses, programmes and workshops, they realise that knowledge alone won’t help them build the business of their dreams. Because the reality takes that knowledge, needs clearly defined actions and some honest accountability to get there faster and without wasting resources, time and money in the process.

Not only this, but I can give clients a true picture as to how well their business is doing and then customise my coaching approach and the things we work on, to deliver the best possible results just for you.

In my experience of coaching and talking with hundreds of CEO’s, Directors, entrepreneurs and business owners, is that they find there are three things often missing in most coaching relationships. These are:

  • 1. An overall metaphor allowing coaches and clients to share an understanding of how their business works
  • 2. A step-by-step, easy to follow process that coaches can take clients through that produces results they can see
  • 3. Genuine, tangible results with honest feedback and accountability. 

These limitations can make business coaching and any success a frustrating process. So, everything I do is centred around those core missing themes plus one other. You. 

Every business, its owner, what it does, how it does it and what it wants to achieve, is unique. So every experience on your success journey is your experience and not a copy and paste version of a product cast in stone.

Below are just some of the next steps you can take to move you forward and help you and your businesses succeed and get the business your hard work deserves.

Next Steps to Monetising, Growing and Marketing Your Business

I offer a total of 5 packages, (Please use the Contact Form for a no-pressure chat to see what would work for you and your situation) :

  • 1:1 Weekly Coaching (via Skype or Personal Visit)
  • 1:1 Bi-weekly Coaching (via Skype or Personal Visit)
  • 1:1 Monthly Coaching (via Skype or Personal Visit)
  • Mastermind Groups (Up 8 business in a mixed Group, Click Here for more details)
  • Group Coaching and Workshops

Just a few words from a few of my clients…

Dr Andy Cope
Best Selling Author and Happiness Expert at Art of Brilliance

What can I say? Marc has a set of skills that nobody in our team has. We’re not a bad lot, but business acumen, hunger to exceed customer expectations and the ability to shout about the good stuff we’re doing were somehow lacking.So we’re lucky that we are now tapping into his skills. We see Marc as a very rare talent and are working with him on all sorts of happiness, wellbeing and ‘brilliant’ projects. He has a lovely mix of technical skills, business nouse, drive, enthusiasm and (most crucially) he’s a thoroughly nice bloke who wants to make a difference

James Blacklaws
CEO of JB Commercial Finance

Marc has a unique style of business coaching. Rather than wear a cheap suit and hide behind a franchise, Marc wears a white t-shirt, swears a bit and tells you what he really believes, rather than what a ‘one size fits all’ model tells him to say. As well as being a client of Marc’s, I have recommended several local business people consider using his coaching. While some initially were concerned having been used to the ‘C&A suit brigade’ of business coaches they were quickly won over by the results they saw produced by Marc’s coaching. The bottom line spoke loudest.

Margot Clarke
Clarke Consultancy

Marc’s approach is very different to that of a “normal” business coach. Goodness, he doesn’t even dress the way you’d expect a business coach to dress. But that’s what’s so great about him. He’s his own man and is brave enough to do things his own way. And it works! He’s got me to step out of my comfort zone (with a lot of nagging on his part!) and do things that I would rather not do but am glad I’ve done. And the best thing is that he cares. He really believes in the people he works with and is always at the end of a phone if ever you need to talk. Having that support is invaluable when you’re a small business owner.

Beatriz Meireles
Owner, BEA Fitness

Yes, I would definitely recommend Marc and your are the best kept business secret!

Thank you so much Marc for your help and I love the ideas and challenges you put in place. You’re definitely helping to make things look and feel a lot easier to me business. Can’t wait for the next 12 months!

Paul Horne
Owner CoolGoldfish Designs

Marc offers the best advice around – and unlike many he won’t sugarcoat the pill! If you ask for his advice and want him to check out what you’re doing, then expect a very honest response. That said Marc will go out of his way to ensure you minimise mistakes and is a font of knowledge on what works and what doesn’t in business. He really is the Best Kept Business Secret!

Hannah Benyon

You share valuable lessons and tools alongside real life examples, whilst managing to keep the atmosphere of the room fun and energised throughout the day. I learnt the importance of developing strong alliances and partnerships, and how to reach new clients by understanding who they are and how to find them. You also gave specific advice to each of the attendees, offering each of us ideas on how to market ourselves differently, or offering new services, by helping us to think outside the box.