Get A Coach

Posted: Jan 3, 2011 by in Blog

The conversation went something like this, “You should find a consultant in Nashville since you’re based in Nashville. That way you can met with him/her easily and have a local connection”. That advice from my friend wasn’t crazy, but it seemed limiting to me in the age of Skype, email, web 2.0 and all the other great communication tools I may be forgetting to remember. So I cast a nationwide net – looking for someone to help me with strategic planning, marketing and social media. After a month of planning and interviewing I decided to work with Jessica Levin of Seven Degrees Communications. Jessica’s based in New Jersey, and the distance between her and Nashville hasn’t been a detriment in any way. In fact, the distance has enabled her to help me learn Web 2.0 communication skills I need, since our coaching sessions utilize skype, facebook messaging, twitter, email and more. I’ll now say that I’m going to a ‘meeting’ even if it’s a virtual meeting.

Now, to get to the point about coaching. I love having someone to answer to, someone to help me set goals, hold me accountable, help me see the big picture and most importantly – force me to continue to step outside my comfort zone. At times it’s stressful because it’s easy to stay stuck in my old way of doing things. But when I work through the stress and do the assignments I’m given, I always feel a great sense of joy and purpose. Bottom line counts too, and I’m seeing real results in my business.

As a musical team building facilitator, I often take my clients out of their comfort zone. As we begin our programs, we see the furtive glances of participants looking for the nearest exit! And a few hours later, we take pride in the change we’ve witnessed, all of us – leaders and participants. Enthusiasm levels run at about 110%.

Effective team building or coaching are catalysts for change and change is inherently hard. I urge you to consider what, or who, will be your change agent in 2011. If you’d like suggestions, whether for marketing & social media help, C-suite coaching or team building, I’m happy to share resources, so please get in touch.

Push yourself to learn something new and to reach, you’ll be glad you did.

Billy Kirsch

3 Responses to “Get A Coach”

  1. Jessica Levin

    Thanks Billy. It has been great working with you. I, as a coach, have worked with one myself. Coaches are different from mentors. I think everyone should have both. A mentor is your friend, someone that guides you, but might be less objective. They support you. A coach pushes you. Challenges you. Holds you accountable. Business coaches are just like football coaches (although most don’t yell at you).

    As for the virtual world, Skype makes the world so much smaller. However, as we all know those face-to-face meetings, if possible, can really push a relationship along.

    I look forward to working with you and helping you continue in your success.

    • kidbilly

      Yes, it’s good to differentiate between a mentor and a coach. It’s great to have both.