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Are you wondering if you have what it takes to become a successful business coach? While many people aspire to become business coaches, the truth is not everyone has the right skills and character required to be a successful business coach. Perhaps you’re now wondering what skills and traits the most successful business coaches possess? In this article, we’ll be discussing what it takes to become a business coach, including the skills, experience and personalities that make the best business coaches. We also talk about the types of questions you can expect to answer when you take our business coaching test (which takes less than 5 minutes).


You Are a Good Listener

When it comes to business coaching, being a good listener is very important. However, it’s not just listening and nodding your head as your client speaks. As a business coach, you need to be able to listen with genuine focus and intent, leaving behind all of your own opinions and judgement. You also need to be able to listen to more than just the words, and be able to pick up on the emotion and non-verbal cues of your clients. Oftentimes, a persons’ body language is a more truthful reflection of how they’re feeling, even if their words are saying something different.


You Are Not Afraid to Challenge People

The role of a business coach is to not only help their clients, but likewise constructively challenge them. It’s important you’re not afraid to ‘rock the boat’ a little bit, while of course always remaining respectful and never challenging clients just for the sake of it. If you never challenge your clients during your sessions, what you’re essentially doing each time you meet is having a friendly chat about business, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not going to enact change and get your clients the results they’ve come to you to achieve.


You Enjoy Helping People

If you enjoy helping people and watching people succeed in business and life, chances are you’ll make a great business coach. Business coaching is all about connecting and working together with your clients. It’s what you’ll be doing day in and day out. If you don’t enjoy working with people, whether it be over the phone or face-to-face, business coaching may not be the role for you. 


You Have a Track Record of Success

While you don’t need experience in coaching to become a business coach, it is important you have a track record of success. This success can be from management experience in various jobs you have held or maybe you are busy running your own successful business. The skills you have learnt and developed throughout your career will not only make you a better and more successful business coach, but they will likewise make the transition from your previous job to becoming a business coach much smoother and stress-free. It will also add to your credibility as a business coach.


You Are Good at Planning and Time Management

 Business coaches need to be excellent time-keepers. They also need to be extremely good at planning and organising. These skills are important as a business coach not just for keeping clients in check, but for also planning the sessions and make sure they stay on time.


You Have Leadership Experience 

Business coaches are leaders, so leadership experience or natural leadership skills are a must. Whether that’s inspiring contacts to sign up as clients or motivating current clients to take their business to the next level, business coaches are responsible for leading their clients, network and community.


Questions You Can Expect to Answer in ActionCOACH’s Business Coach Test

When taking our business coach test, you’ll be answering 27 questions (but don’t worry, it takes less than 5 minutes to complete). You’ll answer each question by selecting either very low, low, moderate, high, very high. Some example questions you’ll answer in the business coach test include:


  • I enjoy helping people
  • I would rate my marketing experience as
  • My desire for success is
  • I would rate my ability as a change agent as
  • I enjoy learning about life, business and success
  • I am decisive and action-oriented
  • I am ready for change and my own business


Ready to find out if you have what it takes to become a successful business coach? Take the business coach test here. The best part is you’ll receive your results immediately!



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