01 Aug Creating Community
How Friends and Colleagues are Essential in a Coaching Career
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
As coaches, we depend heavily on a community of like-minded individuals to support, listen, empower, and inform us – not to mention refer new clients and provide mutually beneficial marketing opportunities.
“One of the best ways to enhance your business is by forming relationships with your peers, says Forbes magazine, “the more people you know, the more collective wisdom, experience, resources, and information you can access…” https://www.forbes.com/sites/thebigenoughcompany/2012/02/22/5-friends-every-entrepreneur-should-have-and-why/#64364cfd37e8
As coaches, we do a lot of work solo – visiting workplaces to empower teams, leading one-on-one sessions, and then prepping for whatever’s next – usually all this happens by ourselves. And that’s why it’s so important to connect with others.
For coaches, community provides:
- The support system to get through challenge
- A rewarding referral network
- Real friends who understand what you do
- Empowerment and continuing education
Whether you join an online group, start a support network, begin regularly attending conferences, or sign up for gatherings like Leadership Evolves – you’ll be investing in your success as a person and a professional.
“By surrounding yourself with others working toward a similar goal or objective, you’ll get motivation, support, and friendly competition to push yourself just a bit further than you would have done on your own,” says writer Jen Waak. http://tinybuddha.com/blog/6-reasons-we-need-each-other-the-power-of-community/
Community gives you that extra nudge in the right direction. And it also does something more. It provides you those close friendships that everyone needs to thrive. When working alone, it’s almost impossible to truly succeed professionally without the emotional support and encouragement of friends.
“Buddies are people you can ask anything and say anything to… you need lots of these folks,” says Forbes magazine, “some you will see every once in a while, but others may end up playing a very significant role in your experience.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/thebigenoughcompany/2012/02/22/5-friends-every-entrepreneur-should-have-and-why/#35dbbdee37e8
Consider joining or creating a community as an integral part of your business success. By surrounding yourself with wise, friendly, successful, hard-working people – you are more likely to reach your personal potential.