If you are in the spotlight as the lead visionary of your company and want more ROI from your management style, investing in a communication coach might be your best next move.
Through targeted exercises and personalized feedback, a coach can help executives improve their communication skills resulting in positive wins for their company.
Outcomes include being able to clearly articulate your ideas, effectively engaging with stakeholders, and being better equipped to lead your constituents in the implementation of your long-term strategies.
But what should you look for when seeking your first communication coach?
I want to give you a tool box of things to consider when looking for a coach. A coach’s ultimate mission should be to help you establish your voice and focus your messaging so your organization can increase its impact.
Deciding to invest in a coach is not a light decision so I want to share the 5 ways your coach should support you in your journey to improving your communication skills.
Help you Increase Your Confidence Level
When you are equipped with strategies specifically designed to help you attain new levels of mastery, your confidence naturally increases.
Conferences can be inspiring but their one-size-fits all approach can leave you lacking the solutions that address the nuances of your situation. The coach that will meet your needs will be the one who is the best listener; who takes the time to understand you and then patiently works with you to discover the best way forward. This approach helps you develop an unshakeable confidence leading to an increased impact when you communicate.
Give you Continual Reinforcement
A good coach reinforces what you already know while presenting that information in a way that resonates with YOU. A coach who thinks outside of the box will get you to your goal faster by providing you with strategies built on a proven foundation. The greatest value in this journey toward self-improvement is having the ongoing support of someone who knows where you want to be, what you can achieve, and won’t give up on you; helping you meet and exceed your own expectations.
Provide you consistent Accountability
Many C-suite executives have said that being at the top of their industry can be quite lonely. When the buck always stops with you, leaders often wonder who they can trust to keep THEM accountable to their own goals. For executives who might not feel comfortable sharing their struggles with their colleagues a trusted coach can serve in this role. Having an outside ear to listen and then more importantly be consistent with following up on communication goals can be a massive win for you.
Coaches not only provide strategies to give you fresh momentum but they will provide accountability to be sure you meet every milestone. Speaking in front of an audience takes courage and you can build that confidence by taking consistent small steps with your coach.
Help you identify your blind spots
One of the signs of greatness is an embrace of the fact that you have so much more to learn. A coach’s role is to help you uncover some of your blind spots in your journey so you can achieve the breakthroughs you are looking for.
Blind spots are often due to our unconscious biases and the ease that comes with doing things the way we’ve always done them in the past. While this might feel comfortable, your blind spots might be the greatest barrier to the goals you want to achieve. Getting another pair of eyes and ears on your speech delivery can be the game changer you’ve been looking for.
Help you find direction
When you are the lead visionary for your company there are countless new and exciting opportunities that are viable for you to pursue. The same is true when you are given an opportunity to speak. When you can tell your story from a variety of captivating perspectives and have a plethora of helpful topics for your audience, a coach can help you navigate through the noise and give you clarity as to which direction is right for the opportunity at hand.
As a CEO, having excellent communication skills is essential and Investing in a coach is only as valuable as the outcomes that result from the relationship.
The outcomes of improving your communication skills are
- Increased ability to build relationships and foster collaboration
- Ability to accurately communicate decisions to teams
- Avoid unnecessary misunderstanding
- Increased motivation and commitment from team leaders
- Ability to Effectively resolve conflicts
- Increase in overall company productivity
By engaging in regular one-on-one sessions, your coach can help you identify the weaknesses in your current approach and then work with you to develop actionable strategies for improvement going forward.
If you want to level up your leadership skills, improving how you communicate is a must. Send me a message for a free consultation to see if my coaching is right for you.
Dan Ram ignites the stage as an in-person event and virtual event MC/ Moderator & Speaker at over 100 events a year. He has shared the stage with international luminaries including President Barack Obama, Sir Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman, Nico Rosberg, and Grammy-winning artists and celebrities. He has also been recognized as a Top 40 under 40 leader 2020 as well as a Top 100 Yale Alumni in Technology 2021. He has dedicated 2023 to providing resources and coaching 500 international dreamers who are dedicated to launching new initiatives. His passion is to inspire people with his motto ‘Start Now Start Simple’ in building a future we all want to live in. If you you are launching something new this year join #The500Club to receive resources and coaching from Dan!