Do I need to be a business expert or have an MBA to be a business coach?

No, you don’t need to be a business expert or have an MBA to be a business coach. But you do need to have an understanding of the business world. The BCTA courses are designed to provide you with that foundational level of business knowledge, in addition to the business coaching techniques and tools. BCTA students come from all walks of life – some from business but most from other fields. The online self-paced portion of the BCTA courses are designed to equip you with the information, terminology and understanding that you’ll need to start your business coaching journey.

It’s important to make a distinction between a Business Consultant and a Business Coach. Consultants are typically hired for their expertise in a specific area, and are expected to troubleshoot and solve specific problems using their extensive knowledge and deep expertise. They provide expert advice and direction, and respond to challenging questions or situations.

As a Business Coach, you job is not to provide solutions for your clients’ challenges. To be an effective Business Coach, you don’t need answers. You need the right questions.

By asking the right questions, you help your clients find the best answer for themselves and their businesses. Most critically, this requires that you understand the general business environment and appreciate the typical challenges and situations facing business of that size. The foundation for masterful business coaching has several necessary components:

  • Establishing credibility and quickly developing a professional relationship based on mutual respect and trust
  • Listening carefully to your clients and understanding their goals, dreams and needs
  • Employing proven communication and coaching skills and techniques to convey understanding and support while asking powerful open-ended questions
  • Knowing enough about the general business environment and terminology for your questions to be appropriate, relevant and thought-provoking.
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