For business advisors or coaches looking for new clients (and those considering hiring one), what characteristics or traits make for the right match?

There isn't a great platform that connects business advisors with entrepreneurs and - like a dating site - asks each side to answer some questions about their personalities, traits and interests to generate a good match between the client and the advisor. I am interested in building this platform but only if it helps make valuable connections between companies and advisors. Asking the right questions can (presumably) make better matches, so that's why I'm asking this community for their input in what questions we ought to ask. Getting the right advisor can make a huge difference in the success of a company. That's why a helpful matching platform can potentially help so many companies succeed.


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Michael T. Irvin

Answered 5 years ago

As you already discovered, there are as many different types of coaches as there are phases and level of entrepreneurship to be coached on. And within each categtory there are different styles of coaching. A website that housed the number of question required to automatically match the client with the right coach is difficult.
BUT most coaches have a Client Questionaire in their introductory baileywick. If you took the time to reach out to various business, new entrepreneur, expanding their business to the next level, professional developmentor of an established business, etc coaches to collect their specific client questionaire - you would be well on your way to answering your question. Each coach normally does an itemized list of the clients that they want to work with - in that initial and introductory questionaire.
That would be a direct action you can take right now.
Target the type of coaches you are interested in involving and request their client-attraction questionaire.

Answered 5 years ago

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