Most of the major well-known companies that offer business coaching only offer group programs with large numbers of participants. Often a standard program is offered and only limited attention is paid to your unique situation / request, as long as it fits in the program.
Other companies mainly use well-known coaches as the face of the company, but your actual guidance is done by other business coaches. For example, you could experience a click with the “spokesperson”, but then the question is whether that same click is experienced with the accompanying coach or coaches.
In that case, request an intake interview to experience whether there is a click with the coach or coaches and whether they have the knowledge and skills that suit your situation.
Do you want your coaching: 1-on-1, with different coaches, or do you prefer a group?
The advantage of a large group of entrepreneurs is that many people are in the same boat -at least, that is what they belief- and it can be very nice to strengthen each other in the feeling that you understand and help each other. In addition, you will receive many ideas / advice and you will hear how others would approach your question.
How effective is group coaching, where you get advice from fellow peers?
A disadvantage of group coaching is that your interaction with the coach is restricted, because he has to divide his attention. This limits you in the progression around your situation / question.
In addition, the result of a group setting is that people are acknowledged in their unpleasant situation. The affirmative group session does not help you to solve your question, independently. It’s just recognition. Well-intentioned advice is often given by fellow peers, but the chance that it matches your question an underlying question is very small and therefore probably remains unanswered.
So check whether you think personal attention is important?
The smaller the group, the more attention there is for you and your company. If you are coached 1-on-1, you naturally have the full attention of your coach.
From a financial point of view, 1-on-1 coaching does not have to be more expensive than coaching in a group setting. This is because the differences in asking price between the options offered and different providers are large.
What is the best fit for you and the investment you are willing to make?