Effective coaching & mentoring helps individuals to set and achieve goals, improve focus & performance, and bring their best to the office. Whether you’re just starting out on your own, leading a small team, or the manager of a bigger organisation, getting the support you need to stay focused and move your agency forward is critical.
Many of my clients find that our monthly coaching sessions are tremendous for creating accountability - which is often lacking when you’re the boss! This means that they actually complete the activities that will move their agency forward, rather than getting bogged down working in the business instead of working on it.
How do I work with my clients?
Typically, I meet with clients for 2-4 hours per month for a set period of time (usually 6-12 months) to work on a specific project. This is a cost-effective way to get the support you need to move your business forward. However, if your budget is limited (or you’re overseas) then we can use an online platform. This is great because it lets us talk frequently for short periods. Additionally, it means I can help you with your business even if you’re not within a reasonable distance.
Coaching & mentoring is very effective if you’re:
- A solopreneur/small agency owner who wants a trusted advisor to guide them towards growing their agency
- An agency that wants to develop a practical, measurable plan to create sustainable and profitable growth
- An individual looking to upskill or overcome a professional challenge
When should I use a Coach?
When you want to move your agency forward. Maybe you have hit a brick wall and want some support to break through it.
Remember, a sportsman has a coach with him all the time to focus his game, perform at his peak and help him achieve his goals. The same is true in your agency and for you.
According to a recent report published by gov.uk, companies that seek external support are 94% more likely to successfully grow.
How does the coaching process work?
I typically work with clients on a monthly basis. Face to face - I usually meet once a month for 2-3 hours. Online clients can be once or twice a month for 1-2 hours.
This is enough time to do some meaningful work but not so much that it becomes intrusive on your 'day job'. You get a set of notes from me with clear actions that you need to complete before our next session. You also get access to all the relevant tools and templates that will help move the coaching process forward.
How Long Do I need A Coach For?
Good question and it varies from client to client. Some clients need a specific piece of work completing and want a coach/mentor to help drive that forward, so it could be just for 6 months. Some want a trusted advisor by their side so the intervention can be longer.
A minimum time you should commit to is 3-months. This will allow us to do some meaningful work together.
About Rob Da Costa
I have 30+ years of commercial business experience. After beginning my career by working in various blue chip companies, I took the leap In 1991 to start my own marketing, PR and design agency. Over the next 11 years, I grew the business into an award-winning agency with 25 staff and revenues in excess of £1.5m. In 2002, I sold the business and then retrained to become a coach and mentor. Since forming Da Costa Coaching in 2007, I have helped over 300 agencies to grow in a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable way.
Why Work with Rob?
Director, PR Academy
Sometimes you need to take time out in a structured way to think about your business. It is very easy to get sucked into the day to day running and not have enough thinking time. By working with Rob, not only did we have that time, but it was structured and focused. Rob introduced us to useful models and approaches and helped us to think about how to shape the business.
MD, The PPC Machine
I have been working with Rob since founding my business three years ago. I chose him thanks to a personal recommendation from a colleague who had worked with Rob and also because he had experience of running his own successful agency in the past. Rob's coaching has helped me gain clarity on how I want my business to develop and given me a clear sense of direction. I can also think of several occasions where Rob's advice has enabled me to win a client I would not otherwise have won and also to charge higher fees than I would otherwise have done. I genuinely believe my business would not be where it is today without Rob's input.
MD, SHED Research
As an established independent consultant, I was starting to get a seven-year itch. I wanted a clearer idea of where I was taking my business and I was struggling to articulate a vision for myself. That's when I came to Rob. He was invaluable. He made me consider my options and explore each in detail. It quickly became apparent which I was most passionate about. From there, he helped me clarify it in a meaningful way - so it would motivate my target market, and so it would be profitable. My new proposition has been a huge success and has led to fascinating new work with new clients. Rob has been a big part of making this happen.