I was planning to write an article about coaches choosing a special niche this week and then I received a phone call introducing me to an area that I would never have thought of.
Military officers and personnel who are returning back to civvy street and who want to go into business management.
I turned down the chance to advertise in the Ministry Of Defence journal (which was the point of the telephone call) but I am intrigued about about the idea.
I said No because I have become more choosy about who I will work with and I have a few concerns about crossing the cultural divide between the military and profit seeking businesses.
I think I would have said Yes if I had coached one or two ex-army, navy or air force officers in the past and it had gone well.
While the ex-military person has to make the adjustment, I think it helps if the coach is familiar with the journey and not just the destination.
Do you think I'm being silly?
Would you trust a parent coach who isn't a parent?
A divorce coach who has never been divorced?
So why trust a business coach for military resettlement when the coach has never been near the military?
But I am happy to give it a try for one of two ex-military personnel who need help to resettle into business management.
And I am so intrigued by the challenge and my admiration for the job the military do, that I'm happy to discount my normal rates if anyone is prepared to take a risk on me.
I should make it clear that my coaching is only suitable for UK based people thinking about starting a business, buying an existing business (preferred), or becoming a senior manager in a business with commercial responsibilities.
As you can see, no hard sell, hype or excessive promises - but I am prepared to invest my time and effort into satisfying my curiosity to help ex-military personnel resettle into business management.
Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule a time to chat.