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Want to become a Life Coach? Here’s What You Need to Know

Want to become a Life Coach? Here’s What You Need to Know

Let me confess.

Back when I started my training as a coach, I had no clue how I was going to "make" it. Truth be told, I was very unclear about what I would be able to achieve.

I knew I wanted to make a difference and help people but when it came to how to make a living and run a business as a coach, things were as clear as mud.

Hundreds of coaching hours, tons of coaching sessions and many, many clients later, I was finally able to grasp what it takes to become a successful coach and run a successful coaching business.

I achieved this through the use of 3 key principles that I learned in my coach training:

1. Invest in my coaching education (you can either educate yourself and get ahead of the curve, rather than taking the slow, trial and error approach)

2. Learned to say yes and work out how (rather than waiting for the "perfect" moment to happen, because guess what? It never does!) 

3. Associate with people who are already ahead of me (this saved me a huge amount of time and effort, I could just tap into their expertise which they spent years accumulating and get faster results)

Because you're reading this, I am curious...

Are you someone who wants to listen to others and feels the urge to help them?

Maybe you deeply care about others...

And perhaps you too wish to make a positive difference in your own life as well as of those around you...

If you said yes, then life coaching might be the right career pathway for you.

Find out more by reading the full blog post here: http://www.thecoachinginstitute.com.au/blog/10-qualities-coach

Read on to find out what you need to know about being a life coach.

What Role Does a Life Coach Play

A life coach's job is to help their clients overcome fear and self-doubt. They help clients set meaningful goals so they can create a life on their terms. 

The ultimate goal for you, as a life coach, is to help your client get from where they are to where they need to be. 

The key difference here is that a life coach can help the client get from where they are to where they want to be much more rapidly. 

A coach:

  •      is open to change
  •      is ready to listen to the client – not just that, but also genuinely curious
  • wants to constantly improve and use all the resources available
  • ready to take risks and stretch outside the comfort zone
  • cares about others

A Typical Coaching Session

There are no "typical" coaching sessions, because it is up to you and your client to create a positive and conducive atmosphere to growth; one that allows you to help the client to achieve what they need to so that they can move forward, and the two of you can constantly learn and grow.

You can have your coaching session in a number of places, whether it be your client’s house, within an office or even a cafe space. A session can also take place online. Remember your client is letting out information about themselves; make sure they feel that they are in a safe environment.

Within a session, a life coach may take a number of roles in order to better suit their client’s needs. Some of these roles include being the Facilitator who helps the client with their goals in a straightforward way allowing them to make their own decisions, or perhaps the Inspirer who helps the client stay on course.

How Life Coaches Coach

According to Joe Pane, Senior Coach & Head Trainer at TCI, coaching is not about solving problems; it is about changing the thinking that creates problems in the first place.

Life coaching is different from therapy; as a coach, you focus on what can be improved, what can change and how to achieve goals. Rather than focussing on problems, you offer your client a way to create a solution for the future.

Coaches get clients to make realistic, beneficial goals that could be achieved within the next 12 months or the next 5 years, it doesn’t matter, and work with them towards achieving those goals. They structure, with the client, their ideal future and then encourage to reach that ideal, and to overcome any obstacles.

When coaching your client, the first step is to get them to be self-aware of their situation and the barriers to their thinking. You are there to help them overcome this and create new resources to help them through situations.

What Successful Coaches Bring to their Coaching Sessions

Flexibility

Your clients will be different from each other and thus adapting your techniques will help you serve your client in the best way possible. Everyone sees things differently; try seeing things from their perspective and offer help in a way that they can understand.

Participation

Instead of telling your client what they did wrong or what they need to do, you can ask how they feel or how they would like to set as their goals. This allows them to develop self-awareness and skills needed to make decisions. Also allowing them to openly express how they feel may strengthen the relationship between the two of you.

Care

An effective coach cares about their clients and wants them to succeed by empathising with them.

Be patient but also firm

Allow your client to grow and learn but also make sure they stick to the plan that they have outlined for themselves so that they are on track. You want your client to feel comfortable during your sessions but also you want them to progress.

Remember that you can never know it all

Be open to learning right alongside your client so you can both improve. Also be open to always learning new ways to coach so that you can adapt to new situations and clients.

See things from different perspectives

No one thinks in the exact same way, which means no one will have the exact same goals and solutions. You and your client need to work together to come up for what is best for your client. Listen to their opinions on the sessions and how their progress is going.

Help your client reach their potential

Assist them in becoming the action initiator in their environment rather than the reactor to their environment. Assist them in building the courage to take control of their decisions and lives. 

Understand there is no failure

Be open to feedback and criticism. When making a mistake, learn from it and use it as a positive rather than focussing on the negative. Successful coaches trust that there is no failure, only feedback - as you adopt that perception, you will become more open and free to new experiences.

Take responsibility

Take 100% responsibility for the results you get, whether are good or bad. Don’t blame others or use excuses. You are in control of you.

Be curious

Always seek to learn and embrace uncertainty. Coaches and clients benefit from venturing into the unknown in order to create the ideal for the both of them. Allow the client to see your willingness to embrace uncertainty. The two of you need to be ready to go outside of your usual status quo in order be open to all solutions, and whilst in this state your client can create new ways of solving their problems.

What You Need to Become a Successful Life Coach

There are no specific degrees for being a life coach as of yet, so you do not need a masters or a PhD. Most Life Coaching institutes would require you to study social skills, how to communicate to others and to undertake a program that furthers these skills. Social work, teaching, counselling and business consulting can all help you develop the skills you may need for becoming a Life Coach.

The Coaching Institute offers four core coaching programs that have recognition under the International Coach Guild.

Learn more about Credentialed Practitioner of Coaching here.

Learn more about Advanced Practitioner of Coaching here.

Learn more about Master Practitioner of Coaching here.

Learn more about Accredited Professional Coach here.

Your Turn!

If you feel this is for you, explore your options by getting in touch with the WOW team at 1800 094 927. When you call in, you will get an opportunity to speak with real-life coaches who are making a difference in the lives of others right now and get your questions answered around coaching and creating a life on your terms.

Strive to reach for more, and to always be open to new experiences. Life is about giving to others, and as a coach you will always be helping your clients to become the best version of themselves whilst you to learn the best version of yourselves.

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