If you are interested in coaching, it is highly recommended that you enroll in a training program, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience coaching. However, when you search for a training program online, there are literally thousands to choose from, so how do you know which ones are actually legitimate and which ones you should stay away from? While most of them offer some kind of value to the person taking the course, there are only a few that you should concentrate on, because you want training that other coaches and potential clients will respect and appreciate. Here are four of the best training programs out there for life coaches.
So, you want to be a life or business coach? That’s a great goal to have and many people have amazing success at it. However, for everyone who is able to break into the industry, build a following and earn a decent living from their coaching, there are 15 who don’t make it. This isn’t to make you think about quitting, but you should know what the odds are before you begin. More importantly, you want to find out what sort of things make other coaches fail – pitfalls that they have already experienced and failed because of – because you can learn how to avoid those same pitfalls that way. Here are the top four reasons why life and business coaches fail, and how to avoid them.
If you are a life coach then the only thing that you really live for is seeing your clients succeed. There are so many benefits that come from one of your clients succeeding at the goal that they set for themselves. First, you’ll get joy from the fact that they have actually achieved what they were working towards with your help. This can be a big motivator in the future when you work with other clients.
So, you‘ve taken the giant leap forward to setting up your own coaching practice and while you are excited to start helping people realize their dreams, you are also pretty nervous too. In fact, you might be so nervous that you’re not even sure how you are going to meet with your first client. Suddenly, there are all these voices of doubt inside your head, telling you that you’re not good enough to be coaching anyone, that your advice sucks and that no one is actually going to pay for coaching with you, and if they do, they’re going to be disappointed.
When you are helping a client, it can be easy to go with a quick solution to a problem. For a person that is overweight and wants to diet, creating a menu for them and monitoring their progress might seem like the right way to help them. Someone who struggles with low self-esteem might be helped by counseling sessions and confidence builders. But sometimes, the problem is deeper than something that can be helped with an easy solution. Sometimes, you have to find the root cause if you want to help someone. So, how do you go about finding the root cause of someone’s behaviors in sporadic coaching sessions?
When someone wants to get into life coaching, one of the things that they often ask about is the type of training or certification that is available or required. While there is no regulatory committee that makes sure that life coaches all have a minimum amount of training and passing test scores like there is for doctors and psychiatrists, there are certifications that you can get and training programs that will not only give you some great tools to help you in your practice, but will also impress other coaches and some clients who are familiar with the organization, mentor or training program.
When it comes to life coaching, there are people all over the internet that claim to be professionals in this particular occupation. Because starting a life coaching practice costs less than other types of businesses, and because you don’t need a lot of training to begin, many people have jumped on the bandwagon of life coaching, partly because of the popular programs out there that have made it look easy. But how do you tell the professionals from the amateurs in the field? Here are five signs to look for that will give you a clue as to if a coach is a professional or not.
When it comes to coaching people, there are a lot of good qualities that many coaches exhibit. In fact, every coach out there has some good qualities that you could list about them, but if you talk to enough coaches and you get to know the people at the top of the industry, you will notice a pattern starting to emerge. You will see that the most successful coaches actually share some of the same attributes. Here are five qualities that the greatest coaches have. See if you can develop these same attributes so that you’ll be in that elite club of successful coaches who are making a difference with their practice.
If you stay in the coaching business long enough, you are eventually going to run into what industry professionals call “problem clients.” These are clients that are difficult to deal with for whatever reason, and they often have to be handled with kid gloves. The behavior itself varies, and can run the gamut from anger to inappropriate comments or touching. You need to develop a strategy for dealing with these problem clients and see if you can change their behavior, and if not, your strategy should include a plan for parting ways with them.
If you want to be an online coach, you are going to want to get as good as you can at your job before you start taking on clients. That means learning everything you can about coaching, developing a game plan for helping clients and being able to bounce back when someone isn’t working properly. It also means making mistakes. Making mistakes is a vital growing part of any new endeavor and while you can’t avoid all of them, there are four mistakes that you should avoid making as a new online coach, because it will kill your business before you even get started.