If you’re thinking about becoming a life coach and making your dream of helping people improve their lives come true (while you work from home and set your own hours)…welcome!
Right now, if you’re like other promising coaching students we’ve met, you’ve got a big vision for what you want, and you’re excited (but maybe a bit nervous) to take that first step.
So we want to give you a quick checklist of the 10 essential things you need to become a life coach (and 5 that you don’t need) – you might be surprised!
Does this sound like you?
If you answered yes to some of the statements above – chances are you’re already helping people by listening and empathizing. You’re used to people coming to you for advice or support. But how do you turn that into a career that gives you satisfaction AND makes you money?
Below are the 10 attributes of a life coach. But don’t worry if you don’t have all of these right now, by the end of your Life Coach training they’ll be second nature to you.
#1 The desire to help people
While you can expect to make a good, or even great living from coaching, your primary motivation for choosing this path should be a desire to help people change their lives. Being a life coach can bring you great satisfaction, as your clients reach new understandings and experience personal and professional growth. But it also requires patience, understanding, flexibility, and humility. So anyone looking for an easy way to make money may find themselves frustrated, but those with a passion for helping will flourish!
Empathy means being able to pick up on verbal and non-verbal cues to understand the feelings and emotions of other people—and feel ‘with’ them. It’s one of the cornerstones of great coaches. Although some people are intuitively empathetic, it is a skill you can work on. Empathy will fuel your desire, as a coach, to help your clients towards a solution. And it helps us to keep our own judgments out of the mixture, because we can imagine ourselves ‘in their shoes.’
You’ll know if you have this kind of natural wisdom if people often come to you for advice, guidance, or maybe even to bounce ideas off you and get a second opinion. Coaching is a profession where your intuition becomes a career asset for you.
#4 Communication skills
The good news about the communication skills needed to be a successful coach is that they can be learned. And here’s an amazing bonus: everything you’ll learn in life coach training will benefit you in your life too. So your personal relationships will improve and everyone around you will benefit.
The core communication skills we’ll work on are: the ability to listen without interrupting or offering advice. This is one of the most valuable skills a coach can possess and surprisingly often one of the hardest to acquire. Second: the ability to ‘reflect’ back, or paraphrase what clients say. This helps them digest and understand a situation on a deeper level. Third: coaches know how to ask the right questions – solution-focused questions designed to shift your clients’ thinking.
Coaches are naturally curious about humans, human behavior and what makes a person tick. Their clients fascinate them and they are driven to discover the deeper reasons for their behavior. And on a personal level, successful coaches are always thirsty for learning and knowledge. They love reading and attending seminars and training programs that can help them improve their skills and knowledge.
As coaches we’re not aiming to be seen as an expert with all the answers. Our aim is to help our clients find the answers within themselves and move in the right direction. Our humility is often what makes people feel safe to open up and trust us.
As a coach you are helping to create a better life for your clients. But many of them will resist change, even though they have come to you looking for it and even when they know it is the right path! It’s our job to stay positive and encouraging, especially when clients are reluctant, hopeless, or feel like giving up.
#8 The ability to set boundaries
Successful coaches need to set boundaries for themselves and their clients with regard to punctuality, payment, cancellations, confidentiality and accountability. Setting and sticking to boundaries can be hard for many of us, so it’s something we’ll focus on in the training.
#9 A Growth Mindset
The best coaches are always stepping outside their comfort zone and growing (just as we expect our clients to do).
Being empathetic, a good listener, humble, curious, and all the other qualities we listed above is important. But to be able to harness those skills and make them work for other people, you need proven coaching strategies that get results.
When you learn from experts in the field, who’ve been helping people make change for decades, that’s exactly what you’ll get. And you’ll develop the confidence, professionalism and business skills you need to make this a success.
#1 A college degree
This is a common misconception that stops a lot of people stepping into a role they were made for. So let me state this clearly: You don’t need a college degree to become a coach. A college degree doesn’t make you empathetic, curious, positive, or know how to listen. You can get those skills from life – and the strategies to turn those skills into results for your clients from our training course. So you don’t have to have gone down the college route (although having a degree – or two – doesn’t hurt!)
#2 A fancy office
Since life coaching is all about making people feel comfortable, safe and supported, a fancy office is not necessarily the natural setting for it. In fact, many life coaches work out of their homes by turning one room into a warm, cozy place to receive clients, or work over the internet with clients from near and far. That’s one of the things that makes this a low-cost start-up that anyone can manage.
#3 A ton of spare time
You can train to become a life coach while still working in your regular job and then gradually build up your practice until you feel ready to go all in.
We’ve built a training program that works with your schedule, that you can go through at your own pace. All the training sessions are recorded – even the weekly live coaching calls.
#4 High-tech skills
If you’re worried that you’ll need to set up a website, grow a mailing list, write blogs, and open a Facebook group to attract clients, then let us put your mind to rest. You don’t need any of those things at the beginning because your first clients will almost certainly find you through word of mouth or by referral. And it’s much better for your clients that you invest time in your coaching abilities, rather than in fancy marketing.
#5 Previous coaching experience
Most people who become life coaches don’t have previous coaching experience, and haven’t worked in therapy. So the training is designed to give you all the information, tools and strategies you need, both to coach clients and to build a business.
By now you probably have a better idea if you’ve got what it takes to become a coach. But don’t forget that with some training, you can acquire all the skills you need.
Now all you need is to start believing in yourself…and to take the next small step to make this dream a reality.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards your new life…
A life where your work is meaningful, both to you and to the people whose lives you change.
And you can’t wait to start a career where you are in control of what you do and the hours you work.
Now, you could try to figure everything out on your own…
And learn through trial and error (at your client’s expense)…
But if you want to start earning money as a coach quickly, you’re better off investing in a program that will give you everything you need to get started.
If you have questions about how coach training – and succeeding as a professional coach – would fit in with your life, let’s have a chat on the phone.
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