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Wendy Buckingham / Creator, Life Coaching Professionally
Congratulations. The path to becoming a life coach can be a wonderful and rewarding journey. Read on for lots of independent information to help you on your way.
In pure life coaching, that is coaching that does not give advice and is not combined with another skill such as mentoring or consulting, the life coach uses careful questioning and feedback to guide a willing client to identify and achieve their goals and outcomes.
However, many coaches often combine their coaching with other self-help skills they are qualified to deliver in order to better service their clients..
The coach will also help the client identify and break through any obstacles or "stuff"
that is getting in the way of the path to their achieving their goals and outcomes.
I've also put together a
Checklist of Coaching Skills and Aptitudes
for you to see what else is involved in becoming a professional life coach.
And you will find The History of Life Coaching as a modern concept something worth knowing.
You can read lots more about what a life coach does and how it differs from other similar professions such as therapy and mentoring .
And being familiar with the International Coach Federation (ICF) code of ethics is also recommended.
To get started on the path to becoming a life coach, I can't emphasise enough that it is a "must" to have some specific training even if you have other qualifications.
A life coaching specific training will help you get some credible coaching qualifications and help you serve your clients even better, even if coaching simply adds to those qualifications you already have in a related discipline.
When considering any training, I recommend you review my page with 10 Questions To Find The Right Life Coaching Training For You to ask before enrolling.
And once you have finished your coach training, you might consider investing in some Coaching Supervision or Mentoring to hold your hand through those early days and beyond.
A trained mentor or supervisor can help you set up your practice, advance your skills and keep you on track with the integrity of your coaching.
For more support and to further your career, you should consider joining an independent Life Coaching Association (that is one not attached to or promoting a particular training school) and offers recognised credentialing for coaches and accreditation for trainings.
You'll find some clients really insist on face-to-face coaching whilst others are happy to be coached by telephone or online using Skype or a similar platform. The more ways you can deliver your coaching, the broader your potential client base can be.
In the section that discusses the ways you can deliver your coaching we look at the pros and cons of coaching face-to-face, by telephone or online, with lots of useful information to help you decide the best ways for you.
As you will discover, there are many different types of coaching environments and opportunities for to explore. You can read about them in Life Coaching Jobs and Opportunities.
Your choice of who and where you would like to coach may be based on not only your preference but on the background and experience you bring to to the profession.
You can learn about starting a life coaching business, choosing and marketing your coaching speciality, and explore what is involved in personal coaching, finding jobs as an executive coach, and how to become a small business coach
Meantime, I highly recommend the book by Cheryl Richardson, Take Time for Your Life: A Personal Coach's 7-Step Program for Creating the Life You Want.
It is written as a self-help book so you might enjoy and benefit from doing some of the processes yourself as well as getting a handle on the essence of the many ways you can help your clients after you do become a life coach.
If you are serious about becoming a life coach then joining one of the independent life coaching associations is a great way to become part of the coaching community. Being a member of an association will also offer you many benefits to help you on your way. You can read more on why you should consider joining a life coaching association and a list of organisations to check out to find the best one for you here.
Many coaches have had interesting and valuable experiences in their coaching journey. I'd love you to share yours.
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