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Wendy Buckingham / Creator, Life Coaching Professionally
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This blog assists new and established coaches and those wanting to embrace life coaching as a career with independent information, coaching tips and practice growing strategies.
But losing weight can be one of the hardest goals to achieve. There are so many insidious challenges your clients can face that get in the way.
To make weight loss goals easier to achieve I’ve put together six little used tips specifically to support goals to lose weight. They will help you coach your clients to have the result they are looking for and you to have some weight loss success stories to brag about.
And this is far more likely to happen when you are new to coaching and eagerly take on all comers.
The solution as I now see it is not to descend into self-reproach and feelings of inadequacy (I’ve been there) but to end the coaching relationship elegantly and put it down to an experience to learn from.
So how do you literally fire a client so there is no, or a minimum, of hard feeling. Not all will go quietly, so you need to be kind, yet firm. This will help you get it right.
What I want to know, and I think other people who check out your profile want to know, is how do you relate to me in a coaching context so I get really frustrated when the space where you can post an intro is blank.
So do take the time and effort to fill this intro in with a few words about what you do professionally and a a link either to your website, blog, LinkedIn, or your Facebook business page and don't miss out on this important marketing opportunity.You can see how I have done it on my personal FB page.
Time to learn how to say NO and still keep relationships intact. It can be challenging at first but with intention and practice it will pay off towards being more in control of what you agree to.
Lots more tips on how to refuse a request elegantly
Given that live presentations may not be possible for the time being because of CV19, I’ve added a section about presenting using an online platform to my article on attracting clients through speaking engagements.
You'll find all the low down to support you to feel confident about presenting whether you have a face to face or online audience and even tips on overcoming any fears about public speaking.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Next Tuesday May 5, I will be delivering a free webinar titled Five Mistakes That Can Stop You Achieving Your Goals And How to Avoid Them". I was thrilled to be invited to do this by the UK based International Authority of Professional Coaches and Mentors (IAPCM) I’d love for you to be there and get these invaluable tips to help you and your clients achieve their goals. .
If you can't make it, it will be available as a recording to all who register. Do come along. You can find out more and register here:
It can be a challenge if you’ve only ever coached face to face but once you appreciate the advantages for both you and your clients it will help you make the transition easier.
In my latest article on becoming an online life coach, I discuss the benefits of phone and online coaching (which I’ve done for years), coaching tips, mastering the technology and looking and sounding good on line.
I’m ashamed to say this blog, comes for my own discovery that on one of the pages on Life Coaching Professionally four of the links weren’t working at all or going to the wrong place. Not a good look!
So I do thoroughly recommend to all your website and blog owners out there, please check your links regularly to make sure they are working and linking to where you want them to. Then you don’t run the risk of annoying and possibly losing prospective coaching clients who visit you online.
It’s easy to do, just bookmark the free Broken Link Check https://www.brokenlinkcheck.com
In my page on setting your life coaching fees I discuss these challenges around getting it right about what to charge, including the danger of discounting, the pros and cons of publishing your fees and whether or not there is a benefit in giving free sessions.
It’s a jungle out there I know and finding one that is legitimate, credible and will stand you in good stead in a coaching career can be really challenging.
This article will help you research to find the best training and certification for your needs, including 10 vital questions to ask before you enrol and part with your money
This article will help you steer safely through the minefield of finding the right life coach marketing plan for you. You'll also learn six powerful questions to ask before commit and part with your money.
These simple 12 no cost or low cost ideas will raise your profile and attract those ideal clients you are seeking.
Pick out one or two or even three that resonate with you and go for it!
These networking tips and tricks on what to do and, more importantly, what not to do.
Learn how to build your confidence, overcome networking anxiety and get it right whether you are meeting people in person or through social media networking.
My latest article is on simple and affordable ways to protect yourself from litigation and plagiarism and get those important life coaching agreements watertight.
Everything from contracts and refund policies to disclaimers and website course content copyright protection.
A sound investment in peace of mind
In this article I guide you through what you need to know and lots of tip that will give you the edge when applying for small business to corporate contracted or in-house coaching positions.
Your qualifications, experience, resume and how you present yourself make all the difference to your chances of being successful.
But not all invitations should be accepted - some will just be a wast of your time and energy. Here's all the information you need and loads of tips on how to sort out when and when not to accept those invitations.
Here’s what you need to know about choosing your coaching niche, or not, and how, whichever path you take, to get your message across in an engaging way to attract clients.
I'm a great fan of the coaching tools offered by the Coaching Tools Company - Welcome Packs, Business Packs, Career packs, Social Media pack to name just a few.
They are professional, All brandable to your own coaching business and will save you heaps of time.
But, of course, there are tips and traps to take into account so your partnership doesn’t end in tears. This might help you make the right choices when teaming up with another practitioner.
They will be there to hold your hand, at least through those first client session, or to give you advice on building your business.
But how do you decide whether it's a supervisor or mentor you want. And how do you choose one that is a good match? This will help you ask the right questions and find someone who you are compatible with.
Normally it is $197 but with a $50 discount to $147 this 31 piece kit is a great opportunity to take advantage of the saving if you have clients that are either in Small Business or would like to own their own business.
The Small Business Tool Kit has no fewer that 31 templates for you to choose from, adapt and brand for your own coaching business.
There are so many insidious challenges your clients can face that get in the way.
These six, tips specifically to support goals to lose weight will help you coach your clients to have the result they are looking for.
This is because so many coaches are stuck in the belief that they need to do everything involved in building their coaching business themselves from marketing to administration and also take responsibility for everything else that their personal life demands.
Read how much easier life will be if you learn to delegate those tasks you don't really need to do yourself.
It’s a great tool for helping your clients achieve their goals.
It can also be one of the most confusing and misunderstood processes.
My blog post simplifies and explains this with some examples. I hope you find it useful and would love to hear your thoughts.
Goals are not set in stone, they can be fluid and flexible and their success depends on so many factors.
These case studies from my coaching demonstrate this and might give you some good distinctions when working with your clients around their the goals and outcomes they want to achieve.
You’ll be part of a community and also have membership benefits that could really be useful to your careers.
I’ve just updated my very out of date page on why you should belong to one and added some more of the coaching associations you can check out before you join.
I’ve just updated the resources page on my website Life Coaching Professionally and you’l find lots there to help you with your coaching and growing your practice, much of it free
Despite your initial confidence that they were a good match, these clients turn out to be uncoachable (at least by you at this time). You come to dread session time with them and your confidence suffers.
There can be many reasons for the coaching not working but the problem is you don’t know how to stop working with them cleanly and elegantly.
So let's look at some of the reasons you may want to fire a client and how to do it and a couple of my own experiences.
This article has come about because of the sad tales I hear from coaches, who realise too late that they have spent a fortune on engaging a “coach marketing strategist” to teach them how to get coaching clients. But they are not getting the results they have been promised.