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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.

How To Have Success With Weight Loss Goals

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This tip is about weight loss goals. Often when clients are deciding on their big career or business goals for a coaching session they slip in "and I could do with losing some weight".And if your coaching niche is health and fitness, then this scenario is almost a given.

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.

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Do You Know How To Fire a Client?

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Has this happened to you? However carefully you check out a prospective client, however skilled a coach you are, things don’t work out. Either they turn out to be uncoachable (at least by you), needing therapy rather than coaching, or some other reason that makes them a poor match. You come to dread sessions with them because they drain your energy and your confidence.

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.

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How To Use Your Personal FB Profile As A Marketing Tool

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What do prospective clients see when the click on your FB profile? Is it a lot of irrelevant chat about you, your partner, your kids and their pet and/or what might inspire.

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.

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Do you know how to say “NO” graciously

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Do you know how to refuse a request? Of course you do. NO is a simple word. But do you have trouble saying NO to the numerous requests that come your way and take your time away from those things and goals you really want to focus on?

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

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Are You Thinking About Presenting Online

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I’ve always found one of the best ways to attract committed clients is to deliver a lively informational and motivational presentation around your coaching specialty.

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.

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Free Training - Five Things That Will Stop You Getting Your Goals And How To Avoid Them

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:

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How Are You Going With Becoming and Online Life Coach?

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The Corona Virus has made many coaches, who haven’t done so before, transition to using phone or online platforms to remotely coach their clients.

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.

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Website Problems To Know And Avoid

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

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Solving The Life Coaching Fees Dilemma

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One of the most frequently asked questions by new coaches is “How do I know what to charge?” and “Should I start coaching for free?

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.

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Finding Your Way Through the Life Coach Training Jungle

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If you are an aspiring life coach chances are you are confused by the number of trainings and certification courses on offer and how to make the best choice?

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

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Find The Best Marketing Path For YOU!

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It seems a coach only has to murmur  “I need some help to get coaching clients" and they are inundated with offers of  help – at a price from numerous “experts”. However, one size doesn’t fit all when it come to promoting yourself.

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.

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12 Proven Simple Marketing Ideas for Life Coaches

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Marketing their skills is often the Achilles Heel of coaches. They love and are good at what they do, but are stuck on how best to turn that into a profitable business.

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!

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How To Network Effectively - Do's And Don'ts

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Networking, whether face to face or online, is a great way to raise your profile, make great connections and attract coaching clients.

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.

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Getting The Legal Agreements Right For Your Coaching Business

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It’s so important for your coaching business to have the right legal protections in place.

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

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Finding Life Coaching Jobs That Are Right For You!

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Finding Life Coaching Jobs and opportunities that really fit your skills can be a challenge.

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.

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How To Make A Success Of Guest Blogging And Avoid The Traps

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Whoopee! Somebody has asked you to be a a guest writer on their blog or to add a comment. How good is that for raising your profile and getting al link to your site!

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.

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Solving The Coaching Niche Dilemma

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To niche or not to niche and how narrow should your niche be? It’s a question that is often polarised in conversations about marketing and building your coaching business.

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.

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Check Out This Huge Sale of Fabulous Coaching Tools

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It's last day of a fabulous sale of really useful coaching tools so do check them out.

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.

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Strategic Alliances Can Grow Your Coaching Business

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Forming alliances with other professionals can be hugely beneficial in growing your coaching business.

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.

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All About Coaching Supervision and Mentoring

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When your initial coach training is complete and you have that certificate in your hot little hand, it’s a good idea to take on a coach mentor or supervisor.

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.

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Check Out This Great Toolkit For Small Business Coaches

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If you are, or looking to become a small business coach there is a fantastic November only offer, I have checked out and can really recommend.

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.

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Six Tips To Help Your Clients With Weight Loss Goals

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As a life coach, weight loss success stories are often very challenging to achieve.

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.

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The Importance of Learning to Delegate

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My latest blog post addresses this issue with information on how to start delegating or outsourcing tasks (something that can be really useful to pass on to your clients)

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.

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Using the BE DO Have Model in Coaching

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Are you familiar with The Be Do Have model for coaching?

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.

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More To Achieving Goals Than "You Can Do It"

Goal Achievement Case Studies

I’m not a fan of the Ra Ra You Can Do I regardless approach to goal setting and achievement. It’s often a much more subtle and holistic approach that gets results.

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.

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Finding The Right Life Coach Association for YOU!

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One of the best things you can do for yourself as a new coach is to join an independent life coaching association.

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.

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Life Coaching Resources To Help You and Your Clients

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Are you looking for life coaching materials and processes to use in your coaching.

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

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How To Fire A Client

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Have you ever found you just don't want to continue coaching a particular client.

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.

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How NOT To Get Coaching Clients

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It seems a life coach only has to murmur “I need some help to get coaching clients” and they are inundated with offers of marketing help – at a high price. Here is some information to help you steer safely through the minefield of getting the right coach marketing help by asking six powerful questions.

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.

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Make Your Business Cards "Work" For You To Attract Clients

“IdeasEven in these days of social media networking you need a business card. These seven creative and cool business card ideas will make sure your business card really does the job of marketing your life  coaching and making sure you are memorable to everyone you hand one out to. 

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