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16 Life Coaching Resources To Build Your Profile, Grow Your Practice And Increase Your Skills

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These 16 Life Coaching Resources will support the growth of your professional coaching career. Many of these coaching tools are free or for little cost and will really enhance the development of your life coaching practice.

FYI: I may receive commissions at no cost to you. Please see my affiliate disclosure for more.

Products and services that raise your profile and build skill

You may feel your coach training should have given you everything you need to start coaching and that’s fine.

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However, as you begin the coaching and business-building process, you may discover that you either need to fill some gaps or feel the desire to increase your toolbox of resources. 

Many of the coaching tools and resources offered below are free. Others will require some investment from you but have been carefully chosen to provide great value to the growth of your coaching practice both skill and business wise.

So I recommend this first group of life coaching tools because, despite requiring some investment, each can bring you a significant advantage whether you are building your coaching skills or wanting to position yourself in the coaching market. Take some time to explore and please contact me if you have any questions.

1. Build your profile and skills with these coaching tools.

The Coaching Tools Company  has some fabulous life coaching resources, processes and templates that you can brand to your name.

I have checked them out and can highly recommend all of them. They can really enhance your coaching services and grow your practice.

This complete guide to the tools (many of them free) and how to use them will help you choose the tools you will find the most useful in your coaching practice.

Coaching tools for every aspect of your coaching

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No matter where you are in your coaching journey I recommend you visit the coaching tools website and take advantage of their incredibly supportive tools.

I have used many of them and they are of the highest standard, designed to assist you to work with clients efficiently and build on your existing knowledge from your life coaching training. 

2. Subscribe to my Life Coaching Accelerators to build your knowledge

As a new subscriber to my regular Life Coaching Accelerators, you get to download free "10 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Coaching Practice". Of course you can unsubscribe as soon as you get your gift, but I’d encourage you to stick around because I provide regular insights into the things that most life coaching schools don' teach you..  

You’ll get to learn coaching skills and strategies that work and come from my 20+ years as a life coach on personal, career and business related issues as well as how to authentically grow your practice. 

From  happy subscribers

A heartfelt thanks for sharing your extensive experience on your website and through your Life Coaching Accelerators. Can I say that you bring clarity and understanding to me that I really appreciate, especially around the issue of niches. I also found your subscriber gift of  “10 Easy Ideas to Jumpstart Your Life Coaching Practice” very useful
Brenda Van Rossum, Leadership Coach, Toronto

I just wanted to say thank you for your Life Coaching Accelerator on Niche Madness. Before being a coach I spent years in marketing so totally understand the need to know your target market and be clear about your offer. However in the context of coaching this has been driving me nuts recently and I really appreciate your common sense, pragmatic approach. Looking forward to more of your wisdom.
Ali Richards, UK

3. Define your niche and getting your message across

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Cindy Schulson is one of the most authentic and best marketing authorities when it comes to helping coaches clarify their niche, create their message and market with heart.

And of course, isn't that the  best way to attract clients? Many, many visitors to this site have found joining her mentoring program is a wonderful way to get ongoing support in getting your message heard.

Discover more and how to join her program...

Other powerful life coaching resources from Cindy Schulson

Watch This Free Marketing For Coaches Webinar with Cindy Schulson

Now that so many coaches are working online, one of the most important things to master is knowing how to get the word out there and attract some clients.  In other words - marketing.

Cindy recently presented a brilliant webinar “3 Ways To Get Clients Online” for the Coaching Tools Company. It’s beautifully presented with no hype or hard selling and lots and lots of great advice.  Watch it now by clicking the video below. You won’t regret it!

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4. Be Your Own Goals Coach

Working with goals is part and parcel of being a life coach. Every client will have some work to do around goals.

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This book will turn out to be one of your most valuable life coaching resources because it is as much about mastering life skills as  goal setting and planning 

It includes creating a "personal success policy", "unsticking stuck goals", "making sure the goals are authentic and achievable" and lots, lots more.

And to help you, as a coach, I've included a chapter showing you how to use the proven principles of the book with your clients and even with setting goals for your own coaching business.

To get an overview of the book contents before you purchase from Amazon, check out this summary of the content and get some of the tips. 

Listen to a Webinar

I encourage you to listen to my free webinar, "5 Mistakes That Can Stop You From Achieving Your Goals How To Avoid Them."

I presented the webinar at the invitation of the International Authority for Professional Coaches and Mentors (IAPCM). It had great reviews from the participants which was most gratifying.

I'm sure you'll find it useful with your coaching as I include lots of real-life case studies.

5. The HeART of Laser Coaching

Trusted and Recommended resources from Amazon

Before I bought this book I knew it was going to be something special and it didn’t disappoint. Marion Franklin MCC is a truly masterful coach who demonstrates the real power of life coaching, when done properly.

Her book reinforces so many of the great principles of good coaching and much more. Her laser focused coaching information and tips are practical, in depth, no fluff and what good coaching that gets results is really all about.

I consider The HeART of Laser Coaching to be a great investment for any coach, whatever their training.

Life Coaching Resources To Build Your Online  Coaching Presence 

Learning how to coach is just the beginning of the journey towards having a successful coaching practice. And these days, more and more coaches recognise the need to have an online presence through a website that does its work in attracting clients.

I recommend these specific website-creation resources for life coaches because they are supportive, practically useful and reliable. Please be careful you are not taken in by website offers that look good but don’t provide what you need (without a lot of extra investment) to help you to get new clients.

Be sure to also read the information in my Life Coaching Websites page before you start on the website journey.

6. Solo Build It - A complete online business building system

As a life coach in the 21st century you are more than likely going to want to create a website to showcase who you are, how you coach and all your great client testimonials.

This is especially true if you are planning to coach nationally or internationally online, rather than just locally. I chose Solo Build It! to create this site, Life Coaching Professionally. 

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Of course you can get a basic free website up and running with Wix, Weeby and so on, even Wordpress. But with these platforms, you can end up paying a lot of money for all the plug-ins and additional technical help you may you need to make the site really work for you.

If you want everything you need in a “working” website in an easy to use all-in-one-package without spending a fortune, I strongly recommend Solo Build It!

It has a unique and powerful step-by-step Action Guide for building a business online, design templates, safe hosting, SEO brainstorming facility and a community forum with free support from website experts.

Solo Build It!

SBI costs $299USD annually for everything and you can even trial the system it for free. However, while the Covid pandemic is raging they have a fabulous introductory $100 off offer AND a 2 for one opportunity that will be well worth your time.

Take advantage of the dramatic discounts available for new website builders using SoloBuildIt! or SoloBuildIt! for WP.

Already using Wordpress?

If you already own a Wordpress site,  you could consider investing in Solo Build It! for Wordpress. This provides some of the most important features of SBI! including the Action Guide business building education package; the unique keyword brainstorming tool and the fabulous free support.

So before you choose a website provider, do take into consideration real cost and usability and include SBI! in your research.

Also have a look at the page, Life Coaching Websites That Work on my website for some essential website information and tips to be aware of so you don't fall down a black hole of online struggle and despair.

7. The Coaching Website Guide

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Reading this book, I was really impressed by the way its author Kenn Schroder has covered every aspect of creating a coaching website that will engage and attract clients from content to navigation and SEO in an easy to understand writing style. 

There is much more detail than I can cover here but I particularly like his information on writing a good “About” page.

The book is in PDF form and has links to the various chapters so it is easy to dip in and out of and find whatever website related content you are looking for. 

At $129, The Coaching Website Guide seems like a big investment but in reality, it will save you a vast amount of time and could save you a fortune in time and costly website mistakes. Check it out - you can review the first chapter for free!

Valuable Free Life Coaching Resources And Processes 

Especially when you are new to coaching you'll find yourself hunting around for life coaching materials that may go beyond the scope of your training. Cindy Schulson has lots of great free templates on her Marketing With Heart website.  I'm sure you'll find some of these next free life coaching resources and tools innovative and valuable. I'd also encourage your to check out my other life coaching tips page for lots more.

8. Questions to ask before and during a Discovery Session

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Here's howto avoid making the mistake of taking on new clients without ensuring they are actually a good match for you first?  

In the early days of your life coaching career, when you are keen to take on all-comers, it's easy to agree to work with a client without making sure they are actually coachable by you.  (Yes - I've done this!). 

So, if you use your own version of these Life Coaching Discovery Session Questions to ask before and during the Discovery Session with prospective clients to check they are a good fit for your coaching, there will be far less probability of the relationship not working out and needing to find a way out.

9. The Wheel Of Life

The Complete Guide To The Wheel Of Life

Another of the really valuable free life coaching resources from Emma-Louise Elsey of the Coaching Tools Company is The Wheel of Life.

You can use it with your clients to assess coaching priorities but it is much more than just an assessment tool.

It helps clients become more self-aware AND more motivated to set authentic goals and make changes towards creating life as they want it. 

The life wheel technique gives clients a helicopter view of how satisfied they are with their life in key predefined life categories such as health, finances and relationships.

For many coaches the life balance wheel is a central tool in their coaching practice. And it's a powerful free life coaching resource because it provides an instant overview for both coach and client.

10. The BE DO HAVE model 

Be Do Have is a vital tool for any goal planning and coaching success. It will help your clients discover how they will need to operate and behave in a way that works for them to have life as they want it.  

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 It's about who you have to BE to DO. what you need to do to HAVE what you want.

The process is often a misunderstood life coaching modeI so this page I simply explain the BE DO HAVE Model and how to help your clients (and yourself) apply the model to their own goals and outcomes.

11. Life coaching intake questions

Once you have enrolled a client and organised the first session, using these 18 life coaching intake questions as part of your intake process will give you (and your clients) valuable insight and a powerful beginning to the coaching journey.

The feedback I've had from clients is that answering these questions was really valuable in helping them get clarity on where they are and where they want to go with coaching to compliment what may have discussed during their Discovery Session. 

12. Teach Your Clients How To Say No

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Often at the root of a client's challenges is they lack the skill to set boundaries. 

They end up doing stuff they really don't want to do or don't really have the time to do and don't get around to what they need or want to do for themselves.

Coach your clients how to say NO elegantly to things they don't want to do or get involved in, without causing offence or burning their bridges is a really useful coaching tool.

13. Help your clients provide feedback

At the end of a coaching series, it's a good idea to make sure the client is complete with you and the coaching.

These coaching evaluation questions enable your clients to provide feedback about how your coaching has worked for them and any improvements you could make.

The question and answer format will also help them identify their wins and what they have gained from coaching so they can give you a great testimonial!

14. How To Fire A Client

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Sometimes in spite of all good research and intention, the client turns out to be a dud.

This article examines why you might want to let a client go and How To Fire A Client ,without drama, when coaching them is not working.

You want out because

  • they are draining your energy and confidence and are simply not a good match for them or
  • they are uncoachable (at least by you at this time).

15. More free life coaching tools and tips

There are lots more life coaching resources in my LIfe Coaching Tips For Professional Coaches page  I'm continually adding to the tips on a range of coaching subjects from coaching processes, to marketing ideas and growing your practice, so book mark the page and visit it regularly for updates..

I'm always on the lookout for useful life coaching resources for life coaches so if you know of any, do please drop me a message using my contact page.

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