No need to reinvent the wheel. These Life Coaching Resources will support the growth of your professional career. Many of these resources and tools are free or for little cost and will really support the development of your life coaching practice.
My friend and colleague Emma-Louise Elsey is a really inspirational coach who founded The Coaching Tools Company
She has created some fabulous resources, coaching processes and templates that you can brand to your name. I have checked them out, can highly recommend them and they can really help enhance your coaching and grow your practice. A complete guide to the tools (many of them free) and how to use them will help you choose the ones you will find the most useful in your coaching practice.
I've been recommending Cindy Schulson of Marketing From Within for many years and the feedback is that she is one of the most authentic and best when it comes to helping coaches clarify their niche and market with heart which is of course the best way to attract clients.
Cindy generously has some wonderful FREE resources for life coaches including trainings and templates, One that is really popular is a template that helps you Brand Your Coaching and create your authentic message.
Cindy also offers webinars and one on one coaching.
Check out these 11 secrets and tips for successful goal achievement. They come from my book Be Your Own Goals Coach,
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" as well as 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.
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 in this book the real power of life coaching when it is done properly. Her book reinforces so many of the great principles of good coaching and so 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 any coach, whatever their training, could make in service to their clients.
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.
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 it.
It has a 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.
SBI costs $299USD annually for everything and you can even trial the system it for free.
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 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.
Another of the really valuable life coaching resources is 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 tool in coaching because it provides an instant overview for both coach and client.
A vital tool for goal planning success or in fact any coaching success is to 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.
The BE DO HAVE Model, simply explained, shows you how to help you (and your clients) identify who you need to strive to BE to DO what you need to do to HAVE those goals and outcomes that are so important to achieve.
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!
In the early days of their coaching career when you are keen to take on all comers, It's easy to agree to work with a client without asking some vital questions to make sure they are actually coachable by you (I've done this).
So if you use your own version of these coachability questions 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 which leads us to.....
Sometimes in spite of all good research and intention, the client turns out to be a dud.
This article examines the reasons why you might want to let a client go and How To Fire A Client ,without drama, when coaching them is not working for whatever reason.
You want out because: They are draining your energy and confidence: You are simply not a good match for them or
They are uncoachable (at least by you at this time).
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.
So many clients whether they come to you for personal, relationship, career or business coaching are stuck in the believe that they need to do everything themselves.
To handle this challenge you'll find some great points delegating tasks yourself as a life coach and for educating clients who think like this or want to get out of that rut in How And When To Delegate
This can also be of real benefit in helping clients set boundaries and deciding on what to oursource.
These tips were posted in my Tuesday Coaching Tips on the Coaches Helping Coaches Forum. I'm continually adding to the tips on a range of coaching subjects from coaching processes, to marketing ideas and growing your practice.
I'm always on the lookout for useful resources for life coaches so if you know of any, do drop me a message on Face Book.