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Wendy Buckingham / Creator, Life Coaching Professionally
You may feel your coach training should have given you everything you need to start coaching and that’s fine.
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.
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.
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.
To get an overview of the book contents before you purchase from Amazon, check out these 11 Secrets and Tips for Successful Goal Achievement. They come from my book Be Your Own Goals Coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.