14 Jun The Main Components Of Life Coaching and How They Apply To You
What are the 4 main components to becoming a life coach? Are you a good listener? Do you have intuition? Do you have self-management skills? Are you curious? If you answered yes to these questions, then you will have taken your first step into a bigger world.
A life coach is similar to being a counselor, except you do not need a degree. Do you like working from home? Do you want the flexibility that being a life coach offers? Here are seven tips to help you become a success.
1) A life coach listens to their clients. They allow their clients the chance to discuss any topic they wish to talk over. Then they offer valuable insight as to what direction to take.
You need to work on your listening skills for this part. You do not listen for the sake of responding. You need to listen and hear what your clients have to say. Responding is part of the job, but is only a small part. Some life coaches are more interested in talking about their life experiences. You need to sit back and let your clients do the talking.
Respond when the time is right. You do not tell your clients what to do. You need to offer them tips and let them figure out the next step.
2) Are you ready to give up your days and nights to help out others? You will be a beacon for others. You will come across different dialogue styles. Your job is to help your clients see the way. You need to check your ego at the door. Being a life coach is not about you. Being a life coach is about those you help. You will find some clients take a few sessions and some take longer. You need to have self-management skills with this part.
3) You need to have a positive attitude. Some clients are going to test you. The more of a positive attitude you exhibit, the more help you will be to your clients.
4) You need to have curiosity. Some clients will be a challenge in getting to the root of the problem. Your curiosity and intuition can help guide you. You need to want to find out what is going on. You cannot simply write-off your clients after the first try. The more curious you are about getting to the root of the problem, the more likely your client will
be about change.
5) Do you want to work for someone? Do you want to be self-employed? Being self-employed requires you to handle everything. You are responsible for the help you offer to your clients. You are responsible for the business side. You need to figure out how many clients you need to ensure you stay afloat. You need to figure out how many clients you can handle on a given day, week, and month. You will need self-management skills here as well.
You will run through some intense time. Are you okay with working multiple jobs? Your life coaching business will be two jobs. You will have the office and the coaching.
Are you going to be happier working with someone else? If you work with someone else, you will need to follow their rules. Their rules might not be the same as yours. How will you feel about this work paradigm?
6) You will need to set boundaries. Setting boundaries require both your intuition and your self-management. You might have boundaries, but your client might not. Are you willing to communicate honestly with the person? You need to be honest with yourself.
Is the person starting to infringe on your personal time? Is the person not playing an active role in your time together? You need to do your part to ensure proper boundaries are set and maintained.
7) You need a client base. You will need to market yourself, particularly, when you are self-employed. You will need to attend trade shows. You will need to bring brochures everywhere you go.
“You have to market yourself any way you can when you are in business for yourself”
Everywhere you go needs to be a selling point. You need to become a self-promoter in many respects. How do you think A-list singers have gotten to where they are at? They started out in small clubs to promote their work.