Life coaching is nothing new, but being an online life coach is mostly a 21st century phenomenon. However, the question has been asked before and it will be asked again: Should a life coach have a life?
So, updated for our modern times: Should an online life coach have a life offline?
Should an Online Life Coach Have an Offline Life?
What do we even mean by this question? It is asked when wondering if someone who is perhaps young and inexperienced can be a life coach for someone who is older and more worldly. Can a life coach be a fresh-faced youngster just out of a coaching program? Or to be effective, does a life coach need to have experienced life in all its glory and horrors?
Does life experience matter to a life coach? Well, yes and no. How’s that for an answer.
Life Experience Doesn’t Mean You Can Be a Life Coach
Einstein said: “The only source of knowledge is experience.” Ah…Einstein may know more about physics than most people, but he’s not an Einstein about everything. Yes, experience does equal knowledge, but there are others ways to gain knowledge.
You may have plenty of life experience, but can you be a coach? Getting your hands dirty in the dirt of life is certainly a help when you want to coach people, but if you can’t translate that experience to coaching, all that experience is merely worth, well, a hill of dirt.
However, if you have little experience in the real world, you will need to learn more and work harder than those who have more experience. Knowledge can be obtained in a number of ways, including:
- Formal education
- Attending seminars
- Learning through books, DVDs, online sources, and more.
You can be a fresh-faced, idealistic college graduate with hardly any real world experience and begin a life coaching business. You can take that business straight to the Internet and become an online life coach
What is an Online Life Coach?
An online life coach is merely a life coach who takes all or part of his or her business online. They use email, webinars, social media, and other online methods to attract and engage with clients. Online life coaches use the power and the reach of the Internet to target more potential clients.
What is an Online Life Coaching Business?
There are two principal parts of an online coaching business. You can do both of them, one of them, or parts of both of them and call yourself an online coach.
- Market and promote online. Marketing your life coaching business online is not difficult – in fact, it is rather easy. It may be the easiest place to promote your business. It’s cheap, easy-to-learn, you can measure the effectiveness fairly quickly, and you will see dollars in your bank account directly from your marketing efforts faster than any other method.
- Conduct your coaching sessions online. You can use email coaching, webinars, or some other online method. Combining this with online marketing and you will have a completely Internet-based business.
When you move online, you effectively reach out to millions of potential clients who would never have been able to use your services before the computer age. Most coaches still practice the old-fashioned way – face to face. However, coaches who really want to boost their brand, their name, and their income are jumping online to get their piece of this ever-growing pie.
Be the guru you always wanted to be and get online. Coaching is a hot industry and the Internet is huge and growing by leaps and bounds every year – use the power of the Internet to boost your coaching income!
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