4 Reasons Why Executive Coaching Works

With many corporate leaders turning to executive coaching, people who haven’t tried it are probably wondering why executive coaching works.

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Does Executive Coaching Work?

Though academic research is limited, there is some data on the effectiveness of executive coaching. MetrixGlobal LLC did a study, as reported by Merrill C. Anderson, on Fortune 500 companies that clearly showed that executive and leadership coaching delivers value on a consistent basis.

Another study, reported on the International Coach Federation’s website, indicates that clients who have used life, wellness, and executive coaches feel that they have benefited from their decision to use a coach. This study included over 2000 coaching clients in 64 countries.

The best evidence that executive coaching works is that there is a greater demand for executive coaches each year, and more leaders are turning to coaches to help them compete in today’s global marketplace.

Why Executive Coaches are Hired in the Corporate World

A recent survey conducted by Harvard Business Review which included 140 executive coaches, found that the reasons companies hire executive coaches have changed over the years. Ten or twenty years ago, companies hired a coach to fix problems or toxic behavior at the top. However, according to the survey, the top 3 reasons coaches are hired are:

  • • 48% said that they are hired to develop the potential of executives or facilitate transitions
    • 26% said they were called in to act as a sounding board.
    • 12% said they were brought in to work with problem behavior.

Because it is gaining in popularity, there must be something about coaching that works. So – do we know why executive coaching works? Why is it gaining in popularity and relevance?

4 Reasons Why Executive Coaching Works

It is Objective. The first reason why executive coaching works is because executive coaches possesses a distance from the company, it’s culture, it’s leaders, it’s, and it’s history, they can remain objective when working with its leaders. They can focus on results without worrying about any conflicts of interest. By remaining objective, the level of disclosure and honesty increases, which helps the coach with inquiry and assessment.

It helps to place responsibility where it belongs. Because executive coaches are often familiar with a specific industry and have experience dealing with corporate structure and climate, they understand the various parts of responsibility and they can effectively offer insight into the placement of that responsibility.

It is personal. Executive coaching can work in a group, but it works its magic in a one-on-one situation. Because the executive determines the agenda, it is highly customized and personalized. This one-on-one framework allows for more personal interaction, a greater level of trust, and a stronger partnership between coach and client.

It is focused on results. The last reason why executive coaching works might be the most important. If a company spends thousands of dollars on executive coaching, they want results. They don’t care how objective or personal it is, if it doesn’t get results, it isn’t worth a dime. The coach focuses on development results and identified goals so the company can see results in its bottom line.

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9 Reasons You Need a Financial Health Coach

You’re doing fine with money, you have no significant debt, a decent salary, and you know what a stock is – so why would you need a financial health coach?

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What is a Financial Health Coach?

First of all, let’s say what a financial health coach is not. They are not financial planners, CPAs, tax specialists, or stock brokers. What do they do? They provide information, direction, and guidance about various financial matters. They help clients find a healthier financial future, and by doing this, they also help reduce anxiety, stress and anguish about financial issues. So – they can help both with finances and health!

9 Reasons You Need a Financial Health Coach

  1. Saving for something. No matter where you are in life’s journey, there is almost always something to save for. A down payment on your first home, a college fund for your children, or money for your retirement – money needs to be put away. Do you know all the best ways to do this? You financial coach does.
  2. Are you a money management expert? Probably not. But, financial coaches understand money management and can help you learn the basics. You may know how to write a check, pay a bill, and put some money in an IRA, but truly understanding how to manage your money has a much greater learning curve. Let a money coach help you reduced the learning curve.
  3. Do you know how to create a budget? Do you even know what a budget is? A budget is crucial for both households and businesses. No matter how much money you make or have in the bank, it is essential to create and stick to a budget to ensure that you have enough money for all that you need and want.
  4. Do you live a feast or famine lifestyle? Do you spend it when it comes in and charge it when you are short? A budget will help smooth out your financial roller coaster ride, but you must also change your behavior and thought processes if you truly want to escape the feast or famine lifestyle.
  5. Do you have goals outside your career? Perhaps you have a specific vacation you want to save for. Perhaps you have a hobby that costs money? Perhaps you dream of starting your own business, but the lack of funds prevents you from taking the plunge. A financial health coach can help you identify and clarify these goals, and then help you find ways to put aside some money to achieve these goals.
  6. You want to give your children as good a life as possible. Money isn’t the most important thing when raising children, but it certainly helps provide them with the necessities, and some of the luxuries in life. You don’t have to keep us with the Joneses as a family, but it’s nice to be able to provide a nice home and lifestyle for your family.
  7. You also want to be a good financial role model for your kids. Your habits will influence them, and you don’t want them to begin their adult lives with poor financial habits.
  8. A financial health coach will help you change your belief system. Financial health coaches help you learn a new mindset and overcome obstacles to achieving financial health.
  9. Working with a financial health coach can help you gain more confidence about your financial attitude and decisions. The more confidence you have in your own abilities, the less you will need a financial coach.

There are so many reasons people need financial coaches. As the investment world gets more complex and the economy gets more competitive and prone to ups and downs, the need for financial coaches will undoubtedly grow.

So – thinking about changing careers? You have just read about all the things a financial coach can do to help people live the financial life they desire. If you are seeking a new and exciting career, coaching, and in particular, financial health coaching, is a great choice.

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What is the Value of Leadership Coaching?

Do you know the value of leadership coaching? Does it matter? Well, it certainly matters if you are in a position of authority.

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Are you an executive, a business owner, a supervisor of employees, or a coach? If you are in one of these positions, or any number of other positions, you definitely need to know the value of leadership coaching.

What is Leadership Coaching?

In short, leadership coaching is about helping to create leaders. The longer answer is that leadership coaches help build a leader’s ability to achieve short and long-term team or organizational goals. Leadership coaching is personalized and customized to fit within each individual’s leadership styles.

Leadership coaching doesn’t make leaders out of followers; leadership coaching makes more powerful leaders out of those individuals ready to lead. Leaders are most likely born and made!

What is the Value of Leadership Coaching?

Though there is not much academic research on the value of coaching, there have been a few studies that looked into how much value coaching provides.

A 2001 study by Merrill Anderson analyzed a leadership development effort put forth by a Fortune 500 company that involved its middle management. The results showed measurable financial benefits in work quality, productivity, employee satisfaction, and customer satisfaction. It was determined that the company experienced a 529% Return on Investment (ROI) from leadership coaching.

If you were to make an investment, any investment, would you be happy with a 529% ROI? I bet you would!

Other studies, and much anecdotal evidence points to great value when using a leadership coach to improve leadership skills for executive, managers, and coaches.

The Superhero Dilemma – Who Needs a Leadership Coach?

Though Americans watch plenty of team sports, we also admire and idolize the superstar; the lone wolf of athletics who rises above a team and accomplishes team goals by himself or herself. The same can often be said for business – we admire the lone CEO or business owner who enters the public consciousness because of great achievements.

This is the superhero executive – this is what we often hear about in the news. This fascination with superhero execs and the culture and climate in American business of individual exceptionalism makes it harder for other executives to seek out coaching help. To ask for help may allow for perceptions of weakness or incompetence. No leader wants to appear weak or incompetent!

Realizing the Value of Leadership Coaching

There are certainly great organizational leaders who never needed a leadership coach. Think about Steve Jobs – I seriously doubt he hired many personal leadership coaches. But what made Steve Jobs great is exactly what a leadership coach can do for other aspiring leaders. Steve Jobs had an innate ability to see the company from the outside, and to think about the organization (and its products or services) like someone standing in the near future, not in the past or present.

The value of leadership coaches is that they can view the organization and an individual’s skills from an outside perspective. They can also help define the future by identifying and clarifying goals. The value of leadership coaching is that coaches can see the forest through the trees – the big picture, if you will.

As business environment become more global and competitive, executives will need every competitive advantage they can find. The value of leadership coaching will become even more evident as leaders come to the realization that leadership coaching offers real value. In fact, when an executive hires a leadership coach, instead of showing weakness or incompetence, it shows leadership.

Any individual in the position of authority who fails to comprehend the value of leadership coaching will soon find that slogging through the muck of the business world gets tougher and tougher when they go it alone.

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What is Life Coaching About?

What is life coaching about? If you don’t know about life coaching, you just might be missing out on something that can help you reach your goals and dreams. You just might be missing out on one of the most powerful processes modifying human behavior.

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Life Coaching Helps With 3 Crucial Statements

The life coaching process is beneficial for people who are categorized by three crucial statements. These statements are:

  • • I don’t know what I want.
    • I know what I want, but I don’t know how to get it.
    • I know what I want, but something prevents me from getting it.

These statements can pertain to any area of life – career, family, financial, health, career, and more. Coaching helps an individual work on whichever statement applies to their life. However, coaches don’t tell them the answers to the questions about these statements. They don’t draw up a diagram and say “do this, go here, do that, and you will end up here.”

No – coaches help their clients determine their own diagram. Coaches help clients find their own answers to their questions.

So- What is Life Coaching About?

Still wondering what life coaching is about? These are some of the things that answer the questions: What is life coaching about?

  • • It helps clients identify and clarify their goals.
    • It increases a client’s resourcefulness. Increased resourcefulness helps people deal with challenges and obstacles.
    • It helps clients tap into their own inner strength.
    • It helps clients create realistic steps to reach their goals.
    • It helps clients reach a new level of success.

Still unsure about life coaching? Let’s use a health coach as an example to help you better understand life coaching.

When you first go to a health coach, they will ask you what your goals are. Do you want to lose weight? Get healthier? Have better numbers (pulse rate, blood pressure, other blood test numbers)? Look better naked?

They will then determine where you are – take your weight, record your health numbers, ask you about your current exercise regimen, etc.

From your answers and the numbers, you and your health coach will determine a specific goal and then create a plan to reach that goal. The plan will be based on what you want; not what the coach wants for you.

As you put your plan into action, the coach will motivate and encourage you to keep going toward your goal. This is exactly what a life coach does – only a life coach works with other specific areas of your life.

What is Life Coaching About in One Word?

In one word, life coaching is about YOU. Yes, it is not about the coach, or even the proces…it is about the client.

Life Coaching is a Great Career

As you can see, life coaching is a powerful tool to help you reach your goals. But, it can also be a powerful career which can help you reach your career goals. Why not begin a career in which you can help yourself and help others along the way?

When you become a life coach, you will see the power of life coaching up close and personal. You will know the answer to the question: What is life coaching about?

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What is Personal Grief Coaching?

Grief coaching is a relatively new segment of the life coaching industry. Helping people cope with grief is the main mission of grief coaching. As a grief coach, you offer a safe place for individuals who are coping with grief to tell their story and express their thoughts and opinions.

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6 Ways Personal Grief and Loss Coaching Helps

  • • Allows clients to understand that grief is a completely natural human response to a death or a tragic situation.
    • Offers support, a shoulder to cry on, and a safe haven for grief.
    • Helps individuals understand that each person’s response to grief is unique and offers personalized assistance to help clients manage and overcome their grief.
    • Offers inquiry to help individuals find their own solutions on the best ways to escape their grief.
    • Offers a place for healthy dialogue and compassionate understanding.
    • Allows clients the ability to find life’s meaning and purpose after a reasonable period of grief.

Face the Grief or Else

For those experiencing loss and are overcome with grief, the worst thing they can do is to ignore or run from it. If they let it follow them around, it can lead to depression, addiction, and stagnation in life. It can lead to more loss. They must turn around and face it…and then conquer it!

A grief coach can help individuals suffering from loss or tragedy to face their grief head on. Grief coaching is all about helping others cope and then transcend their grief.

Should You Become a Grief Coach?

Grief coaching is not for everyone. To become a coach who specializes in grief, some or all of the following statements must apply:

  • • You have your own experience with grief and loss.
    • You are already in the coaching business, perhaps as a life coach, and you are seeking a specialty or niche.
    • You work in a profession that helps people – counseling, health care, psychology, social work, etc.
    • You feel you have a calling to help others.
    • You have a great sense of empathy for others.
    • You love to work hard.
    • You enjoy learning new things and love the pursuit of continuing education.
    • You are prepared for career in which you work hard but one which offers both personal and financial rewards.

Grief Coaching is Not Only for the Grieving

Though grief counseling and coaching is mainly for those who have suffered a loss, it can also be appropriate for the loved ones or friends of an individual who is burdened with grief. Grief coaches can teach what to say, how to console, and can help loved ones with sympathetic and appropriate grief etiquette.

Grief coaching can also be helpful in the workplace. Executives and managers can work with grief coaches to help their employees overcome a tragic loss. An illness or death in the family is the second most common problem (behind stress) that affects workplace performance. A grief coach can help comfort employees and maintain performance in the workplace.

Become a Grief Coach

Yes, there are online grief coaching programs. Just like any other coaching program, you need to find the right program for your needs and schedule, you need to put in the work, and you certainly must strive to learn the needed skills. Like any coaching program, there is plenty of work involved to become the best coach you can be. All coaches must learn the skills of inquiry and active listening.

Grief coaching is not for the faint of heart – it certainly isn’t for everyone. You deal with people at their worst. But, helping others cope with bereavement and loss carries such importance in our society, and if you possess the skill to help others learn how to face their grief and then overcome it, you will certainly have a rewarding in the personal coaching industry.

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What Kind of Degree Do You Need to Become a Life Coach?

What kind of degree do you need to become a life coach? It’s a question many people are asking because life coaching offers the opportunity to make good money, have a rewarding career, and help people reach their goals and dreams.

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What Kind of Degree Do You Need to Become a Life Coach?

What kind of degrees do you need to become a life coach? The answer? None, nothing, nada. You don’t need any kind of degree to become a life coach.

What Do You Need to Become a Life Coach?

Although there is no specific degree required to become a life coach, certain types of degrees in different fields can help you become a better life coach. Counseling, social work, psychology, sociology, human resource management, and teaching are degrees that offer some benefits to aspiring life coaches.

Question – what kind of degree do you need to become a life coach? Answer – none! But, there must be something you need to start your career as a life coach. Actually there are no requirements – life coaching is open to anyone who can spell C-O-A-C-H. But, because the industry is maturing and becoming more competitive, you better get trained if you want to compete for clients.

What Training Should You have to Become a Life Coach?

There are plenty of life coach training programs available today. Whether you elect to attend a weekend workshop or enroll in an online life coaching course, you can learn real skills that will help you become the best life coach you can be.

The Basic Skills Needed For Life Coaching

There are two basic skills needed to be a good life coach – active listening and the art of inquiry. Instead of asking the question – what kind of degree do you need to become a life coach – you should be asking – what are the skills needed for life coaching?

Active listening – involves listening to the words and tone, reading the body language and facial expressions, and making eye contact. It then continues with a confirming statement, a summary of the facts, and then asking if your understanding is correct. It’s about focusing on the client, follow-up, and feedback.

Inquiry – involves asking the right type of questions at the right time and in the right sequence – open-ended, probing, closed. Being able to ask a series of questions that leads to a solution is vital in a coaching session.

Becoming a Life Coach

What kind of degree do you need to become a life coach? You know the answer to that question now. But, you also know that training, though not required, is integral to your success as a life coach. Get the right training, work hard, and continue to elevate your skills and knowledge, and you’ll be making a good living as a coach. No matter what kind of degree you have, or don’t have, you can become a life coach, with the right work ethic and training.

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Get Financially Unstuck – Money Coach or No Money Coach!

How do you get financially unstuck- money coach or hide from your creditors? Which is the better option? Well, there may be a few of you who would like to run off, get off the grid, and hide out from your creditors, but for most people that’s not possible.

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Why Unstuck?

Unstuck is the name of a book by Sheila Washington and Karin Mizgala, subtitled How to Get Out of Your Money Rut and Start Living the Life You Want. Getting unstuck means to throw off the shackles caused by financial burdens and problems. But, can you get unstuck just by reading a book? Most people can’t.

How Do People Get Financially Stuck?

Getting unstock is not easy, but getting financially stuck seems to be a piece of cake since so many people are buried under a mountain of debt. People get stuck with financial problems by:

  • • Impulse spending
    • Spending what you don’t have
    • Not paying bills, especially credit card bills on time.
    • Losing a job
    • Having unexpected medical bills
    • Divorce
    • Poor money management
    • Gambling
    • Failing to save for a rainy day or for the future.

Unstuck Money Coach Just May Be the Answer

Getting unstuck – money coaches just might help. But, the first thing you need to do is sit down, evaluate your financial decisions, and be honest with yourself. No one wants to be financially stuck, but decisions, behavior, and lifestyle can get you deep in debt, and until you recognize your own flaws, there isn’t much anyone can do for you.

So, if you want to get financially unstuck, money coach or no money coach, you need to take a good look in the mirror

How do You Get Financially Unstock – Money Coach?

This is basically the question that all money coaches get asked. How do I get out of debt? How do I save for retirement? How do I save any money for college for my children? How do I provide for my family without going into debt? These are all basically variations of the same question.

Getting Financially Unstuck

  • • Make a list of everything you pay out each month (also each quarter, year, etc).
    • Evaluate that list for any unnecessary expenses and then eliminate them.
    • See what you can do to start paying off credit card debt and then your loans. It is often easier than you think to pay down this debt.
    • Make sure you have the cheapest recurring expenses possible – check out ways to save on cable, phone, Internet, groceries, and more.
    • Look over all your bills (especially credit card bills) and make sure there are no unknown or fraudulent charges.
    • Talk with your spouse and family about spending.
    • Make a budget.
    • Keep to that budget.

All these tips can help you become financially unstuck. Money coach or no money coach, there are many ways to help you get debt free and start living the life you want. Get unstuck – money coach or not, you can’t live your life paycheck to paycheck and credit card to credit card.

Why a Money Coach?

Yes, you can take your own steps to start cleaning up your financial mess, but many people find this difficult to do without some help and advice. But, you don’t want just any advice – not from your friends, your family members, or your stock broker (he or she is just trying to sell products and make commissions).

You want advice from a mentor, an expert, and a professional who is knowledgeable about financial issues. You want a money coach.

A money coach offers:

  • • Answers and solutions – knowledge that works for you.
    • Results – a money coach will help you get clear of your financial issues
    • Continuing results – a money coach will not only help you get unstuck- a money coach will help you stay unstuck!
    • Peace of Mind – having financial freedom takes a giant weight off your shoulders.

It may help to read that book, Unstuck, but you may need more than that. Get financially unstuck – money coach or just run away? I think you now know the answer to that one!

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Why You Should Not Become a Coach

Don’t become a coach. That’s right, coaching is not for you! Well, at least it’s not for you if you enjoy a boring work day sitting in a cubicle, hiding from an overbearing boss, and typing up useless reports.

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Did you see the classic comedy movie, Office Space? The main characters hated their jobs as they slaved away for an unbearable boss, performed useless tasks, were crushed by boredom, and never received any recognition, reward, or share of the profits. If that looked good to you, don’t become a coach.

5 Reasons You Should Not Become a Coach

  • • You love having no real responsibility.
    • You enjoy clocking in and out every day at the same time.
    • You detest human interaction and avoid it like the plague.
    • You love routine.
    • You have no desire to help other people succeed.

Do You Like to Make Money For Someone Else?

Coaches have flexibility in the careers. They can elect to work for someone, or they can blaze a trail on their own. They can decide to work for themselves and not for someone else. They can create alternate sources of income to put their career into a higher gear.

If you like working hard and earning profits for someone else, then coaching is probably not the right gig for you.

5 Reasons You Should Become a Coach

If you read this far and are still thinking of becoming a coach, here are a few good reasons to make the decision to start pursuing your coaching career:

  • You see the world through rose-colored glasses and always view the glass as half full. Coaching is a realistic but inherently positive profession. You don’t work with negatives; you see obstacles as challenges and problems as opportunities.
  • You enjoy working your own hours and being your own boss. This doesn’t mean you get to be a slacker. Hard work matters and coaches work hard, but if you have a passion for it, it sure doesn’t seem like hard work.
  • You love mysteries, riddles, puzzles, and mazes. When you work with the goals and dreams of others, you have to be great at figuring out what motivates, inspires, and challenges your clients. You have to be able to determine the best way for them to overcome obstacles and to reach for the dreams. When you first see a client, they are a mystery, a riddle, a maze, and a puzzle to be solved.
  • You love to challenge yourself. What could be more challenging than being a coach and dealing with the emotions and aspirations of various individuals? Coaching offers challenges that are more diverse and creative than most other work environments.
  • When you coach others, you also coach yourself. That’s right – being a coach also supports your own personal growth and development. As a coach, you commit yourself to continuing education, lifelong growth, and the achievement of goals and dreams. When you become a coach you also become your own life coach!

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Why Executive Coaching is Important

Do you know why executive coaching is important? Do you think it is important? Or, do you think is merely a way for business leaders to look as if they are doing something to improve their performance so they can justify big paychecks and bonuses?

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Why Do Executives Need Executive Coaching?

Here are a few of the main reasons why executive coaching is important:

  • • It gives businesses a way of developing their senior staff in a timely and cost-effective manner.
    • It helps prepare a recently promoted manager or executive for their new role in the company.
    • It helps prepare a manger who is transitioning from one area of the company to another.
    • It helps accelerate professional development within an organization.
    • Coaches can serves as sounding boards for new ideas and concepts – a more neutral way to get an opinion and perspective.
    • Coaches can help executives review policies and procedures of the company.

Why Executive Coaching is Important For New Executives

When someone reaches a certain level of responsibility, it is often assumed that they possess all the skills needed to manage that responsibility. However, that is often not the case.

Many managers were once employees who were managed. Many executives were once managers who only worked within specific parameters in the company. For every level an individual moves up, there are new and different responsibilities. There are also increased expectations.

For all new executives, coaching is important. It gives them the skills and knowledge to acclimate and adapt to their new position. But, executive coaching is not only important for rookie executives, it can also work wonders with experienced executives.

Why Executive Coaching is Important for Experienced Executives

There are three main reasons why an executive coach is important to the success of even the most experienced executives.

  • • The labor market is constantly evolving, The company may have more international workers, younger workers, or the gender percentages may change. Executives need to keep pace with the changes in the work force.
  • • Business environments never stay the same. Successful executive coaches can help you keep up with changes in a fast-paced, competitive global economy. What worked ten yars ago may not work now. Coaching can help executives stay current.
  • • The most important reason why executive coaching is important for experienced executives is that being an executive is an extremely challenging job. Yes – it comes with great benefits, but it can get overwhelming at times. Coaches can help by being a mentor, a friend, a sounding board, a partner, a consultant, and a coach.

If you have ever experienced an executive coaching session, you would not need to ask why executive coaching is important. It is one of the most vital methods for improving the knowledge and skills of leaders, managers, and executives.

Most of all, executive coaching has a positive impact on the bottom line, and the bottom line is what makes or breaks an executive.

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5 Not So Secret Tips in Coaching

Tips in coaching circles are often only discovered after you have been coaching for many years. These secret tips that only insiders know are discovered through trial and error, experience with different clients, and through conversation with coaching peers.

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5 Not-So Secret Tips in Coaching

But, this article is not about those secret tips in coaching clients; this one is about those not-so secret tips that coaches should know, but just might not think about because they seem so obvious.

Here are the 5 not-so secret (obvious) tips in coaching:

  • It is about the client – not you. Yes, you’ve spent months or years building up your practice, you invested time and money into obtaining and retaining clients, and yes, you have your name on the door and the business card. However, the business of coaching is not about you – it’s about the client. This is probably the most important tip in coaching clients.
  • Be yourself. This may sound like a stupid tip (who else am I going to be?), but it’s amazing how many people act differently in different situations. Coaches must be genuine; it’s the only way to truly reach a client. Clients will be able to detect insincerity and your ability to help them will significantly diminish. Stay true to your personality and your coaching style will develop in a more sincere and genuine manner – and clients will react positively to the real you!
  • Offer value to your client. This may seem obvious, but it takes hard work to offer value to each and every client. This means that you have to take your skills and training and adapt to each unique client. It takes feedback, study, self-reflection, and effort above and beyond each session to truly create outcomes that will help your clients. Offer value, value, and more value – one of the most important tips. In coaching, value matters!
  • Specialize. This is not an absolute necessity, but coaches who earn more are usually experts in a specific niche. You certainly don’t need to do this at the start of your career, but as you move along your career journey, you will certainly want to explore a specific segment of the coaching industry. Your expertise in one specific area will make you the proverbial big fish in a small pond. Big fish make more money!
  • Have fun. One of the reasons most people get into coaching is because it’s an exciting and fun career. However, the stress that comes with operating a business sometimes overshadows the fun of coaching. Always remember why you got into coaching in the first place – to help people, make some money, and have fun. The more fun you are having, the more the client will listen to and learn from you. The more success clients have with you, the more clients you’ll have.

One More Very Important, Less Obvious Coaching Tip

This one may not be as obvious as the other tips, but most coaches eventually learn all about this very important tip. Add this one to the five tips in coaching from above – your peers are not your enemies. It may seem as if coaching clients is a competition, after all, you need to obtain and retain clients to stay in business. If a client selects another coach over you, then you have one less client.

Though there is undoubtedly competition in the industry, you can learn from other coaches, especially those with more experience. You can learn about what to do with difficult clients, how to effectively run a business, new techniques, and more when you network with your coaching peers.

Don’t underestimate the power of trading secrets with other coaches, even if they seem like the enemy at first.

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Fred Philips
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