Coaching Arguments: Should Personal Coaches Push Or Pull?

One of the biggest coaching debates is whether personal coaches should push or pull their clients. In one camp, there are the directive personal coaches who say clients need to be held accountable to tasks in order to transform their lives. In the other camp, a non-directional personal coach view says that Freudian listening will help you gain access to the inner challenges your clients face. Personal Coaches Fighting? Why Can't We All Be Friends? Silly as it sounds, there are a lot of … [Read more...]

The First Step To Building a Coaching Practice

A lot of coaches never get around to building a coaching practice because they don't feel like they are ready. Others don't know where to begin. Of course, you can begin by coaching your friends and family. But does it really count? Building a coaching practice is much more than coaching. It's proactively meeting people, setting up free coaching sessions, and enrolling them into coaching. The Distinction Between Building a Coaching Practice and Just Coaching When you actively contact people … [Read more...]

Coaching Best Practices: 3 Weird Ways to Get Coaching Clients

Some of the coaching best practices to get coaching clients may seem a bit odd at first, but they are highly effective because they go below the radar that tells people to say 'no' automatically. Most people aren't even aware that their sub-conscious is programmed to say no to any type of sales. Think of the last time someone walked up to you in a department store, asking if there was anything they could do to help you. The natural reaction is "No, thanks." The natural reaction most people have … [Read more...]

How to Build An Executive Coaching Career By Delivering Happiness

Here you go: Tony Hsieh, the CEO of, probably wasn't thinking of building an executive coaching career when he Zappos was in its infancy, but he sure developed a great strategy for building a winning team. I recently had the opportunity to tour the corporate offices in Las Vegas. Had I not seen the culture with my own eyes, it would have been hard to believe that this was the same company that grew from $0 to $1.2 billion in 10 years. Executive Coaching Career Secrets That I Stole … [Read more...]

The Little Red Coaching Psychology Manual: It’s About How You Say It

If there was such a thing as the Little Red Coaching Psychology Manual, the first chapter would start off with, "It's not what you say, but how you say it." Here are some tips that should be in the even the most concise coaching psychology manual. 3 Tips To Connecting Through Language "You" is usually the best way to address someone. "We" can sound placating and condescending. Didn't you hate it when teachers said something like, "Class. We better line up quickly and quietly if we don't … [Read more...]

What Does A Freak Show Have To Do With Coaching Techniques For PFTS?

One of the key coaching techniques for pfts (that's code for profits) is to grab people's attention. Did you know that it's virtually impossible for us as humans to see another human in an unfamiliar position and to not look? That's why we loved the book, "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" as children and are drawn to shows like Circ de Soleil as adults. How can we use apply this to our coaching techniques and profit? I Like Freaky Things And Other Coaching Techniques For PFTS If you have a … [Read more...]

Fun Breakthroughs: Should A Personal Life Coach Bungee Jump?

What should a personal life coach do if she were to be invited to go bungee jumping to help a friend celebrate a major accomplishment? Is it a requirement to face all your personal fears as a life coach? Where does a life coach draw the line? It's not as easy as it sounds. Personal Life Coaches Are Supposed To Play Big...Right? I've learned as a personal life coach that my clients suffer when I'm not expanding my own comfort zone. I also believe if you're not growing, you're dying. I am … [Read more...]

Best Practices In Coaching: Getting To The Root Of The Problem

Even the best practices in coaching won't help you if you can't diagnose the issue. When we talk about diagnosis in coaching, we are really talking about identifying what people really want. According to modern psychology , what people really want is to get their needs met. The most essential needs to survival are certainty (comfort and safety), love (connectedness), significance (being valuable or needed), and variety. So how do you figure out what people need? Is there really a best practice … [Read more...]

A Surprise Personal Coaching Training From My Mother-In-Law

  Who loves to get personal coaching training from their mother-in-law? I admit I have a rare relationship with my mother-in-law. I don't think of her as the stereotype, she is more like a hero. Today she got an award with a crowd of 500 people giving her a standing ovation for one of her lifetime achievements in contributing to the lives of others. It made me realize that many coaches would love to be in her shoes, and that she is highly qualified to provide personal coach … [Read more...]

How To Tell If A Certified Life Coach Online Training Is A Lemon

Certified life coach online training companies are popping up everywhere these days. There are so many certified life coaching trainings online and no one to really objectively critique the quality. Even the International Coaching Federation has dropped the ball here and failed to do more than create hoops for training companies to jump through, without really assessing the level of competence of their graduates. So what's a would be coach to do? You have to be ready to do your homework before … [Read more...]