How to Encourage the New Coach AND Be Honest, too!

OK. You‘re a new coach. You ask yourself: “Where do I start? Is this as overwhelming a field as it seems?” The simple answer is: “Yes!” But here is some guidance to deal with the most exhilarating, and – let’s face it – intimidating moment of your life. Is Coaching as Vast a Field as It Seems? Yes! And that is a lot of the fun of it. Where else can you positively impact so many people in so many ways at such a profound level? The answer is nowhere else! But how can you feel confident in a … [Read more...]

Become a Life Coach: What Every New Coach Needs to Understand to Survive

In order to become a life coach it’s essential that you learn to overcome rationalization.  Most of the time, a new coach will avoid the very thing that would free him.  Just like people avoid exercising when they are stressed out and students clean their dorm rooms before studying for exams.  It’s not easy to become a life coach who makes a good living.  Whether you are a new coach or a veteran, the trip to the top takes enough guts. Become a Life Coach Who Doesn’t Rely on Excuses The most … [Read more...]

Become a Life Coach… Or a Better Coach

  How can you become a life coach…or a better coach? One thing you will have to do is to get out of your own comfort zone. Think contrast. If you listen to rock, go to watch an opera. If you love steak and potatoes, go to eat at a restaurant that serves raw vegan food. Does that sound too wild and crazy? Why not study a foreign language, then travel to a country that speaks that language and get to know the locals. Get out there and do something you’ve never done before, without … [Read more...]

Wellness and Extreme Care Coach Training

Wellness and extreme care coach training can be an important part of what you learn as you become a life coach. Why? Because when you coach a lot of people you are going to run into wellness issues. I've coached thousands of people, so I think at this point I've almost 'seen it all' when it comes to challenges of the human condition, but even after coaching 20 or 30 I had run into 'wellness' issues. What is a 'wellness issue'? It is some problem having to do with the health of your … [Read more...]

Coaching Jobs– The oldest occupation?

  When you think of coaching jobs, do you think of the ancient cave dwellers? Why not? From the earliest days the older or more skilled taught the younger how to hunt, cook, paint pictures on cave walls, and any other skills that were needed to train others how to be useful and effective members of their communities. As people became older and more experienced, they rose to positions of leadership. Those who were effective at teaching were held in the highest esteem. And long after these … [Read more...]

Becoming a Life Coach… A Story About Winning

  When I think about becoming a life coach, I think about my high school cross country and track coach, David. At that time, I wanted to become a coach like him…although the thought of coaching the regular PE classes and teaching remedial math did not appeal to me. I could tell those aspects of his job probably made him want to pull out his hair, because it was obvious to me that his passion was coaching.   When I wrote about the subject, “What is a Life Coach?, in a previous article, I wrote … [Read more...]

What to Look for in a Career Coach Training Program

  How do you find a career coach training program that will help you become a world class coach? First of all, you will need to know your strengths and weaknesses. Find out if the program you are interested in does any type ofassessments, such as the DISC or Values assessments. The results will give your coaches insight about you, and may also help you define which type of coaching you will be most naturally most adept.   In addition to weekly training sessions, your career coach … [Read more...]

What is a Life Coach?

  When someone asks, “What is a Life Coach?”, what’s the usual answer? As coaches we help our clients achieve specific, measurable results. Through an ongoing coaching relationship, clients learn how to produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, and businesses. We help people improve their performance and quality of their life.   But more specifically, what IS a life coach? Here are five different types of coaches. Which are you?   Consultant - The consultant provides … [Read more...]

Coaches Training Institute versus Apprenticeship…How to Learn Your Trade

What do a coaches training institute and an 18th century apprenticeship have in common? Not much…or do they? Benjamin Franklin began his career as an apprentice for his brother who was a printer. Before Ben ran away from this abusive situation at age 17, he learned skills that helped to pave the way for his success. Apprenticeships are still very common today, although not usually with a huge, sweaty guy in a blacksmith or print shop. We’re more likely to call them internships or vocational … [Read more...]

Leadership Training and Coaching: 5 steps to Success

  How can leadership training and coaching get me from A to B, once I decide where B is?   It starts with… 1. INTEREST. A thought of what might be. This is where most people begin and end. We might talk about it, but there is no emotional drive or action taking place. It’s like a typical motivational or training seminar, where we come home and continue our life as it has always been. UNLESS, you are one of the fortunate few to become… 2. DISSATISFIED: Now we’re talking…or … [Read more...]