Are you wondering what qualifications do you need to become a life coach? Many people interested in becoming certified life coaches are deterred by high price tags and strict educational guidelines. The truth is life coaching is largely unregulated meaning that there are no formal qualifications required for most positions.
Anyone can become a coach and help others live happier lives so long as they have compassion, an open mind, willingness to help others, good listening skills, empathy, and some time on their hands. While professional certifications may be helpful for distinguishing yourself from less qualified competitors it’s certainly not necessary to start your own practice. Still, you need several skills before you can become a certified life coach.
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So, what qualifications do you need to become a life coach?
Here are seven essential skills /qualifications to become a life coach.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
This is perhaps one of the most important requirements. If you are not very good with words and language, then people will be wary about hiring you as a life coach.
- A positive outlook on life and a passion for helping others
Life coaches help others set goals in areas where they struggle to find direction. To do that you must believe in yourself, your abilities, and your clients’ abilities to improve their lives by overcoming challenges along their journey of self-improvement.
- An interest in and love for people
A good life coach should enjoy helping people solve their personal challenges so that they can achieve their goals in life, work, and career. People are drawn to those who genuinely care about them; those who seem fake or insincere never make it big as life coaches. So, if you love people, then chances are high that you will become very successful in your field of choice.
- An ability to commit yourself wholeheartedly
Before you apply for any professional certification program, make sure that coaching is something you want to do for many years ahead because once you decide on becoming a life coach, there is no turning back on your decision unless, of course, you encounter some drastic change in your outlook on life or you lose interest in coaching altogether.
Some people who are drawn to improving others’ lives choose writing self-help books as their outlet rather than going into training and then doing it professionally; but if you have all these qualities, then why not pursue it as a full-time career? The road to success might be harder than you think but with hard work, determination, and persistence anything is possible so go out there and achieve your goals.
- An ability to help people set realistic goals
To succeed in goal setting, people need motivation and encouragement along with assistance in learning how to overcome obstacles they will inevitably face down their journey of self-improvement.
This, however, is not an easy task because many individuals fail in their attempts at self-improvement no matter how much others encourage them; but if you can truly motivate them, then chances are very high that your clients’ lives will improve greatly when they follow your advice on how to achieve goals successfully.
- An ability to listen
Another important life coaching skill is being able to listen actively without interrupting or judging those who seek help from life coaches. It takes time and practice before you become good at it but with time and patience anyone can master active listening skills which are vital for all kinds of counselors from marriage therapists to school counselors who work with children—and that includes life coaches as well!
Active listening means that you hear what your client says, you maintain eye contact, and keep nodding; and when they have finished speaking, you repeat back in your own words exactly what they have said so far so that there are no misunderstandings between them and yourself.
- A keen sense of observation
Life coaches must understand what is going on in their clients’ lives by observing them carefully and then asking questions that elicit answers from people who seek help from life coaches. When you observe someone closely, you learn more about them; if you ask effective questions, then your clients will be able to open up more and reveal themselves in ways they might not do otherwise—and therein lies your success as a life coach!
Final remarks on qualifications that are needed in life coaching
If you have been asking the question: “What qualifications do you need to become a life coach?”, you now have answers to all your questions. From being able to set and achieve realistic goals, through listening actively without interrupting or judging and finally being able to help people by observing them closely, you now know everything you need to be successful as a life coach. Remember that every person has different challenges that must be addressed differently.
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