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LIFE COACHING OVERVIEW
Well, a qualified and skilled life coach is one who will help you transform any blocks, doubts and barriers that are getting in the way of your success and wellbeing. They will encourage you to think at a deeper level and discover what habits or beliefs are holding you back from achieving the life you desire to live.
Be warned. They’ll challenge your pre-conceived ideas about what is possible and what you’re capable of. They’ll encourage you to do the things you want to do, but never thought you could. A life coach is someone to whom you can turn for guidance, advice, support, and accountability.
To be super clear, a life coach is not a counsellor or psychologist nor is a life coach there to tell you what to do. A skilled life coach will facilitate your goals, without pushing their own ideas or opinions on you. A life coach helps you focus on the now and the near future rather dwell and stay stuck in the past.
Let’s get one thing straight. Life coaching is ALL about you, the client. This means if you find a coach and can’t get a word in edgeways, run. And run fast!
But seriously, here’s how a coach can help:
Get clear. Crystal clear.
A skilled coach, through powerful questioning, will drill down to where are you now and get you crystal clear on where you want to go (and why).
A good coach will support you in setting very clear, attainable, inspiring goal/s and will help you create a plan of action so that you can efficiently achieve the goal/s.
It’s sometimes hard to consider a situation from another perspective yet there can be great power in being open to doing so. A skilled coach will challenge a client in this way that may at times feel uncomfortable but necessary for positive outcomes.
The most important skill of a good coach is the ability to listen and listen deeply. In my mind, this is the foundation to providing a client with THE best coaching experience. It’s through listening that a coach will provide powerful questioning that in turn allows a client to deeply reflect on their situation and come up with solutions (the solutions that you already have).
A life coach is that person who will dead set, hold you absolutely accountable to all agreed upon actions!
A good life coach can help you develop an inner confidence. And there’s a big difference between having inner confidence and a confident ‘façade’. It’s inner confidence I really like to build with my clients. It’s the confidence you need the most when – making decisions, taking risks, speaking up and standing tall in any situation.
This is my favourite! Believe it or not, most of us have self-imposed limitations and yes, they started in early childhood. Yet a skilled coach will recognise the barriers within you and work with you to smash these barriers that have been around well past their due date.
Once a client has clarity, a goal, an action plan, is challenging their situation, whilst gaining insight and consistently doing the work, positive change is guaranteed to happen.
Sadly, not all life coaches are created equally…
So it’s important you choose a professional life coach who has trained with an accredited institute or academy.
The right life coach for you must have the experience and skills to help you with your particular situation, that is, the area of your life you want to change. There are many coaches now who specifically offer coaching in the areas of career, business, health and wellbeing, relationships and general life coaching.
A coach should be able to tell you specifically how they work. If you’re hearing promises such as you’ll triple your income, and make all your dreams come true right away, run! And again, run very fast.
I recommend you think about what’s important to you in a life coach. For example, do you prefer a male or female? Does age matter? How about their life and work experience? Coaching method? Where they are located? Think about these things when you are searching for a coach.
What’s really important is this. You need to ‘click’ with a potential coach in the initial enquiry. Many coaches offer a 20 to 30 minute free consult via Skype or phone specifically so you can ask questions. TAKE UP THE OFFER. It’s at that point that you and the coach will determine if you are a good fit for each other.
Any change in your life is up to you and only you. So, a life coach is for you if you can answer yes to the following:
- I’m willing to put in the time to do the hard work required to experience positive change in my life
- I’m prepared to commit to and be fully present at all coaching sessions
- I’m willing to speak openly and honestly, and admit the areas where I need help
- I am willing to stretch myself outside of my comfort zone and try things I haven’t done before
- I am willing to change habits and patterns of behaviour that I may have been doing for years, if I discover that those habits are holding me back and stopping me being as effective as I can be
- I’m genuinely prepared to put the effort that’s required into this.
Here’s the thing: the key to change is actually doing the work. Reality is, if you don’t do the work, your life will stay the same.
About Change Coaching is for women ready to step up in life yet are seeking the support and skills to achieve this.
I come from a global corporate background so I understand life in the corporate world and all things that come with it.
I’m also a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, aunty, friend, exerciser, health and wellbeing advocate, writer, trainer, speaker, facilitator, lifelong learner and divorcee so hear me when I say I come with life experience plus the skills to exceed my client’s expectations.
My client’s come to me in many shapes and forms but the one thing they have in common is the strong desire to be successful (on their terms) in both their career and life.
I pride myself on supporting my clients through personal and professional transformation. I help my client’s gain the clarity and inner confidence to show up at work and in life as their true self.
COACHING SESSIONS AND GUARANTEE
After an initial consultation (the free 20 to 30 minute chat) and if you agree to go ahead, the next step is to determine how long you will work together whether it be a one-off session, 3 sessions or 6 sessions which are usually held fortnightly.
Then, prior to the first session, the coach should provide an initial questionnaire for you to complete and return before your first meeting. The types of questions include:
• What motivated you to work with a coach?
• What do you want to change in your life?
• What are your super strong points?
• What areas need tweaking?
• What do you want to achieve from coaching?
Your responses are designed to give your coach a basic understanding of who you are, what you want, and where you want to go.
You’re then ready for your first session. The objective of the first session is to go through the questionnaire in more detail, discuss and agree on your goal/s, set actions for the next session and agree on date for session two.
Most coaching sessions last for about 45 minutes to an hour. At each session, you and your coach will have the chance to speak about what has happened since the last time you met; review your goals; go through the actions from the previous session; agree upon actions for the period of time until you meet again.
Throughout the sessions, your coach will use questioning techniques to support a deeper level of thinking which will support you in moving ahead with your goal/s. They will also hold you accountable for completing your actions.
The frequency of coaching sessions can vary according to: packages offered by the coach; what your coach recommends; and what makes sense for you and your lifestyle.
Learn more about packages offered by About Change Coaching here.
Many people assume that life coaching happens in person. Most life coaches, however, find that coaching via Skype or by phone is just as effective than coaching in person.
Working with a coach via Skype or phone has many benefits. For example:
• You can find the best coach for you from anywhere around the globe.
• You can find a coach who specialises in the type of coaching that you need.
• You may be more willing to open up about yourself when you’re not face-to-face.
• You’ll save time by doing your coaching sessions anywhere – at home or on your lunch break at work. You don’t have to drive anywhere or find a park to meet your coach = EASY!
This depends on the coaching package you decide i.e. one-off, 3 sessions or 6 sessions. Payment can be discussed during an initial consultation.
My preferred methods of payment are Paypal and Direct Deposit.
About Change Coaching likes to make it super easy for clients to work with a coach and that includes offering a payment plan. Payment plans can be discussed during an initial consultation.
CONCERNS OR HESITATIONS
Of course you can but I’m guessing you’ve already tried to make changes and it didn’t work. Think about whether working with a life coach can improve the quality of your life now, in 1, 5 or 10 years time.
About Change Coaching understands that finances are a big consideration when deciding to work with a coach. That’s why I offer a payment plan. This means you can have the benefit of having a life coach with less of a financial challenge.
Having said that, please don’t let cost be the deciding factor.
What’s really important is whether you ‘click’ with a coach. I encourage people to go with their intuition when deciding on a coach. You want progress and you want it fast. You don’t need the pain of starting with the cheaper coach only to find you don’t ‘click’. Don’t waste your time or money.
Oh dear, it’s possible yes. Not that it’s happened for About Change Coaching. However. About Change Coaching provides peace of mind by offering a ‘no questions asked’ guarantee. Depending on the coaching package you select, if you are completely unhappy working with me, there is a ‘opt-out’ after a nominated number of sessions at no cost to you.
Please be open to taking up the offer of a free 20 to 30 minute consultation any coach may offer. It’s a great opportunity for you to learn about your coach, ask them questions, and see if they’re a good fit for you.
The initial conversation with a life coach should feel like your favourite pair of shoes. Comfortable.
Consider this – at times during coaching sessions, you may feel vulnerable as you confront the painful areas of your life and do the hard work that comes with personal growth. A good coach should create a safe and nurturing environment.
When you have an initial consultation, try and imagine if a coach makes you feel safe, but who also seems like they will challenge you to grow.
Trust your gut instinct.
You need to know this. Life Coaching is not a regulated industry. There are Institutes and Academies that run courses to become a Coach and who also offer certification but even so, not all coaches do the training or become certified.
I have done both. In fact, I have completed two coaching courses and I’m certified. I’ve also done four additional courses to provide THE best experience for my clients and will continue undertaking courses to continue to grow as a Coach.
Hand on heart, the majority of life coaches I know are good people who truly love what they do, and they do it well. The more experienced coaches either hold a higher education, come from a strong corporate background, are certified AND continue learning so they can be the best coach possible to their clients. Me included.
As I’ve said before, the most important thing is working with a coach who you connect with. If the connection is there, also consider their area of specialty, their experience, their character and their qualifications. Look at their website, social media accounts, ask for testimonials and ask ANY question you may have.
I would love to work with you however, if our paths don’t cross, I genuinely wish you all the very best.