Business surveys show that today there is a high demand for life coaches. Moreover, it is quite a prestigious profession. Becoming a life coach requires some skills.
Here is some advice, which may help you in case you have chosen this job.
Developing effective coaching skills
Going to college gives you general knowledge, which you will use in your work. Your clients will be different people with different education levels. Thus, you have to find the unique approach to each of them. There are special classes for life coaches in Harvard, Yale, George Washington, NYU, Georgetown, Penn State, UC Berkeley and the University of Texas at Dallas. Getting a certificate there will help you to convince your future clients that you are a great specialist in this area.
Self-development. It is very useful to attend various seminars and meeting dedicated to life coaching. To suggest something new, you have to visit at least five events in a month in order to know the actual situation and famous names and views. It will allow you to keep pace with the rapid development of this profession and to be able to offer relevant ideas. Thus, you will develop yourself regularly.
Part-time job. Be realistic. This profession is only gaining popularity. You will not get enough money at first. You have to create yourself, your name, popularity, the base of regular clients, etc. However, in the beginning, you still should have some work to ensure normal living standards. Try to find something connected with life coaching or something else where you have enough time to improve your skills and get new experiences.
Own business. Most life coaches work by themselves. They pay taxes, make up the schedules, and search for new clients. Thus, you should have a mentor (an experienced coach) who will show you all the secrets of setting up your business. You may contact in various ways through the internet, join group meetings, or even by phone. Your life has to be the example for others and show how your pieces of advice can make their life better. Besides, you may use the web to advertise your services. Of course, be careful, there are a lot of crooks on the network.
Hometask. If you are a life coach, you have to control your clients even at home. Give them homework and check the results. Try to find the unique approach to each customer. Sometimes, there may be clients with whom you will not be able to cope. In this case, ask your mentor or coach groups for advice.