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How to Become a Life Coach
We often get asked the question about how to become a life coach and if it’s a profitable profession. Here are our thoughts…
Coaching is not for everyone and there are many traits needed to be a good coach that some people miss. In saying that, it depends on how much you want it, as (overtime) you can learn many of the skills. It’s also important to keep in mind that working as a coach means being self-employed. If you are to have any chance of making a living (provided you can coach) you will also need some experience in marketing and operating a business.
To Be Or Not To Be formally qualified
This is one for on-going debate. Both arguments make sense. Having people get into the coaching profession with little or no understanding of how to actually coach is not a good thing. Coaching is an art form that requires a deep understanding and mastery of specific skills. You want to help your clients while building a solid reputation. This is vital to succeeding in the coaching profession.
On the flip side, most of the courses available that credit people with coaching credentials are both a waste of time and money. They will charge you high fees while teaching you very little. Unlike a counselling diploma or psychology degree, most coaching courses lack depth. You need some kind of testing mechanism combined with ongoing support. There should also be some form of supervision. Coaches must deal with transference and projection like any other helper. If choosing to get qualified (still recommended) make sure to do your research!
Becoming A Life Coach
As mentioned, the majority of life coaches work for themselves. You have a practice when you have clients. We have written multiple articles on marketing your coaching business and these can be found on the blog. Before you make the decision to enter this field, make sure you have a clear understanding of how to both coach and attract clients. If you have a strong passion for coaching, the drive to succeed and are willing to learn – you can make this happen.
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