01 Aug How to Become a Life Coach
How to Become a Life Coach
Life coaching is a profession that has become more popular in recent years. There are many people interested in becoming a life coach for various reasons, and there are many different ways to go about becoming a life coach. Here, we thought we’d offer some of our personal experience, tips, and a guide to becoming a coach.
Why Become a Coach?
First, we should consider why one may be interested in becoming a coach. There are many different types of life coaches out there, so reasons may vary across specialties and industries. Generally speaking, life coaches are people who have a set of skills and the specific desire to help others grow in some way.
This may be growth in relation to career, spiritual life, mental health, social relationships, or a number of other places. If you’re thinking of becoming a coach, you probably have a calling in you somewhere to help people. Coaches tend to know deep down that they have a special ability to reach people and help them.
By becoming a life coach, you will have the opportunity to connect with people hoping to grow and impact true change in their lives. A life coach has the potential to dramatically change a person’s life, and the connection with your clients will be beautiful and fulfilling.
What Makes a Good Life Coach?
There are many different qualities that may be helpful in being a life coach. These may include a desire to help others, emotional intelligence, organization, empathy, and curiosity. You should probably have relative stability in your own life. This doesn’t mean your life has to be absolutely perfect though.
As a coach, you should have a stable practice of growth, but you don’t need to be perfect. Rather, you should be willing to learn new things and grow, much as you will ask your clients to do. Becoming a coach means you will be asking people to step outside their comfort zones, trust you, and work to move forward. Ideally, you will have done so in some form yourself.
A coach needs to have the ability to both meet people where they are and encourage them to move forward. One of the most important qualities in a life coach is the intuitive ability to see strengths and weaknesses in those around them. By cultivating this ability, you will be able to connect with your clients and see them more clearly.
Education and Certification
There are tons of life coach certification programs out there. Before you sign up for any specific program, please make sure to do your research! Coaching programs and certifications may run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $20,000. Some are offered by independent organizations while others are offered by reputable schools and institutions.
Look for reviews, talk to other coaches, and speak with the organization you are looking at. We’re not here to tell you that the most expensive option is hands-down the best one. However, the life coaching certification programs that are just a couple hundred dollars and last a day or two may not give you the skills you need to be a successful life coach and run a successful business.
It’s important to recognize there are multiple pieces of certification and education in relation to life coaching. We need to look at a few factors before choosing a program. First, we need to build the set of skills to be an effective coach for those that we work with. This means we shouldn’t necessarily go with the shortest or cheapest program. Rather, we need to consider the tools we will be offered in order to help us progress as coaches.
Next, we need to consider the reputation of the certifying organization. If we complete a program with a reputable university, our certification is probably more likely to be taken seriously than if we complete a certification program through a certifying body nobody knows. This doesn’t mean the smaller or more unknown programs aren’t good! They can be wonderful, and sometimes even offer more specialty trainings. It’s just something worth considering.
Finally, you may want to consider if they program offers some kind of help in building a life coaching business. It’s of course useful to learn the right set of skills to work with individuals, but we also need to learn a bit about building a successful business. From creating a website to forming payment options, we may want to find a program that helps us build a foundation for our new businesses.
Picking a Specialty
An important step in becoming a life coach is picking a specialty. If you target everyone, you’re targeting no one! You should pick a niche in which to work. You may want to consider your own personal experience, where your passions lie, and what you have been able to work with effectively.
Specialties may include:
- Sober coaching
- Business/career coaching
- Relationship coaching
- Startup coaching
- Divorce coaching
- Teen/young adult coaching
- Grief coaching
- Academic coaching
- Organizational coaching
- Spiritual/religious coaching
- Meditation coaching
- Public speaking coaching
- Fitness or nutrition coaching
You don’t need to stick strictly to just one type of coaching. However, it’s good to know your ideal clientele and have a specialty. Figure out where your skills may be most useful to people in helping them grow.
- Finding Life Coaching Clients
One thing you have to plan for regardless of the route you take is how you’re going to get clients. When considering how to become a life coach, you need to consider how you’re going to find life coaching clients! They’re out there. People are looking for help growing. You just need a plan to find them.
This may include multiple methods of getting clients including getting referrals, finding clients from search engines and ads, using social media, attending conferences, and using print marketing. Whatever method you use, you need to consider how you’re going to find clients. You can be the best coach in the world, but if you aren’t getting yourself out there and found, you won’t be successful. This is an important aspect of becoming a coach that many people neglect, so be sure to plan ahead of time!