If you have been searching the internet for something, you will most likely get a life coach site popping up in your results at some point. Life Coaching has evolved through the years and continues to change and grow – but what is life coaching, how will you choose a life coach, and what should you be familiar with?
Niche in life coaching is the existing theme – this means that a life coach ‘specializes’ in one single or even a few areas only. There are numerous life coaches though who still could be considered general life coaches and give you a much broader array of coaching services. Industry is pushing life coaches to own specific niche’s quite hard and explain that people prefers ‘specialists’ and are willing to cover more for them. It’s rather such as the medical profession, Oussama mansour coach you’ve generalists, generalists with an inferior focus, specialists with a broad focus and specialists with very specific focus topics. So, everyone entering coaching is told to have a niche; maybe it’s life coaching, client attraction, marketing, public relations, Christian, organization, health, financial and many, many more areas that ‘coaching’ will be offered in.
Throughout my research, I was totally amazed at how few life coaches will post their prices but in addition, and perhaps even more to the point, they do not post their educational or work experience! I don’t know about you, but I’m not really thinking about sharing my dreams and goals with someone unless they are qualified and meaning having work, life and educational experience inside their ‘niche’ or coaching areas. I’ve asked a great many other coaches, and some of them are perfectly known and successful, and been told that education and experience aren’t important! So, I guess from that, when someone worked at the local animal shelter and didn’t graduate from senior high school, they are equally well qualified to offer life coaching services as everyone else. NOT in my own book. We take a look at loads of information before we purchase a car, before we choose a health care provider, and even before we obtain a mattress. Why wouldn’t it mean something in what education and work/life experiences a life coach has? So, buyer beware!
Why people should try Life Coaching:
Life Coaching is an incredible method for people to remain motivated, keep their focus, gain self-insights and strive to achieve their goals. Life Coaching deals with the here and now and goes forward from there, it’s an action based co-active coaching style that is nothing like therapy which deals with past life events and more psychological issues. A life coach needs to have the educational/work/life experiences and tools necessary to meet the needs of these customers and if not, then say so and refer the client to a life coach that does. I recently tried to acquire a referral network started at the life span coach school I attended, to ensure that I and others would know where to refer a person if I felt their needs could be better met by another. Only two other coaches felt secure enough to place their strengths available – no-one else!
In today’s busy, fast-paced world, it’s often full of stress, little personal support and difficult to achieve your goals or solve problems. Life Coaching is a superb means to help a person with achieving their goals, solving problems, getting the support they want to ensure that life is less difficult and overall, improved.
What to look for in a Coach:
Techniques for you, as a person in picking a life coach include: know in advance what you would like to achieve with a life coach and have the ability to answer what sort of coach can best assist you and you with them. It can be helpful to have idea on what long you’re willing to stay coaching before you expect to achieve your results and how much you are able; research different life coach websites and read their articles, newsletters and take a look at their education/work/life experience and training; interview 3 different coaches – include in the interview all of your questions on experience, prices, types of accomplishments related to your goal, the length of time do they think it would take to achieve your goal, explain how you want to work with a coach and ask what their type of coaching is; look for two references that had goals similar to yours; and most of all, ensure the life span coach you decide on is the one that you ‘connect’ with or that ‘feels right’ to you. Other possible questions may be asking what the life span coach feels are their strengths and weaknesses. Also be mindful if you obtain the impression that the life span coach may wind up ‘letting you know what things to do’ or pressuring you into goals or avenues that you do not want and they seem more the agenda of the coach than yours.
Life Coaching is supposed to be about the client and what they wish to achieve and their type of learning/growing/achieving through the method of reaching their goals. It’s not about the life span coach. In reality, every life coach’s goal must be to place themselves out of business. If coaching were done well, then eventually, fewer people would require it. As the word goes, ‘guide them to fish as opposed to feeding them fish and they will never go hungry’ ;.Costs forever coaching services can typically run $300-$600 per month and some should go to $300 or more an hour. Some coaches actually earn $18,000 hour. If the life span coaches you check-out don’t publish their costs, ask.
What’s the future of Life Coaching?
Where’s Life Coaching going in the future? While the economy and the increasing stress of everyday activity is severely hurting the quality of people’s lives, life coaching will continue to develop in the number of people it serves in addition to the amount of life coaches entering the field. The number of people utilising the web and becoming web based businesses will continue to increase the amount of coaches who provide marketing, client attraction and who start business kinds of services.
One of many newer life coaching waves coming is ‘Wellness Coaching’ which resembles health coaching. Of concern in my experience is that lots of, who’re entering this ‘niche’, receive only 20 hrs of training. Many life coaches practicing health or wellness coaching haven’t checked their state’s laws about what they are able to and cannot coach on in this ‘niche’ ;.A life coach cannot treat, diagnose, cure, prescribe or provide counseling. As a Holistic Practitioner, Certified Life Coach and Licensed Social Worker, I fear for folks receiving life coaching services on health related subjects from life coaches with so little background in health and thus the potential for harm of the client may occur. This really is my concern and opinion which can be shared by some and not by others. The pressure for more specific specialization, ‘niching’, will probably increase as well.
Will social media change the face area of coaching? That’s unknown as of this time. There are numerous blogs and forums now that folks can access for support for their specific needs, meet and get to learn others thinking about the exact same things. The world has gotten smaller and it’s easier to locate people to speak to online, yet we are more isolated in our ‘real’ lives than ever before.
I envision the complexities of marketing, which include free give aways, membership groups, increased administrative time (which means less time for coaching), hard selling and heavy marketing will continue to increase, as well. I envision you will see expanded Coaching Schools that provide coaching education that provides core basics for several kinds of coaching and then gives additional education in specific areas of specialty kinds of coaching. These will greatly lead to raised qualified service providers. I found it amazing, just how many coaches actually came out of the computer field from computer programming, IT support, web design and such. I actually do hope that something can be done to be sure the competency, skill, education, and connection with life coaches becomes more uniform and is not as much a ‘shooting in a barrel’ experience for customers to locate truly skilled and dedicated coaches.