If you want to become a life coach then where to begin? We explore the skills needed and the best way to get in.
If you are thinking about becoming a life coach there are a few things that you will need to consider. To become a life coach you will need to obtain a number of certifications and qualifications. As with any other professional job, life coaches are required to possess very specific skills, standards of conduct, and undertake a set foundation/schedule of training in order to qualify.
Although you may feel that you have life experience and that you are good at talking to people, without the relevant training, certifications and qualifications behind you, you are unlikely to secure the business that you need in order to become a full-time life coach and make a living from the job.
To this end, the first thing that you will need to do if you want to become a life coach is to find out more about any set standards for professional life coaching ethics, training and practices.
Generally speaking, you will need to attend an accredited professional school and follow a set training schedule in order to receive life coaching accreditation. Don’t be tempted to lie about training, certifications and qualifications – if you do this you are deceiving your patients and you could also be breaking the law.
Naturally you will need to budget for any training that you may require to become a life coach, but once you have completed the relevant training, you will be in a good position to start looking for business.
Don’t underestimate the importance of building a professional level of personal chemistry with your clients. In many cases, potential ‘patients’ will look for a life coach that they can get on with (i.e. talk to very easily about their personal issues) and trust in addition to one who has the relevant training and qualifications.
It is vital to build a professional relationship with clients to not only ensure that they return to see you, but also to ensure that are able to help them resolve with any issues that they may have. This may sound like a simple process in concept, but life coaching can be a very demanding and difficult job at times.
Finally, be prepared to answer any questions or address any concerns that a potential client may have. Naturally, clients will want to find out more about you and how you can help them, so take the time to chat to clients, either on the phone or by meeting them in person, to make sure that you are in a position to help them.