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How to become a Life Coach

Life Coach
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Do you class yourself as a people person? Do you pride yourself on the excellent advice you're always offering to friends in need? If the answer's yes, then you could make the ideal Life Coach...

A life coach helps individuals identify and achieve their personal and professional goals by providing guidance, support, and accountability. They work with clients to clarify their values, aspirations, and obstacles, and then assist them in creating actionable plans to move forward.

You could specialise in particular areas such as careers, or you might choose to give more general advice.

Typical responsibilities for a Life Coach include:

  • Meeting clients individually or in groups to discuss problems and challenges
  • Helping people to explore their options and set goals to achieve their ultimate aims
  • Help clients overcome setbacks
  • Giving motivational talks to those whose confidence is lacking

If you're a bit of a pessimist and consider any form of self-evaluation to be 'navel-gazing', then this probably isn't the profession for you. However, it could be ideal if you look on the bright side and want to help others do the same.

A good Life Coach will be:

  • A great listener
  • Good at communicating with people from all walks of life
  • Non-judgemental
  • Able to keep clients' details confidential
  • Great at helping clients to explore issues without telling them what to do
  • Confident at public speaking

"I've always seen myself as a provider of good advice to my friends and family, so it was natural that I came upon Life Coaching several years ago. This job is all about helping people to see the glass half-full and finding new ways for them to achieve those goals they might have thought are unattainable. I love it when my clients make the decision to take positive actions to improve their mental and sometimes physical well-being - it's what makes all my work worthwhile."

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