Becoming A Life Coach:
How To Achieve Professional Status

Thinking of Becoming a Life Coach? Reading and considering this information will help you gain a deeper understanding and decide if a life coaching career is for you.

What does a life coach do?

A life coach guides a willing (and sometimes not so willing) client, using careful questioning and feedback, to achieve their outcomes and break through any obstacles or "stuff" that is getting in their way.

However, whatever path you choose, the basic qualities you need to succeed are always the same – real coaching skills, empathy, and authenticity.

This applies to any situation: personal growth to executive and corporate coaching.

I've put together a Checklist of Coaching Skills and Aptitudes for you to see what else is involved in becoming a life coach and being a top rate professional.

How do I become a qualified life coach?

There are good and not so good answers to the question and I cover it more here:  How Do I Become a Life Coach?

My recommendations for becoming a credible, professional coach with integrity are:

1. Get Some Coach Specific Training:
I can't emphasize enough that I believe it is a must to have some specific training in coaching skills from a reputable Life Coaching School that fits your needs.

Also, get credible Life Coaching Qualifications even if you already have qualifications in a related discipline.

Although related to consulting and therapy, coaching is different so you may be able to use many of your existing skills.  Find out more about the differences.

2. Get Some Support!
Once you have been trained, there are many benefits in using Coaching Supervision or Mentoring.

A trained mentor or supervisor can help you choose the most appropriate training program, set up your practice, advance your skills and keep you on track with the integrity of your coaching.

For more support and to further your career, you might also consider joining an independent Life Coaching Association that offers credentialing for coaches and accreditation for trainings as well as a coaching community for you to become part of.

A life coaching association provides the mentor supervision support you need

3. Decide How and Where You Will Coach
As you will discover, there are many different types of coaching environments and opportunities for Life Coaching Jobs  to explore.

Your choice of who and where you would like to coach may be based on not only your preference but on the background and experience you bring to to the profession. I have included highly relevant and extensive information about choosing your niche which is particularly appropriate if you want to stand out.

Another thing to consider is How You Can Deliver Your Coaching.

This page discussing the pros and cons of the ways you can work with a client (face-to-face, by telephone or online)and has lots of useful information to help you decide the best way.

4. Just do it!
So that should all get you started on your quest of becoming a life coach. Enjoy your exploration of this section of the website and follow the links to the many other resources.

I look forward to any comments and hearing of your experiences on the journey which you can share using the form below.

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