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I Want To Be A Life Coach

Whenever I get asked what I do for a living and reply that I'm a Life Coach, I usually get either one of two responses. The first is a blank stare as though I told them I wrestle mountain goats for a living and they aren't quite sure what to say. And the other one is "I"d like to be a Life Coach, I think I'd be good at that"

Even though life teaching, or at least competent Life Coaching is a highly skilled practice, it seems that a great deal of people think they would be good at it from the get-go and without any Life Coach training. After all, how hard can it be? You listen to somebody telling you their problems and then you fix them.

Unfortunately, it isn't quite that easy and Life tutors aren't paid to fix people or ram advice down clients throats. They are paid to ask the right questions at the right time in order to shift a clients thinking. After all, if cannot get his client to think differently this change is only ever going to happen by chance. And that's not the most effective way to move through life.

So when somebody tells me they would like usually ask them why they think they are suited to the roll. Nine times out of ten they will reply that they are a great listener and I agree, that is a good starting point.

Life Coaches do indeed need to be great listeners, but there is so much more to it than that. They also need to be great rapport builders, great question asks, great motivators, great lateral thinkers and not be afraid to ask tough challenging questions.

And that last part is harder than you may think because many people (including inexperienced Life Coaches) shy away from asking the really tough questions for fear of upsetting people. However, if you are in genuinely in rapport with somebody asking tough questions is not as risky as you may imagine. Especially is it is asked in the right way.

"Why didn't you do that assignment?" is a terrible and confrontational question to ask a client because it forces them to defend themselves. Whereas, "what prevented you from doing your assignment" is a cool question.

The former is accusatory and the latter is solution focused and has the client searching for ways to follow through in the future. So in effect you have turned what may have been a tough and challenging question into one that is easy for the client to hear and likely to produce a solution.

If you fancy becoming would say, "Excellent, now go and get some training and do the necessary work, because Life Coaches are made and not born".