Life coaches, like their clients, come from a diverse range of backgrounds. They share not only a desire to help others live fulfilling lives but also a desire to improve their personal development.
Life coaches frequently come from other fields of work. For example, they could be a fitness trainer who wants to expand their services to include life coaching. They could be a therapist who wants to branch out into life coaching or a nutritionist who wants to do life coaching on the side. Sometimes, they may be someone with a wealth of life experience who believes they have something valuable to offer others.
Some life coaches prefer to coach in their area of specialization. The fitness trainer, for example, may choose to coach people with fitness-related issues. Others will seek to expand their knowledge in other areas so that they can incorporate them into their coaching repertoire.
Some essential skills that a coach must have or develop are:
- Excellent listening abilities
- Excellent communication abilities
- Patience is a virtue.
- Perseverance is a virtue.
- Feelings of sympathy
- Punctuality is essential.
- Managing People
- A great sense of humor
Of course, there are numerous other skills that a coach may possess or develop. The most important thing for a client is to respect their coach and build rapport and trust with them.
Furthermore, life coaching is similar to other professions in that it can produce highs and lows. Some of the benefits are as follows:
- Personal development in various areas of life
- New challenges are exciting.
- It’s satisfying to see a client achieve their objectives.
- It’s interesting to work with different clients and goals.
- Flexible working hours
- You can be your boss
Some of the drawbacks are as follows:
- Unsociable hours may be required.
- Some customers may be overly demanding.
- It may take some time for clients to notice positive changes.
- It can be disheartening when you are unable to work with a client.
- Some clients may develop dependency.
- If you do not have sufficient clients, you may find yourself in financial difficulty.
As a coach, you must be resilient and perseverant to weather the storms and capitalize on the opportunities. After all, you are a mentor and, for some, a role model; if you are seen to be having problems, you will not be regarded favorably.
Life coaches can work for themselves or another person.
Working for a Corporation
Life coaches may occasionally work for another organization. As part of the organization, they may provide coaching to employees or clients. A group of counsellors, for example, may also include life coaches who can provide additional support to their clients.
Many major cities now have consultancies that may employ one or more life coaches. These work similarly to a counselling practice or psychology clinic in that a new client is paired with a coach whose skills or training closely match the areas the client has articulated as areas they would like to improve or change.
Other Coaching Organizations
Some life coaches can work for coaching organizations. Athletes, for example, may have coaches who help them improve their athletic performance. However, a life coach may be hired to look at other aspects of that person’s life and assist them in those areas. A top athlete, for example, may suddenly begin to lose races. Their training coach can help them in attempting to maintain their sporting performance. However, it could be due to other issues – they are no longer interested, they are in a financial crisis, they are in a personal situation at home, and so on – in which case a life coach may be better able to assist them.
The majority of life coaches work for themselves. They may support clients from the comfort of their own homes or office. As a self-employed individual, the life coach must also manage their accounts, administration, marketing, and finding new clients. Some life coaches work full-time with clients, while others only work part-time (perhaps because they are semi-retired). Some people may work as a life coach while also working another job. It entirely depends on the life coach and their goals for their work.