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Introduction to How to Become a Life Coach
Would you like to learn how to become a life coach?
What if I told you that, how to become a life coach is not as difficult as you may think?
In fact, what if I told you that you are more than likely already on the path to becoming a life coach?
Before I begin, let’s look at some definitions of a life coach.
What is a Life Coach?
A life coach is a person who guides and supports an individual in setting goals to making changes within their lives.
Contrary to what some may think, life coaches are not the experts in helping an individual make a life change.
The client is the expert.
Life coaches use coaching skills, tools, and techniques to aid the individual in their own life change.
If you don’t know how to do this, you will, when you learn how to become a life coach.
Other life coach definitions include:
“an advisor who helps people make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems”
“A person who counsels or motivates others in the achievement of personal objectives such as choosing or changing careers, improving relationships, setting goals, and determining priorities.”
“partners with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential…”
Life Coach Career Decision Maker:
Now that you have a general definition of what a life coach is, use the decision maker below to determine if being a life coach is what you had in mind before you read this.
Please note, if you check off and answer yes to any statement in the second column, then you do not want to be a life coach.
What Does a Life Coach Do?
A life coach meets with clients 1-on-1 or in a group and conduct powerful coaching sessions that will help the client get from where they are to where they want to be.
The life coach can meet with them in person, over the telephone, or online.
When a client meets with a coach, they will let the coach know what they want to work on.
If a client is not clear about what they wish to work on, the life coach will use their coaching skills and techniques to help the client identify what they need to work on first.
Once the client has explained the problem they are having or have decided to begin working on a certain area of their life, the life coach begins work.
The life coach will discuss the issue with them.
Then the life coach helps the client identify roadblocks and assist them in getting over those roadblocks to moving on in life.
Next, the life coach will help the client in setting goals and creating action plans.
Lastly, the life coach meets with the client a few times a month, to discuss successes, help with problems, and to hold the client accountable.
How to Become a Life Coach?
To become a life coach, you must learn how to help someone with their problems by bringing out the answers they have inside of themselves.
You must learn how to help someone achieve their life goals.
You should know how to conduct a coaching session.
You should understand how the mind the works.
You should also know how to motivate and empower people.
The coaching industry is not regulated, therefore, if you know are skilled in each area above then technically you can start your life coaching career today.
If you are skilled in each area and would like to show your clients that you are legit, you should get your life coach certification.
However, if you are not skilled in each of those areas, then you should register for a life coach training program and get a life coach certification
Coaching Skills Inventory Rating Scale
To determine if you can start your coaching career today, rate yourself on a scale of 1-5.
1 = I have no clue
2 = I do, but I’m not sure if my method is an effective method
3 = Yes, I got this!
Please note, if you answer 1 or 2 to any of the statements, you should consider getting life coach training and certification.
How to Become a Certified Life Coach?
To become a certified life coach you need to choose a life coach training program that suits your needs.
You should select a program that you are comfortable with joining.
Choose a life coach training program that meets your learning style.
Do you learn better by listening to audios, watching videos, or reading the text?
You should also choose a program that is affordable to you.
More importantly, choose a life coach training program that is credible.
The best way to see if a program is credible is to read real student testimonials and contact the students.
Another way to see if a program is credible is to check if the program is recognized by a credible life coach organization.
Basic Coaching Skills
To become a certified life coach you should choose a life coach training program that covers the basic coaching skills.
Basic coaching skills include:
- motivating and empowering people
- powerful questioning
- active listening
- creating awareness
- goal attainment and action planning
- how the mind works
The life coach training program should be a personal development course for yourself and also teach you how to help others in personal development.
Advanced Coaching Skills
An excellent life coach training program is going to teach you how to help yourself and others transform their lives.
An excellent life coach training program will teach you skills and techniques such as:
- dealing with limiting beliefs
- how to achieve success
- how to increase happiness
- how to change behaviors
- how to find purpose and passion in life and more
How to Start a Life Coaching Business
An even more excellent life coach training program will teach you how to start and run your life coaching business and how to get clients.
The life coach training program you choose should totally support you in the beginning and throughout your life coaching career.
How do you want to learn?
When choosing a life coach training program, you should also decide how you want to learn.
Decide if you would like to complete a self-study program by reading books or complete an online self-study program.
Perhaps you prefer to take a live life coach training program.
Decide if you want to complete a live in-person course or if you prefer to complete a live online course.
Do you want to be recognized by an association?
Another important decision you need to make is to decide if you would like to seek additional credentials from a credible life coach association.
Although, it is not necessary to do so, this is highly recommended for Business Coaches more than Life Coaches.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is one of the top life coach associations in the world.
The ICF offers the following credentials:
Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Master Certified Coach (MCC)
If you decide to go for one of these designations, you will need to take a live life coach training program. This program can be live in-person or live online.
The International Association of Coaching (IAC) is another credible life coach association.
The IAC offers the following credentials:
Certified Masteries Coach (CMC)
Master Masteries Coach (MMC)
If you decide to go for one these credentials, you will need to take a course with an IAC Masteries™ licensed program.
So, the first step of how to become a certified life coach is to research and find a life coach training program that meets your needs.
To do this use the checklist below.
The more checks you have, the better the program is for you.
Life Coach Training Needs Checklist
How to Be a Life Coach?
To be a life coach you will need to acquire positive characteristics and traits that include:
- A genuine concern for people.
- A warm and inviting personality.
- High personal standards.
- A vision and knowing what you want to achieve in life.
- Being a positive thinker
- A strong sense of self-awareness.
- A great understanding of emotional intelligence and at the very least working on your own emotional maturity.
- Effective communication skills
- Being intuitive, perceptive, and inquisitive.
- An understanding and demonstration of how to develop and maintain positive relationships.
- Being motivating and empowering to others.
Everything except for number 1 can be learned.
If a life coach training program teaches both the basic and advanced coaching skills, you should be able to learn characteristics and traits 2-11 from their program.
Use the checklist below to determine:
- If you are ready to be a life coach
- If you should be a life coach
- If you need to learn how to be a life coach
Please note, if you don’t check number 1, you should not be a life coach.
Life Coach Characteristics and Traits Checklist
Types of Life Coach Jobs
The great thing about becoming a life coach is that you don’t have to work for anyone.
You can start your own coaching business.
This is your opportunity to work independently, or you can partner and work alongside other coaches.
- Conduct 1-on-1 coaching sessions
- Hold group coaching sessions
- Create coaching programs
- Create coaching products
- Conduct and speak at seminars and events
You don’t have to quit your job right away to start your business. Build your business and when your coaching business is generating enough income for you to quit, then quit.
Find a life coach job
As a life coach, you can also work for other companies.
Once you have been trained, you would have acquired skills necessary to land an entry-level position in the human services industry.
Type of life coach jobs include:
- life coach
- life skills coach
- career coach
- job coach for individuals with disabilities
- youth coach
If you have a degree in human services, then your chances of landing a job are even better.
Type the above terms in this box and see what positions show up in your area.
How Much Does a Life Coach Make?
A life coach makes between $26,000 – $274,000 a year.
According to the 2012 ICF Global Survey, a life coach makes an average of $47,900 a year.
There are many factors to consider when looking at how much money a life coach makes.
How much a life coach make depends on:
- Whether the coach is working full time or part time
- How many clients the coach is seeing a month
- How much the coach is charging per session
- Whether they are doing more than just 1-on-1 sessions, such as group coaching sessions, selling coaching products, conducting and speaking at seminars and events
Learn more about the salary of a life coach.
After reading this guide of how to become a life coach, do you want to be a life coach?
Do you think life coaching is for you?
Do you have the skills necessary to become a life coach or do you need training?
Do you have the characteristics and traits necessary to be a life coach?
What additional things do you look for in a life coach training program?