Coaching is not for everyone, but it may be for you. Coaching is in demand today. Many business consultants, therapists, teachers, trainers and advisers find coaching appealing as it complements what they are doing. Coaching adds value to their services. Hence, more people are making a switch to the coaching profession.
At the same time more people are seeking coaches to help them either to resolve issues or achieve goals. The power of coaching lies in the coach’s ability to raise the self-awareness of people to remove blind spots, find new opportunities, and most importantly, move forward in life.
Coaches do this well because they focus on the relationships with their clients. Their ability to engage in deep and non-directive conversation helps the clients to make breakthroughs in their lives through self-discovery.
When coaches deliver good results, their reputation and earnings grow. On average, it takes three to five years to become a competent coach.
Take this little quiz to see if coaching is the right profession for you or simply enjoy it as a hobby or an opportunity to contribute to others.
- I truly enjoy working with people.
- I like to help people.
- Many people come to me for counselling.
- I am open to learning and unlearning.
- I can persuade well.
- I am ready to do something that revolves around people.
- I am prepared to invest time and money to move to a new career.
- I am a confident person.
- I have a good relationship with people.
- I am a good listener.
- I understand and accept people and their views.
- I am good at setting goals.
- I have strong follow-through skills.
- I communicate well.
- I am curious about people.
Yes = 3
Somewhat = 1
No = 0
Should you score 30 points and above, then becoming a professional coach may be the best career for you.
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Every sales item needs to be well-packaged for greater selling success. Jewelleries are displayed in nicely lighted display showcases; foods are photographed to look really appetizing, and the list goes on. This applies when explaining or selling Coaching to people.
Many coaches describe Coaching in a dry, textbook way by explaining that “it is a process to help people find their answers through using listening and questioning.”
The tip here is to find a group of compelling words that sound nice to the ears about Coaching that will make potential coaching clients take action on it.
One of them which I use often is: ‘Coaching is simply a very insightful conversation between 2 persons where the coach helps the other person to see the many more opportunities before his eyes that they otherwise can’t see without a trusted companion next to them’.
Find those words that also fit well with the background of the person. If the person is, for instance, a lecturer or trainer, then words like being a personal tuition teacher to the person are nice words to his ears.
So go out there and attract potential clients to your Coaching with the right compelling words that sends music to their ears.
The word ‘coach’, or the verb in the sentence ‘I can coach you’ can be very intimidating words that can put people off or make them defensive.
Why? People don’t like to know that they need the help of a coach. They don’t like to know they are a weakling, or they have a problem and that a coach is their ‘saviour’.
I know of coaches who get nowhere with their clients when they pitch their business this way.
The tip is not to be too eager, even too loud to say you are a coach or they need coaching from you. Be gentle, even polite to use other more accepting words like a trusted or professional friend, a close partner, or collaborator to help them find brilliant ways/solutions for their issue or goal.
When in the conversation, be patient, respectful, and show curiosity and deep interest in their issues instead of being anxious to push them to find solutions. Make them always feel that it’s their session and that you are there with them because it is their decision.
Doing it this way makes them feel that you are a trusted partner, and not a coach who is there to coach them. Such nice feeling helps them to open up to share, resulting in them achieving their goals faster and better.
Since my school days, there were many axioms that depict the saying in this picture that stayed in my memory all these while. Some of them that I learned since young were: ‘No venture, no gain’; ‘Faint heart never won fair lady’; or ‘Strike while the iron is hot’ ‘.
Although it meant little then except for the ‘fanciful’ way they have been written, I got this feeling that there is someone up there who must have told me silently that one day these sayings would become my tools for happiness and fulfilment.
So for this intuitive reason, I kept them close to my heart and they have guided my growing up over the years where times were indeed very challenging at almost all fronts.
One of the greatest lesson to me is to never be afraid of failures; I find that it has proven to be so true.
I knew what it was like, trying to pick myself up after a failure or disappointment; indeed it was really tough. One could go reeling down and down and never be able to stand up again. I have had seen so many people going down this route, sadly including even my loved ones.
I have been able to change some of my circumstances that reset me again to walk the right path. Although it had been very tough, it was not really impossible!
Today I teach this in my coaching classes; coaching people to strengthen their self-image to overcome their limiting self-beliefs. I am glad I have these life experiences to share with people, changing them and the world in whatever humble ways I can.