I don’t think I ever wrote about it. I’ve talked about it. I even created a class about it. Here are some questions people often have:
- What is life coaching? I believe it is many things depending on the person who is doing it. The trend seems to be to bring your own experience to it and then help others who relate to that experience. It’s about having someone other then ourselves to help us reach whatever goals we have and if we pay for that support, we tend to follow it more because that’s how humans are – we value what we pay for.
- How do I get clients? That’s a big one! Some people work locally and promote themselves locally and many of us are online. I have tried a zillion things – sometimes they work and sometimes not. I try to find the best teachers of the latest ways to conquer the internet and see what they are suggesting and if it would work for me.
- Does certification matter? Anyone who knows me or has taken my Udemy course knows that I believe one can just hang up your sign – so to speak because in the US there are no requirements to belong to any certifying group. I imagine in corporate coaching those requirements might be different but that is no my area of expertise.
- Is training worthwhile? Well, I offer training so I know its value because my program is a growth and transformation program for coaches and their clients. That being said, it depends on you. If you feel you have what it takes, then never mind training but please be aware that there are lots of fairly inexpensive training programs that are videos and some written content which you could probably find on the internet so ask lots of questions and see if coaching and supervised coaching are part of the training. If so, then in my opinion it’s a good training.
As to what it’s like to be a coach – if you are the person who really loves to help people personally and watch them grow and give them tools for continued growth and love to grow yourself, then you are a very good candidate to stick it through until you are up and running.