The idea of becoming a life coach is becoming increasingly popular. It is an interesting job that is both flexible and if successful one that can be highly rewarding both financially and personally. The majority of life coaches are self employed working on a freelance basis and usually supporting themselves through working for a small number of clients. The career offers a lot of freedom as many life coaches work from home via the telephone and internet.
The essential role of a life coach is to offer support and motivation to people who are either going through challenging periods in their lives or just not fulfilling their potential. Such support and motivation can be offered both on a regular basis and through one on one consultations. The areas that life coaches focus on vary widely from personal to career issues, from time management to stress management.
Perhaps one of the many reasons for the recent levels of interest in becoming a life coach is that in order to call yourself a life coach, there are actually no official qualifications required. Being a life coach or at least being a successful one really just requires the right personality. In saying this however, the majority of successful life coaches have had some form of management training. It is also worth noting that to be a life coach you will obviously require clients that are willing to pay for your services. Such clients are far more likely to request your services if you have some form of qualification that can act as a testament to your abilities.
The Importance of the Right Personality
Self discipline and motivation as well as strong networking skills are all highly important. Though there are examples of people who just happen to be good at motivating people, a strong desire to positively change other peoples lives is of course a massive advantage. It is also important to be able to challenge people. A successful life coach will not be afraid to ask their clients tough questions as such questions are often the key to helping clients to improve their life.
Communication skills are of course paramount. A large part of the job is not only offering positive advice but also realistic advice. You need to be trust worthy and show empathy if you are going to tell somebody that they need to change what they are currently doing. This is one of the areas of life coaching that simply make it a career that not every body can do. Almost everybody can compliment but not everybody can positively critique somebody’s life and have them pay for the privilege. The other key aspect of being a life coach that greatly limits those suitable to the job, is that a life coach needs to be able to inspire.
Due to the increase in the popularity of the idea of becoming a life coach, there are many companies offering qualifications in the area. Many are cheap courses, around the five hundred pound mark and are completely unaccredited and hold no association with a respected educational institution. Ads for such services try to give the illusion that anybody can become a life coach provided they pay for said course. This is completely unfounded due both to the need for skills that a course simply cannot provide and the fact that should you have those skills, no such course is required.
Did you know?
- Specialist life coaches coaching top end business executives in the UK can earn over £10,000 per day.
- Some cabinet ministers in the UK use £250 per hour life coaches to “deal with the pressures of government.
- Life coaching is currently the fastest growing area of the self improvement industry which is estimated to be worth £15 billion in the UK alone.