Are you looking for a coach to motivate and push you to achieve your dreams quickly? Maybe you need someone to show you how to get courage? You might want to rethink employing a people pleaser as your coach.
People pleasers tend to …
Worry too much about hurting your feelings so they usually don’t use tough love when you need it the most.
Operate on auto-pilot. It may be hard for them to light the fire that gets you out of your comfort zone.
Don’t overlook employing a people pleaser for your business or life coach. Some of my best friends (many coaches themselves) are people pleasers and have been that soft shoulder to fall on when I’ve needed it the most.
People pleasers tend to…
Be fantastic listeners.
Never say anything that pisses you off or even upsets you in the slightest.
Support you in every way.
Gently nudge you and let you stay in your comfort zone as long as you want.
Be very likable.
One of the most determined, successful life and business coaching clients I’ve had was , Connie Kadansky. She has an uncanny ability to listen, focus anddo the work -- which gets her results quickly.
I recently asked her what she thought has helped her the most to be successful in business. This is Connie’s answer.
Here Are Ways to Recognize a Good Life Coach…
- Custom fit the sessions for you and your issues.
- Have overcome many of their own issues.
- Are both a consultant/adviser and a coach. This will save you a lot of money, time, and in the long run, get you better results.
Life coaching can help people get where they want to go faster. It can guide them in finding their passion, eradicating their creative “stuck,” and help create greater peace and joy in people’s lives. I know many coaches who do extraordinary work every day. And then…there are the coaches that haven’t found their dream job yet.
Here’s Some Signs of a Bad Life Coach…
- Don’t teach, coach, advise, provide guidance, or give you any insights.
- Get easily distracted during your sessions.
- Feel sorry for you or are condescending.
Life and business coaching is rewarding work. It’s not for everyone, but when it’s a fit I can’t think of a better job. My colleagues and the best in the business agree.
The Best Thing About Being a Coach is…
“The ability to engage with others in meaningful conversations about critically important topics is the best thing about being a life coach. I feel honored and privileged to do this important work. I get a tremendous sense of accomplishment and gratification from seeing my clients' create environments with greater authenticity, trust, transparency and alignment. Environments where everyone is in the right role, doing the right work, using the right strengths accomplishing the right results.”
CEO & Executive Coach
Phoenix, AZ 85012
I get calls all the time from people thinking about becoming either a life or business coach. It’s rewarding, life-changing work. What could be better than helping people be their best selves? Like any profession, it must suit a person’s personality. Here is some straight talk about what to consider before becoming a coach.
The Worst Thing About Being a Coach is…
“The risk of isolation. Working 90 percent on the telephone in my home office can be lonely. I love the freedom to take a walk during the day and dress comfortably but I miss the water-cooler conversation.”
CEO & Executive Coach
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Yesterday, a potential individual coaching client told me that he thought life coaching was for people that are mentally ill. WOW! That blew my mind.
It’s funny how athletes think nothing of having a coach for their team, musicians will hire a tutor, and businesses have consultants. But when it comes to learning ways to live a better life there is a tendency to think there is something wrong with us if we have a life coach.
To answer the question, is life coaching for the mentally ill, the answer is NO. Life coaching is for people that want an easier, happier way to live and are either tired of trying to figure it out by themselves or want impartial, personal advice.
Other information about coaching by Vickie Champion you might be interested in:
Life coaches, like all good coaches whatever the discipline, usually have a gift for bringing out the best in their people. This can mean providing encouragement, new strategies and techniques, and on occasion, providing a dose of tough love. The rewards are better performances in all aspects of life, including family, business, personal and spiritual. When you’re ready to get clear, change things up for the better and commit to a better life hiring a personal coach is worth it.
Life Coaching is Definitely Worth it When We…
- Are ready to hear what others might have been afraid to say -- the good, the bad, the ultimate truth toward our happiness.
Now that you know my story from the previous blog, The Story of Why I Started Offering Pay What you Can Afford, I will now give you the reasons why it fits me perfectly right now.
Here are 5 Good Reasons I Offer Pay What you Can Afford…
- It helps me keep “making a difference” and“doing the right thing” at a much higher priority than “making money.”
- It builds my faith that God is my source, not my clients.
It all began in the first month of 2009. You know, when everything seemed to be falling apart. More people were calling desperate for my business and life coaching services. The minute I told them my rates, it was like I was snatching their last bit of hope away.
At the same time, my current clients were sending in their payments later and later. And then every few days an individual coaching client had to either stretch out the sessions or discontinue for financial reasons. I was still a lot busier than most of my competitors, but I strongly believe when obstacles start popping up that it’s time to look at my business model and do some tweaking.
In one of A Course of Miracles booklets it says “No one should be turned away because he cannot pay.” Well, I’ve been skirting that sentence for years. So much for faith. I believed it was time to address it.
For a month, I agonized over different business strategies I could adopt to avoid what was inevitable. I solicited advice from several marketing consultants and, of course, my business coach. Against most of the advice, I decided to take a risk and began offering “pay what you can afford” small business coaching and life coaching sessions and workshops.
I started by notifying the clients who remained with me about the “pay what you can afford” and offered them the chance to switch. All the time hoping to God they wouldn’t. None of them did.
This was one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made. See the upcoming blog, 5 Reasons I Offer Pay What you Can Afford, to find out why.
If you’ve let the lack of funds stop you from hiring that much needed business coach or life coach, contact me for affordable coaching, Vickie Champion.
There are so many coaching programs out there now. Some are franchises like ActionCoach.com, or certification programs like DreamCoach.com, or a variation like LiveOutloud.com, which hires verifiable millionaire coaches after they complete all of Loral Langemeirer’s seminars.
I thought it would be good information to do a comparison between a coaching program and an individual coach.
I asked some of the successful coaches I know that have been in the business for years what they thought:
KATHERINE HALPIN, Executive Coach & Leadership Strategist,
There are some people who would not profit from hiring a business coach. It would waste time and money. A business coach would only serve to rob them of hours away from doing the work they love and helping others.
Here are Some Signs you DON'T Need to Hire a Business Coach...
- You wake up every morning and can't wait to get started on your work day and at night have to literally pry yourself away.
- You have more passion for your work than you did on your first day.
- You have more than enough clients or job opportunities.
You have invested in yourself and hired a business coach. As a result, you’ve saved countless hours of learning the hard way and your career has progressed by leaps and bounds. Now your momentum has slowed. Your enthusiasm has waned. And your sense of purpose has drifted.
You’ve switched hair stylists. You’ve switched investment advisors. You’ve switched child care providers. When your intuition, your heart and the face in the mirror told you the timing was right you’ve switched professionals. Could it be time to switch business coaches?
Here are some signs it’s time to change business coaches…
When you find yourself…
As many of you know, I’ve recently started offering “pay what you can” afford business coaching and life coaching sessions and workshops.
I’m not the only one. I’m part of a “pay what you can” movement. Restaurants, theaters, yoga classes, personal trainers, speakers, spas, cab drivers and health care clinics, just to name a few, have initiated this. I just heard an interview on the concept of “pay what you can.”
Maybe you’ve heard how a life coach can help you achieve your goals. Or you might know someone who has used a life coach to help them through troubled times. It’s great there are life coaches to help those who need it, but you’re NOT one of them. You are HAPPY with the way things are.
Here are a Few of the Many Advantages of NOT Hiring a Life Coach-
- You can AVOID doing something about your problems, thinking day after day, “Tomorrow will be better.” Lately, I think most people who have money issues are doing this.