What is life coaching?
Life coaching describes the efforts that someone undertakes to help others fulfil their potential. At the outset, this might involve helping to identify and define achievable personal goals. Being a life coach is a challenging, rewarding, and inspiring career that will take you on your own incredible journey as you help others.
The role of a life coach is to assist their clients in identifying and focusing on their goals, and from there to help build a strategy that gets them where they want to be in life, acting as a source of accountability for their clients. A life coach could be someone that will work with you on just about every aspect of your life, whereas other life coaches may choose to specialise in a specific niche such as health and wellness, financial, retirement, romantic relationships, parenting or careers.
What do life coaches do?
Life coaches meet with clients to pinpoint their challenges, help them to establish their goals and define what success might look like to them. A key skill during this phase is the ability to ask the right sorts of questions and be an active listener. From there, the life coach will give specific advice and guidance, monitor progress and provide guidance and encouragement in the pursuit of the client’s life goals.
How to be a life coach
The worrying thing for well trained, experienced and ethical professionals is that no prior training or qualifications are required to set up as a life coach. However, the International Coach Federation (ICF) exists to ensure professional standards and ethics in the industry to give clients peace of mind as to the quality of the service offered. Certain attributes and training are absolutely essential for the venture to be a success. Many people are inspired to become life coaches through the encouragement of friends who recognise that they have a natural flair for coaching, or through experiencing good coaching themselves. However, it’s worth getting some independent, professional training to confirm all those well-meaning hunches before you give up the day job.
The coaching course offered by ITS is ICF accredited and will help you start working towards your own coaching career. Plus, the training you undertake to become a life coach will inevitably help you to crystallise your own goals as well as helping you to develop crucial skills around empathy, rapport and communication.