How to Become a Life Coach
What is a life coach? A life coach is someone who helps others attain their goals in life. A life coach needs to emit a love for life and promote balance and adaptability. They empower their clients, showing them how to discover their best selves. By recognising obstacles and challenges, and helping the client formulate a plan to overcome them, life coaches help their clients take control and really make changes in their lives.
Skills needed to be a life coach
Many skills are taught through training, but first; consider if you have the following skills to cultivate. Coaches usually:
Have high emotional intelligence: they’re good at understanding and relating to people, and they’re attentive to people. You have to sincerely want to help others grow to become a really good coach.
Are able to show compassion and be good at building rapport. They also have strong communication skills to aid this.
Are good at gathering information and then clarifying it for the person being coached.
Have strong listening skills, including active listening. They make sure that they’ve fully understood the issue by reflecting and clarifying.
Have strong questioning skills, asking questions to guide a person through an issue, similar to a counsellor. Coaches give space and time for people to attempt different things, and do not berate mistakes, instead offering remedies.
Use different models of learning and thinking, so you should consider getting extra training on certain models. For example, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators, psychometric testing and neuro-linguistic programming.
There are lots of courses out there, so look for courses with the proper accreditation, for example from the International Coach Federation. Consider your niche then find a reputable course.
The next step is certification. Certification will ensure your life coaching business is dependable and trustworthy. Professional associations, such as the International Association of Coaching and the Internal Coach Federation require proof of a high standard of work and outstanding knowledge to give their accreditation to a life coach.
Another available certification is the Master Masteries Coach designation, from the International Association of Coaching. Coaches must submit a number of recordings of their coaching sessions to be reviewed by the association’s coaching masteries. They must also complete a number of assessments that measure their comprehension of life coaching principles
The International Coach Federation also offers a Professional Certified Coach certification. Professionals must have at least five hundred hours of coaching experience to apply. Four hundred and fifty hours of this must be paid work from 25 different clientele. If you have this under your belt, you are eligible to complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment which tests skills such as active listening, accountability, knowledge of coaching agreements, comprehension of ethical guidelines, and goal setting.
Now you know where to start, you can become a life coach in the UK.