First, understand that
there is no such thing as a "perfect" coach. No
matter how good your coaching is today, five years from now
you may laugh at your present techniques, and five years from
then... ditto! Plus, all the "masterful coaches" out
there are not coaching perfectly either. Finally, you can have
faith that the there is no better coach for the clients you
attract because coaches and clients attract the
perfect match for where each other are at this given moment in
Get over feeling you
need to have the perfect life before you are 'qualified' to
coach others. EVERYONE has areas in their life that they are
in the process of improving. Remember that we teach what we
most need to learn, so if your relationships are a mess it
could be right up your alley to be a relationship coach!
Get all the experience
that you can: coach everyone! The more you do it, the more
comfortable you will get with coaching the more references you
will have to support your growing belief that you are a GREAT
Work out a
system/methodology for your coaching and have an outline
of it handy during your calls so that you have something to
fall back on if necessary. My methodology includes 5 aspects:
1, know where you are going. 2, strategize your actions. 3,
upgrade your skills. 4, maximize your environments. 5, master
Specialize in an area of
coaching which you're familiar with: this will make you feel
more comfortable with your clients. If you don't know anything
about sales, you may not want to coach sales professionals.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't, or that you would not be a
great benefit to them. What I am saying is that you do what
you are comfortable doing. Don't forge into areas that
intimidate you (at least not at first!).
Don't coach to your
clients, collaborate with them!
Don't play the guru
or act like you know it all
Let yourself look
Set low expectations for
yourself and high expectations for your client.
Keep your fees at a rate
which you're comfortable charging.
Offer a money back
Change your focus to
what you do well in your coaching. Aren't sure what that would
be? Ask your clients!
Analyze the beliefs you
have about yourself as coach, about coaching in general, and
about your clients.
Your body posture and
your breathing pattern affect how you're feeling. Stand up now
as if you have absolutely unstoppable confidence and then
notice how you're posture. What position are your feet in,
your shoulders, your head? How are you breathing? Use that
position to connect with your confidence during a call.