Prospective coaches and even trained coaches have beliefs about coach training, growing a coaching business, and the act of coaching itself. Below are 3 myths about coaching.
1. The client has all the answers.
Coaches never give advice or suggestions, right?! Many coaching purists believe this to be true. They believe they just need to ask the right questions and the client will figure out the answer.
If the client had all the answers, why would they need a coach? While an effective coach will have the skills to elicit many answers from their client, sometimes the client just does not have the answer. If they’ve hired you for your expertise on a topic or with a situation then you probably know the answer or solution they need, or could consider, in that moment.
Life coach Heidi Lyn has come up with a unique way to promote her business – through Tupperware like parties hosted in people’s living rooms. The host invites ten to twelve people with a similar challenge or goal. Heidi Lyn talks about coaching and then does a session with someone at the coaching party.
The beauty of this approach is that there is already a level of trust between the host and the guests, part of which is passed onto Heidi Lyn through association. In addition, one (or more) people get to experience coaching directly while the others see the power of coaching. If anyone wants to learn more or hire her, then Heidi Lyn can contact them afterwards.
Self-employed professionals have to promote their businesses in order to survive. Some use speaking, for example, to get in front of their target audience while others use writing or internet-based activities. Kudos to Heidi Lyn for adding a new twist to the home party idea.
For more on Heidi Lyn visit: Life Coaching in the Living Room
Life coaching was offered to prisoners in Scotland in an effort to support them to integrate back into the community and not re-offend. As you can imagine, if you release a person back into the same environment that landed them in jail, chances are they will end up in jail again.
Initially the results have shown that the percentage of prisoners who get jobs when they are released is 21% in the group that had coaches and less than half of that for released prisoners without them. The whole aim is to reduce the rate of re-offending, though those statistics are not yet available.
To read the entire story visit: Life Coaching for Prisoners
Laura Berman Fortgang on the “Today Show”
Are you still wondering what coaching is or if coaching is the career for you?
On the Today Show (on April 6, 2006) life coach Laura Berman Fortgang was interviewed by Al Roker. The video is about 5 min. in length. If you wondered what coaching is, why people are seeking life coaches, or the difference between coaching and therapy – check this out.
Put me in (life) coach!
Click on ‘Launch’ under Laura’s picture to see the video (approx. 5 min.)
If you’re in a career rut check out Laura’s book: