In old days, there were no life coaches. In fact, business owners in Woodward were forced to focus on the profit and the things which were required to run a business. Buy nowadays that scenario is changed and now business owners are focusing on return on investments, profits, customer value, and other goals. There are plenty of ways a business owner can improve their business but for the small or long-term success of the business, it required to get some feedback and consultation or coaching from the industry persons. By attending Business Coaching sessions, business owners can improve their business a lot. Below are the 3 ways through which business coaching can improve and deliver results in order to improve the business in a short term in Woodward .
Woodward Life Coach: Small Steps Can Lead To Success
It seems that everyone I meet these days wants to be a life coach. “My passion is to help people find their passion.” “My purpose is to help people find their purpose.” I hear this at many of the personal development retreats and career workshops I attend.
This is a noble and beautiful goal; to dedicate your life to empowering others to reach their full potential. In a world where 70% of Americans are disengaged with their jobs, and millions of people are depressed, unfulfilled, or addicted to prescription pain medication, we certainly need more coaches, enablers, and givers.
In 2012, the International Coach Federation (ICF) reported that life coaching is a $2 billion a year industry. Since there is wide disagreement on the value of professional coaching certification programs and many coaches don’t pursue formal training, this number is probably higher.
The problem I have with life coaches is not their lack of certification or qualifications. I have many friends who lack formal training, yet are excellent coaches. Furthermore, I’m not sure anyone can be certified in something as broad as “life coaching,” whether it’s a 2-week, 2-month, or 2-year program.
The problem I have with some life coaches is that they sell their life, disguised as a coaching product. Perhaps a result of the growing popularity of the lifestyle design industry, these life coaches spend more time trying to live and sell a lifestyle that suits them, rather than investing in the service they are allegedly providing to others.
I see a lot of life coaches post photos on Instagram of themselves on the beach or at yoga retreats with captions like, “Live life full! Be free! #lovemylife” These pictures are in places like Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Bali — often at all-inclusive resorts or very pristine beaches. Usually the coaches are incredibly attractive people with tan skin who seemingly spend a lot of time at the gym or do yoga all the time (as in, like, every second of every day).
We should all strive to live a beautiful life (whatever that means for each of us), I’m just not sure the point is to sell that life. Depicting an idealized life that others should aspire to is dangerous. It misleads clients into thinking that their goal should be to emulate and idolize their all-knowing coach. It also misleads other coaches into adopting deceiving marketing practices and making false promises.
Here’s the thing: you don’t need to have a pristine life to be a coach. Coaching is about inquiry, asking the right questions, listening, empathy, and empowering someone to become their best self. I know many talented coaches whose life doesn’t look that great on social media — some of these coaches aren’t even on social media at all! They make a living because their clients recommend their services. They are talented coaches because they know how to coach, not because their life is perfect or they know how to run an auto drip campaign on MailChimp.
I don’t do much 1-on-1 coaching, because personally, given my background and lack of coaching training, I think I can provide more value writing, speaking, and doing workshops, but when someone approaches me about hiring me as their career coach, I ask them why they want to work with me. If they say anything close to “your life is awesome, I want your life,” I don’t respond to their email. Don’t get me wrong, my name is Smiley — I love my life. But it’s my life. It’s not intended to be someone else’s.
Trust me, my life isn’t for you. I have five roommates. My kitchen has a mice problem. My sink is constantly full of dishes. There are fruit flies everywhere. My bedroom is so small it barely fits my bed. I bring tea bags with me wherever I go to save the $3 (that adds up to like $60 a month!). I can’t for the life of me find a moisturizing cream that keeps my hands moist — I’ve tried like seven different kinds. I can’t drink coffee or alcohol anymore since I have really bad acid reflux. I love to do yoga but I fart a lot when I do it, so I can’t go to class more than once a week. My back is already starting to hurt — and I’m only 31!
These are the kinds of things I spend my time thinking about — it’s just not Instagram life coach worthy material. I can’t post a picture of me wallowing in back pain with the caption, “Love my life! #lifeisamazing. Sign up for my 3-step plan to fulfillment now — it’s only $495 — ahhhhh, my back!”
I refuse to sell some notion that my life is ideal or perfect — it’s inauthentic and it’s bullshit. I see some life coaches prancing around the beach and I’m like, “#Livefree?! You just quit your job! I know your ass is broke! Ahhhhh, my back!”
All of us (myself included) are sharing our highlight reels on social media, but I am immediately turned off by life coaches who make life seem easy or perfect in order to sell their product. These coaches give a bad reputation to talented coaches who have a tangible and valuable service to offer.
The coaches I know who make a living from coaching, don’t spend their days at the beach. They are on video calls with clients, working with executives and senior managers in office buildings, meeting with students at universities, and running trainings at leadership development programs. They don’t work 4 hours a week. They work 40 or 50 hours a week, sometimes more. Their life isn’t perfect (no ones life is perfect), but they are still a great coach.
When we depict an idealized life others should aspire to, we ignore the fact that most people’s lives are actually really complicated and nuanced. Most of the time, when people are “in flow,” “coming alive,” or “living with purpose,” they are not at the beach or sipping a green smoothie or doing endless yoga or traveling in a foreign country, they are studying in a dimly-lit library at 1 in the morning, sweating in a noisy warehouse, or a managing a classroom full of restless children. Or, they are cooking dinner for their family.
The goal of coaching (and personal development work in general) should not be to get people to ignore these day-to-day rituals, but to find more personal meaning in all aspects of their life. It’s not about escaping to the beach and posting a photo (#lovemylife!), it’s about finding meaning, purpose, and joy in the day-to-day (and sometimes mundane) rituals that make up our lives.
We need more coaches. More business coaches, relationship coaches, career coaches, leadership coaches, communications coaches, and even more life coaches. But we need coaches who are honest about the services they are able to provide to their clients (and just as authentic about the services they are not qualified to offer).
By all means, design your ideal life and travel to exotic locations—just be conscious of what it is you’re actually selling. I’m all for personal development retreats (even ones on the beach) that offer honest and practical solutions for navigating the complex and nuanced world we live in. I have participated in retreats that are extremely powerful; offering someone permission to be who they are, embrace their fears, overcome roadblocks and barriers, set new intentions, align work with purpose, integrate health and wellness into daily routines, and build a community of like-minded peers.
Life is not easy. There are no 3 simple steps to fulfillment or 10 ways to do anything. Happiness cannot be bought for $495 (or $4,095). There is not one answer and there is no quick fix, so let’s stop selling one.
Smiley Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: a guide for millennials to find meaningful work. Follow @whatsupsmiley and get free resources at smileyposwolsky.com.
Special thanks to my friends Peter Rubin (a business coach and relationship coach), and Lauren Weinstein (a consultant and coach) for reading a draft of this piece and offering feedback. If you are interested in learning more about pursuing coaching as a profession, I recommend reading Coaching is Calling, by Lauren Weinstein.
[CC]Silent Review: Devotion By Ros Barber
Life coaching or mentoring is a booming industry and it is one which we associate with this last decade. Before then these titles were not ones which were bandied about as part of everyday conversation. Rather, we would refer to having a mentor in what would be considered almost exclusive circumstances; you would have a mentor in University or perhaps a mentor at work. Few people would refer to having a mentor in more personal circumstances.
It is good to see the explosion of popularity within this industry. What is more important to you - your business or your personal life? Why would you have a mentor at work and yet no mentor when you are dealing with more personal issues?
In the UK, life coaching and mentoring programs would seem to have caught on just as rapidly as in the USA which is something that I personally find quite interesting. For years now, residents in the USA have been familiar with various forms of counseling and therapy and these are seen as both positive and the norm. In the UK, however, many people secretly shiver at the very thought of needing to see a counselor.
Why has there been this change in attitude in the UK? Why are people more open to life coaching and mentoring than to counseling or various other forms of therapy? The answer I think lies in the way in which these programs are presented. Life coaching and mentoring are promoted as "life enhancement programs" as opposed to counseling or therapy which are thought of more as ways in which to fix something which is wrong; and who wants to think that they have something wrong, especially when it comes to their mind?
The fact is that the way in which something is advertised to us or presented to us can totally change the way in which we perceive it. The color of the advertisement or the shapes or pictures used impact upon us greatly. The simple act of altering one word in an advertisement can have the effect of changing a sales ratio by 80%. That may seem outrageous to you, but it is true; it is fact. I think that the use of a different title lies at the heart of why life coaching and mentoring is found to be more popular and acceptable than various other forms of "therapy".
When you look deeper than just the titles, one can see that a therapist's job (irrespective of their "title"), is to help their client to adjust their thinking and behavior to enable them to best achieve their goals. The client on the other hand will tend to seek out the therapist/therapy/life coach/mentor who has been presented to them as the most appealing, be that on the basis of something which they have read or seen on TV, heard on the radio or had recommended to them by a friend.
What is very clear is that there are many of us who feel in need of help or guidance. As children we learnt many things by being shown or copying. We are good at learning in this way; we are accustomed to it. And so perhaps a further appeal of the words "mentor" or "life coach" is that we are in fact looking for someone else to tell us what to do, instead of looking for a way in which to work things out for ourselves. In reality however, it is you who is living your life, and the best way in which to really learn and grow is to find things out for yourself.
Please don't misunderstand me. I am not saying that we do not need guidance. Guidance is a great asset. But no therapist/mentor/life coach can "do it" for you; they can only ever guide you, no matter what their title is.
I'm going to recommend something here which I think is a great place in which to start. But first I want you to know that my opinion is completely biased - I am a hypnotherapist and I do sell hypnosis mp3 downloads. So, I'm recommending hypnosis downloads as one of the best forms of life coach or mentor which you can find.
I am really passionate about what hypnosis can do to change your life. Not only that, hypnosis downloads are available instantly, and they are inexpensive. Even if you feel you want to seek a 1 to 1 appointment with somebody, a hypnosis download is a great place to begin and to open your mind to possibilities before you start searching to find the right "therapist" or coach.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation which allows you to take a step back and see things more clearly. In hypnosis you have easy access to your subconscious mind which is the part where instinctive patterns of thought and behavior are stored; hypnosis therefore makes it easier to change these types of deep rooted patterns which may have been holding you back. With hypnosis not only can you find it easy to stop doing the things which you no longer want to do, you can sow the seeds for successful strategies in an environment which will nurture them and allow them to grow more quickly and with more strength.
Hypnosis downloads are a very powerful and effective life coach. I just hope that I have presented this option to you in a way which you find to be appealing.
Roseanna Leaton, specialist in hypnotherapy downloads to be your mentor in life.
P.S. You can grab a free hypnotherapy download from my website and see how effective this form of life coaching is.
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Being a visionary is required in a business and without vision, it is hard to survive in the industry. Business Coaching is a way through which business owners can learn to create a vision for a company. By creating a vision statement, employees, shareholders will know the objective and the direction of the business. Thus it’ll ultimately help a business to set and achieve goals in time. So, it is the most important thing that a business owner will learn from the coaching sessions.
Sometimes business owners while deciding the pricing of their products or services and they use different tactics like discounts, free trials etc to attract a group of customers. But such tactics can be bad for their business process as per their vision and mission. By doing so, there may be negative impacts on the breakeven analysis of the business. Here a Business Coach can help a business owner with multiple business tools like Price Discount Calculator, Break Even Calculator etc. Such tools ensure that that the pricing and discount should be in accordance with the industry and the vision of the company.
Team Engagement and High Productivity:
High productivity in any business can be achieved only when it’s employees will be engaged with each other. There should not be any loopholes in the work process and communication. Sometimes it takes too much effort to deliver high productivity due to lack of the engagement and enthusiasm in the workforce. Business Coach helps business owners to align the employees with the business goals through different engagement processes like Break Down Analysis, Weekly Operation Reviews etc.
To perform all the above-mentioned things is somewhat difficult for a business owner without getting coached by a business coach. Building a business plan, implement it and identifying new business opportunities are the few things which need a assistance from a business guru so that he can recommend necessary changes to make it more efficient. So if you find yourself or know anyone who is in a need of Business Coach in Oklahoma then do let me know in comments.