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The Journey of a Life Coach: “I Didn’t Plan it This Way!”

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I remember my first coaching session well. The client was a friend of a friend. I was charging her £5 and wishing I wasn’t charging her anything at all. I went to her flat – an idea that seems incomprehensible to me now but at the time, you know, anything…

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How Coaches Can Find Coaching Jobs After Qualifying

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Great news! You’ve finished your coursework, completed your practice hours, and you’ve finally qualified as a coach. Now, how do you find coaching jobs? Whether you want to work independently, or as part of a workplace, here are some tips to help you find clients. Action begets action, and before…

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8 Steps to Go on a Voyage of Discovery with Values

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As coaches, one of our main functions is to offer a mirror to our clients so they can get a better understanding of who they are. We do this through a combination of enquiry, reflection and challenge, along with a range of activities that support the uncovering of blind spots…

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Coaches Reflect: Coaching Advice to Myself Starting Out

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As coaches, we don’t give advice to others – but that doesn’t stop us from giving advice to ourselves! We chatted to a bunch of experienced coaches and asked them what coaching advice they would give themselves at the start of their coaching careers; what good habits they wish they’d…

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Trust the Process! How to Be in the Flow of Coaching

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There is a coaching lexicon that seeps into the conversation of coaches, often unnoticed. We talk about holding space, use of self, presence; terms that feel rooted in meaning to us but, to the untrained ear, might cause a quizzical eyebrow to be lifted. (“Holding space? What are these people…

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Creating Rituals: Tips for Staying Well When Coaching Online

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Whether by intention, or by the intervention of that pesky global pandemic, most coaches now find themselves in a situation where the majority – if not all – of their work is being delivered remotely. In a world where WiFi has made its way onto Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, being…

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Who’s Talking Anyway? Working With the Inner Voices in Our Client’s Head

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Hands up who hears inner voices in their heads? (Anyone without their hand up right now might be a cyborg!) We all have voices in our heads, chattering and nattering away all the time, sometimes quietly and under the radar, sometimes loudly; sometimes helpfully and often REALLY unhelpfully. These inner…

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Starting With the End in Mind: An Exploration of the Importance and Impact of Endings in Coaching

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This article starts with a disclaimer: it raises way more questions than it answers. In fact, the whole piece is written with you in mind (yes, you!), wondering, ‘How is it for other coaches? Are endings easy for them? Consistent? Challenging? Unpredictable?” This piece is, in fact, something of a provocation.…

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9 Powerful Types of life Coaching Questions

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Powerful questions lie at the heart of every great coaching relationship. The right life coaching questions can help your clients get clear on their goals, break down internal thought barriers, and test long-held and limiting beliefs. Powerful questions also create an awareness and understanding of things that were perhaps unknown…

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