Education is one of the keys toward becoming a good life coach; online classes in psychology can aid you in this goal. Launching a successful career as a life coach begins with having a successful life. You need to be the person others look at and say, "Thanks for the great advice and your good example. Because of you I know where I'm going now." Just as no one will turn to a person in bankruptcy and ask them to invest their life savings for them, no one will turn to a person steeped in depression, out of work and in a rotten relationship and ask them to guide them in the secrets to success.
Assuming you are one of those people others look to for a source of enlightenment, where do you begin your career as a life coach?
- A little education never hurt anybody, and a little more education hurts even less. A good life coach must possess good counseling abilities and must be a good public speaker. A bachelors degree in psychology, counseling or social work is a good educational basis for your career as a life coach. Pursue certifications in your field on a regular basis to keep up with current trends and to get a feel for where others in your profession are leaning.
- Once you feel like the foundation is in place for your career as a life coach, you should feel ready to take on your first client. Advertising is important, but your first client is likely to come from word of mouth as you talk up your new career to family, friends and acquaintances. People who look to you and admire your efforts may be good first clients. Professional looking business cards are a must for anyone seeking to get their name out in the public eye.
- Arrange to give a lecture at your local library or civic organization. Advertise in neighborhood grocery stores, banks, post offices or anywhere bulletin board space is available. Invite interested people to attend your lecture and talk up your abilities and intentions as a life coach. A polished public speaking voice is a huge key to success here. Offer an initial session free of charge to demonstrate what you have to offer.
- Write articles, blog postings or books (if writing is a strong point). The more you spread your knowledge to anyone who finds an interest in what you are offering, the more rapidly you will build your career as a life coach.
- Keep your education current by picking up regular continuing education credits in psychology or counseling. These will help you stay up-to-date with current trends.