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Positive Psychology Coaching: The Real Reasons Clients Want It

Posted by Julia Stewart

Most coaching clients don't hire coaches explicitly because they want to be happy. They generally hire a coach because they want something specific such as to make more money, be more productive, become better leaders, cope better with problems, be healthier, or even have stronger marriages. Why do they want these things? On some level they believe these things will make them happier, but that's not the real reason that positive psychology coaching, also known as Happiness Coaching, is important.

It turns out happiness CAUSES all of the above, not necessarily the other way around, which is one of the many surprises that positive psychology researchers have uncovered.

Happiness isn't just corrolated with success, it actually causes it. So if you're coaching on success in any realm, you'll probably be a lot more effective if you coach on happiness, first. And what makes people happy is often not what you think.

All coaching needs to be positive psychology coaching.

Watch this 2:34 video of leading positive pychology researcher, Sonia Lyubomirsky, on why happiness matters.

 

 

If you're curious about becoming a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, click below:

Become a Certified Positive Psychology Coach

Topics: become a coach, becoming a certified coach, certified business coach, how to become a certified life coach, Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Positive Psychology, positive psychology coaching

What is Coaching Success?

Posted by Julia Stewart

Coaching Success Kit You could say that all coaches are in the business of success.

Our clients hire us to help them succeed at big goals, life dreams and personal growth. Good coaches know they transform their client's lives, so it's only natural that every coach wants to feel successful with their own goals and dreams.

Just like our clients, we coaches have our own personal definitions of success.

My definition of success is that I get to be my best self, doing work that I love, that is changing the world for the better. Oh yeah, and I get paid for that! I know I'm succeeding when I'm lit up daily and having fun most of the time.

To reach this level of success, I had to learn and relearn my vision of myself and how the world works. I then had to practice thousands of hours to master this new way of seeing, being, and doing. Along the way, I had to craft a business that would support me while I spread this thing called 'coaching' that seems to change everything.

How do you define coaching success for yourself?

If you could use some help with your definition, I've put together our top 3 most popular ebooks into one free 'Coaching Success Kit':

  • It starts with 'Become a Coach!', an ebook designed to help the new coach get started in this booming industry and it includes 8 hours of recorded coach training, plus a side-by-side comparison of some of the top coach training schools.
  • Next, there's the Coach 100 Business Success ebook, with tools to get you started with one of the most effective processes for filling a coaching practice EVER (while becoming a masterful coach, at the same time).
  • Finally, there's the Seven Secrets of Mastery Certification ebook, with tools and tips on how to inspire yourself and achieve an elite coach certification. It includes a quiz that will help you determine, once and for all, whether you even need to get certified. 

If you know how to coach masterfully and you know how to fill your practice with clients, then you have what you need to achieve coaching success, however you define it.

Coach Michael Jay Sullivan left this unsolicited comment about the Coaching Success Kit on Facebook last week:

"It's amazing how transformative for me Julia's free Coaching Stuff in a box has been. Better than some of the paid training I've gotten." 

I love unsolicited testimonials; they are usually the most honest!

Get your Coaching Success Kit

 

Get your free Coaching Success Kit here.

By the way, please tell us how YOU define coaching success, in the 'comments' section, below.

Topics: coaching business, become a coach, Coach 100, coaching success, Facebook, Coach Certification, How to Become a Certified Coach, Become a Masterful Coach, how to become a certified life coach, coach training schools

Life Coaching, Terrorism and Harvard. Wha??

Posted by Julia Stewart

Coach Reporter

While prepping for my interview tomorrow with Coach Reporter, MarkJoyella, I came across some fascinating tidbits on coaching in the posts filed by Mark at Coaching Commons.

As a former TV journalist (and Emmy Award winner), Mark keeps his finger on the coaching pulse like the pro that he is. Who better to interview on current trends in coaching for the January teleconference meeting of the IAC North American Virtual Chapter?

Some of these trends ultimately will impact how you practice the profession of coaching. And if there is one trend in coaching that never seems to go away, it's that the coaches who succeed best are either the ones leading the way or those who keep up and adapt quickly to important trends. 

You need to be at this interview. 

We'll be talking about the latest research on coaching, business mergers, high tech developments and job opportunities and we'll even touch on the story that I think proves that coaching has already gone mainstream!

There'll be a quick Q&A at the end of the interview, followed by 30 minutes on some Mastery 1 coaching skills that you probably already have, but may not be using, which can simplify your coaching and lead to happier more successful clients. 

We meet Thursday, January 14th, 2 - 3:30 PM Eastern/NY Time. To join this call and receive notifications on upcoming calls, as well as a white paper on 'How to Become an IAC Certified Coach', a recorded interview with IAC Certifiers, Natalie Tucker Miller and Elizabeth Nofziger, plus the IAC Notes - all for free -

IAC White Paper

 

Join IAC NAC Here. 

Topics: Coaching, Free, Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC Certification, how to become a certified life coach, Elizabeth Nofziger, Life Coaching, Coaching Commons

How to Become an IAC Certified Coach

Posted by Julia Stewart

How to Become an IAC Certified CoachThe first meeting of the IAC North American Virtual Chapter offered amazing insights to members into IAC Coach Certification and what it takes to pass it.

Our guests, Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, (Lead Certifier for and Past President of the IAC) and Elizabeth Nofziger, IAC-CC, (Certifying Examiner for the IAC)* went through the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries(tm) one by one and pointed out common mistakes and simple solutions to each one. The resulting audio recording is a 'must listen' for anyone who is thinking about qualifying for this highly respected coach certification.

To welcome our 100 new members, I wrote a free white paper called, 'How to Become an IAC-CC'. I based the content of the white paper on observations of how the coaching industry and the role that coach certification plays in it, has changed over the years and I included lists of tips and 'do's and don'ts'  that I've compiled in my years of teaching and mentoring coaches to become IAC Certified Coaches.

It's not too late to join the IAC North American Virtual Chapter. Everyone who joins will get links to both the free White Paper and the audio recording of our first meeting. 

As an additional gift from School of Coaching Mastery, for a limited time, members of the new chapter can also save on a new 8-hour coach training program with  Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, Elizabeth Nofiziger, IAC-CC, and me, called 'Certified Coach: Master What the Certifiers Are Looking For'.

Join the chapter below to receive the white paper on how to become an IAC-CC, the audio recording of the certifiers, and a coupon code to join the new certification program and save.

 Join

 Join the IAC North American Virtual Chapter here.

* Disclosure: Natalie and Elizabeth are also instructors and certifiers for School of Coaching Master.

Topics: Free, Coach Certification, IAC-CC, IAC Certified Coach, IAC Coaching Masteries, Become a Certified Coach, how to become a certified life coach, IAC, certified coach

Coach Certification in a Weekend?

Posted by Julia Stewart

Certified CoachIf you're one of the many coaches who view coach certification as an critical goal in 2009, this will interest you.

We were planning one of our advanced coach certification weekends this October, but coaches told us they want something else. I invite you to tell us what you want, too, in the survey called, 'Certification in a Weekend?' The survey closes this Thursday. So far, over 50 coaches have told us what they want and how much they want to pay for it. We have every single bit of it, too!

We're offering a special preview recording of 'Master Coach Demos', a new product that we're producing, to everyone who participates in the survey. We'll also provide you with customized recommendations, so you get the certification support you need, not just a pre-packaged product that may not fit your unique requirements. 

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Take the quick 2-page Certification survey right now

Topics: becoming a certified coach, Coach Certification, IAC Certified Coach, Become a Certified Coach, Certified Coach Training, how to become a certified life coach, credentialed coaches, Master Coach Demos, certified coach

Become a Life Coach: Is it for You?

Posted by Julia Stewart

Life Coach
Lot's of people dream of becoming life coaches. Are you one of them?

 

Do you wonder whether you should take the plunge?
 
Take this simple quiz and see if Life Coaching is for you.
 
 
__1. You've done a lot of personal development work and you've really grown.
__2. You've learned amazing things and you want to share.
__3. You have expertise that can help others.
__4. You're very spiritual (Perhaps in a non-traditional way).
__5. You're curious about people.
__6. You're naturally optimistic.
__7. You're a big-picture person.
__8. You have a sense of humor.
__9. You can let someone else be the center of attention.
__10. You don't "need" to help people.
__11. You don't "have" to fix problems.
__12. You're comfortable with the unknown.
__13. You're comfortable with silence.
__14. You're very intuitive.
__15. You're creative.
__16. You have great communication skills.
__17. You see opportunities where others see problems.
__18. You love working for yourself.
__19. Sales & Marketing don't scare you.
__20. You enjoy making your own decisions.
__21. You love talking to people.
__22. You don't mind charging for what you do.
__23. You don't blame people or make them wrong.
__24. You're action-oriented.
__25. You see the world evolving and you know it's a good thing.
__26. You feel called to coach.
__27. You want to earn a living as a coach, but you're not desperate for it.
__28. You have the time and energy to become a coach and you're ready to start.
__29. You'll do whatever it takes to succeed as long as you can keep your integrity.
__30. Becoming a coach sounds like a really fun opportunity.
SCORE: If you answered "Yes" to every question, you definitely should become a coach. If you answered most of them, and you believe you can learn the rest, then you'll probably love becoming a coach. If you answered "No" to most questions, then becoming a life coach may not be for you.
Even if you got a perfect score, you probably have lots to learn.
 To find out more...
Copyright, Julia Stewart, 2008

Topics: coaching business, become a life coach, become a coach, how to become a certified life coach, what does it take to become a coach, Life Coaching, coaching career, is life coaching for you

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