How will mastering the Coaching Wheel bring you success this year? Understanding how to spin the coaching wheel can boost your coaching career!
We all know that the primary task of a coach is to help the client. It does not matter which coaching model you choose. If helping a client is your primary objective, then you will stop at nothing to give your clients the best coaching tools possible.
Mastering the coaching wheel and teaching your clients how to use it can give your coaching career a much awaited boost. It does not matter whether you are a life coach or a wellness coach. The coaching wheel is super helpful for everyone.
Are you ready to find out more?
This blog provides an answer.
The Life Wheel (or the Balance Wheel) is a powerful coaching system used by many life coaches to help their clients find a better balance in key areas of their life. Coaches often use the Life Wheel in the first session with a prospective client to understand where the priorities of the client truly lie.
The coaching wheel is related to the wheel of life, as explained in this post. The purpose of the wheel of life exercise is to make sure our life is balanced. All aspects or needs are being fulfilled in the right way. When one aspect of your life becomes the focus and the others are neglected, the wheel is out of balance.
The writer says the circle represents your life. It stands for the whole of you.
The pieces of the pie, or spokes, are the parts of your life. They are the areas, roles or aspects of the whole. You assess those aspects and create a graphic as below to see how balanced your life is.
Depending on the version some wheels have more and varied aspects. The idea is to assess these parts of yourself or your life. They will help you see if there are important things you have been neglecting or things you’ve been giving too much of yourself to.
If work is the most important thing and you are ignoring your health or your family, it’s unhealthy. It can also be disastrous. It can be the same if religion or your social community is the priority. If the family is first, to the exclusion of your own well being, that’s also disastrous.
The one thing that promises to deliver balance is to make wholeness the singular focus and goal.
Check out the whole article for more examples.
Balance is essential for all aspects of life too. After all, who does not know the importance of having all the chakras in balance in your body.
A coaching wheel is merely a tool that helps to identify what we need to do when life is out of balance. This tool is usually used in goal-setting exercises for clients. Most often clients are not sure why they need the balance.
Have you faced the following questions from your clients?
- What is the purpose behind the coaching wheel?
- How is it related to the wheel of life?
- How can it help me?
To answer this you may want to ask your clients some thought-provoking questions.
- What is the goal or purpose of your life?
- Is it to set and attain goals?
- Do you only define your worth through success at the workplace or personally?
- Is winning all that important for you? How do you deal with failure?
- Can you feel successful just by being able to enjoy happiness and be content with yourself and life?
These questions will surely make your clients think about their priorities!
There are also some coaching questions that you may use to add to your list. I have mentioned several of these soul-baring questions in my blogs. 12 Life Coaching Questions to Ask Your Clients and 34 Coaching Questions to Ask Your Clients to Begin With are two such blogs.
Read them to find out how you can help your client figure out his true goal in life!
According to this website, a coaching wheel is a valuable tool for supporting self-evaluation.
Using a wheel can help clients to explore current reality and critically reflect on their professional and personal lives.
Let your clients know that self-evaluations help to:
- Reflect on what you have done
- Think about what you might do next
- Consider progress and development
- Deeply understand your professional practice and learning
- Understand its impact on your thinking, and actions
While there are several options online to download coaching wheels, you may offer to customize one for your clients. This is in line with my blog How To Create And Sell World-Class Coaching Products?. It explains how you can value-add to your client’s experience with you.
I have primarily referred to this website but you may consult several others and offer a customized version. The website shows how you can plot a coaching wheel.
The main components on a coaching wheel are Health, Finance, Relationships, Business, Social or Religious and Personal Happiness. However, there may be other specific areas related to your strengths and weaknesses.
- Ask your client to mark themselves on the wheel.
- Consider each point on the wheel in turn.
- Think about where you might gauge yourself on the wheel. Mark the number that matches your thoughts
- 0 = really not confident/lots of areas to develop or work on;
- 10 = feel very confident/accomplished in this area.
- Think about ‘why’ you place yourself on that point on the scale. You may want to make some notes on the side.
- Join the dots around your wheel
Once you have helped your client list priorities, look at your completed Coaching Wheel. Then, sit with your client and share notes while each you answer the following questions:
- What do I notice?
- What stands out?
- What’s the gap?
- What’s my priority?
- What’s most important?
- What’s a key strength?
- How might these areas impact each other?
It is a good idea to share notes by working with a team.
Others may have an ‘outsider view’ that the client has not noticed. Similarly, the client will able to provide insight into the ‘why’ behind any mismatch!
Working in a team will also motivate all members to question each other and ponder on the next steps:
- Is the imbalance in the wheel hampering work or life? If so, how can one align the wheels in perfect symmetry?
- Which areas need development?
- Where would the client like to be in 6 months/this time next year?
- How will the client seek feedback?
- What resource will the client need to develop?
Before we go into the methodology, first let us hit the pause button for some time.
While you are getting ready to help your clients, have you looked at self-care? What should you do to keep the balance in your own life as a successful coach?
Are you unsure about where to start? Don’t worry, we have you covered. In the last segment of this blog, I have provided a link to a free webinar. Enrol and get your coaching career started.
If you have reached a mid point, I have some tips for you too. Check out my blog 40 Coaching Tools To Grow Your Coaching Business if you are stuck at a plateau.
Why should a client hire you? That’s a million dollar question!
But the answer is surprisingly easy.
Are you ready for it?
You must have something to offer to the client that no one else does! But that is not all. The client needs to be in a position to recognize what you are offering! And why you are charging a premium for it.
This is why I say, it is important to:
- Recognize your strengths. This will help you choose a coaching niche wisely
- Get relevant training. Begin the training through this link which will take you to my free webinar
- Invest in marketing your brand. Look at some links I have mentioned here and here
It takes several years of experience, hard work, perseverance and the right help to become a great coach. Yes, I do mean years!
So are there certain qualities that you can develop to help you become a great coach? I have written several blogs on what you can do to become a successful coach. In a previous blog Top 10 Coaching Skills You Must Have as a Life Coach, I have mentioned the top qualities.
Some of these essential qualities of good coaches are:
- Confidentiality: Winning trust is your responsibility. Only when the client feels safe enough, will he/she want to walk on the path of self-discovery. It is therefore important to focus on building trust. Once the client is comfortable, you may use the coaching wheel as a tool for self-discovery.
- Be objective. Be objective about the client’s failures and successes through the entire process of coaching. The best way to help a client is to listen and understand what they have to say with empathy. Then, take a step back. Because the only way to help them is to be truly objective, and that cannot happen until you are emotionally detached from the situation. This is not an easy thing to do. So do be aware of your own shortcomings/preconceived notions and judgments.
Remember that the coaching wheel reveals the client’s priorities and shortcomings. Do not make it personal.
Be supportive but firm
Establish ground rules before you even start your sessions with the client. Right from the first meeting make sure they are aware of the role you will play in their lives as a coach moving forward.
They are paying you to help them discover and confront the real issues they face when they spin the coaching wheel. The truth can be hard to accept at times and will cause discomfort. But the important thing to remember is that this discomfort is only momentary and is to keep moving forward and shall pass soon.
3. Be a willing learner. Do you feel that you know what it takes to be a coach and are ready to get started? Pause for a bit. There is a lot more to coaching than just what you can pick up from second hand information.
Coaching is a skill, and just like any other skill, you need to be properly trained so you can get an understanding of what you are signing up for. Because without the training, you will realize that you are floundering. And that will be the end of your coaching career.
So what does this mean?
This means, before you even get started put in the time and effort to get a recognized certification. This will not only polish the skills you already have, but you will also learn about several other tools beside the coaching wheel. This will help you immensely in your career as a coach.
Augment your coaching certification with other diplomas and/or part-time degrees in the fields that will help you such as psychology and counselling.
4. Leave judgement behind. Is this something worth reminding coaches about? Yes! Coaches are human and being objective with your clients will require a lot from you. This is why you should also practise self care and spin the coaching wheel for yourself! This will keep your own life balanced. A happy well-balanced person is in a much better position to help others.
There are several other qualities that make for a good coach. You may read my whole blog for more tips.
These qualities mentioned are helpful for all coaches, irrespective of the niche and coaching type you specialize in.
You may be a fan of a particular coaching style. In my blog Types of Coaching Styles and Models Every Coach Should Know About, I have spoken about some of these styles. Your style of coaching will depend on your personality and the niche of your coaching practice. However, you should know all the coaching models and tailor your style to suit your client.
Are there certain specific certifications that your client is looking for while looking for coaches? Well, that really depends on their needs. For example, a sports coach will probably look for someone who has played the game or has significant achievements as a coach. Similarly, a company hiring an executive coach may look for some experience in the sector/industry.
While some clients may ask for degrees, others are more flexible. Experience and aptitude will go a long way to secure you a new project. So, keep working and keep asking for recommendations. And keep adjusting the lens of your camera till you find what works for you!
No, you do not.
A willingness to help people and the ability to get clients to open up are common traits of all good coaches, irrespective of the coaching niche.
Since a coaching wheel is a tool, how can you maximize financial returns from it?
Well, it depends on how you are using and branding the coaching wheel. For example, if you use the coaching wheel as a part of your life coaching sessions, you may not be able to charge for it separately. However, the tool is very useful in helping your clients to bond with you. And this will help secure your coaching session!
On the other hand, you may offer a customized coaching wheel as a product.
In my blog Coaching Products 2020: All You Need to Know, I have spoken about the benefits of offering coaching product bundles. A customized coaching wheel would be a great addition to this list!
As you know coaching is a growing industry.
Let us look at some market figures. I have mentioned these statistics in my earlier blog posts as well. But this sets the context in terms of what you can expect to earn as a coach.
- The International Coach Federation boasts 53,300 members. It has a steady growth trend.
- The average income for life coaches ranges from $27,100 to $73,100. Speciality coaches can charge more than $100,000 annually.
- Growth projections for the life coaching industry are an estimated 6.7%. This would take revenues to $1.34 billion by 2022.
- 92% of life coaches remain active in the field.
- In Asia, there were around 3,700 coaches. They contributed $113 million in total annual revenue.
- More and more corporations are hiring life coaches instead of mental health counsellors to work with employees (no stigma).
- Life coaches remain unregulated. There are no state licensing requirements. This suggests freedom of practice, but also raises concerns about quality.
- Executive coaches can earn a handsome salary too. Salaries start at $150 and can go up to $350 for most coaches. Executive coaches can also charge $1,000 per session.
For executive coaches, salaries start at $150 and can go up to $350. Executive coaches can also charge $1,000 per session. Such coaches offer life coaching, strategic sound-boarding, and other support. My earlier blog on life coach salaries will also help you understand what is in store for you.
Now, you may be wondering how you will you get your brand name
noticed? The market is evolving and growing. But the competition is also getting tougher. You may want to refer to my blog How to promote your life coaching business? for more on this.
No, you do not!
Right now, the coaching industry is still unregulated.
This means everyone can offer life coaching for kids and children. What will set you apart is your expertise at being a good coach, marketing yourself smartly and getting good client recommendations. Learn more about these in my blog Is Marketing Crucial to my Coaching Business?
A simple Google search will show you several books and podcasts online related to coaching. You may want to look up some of these resources and stay updated in your coaching career.
Since the coaching wheel is one tool among many others, do look up books that also discuss other coaching tools.
A search on Google offered several books on coaching. Some are:
- How to Improve Emotional Intelligence: the best coaching, assessment & action book on working & developing high emotional intelligence
- Balance Your Life Now!
- The Ultimate Questions Book – Life Purpose
I have mentioned some books listed for aspiring coaches earlier. These are:
- Co-Active Coaching – Laura Whitworth, Henry Kinsey-House, Phil Sandahl, and John Whitmore
- Transformational Life Coaching – Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott and Lynn U. Stewart
- Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills – Tony Stoltzfus
- Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training – Patrick Williams and Diane Menendez
- The Life Coaching Handbook: Everything you need to become an effective life coach – Curly Martin
There are several YouTube videos and podcasts on coaching wheel.