Over the last decade or so there has been a significant shift in the way people approach personal development. I am not denying that people didn’t invest in it before, but back in the day it used to be a “dirty little secret”. People were embarrassed to show that they are trying to improve themselves, forget about hiring a personal development coach!
But in the last few years, there has a been a steady growth in the consumption of personal development material. People now are finally coming out of their shells and are realizing the importance of personal development coaching.
So, keeping that in mind, we are about to explore, in detail, what it takes to become a personal development coach.
What is a personal development coach?
In order to understand what a personal development coach is, it is important to understand what personal development is first. Personal development covers all the activities that improve a person’s self-esteem, well-being and relationships.
That’s it, no matter what area you cover, they will broadly fall under these 3 categories. Anyone who is actively making an effort to improve their lives is actively participating in personal-development. A personal development coach basically guides them along the way.
What does a personal development coach do?
As a personal development coach first you will understand your client’s current state, where they are and where they want to be in the future. After zoning in on the specific area that they want to improve, you will give them strategies to follow and keep them accountable.
You are like their personal mentor who will be there with them every step of the way and help them along. You will be the role model that they will look up to.
Why do people hire a personal development coach?
There a lot of reasons why people want to hire a personal development coach. Let’s go through them one by one. In fact, if you have coached anyone before then some of this might resonate with you:
1. When they want to discover their purpose
Isn’t it so sad when people live their entire lives without discovering their purpose? Aren’t you and I so lucky that we have found our purpose in life? Many times, as a personal development coach, you will come across people who have not yet discovered their purpose in life.
These are the kind of people who have lived their entire life according to the whims of others. They have taken decisions based on what others expected them to do, they have never had a chance to truly let go and be their own self.
But now they have decided to take their lives into their own hands, and they have chosen you to be their mentor. I think this is the kind of challenge that you should be chomping at the bits for. As a coach, nothing could be more inspiring than this.
2. When they want to get empowered
Many people feel extremely helpless in their situation. Because of the circumstances that have been forced upon them or their own limiting beliefs, they think they have no power over anything.
As a personal development coach, you can help them discover their inner personal power. But be careful, these are usually people who have gone through a lot and have been in many abusive relationships (professionally and personally), so you will need to be extra delicate here.
3. When they want to develop strong relationships
It is a fact that most people don’t really have the best of relationships with their near and dear ones. The sad fact is that most of these relationships are bad because of the stories that we make up inside our own heads.
As a personal development coach, you can help your clients deal with these by making them introspect. You are the mirror in which they can see their own reflection and realize the truth of their relationships.
This is one of the most empowering tools that you have at your disposal.
4. When they want to live the life they want to live
Because of a variety of reasons people tend to develop a lot of insecurities and limiting beliefs. As a result, people don’t necessarily live the lives that they want to live because they encase themselves in a shell.
As their personal development coach, you can give them strategies and methods to work on themselves and hence come out of their shell as a result.
5. When they want to feel better about themselves
I think this more an accumulation of everything we talked about so far. By taking them to a more fulfilled, empowered and happier place you are inevitably going to make them feel better about themselves and do wonders to their self-esteem.
Should you become a personal development coach?
This really depends on who you are as a person. Look back on your life and think about certain moments. Whenever any of your friends have had any issues were you their go to person?
Do you have a knack for listening to anyone and empathize with their problems?
Can you withhold judgment (very important) when someone is laying their heart bare to you?
More importantly, are you willing to go the extra mile to make sure that a complete stranger can benefit from you and make a better life for themselves?
All this has to come from within, but there is one more thing which needs to be taken care of which is as, if not more, important than the aforementioned points.
You absolutely need to have the acumen to create and run your own business if you really want to know whether or not you can become a personal development coach.
Wait wait… before you go into panic mode let me make something very clear to you. Most coaches SUCK at this aspect. Coaches are just not natural businessmen…who knew? But, it’s alright… we all have to begin somewhere.
This is the reason why you should scroll down and checkout my free webinar. In it you will get all the tools that you will need to create a coaching business from scratch. All that you have to do is to copy the basic model.
What’s the difference between life coaching and personal development coaching?
There really is no difference between life coaching and personal development coaching. They are both one and the same.
Both of them wants to take you from your current state to your desired state by carefully following certain strategies.
What are the essential skills of a personal development coach?
We have already touched on this a bit before, so, for now, let’s look at them one at a time.
1. The ability to listen
The pie chart above shows you what goes into effective communication. 45% … I repeat that 45% of effective communication is just plain old listening!
We have all been told those stories about how a good listener is the best communicator, but now we actually have proof to back up all the tales that our mums and teachers used to tell us!
As a personal development coach this skill is ESSENTIAL, and there are two reasons why:
- When you are consulting a client, it is all about them. If you do not listen then how will you know what ails them and how you can help improve their lives?
- Normally your clients will be the kind of people who have no one to listen to them. They want to let out everything that is inside them, they want someone to know what they truly think and who they truly are. The only way you can do that is by listening to them.
2. Creating rapport
Rapport building is the most effective way to create relationships with your clients. The best part about it is that it will also make you invest into them.
When your clients can sense that you are properly synching with them and both of you are coming from the same vibrations, that when they will really open up to you.
3. Knack of solving problems
This is another crucial skill. You must have the ability to zero in on the problem areas of your clients. After you zero in on them you must also have the ability to flesh out the proper strategies required to put them on the right path.
4. Giving ruthless feedback
This may be hard for some of us because as human beings we are not wired to be “mean”. It is very hard for someone to be brutally honest because simply don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.
But that is exactly what you will have to do every single time. You NEED to have the guts to show your clients the light, no matter how much it is going to hurt. No matter how much you sympathize with them and their problems if you don’t give them clear and honest feedback you simply won’t be doing them the service that you promised them.
How much is a personal development coach’s salary?
According to various studies, a personal development coach salary can be anywhere between $11.42 and $122.79 an hour. Between $11.42 and $122.79!
That’s a difference of more than $100!
Why is there such a huge difference? Is that simply because of the ability of the coaches? Or is it something deeper?
I spoke to a lot of coaches about this, and to be honest, the answer left me a little fuming.
Turns out that most coaches don’t have the slightest clue about the value of their coaching… can you believe that?
How can anyone underestimate the power they possess as a coach is beyond me, we are one of those few fortunate people who truly have the power to impact someone’s lives.
Why don’t people get that?
Because they constantly undervalue themselves, they take in just anyone as clients. They don’t even screen people to get clients and end up with absolutely garbage low-value clients who take them and their coaching for granted.
So isn’t it obvious that they don’t get paid the money they deserve to be paid? Scroll down to my free webinar and we ill discuss this in more details. You will find out how to get paid what you are worth, (HINT: It’s very simple).
Do you need personal development coach certification?
The fact of the matter is that you don’t need certification to become a personal development coach. You can start off right away.
But there are some advantages that come with accreditation, I won’t deny that. Obviously, a certification will make you seem more credible to your clients and that may help in the beginning.
But as far as I am concerned, here is the thing. If you have a gift and you want to truly express it, why wait?
The best teacher is experience, absolutely nothing can teach you more than you actually putting yourself out there and learning from real world client interactions.
If you do insist on getting certification, then get it from an institute which has been approved by the International Coaches Foundation aka ICF.
In my opinion, the only way that a certification can help you is by teaching you the inner workings of a coaching business.
But why do you have to go to an accreditation program for that? When can I simply show you all that in my free webinar?
Ah.. before we talk about that.. answer this question for me:
Are you ready to become a personal development coach?
I am sure you are, otherwise why else would you be reading this article in the first place?
But it will be naive to think that this path that you have chosen will be free from obstacles, if it was easy then everyone would be doing it.
Here are some facts and it might be difficult to hear for some, but I am going to say it anyway. 95% of the people reading this article will fail.
Yes, I just said that and that’s not a random number either, it is a fact that 95% of the people who start their own ventures will fail.
Does that make you feel depressed?
If it does, then you are not looking at the right way, you need to do some re-framing.
Think about it, 95% of your competition is going to quit on you all by themselves, all that you have to do, is to stand out from 5% of the others.
Now, you may be thinking, this 5 % is the cream of the crop, the best of the very best, how the hell can you stand out from them when you don’t even know where to begin!
If you think that you are a little helpless here, then worry not, because this is exactly where I come in.