Making that first call is an obstacle, and I understand that. You don't know me, you don't know if I know what I'm doing, and you may have no previous coaching experience, and therefore have no idea how this even works. I'm going to attempt to provide you with some insight and answers.
You don't know me. This hurdle might be the most challenging to overcome. I'm a stranger to you, and you're considering sharing some of your story, some of your personal life with me. I get that!
For some people a first time meeting can feel a little uncomfortable, and you may feel self conscious and nervous.
The truth is that I'm deeply humbled when a potential new client approaches me. The fact that you're exploring the option of doing personal development tells me that you're unique because you're diligent and tenacious. I'm not blowing smoke here! There are so many people in the world who avoid growing and learning by distracting themselves, blaming others, numbing in front of Netflix. I respect that you're thoughtfully considering coaching, and I'd love to meet you.
Having said all that, if you don't want to start coaching, you don't have to—no heavy sales talk. No funnels. You won't even go on an email list.
You don't know if I know what I'm doing. The coaching industry is riddled with self-proclaimed guru's, spiritual teachers, and life coaches with no education or sub-standard training. It's appalling, and it makes it very difficult for you, the client, to be able to pick the qualified professionals out from the crowd.
I have solid credentials.
I have ten years of coaching experience working one-on-one with hundreds of women across several continents.
I have over 20 years of experience working in crisis counseling and emergency response scenarios, including on Red Cross DAT teams, Crisis Text Line, and LifeLine (South Africa)
I have trained with reputable schools, (iPEC, Precision Nutrition) written exams, and continue to educate myself.
I base my coaching model on Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology, both scientifically proven methods.
Well-respected corporations, who rigorously vet their providers, contract me to lead their group leadership, training teams.
I know the scope of my expertise: I am a certified professional life coach. You can feel comfortable and confident that I know what I'm doing.
You're new to coaching. If you're new to coaching, it can seem like a vague new-age fad. And, you'd be right. You're right because there are many people out there who are doing vague, new-age type coaching. But coaching, as a profession, is not new or new-age.
Life Coaching originated from executive coaching, which is an elite perk that many corporations offer to their highest performing executives. The research shows that coaching a high performer will result in even better results for the company.
Professional coaching helps high achievers perform better in their careers. Research supports that Life Coaching does the same thing, for your personal life.