Life Coaching: A Complete Guide

Foundations of life coaching, including: processes, methodologies, tools, and industry best practices.
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Published 3/2016 English

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Note this course was just launched  recently and already has over 2500 students AND OVER 118+ GREAT REVIEWS. 

We are one of the top Udemy Instructors in the Personal Development Field. our courses have been taken by over 25,000 happy students from 166 Countries.

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The course also has a thriving Facebook networking group.  We also just launched The Transformation Life Coach Directory for those that complete our certification programs.  


Have you been dreaming of or considering becoming a life coach? Or, are you a life coach that’s just getting started? Get your questions answered and feel confident launching your coaching business by enrolling in this Life Coaching 101 course!

This course is designed to provide a strong foundation of understanding, powerful tools, and coaching industry best practices to help you begin or grow your own life coaching business. It is a comprehensive introduction to the field of life coaching, the tools and methodologies used, processes and techniques for doing life coaching, and necessary templates and documents needed to get started.

This course is for you:

  • If you have a passion to help others improve their lives
  • If you are a counselor, life coach, speaker, teacher or other professional who works with people and you want to enhance the service you provide by offering life coaching
  • If you want more expertise and a greater understanding of the life coaching industry
  • If you want a step-by-step system and powerful tools with proven results
  • If you want to expand your credibility a/nd build your confidence as a coach

What will you learn and receive in this course:

  • Explore an industry synopsis and clear analysis of the coaching industry, how it differs from other modalities, and requirements for becoming a coach.
  • Evaluate the importance of understanding your biases, projection, and boundaries as a coach.
  • Set expectations with your clients including the roles of coach and client, commitment, honesty and confidentiality.
  • Explore options for your life coaching business, including how to structure your packages and sessions and selecting the right coaching niche.
  • Learn coaching processes and methodologies, including the intake process, general session outline, SMART goals, goal setting, and more.
  • Receive practical tools and techniques, including the Wheel of Life, overcoming fear of change, and tips such as confidentiality, brainstorming, and how to engage your clients.
  • Learn listening communication techniques, including active listening, paraphrasing, and empathetic listening.
  • Learn questioning communication techniques, including detailed lists of types of questions, examples, and when to use them.
  • Learn NLP and body language techniques, including how to develop rapport, mirroring, and anchoring.
  • Establish a powerful mindset for coaching, including learning how to get yourself in the right state and overcome your own fears.
  • Receive coaching forms and templates, including intake questionnaires, intake session outline, coaching agreements, and coaching code of ethics.

This course is part of our Master Life Coach Certification program, which also includes our courses Life Purpose Coach Certification, Goal to Success: Life Coach Certification, and Happiness Life Coach Certification. Contact us after completing all 4 and you'll receive the Master Certification.

What are the requirements?

  • A desire to understand life coaching and learn powerful techniques and tools for helping others.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • • Feel confident in your understanding of the life coaching industry and your preparedness to enter become a life coach.
  • • Know exactly how to get to know your client while establishing clear boundaries and expectations.
  • • Decide how to structure your coaching business, including packages, sessions and your ideal coaching niche.
  • • Utilize proven coaching best practices including step-by-step processes and powerful tools.
  • • Polish your communication techniques so that you can listen to and question your clients to success.
  • • Learn neuro linguistic programming (NLP) techniques to improve your body language and coaching skills.
  • • Feel empowered and confident establishing yourself as a professional life coach.
  • • Have professional forms and templates that simplify your intake process and establish your credibility.

Who is the target audience?

  • You have been dreaming of or considering becoming a life coach.
  • You are curious about the life coaching industry.
  • You are a new life coach and want to solidify your skills and establish your practice.
  • You are an active life coach and want to improve your practice with powerful tools and techniques and industry best practices.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction to Life Coaching

Welcome to the program! Get insight about what to expect throughout the course.


Explore industry data, trends and insights! It's a great time to be a coach. The industry barely existed 30 years ago, and today there are over 40,000 coaches, it's a $2+ billion a year industry, and the National Post states that it's the 2nd fastest growing professional industry in the world.


Gain clarity about what life coaching is and isn't, including why clients hire life coaches and what your role is as a coach.


Life coaching shares similarities with therapy and consulting, but there are very important differences that must be understood to be an effective, and safe, coach.


What are the requirements, skills and qualifications needed to coach? Find out.


Presuppositions are assumptions we make about other people and life that greatly impact our perspective of our clients and how we coach. The presuppositions we discuss are foundations in NLP, as well as a powerful mental framework for life coaching.

Section 2: Self Awareness as a Coach

Everyone has biases, and by acknowledging your own you are better able to choose clients that you can be neutral and non-judgmental about.


Empathy is a common and vital skill that life coaches have, but it can be challenging to keep your own beliefs and feelings out of it.


As a life coach you want to help in a supportive way and avoid creating dependency.


It is vital to your success as a coach, as well as your enjoyment of it, to have clear and firm boundaries.

Section 3: Setting Expectations

It's important to clearly identify your roles, as coach and client, as well as the expectations and standards that you will hold the coaching relationship to.


Coach-client confidentiality is vitally important, just like it would be in any other professional relationship. Find out the standards and requirements.

Section 4: Your Life Coaching Business

Ok, so you're honing your coaching skills, but are you honing your business skills and creating a functional business?


Explore your options for structuring your coaching offerings, including length of sessions, method of delivery, and the importance of packages.


There are literally a hundred different types of coaches. Explore the options, from general coaching through the most specific niche, and decide what's your best fit.


Is your coaching niche viable and profitable? Assess your niche and find out!

Section 5: Coaching Process and Methodologies

Learn how to prepare for and structure your initial intake session.


Follow this outline for each coaching session and you know you'll be on track and productive.


Explore two powerful tools for helping your clients identify their goals.


Not all goals are created equal! Find out the criteria for achievable goals.


The GROW Model of coaching gives you a roadmap to success!


Coach with HEART, another coaching model.

Section 6: Coaching Tools and Techniques

This activity helps both you and your clients evaluate, and see visually, what areas of your client's life have the strongest need for attention, as well as how the different aspects of his or her life affect each other.


Explore the importance of helping your clients understand the change process and why it's so easy to fall back into old patterns. The video after this one provides an explanation of the change cycle.


Explore the change cycle and how to help your clients stop it!


Journaling is a powerful tool that can benefit your clients throughout the coaching process and beyond.


Brainstorming, done correctly, is a powerful tool for helping your clients explore options.

Section 7: Communication Techniques: Listening

The environment in which you coach can make the difference between effectiveness and distraction.


Giving your client your full attention is not only polite, it's vital to your success as a coach. Find out how!


Explore the power of reflective listening, aka paraphrasing.


Empathetic listening goes beyond just listening and helps you connect at a deep level to your client by truly understanding their perspective.


Avoid common ineffective communication habits, such as reassurance, preaching, patronizing and interrupting.

Section 8: Communication Techniques: Questioning

Questions are the unconscious mind's most powerful tool!


Explore different types of questions, such as expanding and reflective, that can enhance your effectiveness as a coach, as well as other types of questions to avoid, such as leading questions and "why".


Probing questions help you dig deeper into the beliefs and assumptions behind what your client is saying.


These questions will help your client focus, think creatively, decide on action, and explore possibilities

Section 9: Communication Techniques: NLP

Getting in rapport with your client opens the doorways to communication and trust. Learn how to use and understand body language and other strategies to form a connection.


Learn additional strategies for developing rapport.


Anchoring is a powerful technique to use with your clients to help them develop a trigger they can use to feel an empowered emotion any time the need it! It can also help during your coaching sessions.

Section 10: Mindset

Build confidence and over the common fears life coaches have.


The way you and your clients choose to focus on life--the perspective you take--makes all the difference.


Getting yourself in the right state of mind before your coaching appointment will help you be much more effective.

Section 11: Coaching Forms and Template

Feel free to use and customize the sample questionnaires, agreement, and intake checklist and review the Code of Ethics.

Section 12: Conclusion and Next Steps

While it's fresh in your mind, decide what your next steps are! If you haven't already, download and complete the activities in the worksheets. Ask yourself what changes you want to make or what else you want to learn about life coaching.

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Instructor Biography

Joeel & Natalie Rivera, Transformation Services Inc

Joeel & Natalie are firestarters, entrepreneurs, coaches and professional speakers. They are powerful, passionate, and REAL! They have had nearly thirty thousand students from over 160 countries take their courses. They take students beyond the typical online course experience by evoking deep, emotional reactions that transform them from within. Rather than simply learning information, students finish each course with a clear, immediate action to take and practical tools to stay empowered and achieve success.

Their goal is to challenge individuals to step outside their comfort-zones and break free of their old patterns and limitations. They inspire students to rewrite their life stories, turn their curses into blessings, discover their greater purpose, and be the change they want to see in the world.

More about the instructors:

Joeel A. Rivera, MEd: From an early age, Joeel faced adversity, including failing his first year of college and losing his brother to a car accident at the age of 19. This experience transformed his life and instilled a deep sense of purpose by inspiring him to give his brother Daniel's name a meaning by helping others find their true path. He returned to college, earning a Master's Degree in Counseling, and he is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis on happiness. In almost a decade, Joeel has reached over ten thousand people from different parts of the world as an educator, entrepreneur, speaker, curriculum developer, and consultant. His clients have included school systems, the juvenile justice system, non-profits, the penitentiary system, medical centers, legal firms, individuals and small businesses.

Natalie Rivera is passionate about empowering others to live authentically and embrace their inner callings. After a decade of living a life that wasn't hers and developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Natalie let go of everything and completely transformed. Through her journey to healing she rediscovered her true self and greater purpose—to be an entrepreneur and inspire others to transform their lives. Natalie “retired" from the rat race at 24, put herself through school as a freelance designer, and created a non-profit teen center. She is also the Publisher of Transformation Magazine.

Transformation Services, Inc. (a.k.a. Transformation Academy) offers online courses, life coach training programs, professional speaking, curriculum development, life coaching, event management, and publishing for individuals on a path of transformation.

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