Life Coaching: A Complete Guide
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Life Coaching: A Complete Guide

Foundations of life coaching, including: processes, methodologies, tools, and industry best practices.
4.6 (538 ratings)
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 33 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • • 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.
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  • A desire to understand life coaching and learn powerful techniques and tools for helping others.


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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.


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.
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
Introduction to Life Coaching
6 Lectures 30:24

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

Preview 03:14

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.

Preview 04:51

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

Preview 06:01

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.

Preview 06:05

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

Preview 04:16

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.

NLP and Coaching Presuppositions
Self Awareness as a Coach
4 Lectures 25:58

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.

Empathy vs. Projection

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

Helping vs. Dependency

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

Setting Expectations
2 Lectures 11:38

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.

Roles and Expectations

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

Your Life Coaching Business
4 Lectures 31:31

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

Your Coaching Business

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

Options for Structuring Your Coaching

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.

General Coaching vs. Niche Coaching

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

Test Your Coaching Niche
Coaching Process and Methodologies
6 Lectures 37:41

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

Intake Process and Questionnaire

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

General Session Outline

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

Determining Goals

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

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Model

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

The GROW Model

Coach with HEART, another coaching model.

The HEART Model
Coaching Tools and Techniques
5 Lectures 34:54

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.

Wheel of Life

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.

Helping Clients Learn Change

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

The Change Cycle Explained

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

Power of Journaling

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

Communication Techniques: Listening
5 Lectures 33:01

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

Effective Setting

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

Active Listening

Explore the power of reflective listening, aka paraphrasing.

Reflective Listening (Paraphrasing)

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

Empathetic Listening

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

Communication Blocks
Communication Techniques: Questioning
4 Lectures 34:20

Questions are the unconscious mind's most powerful tool!

The Power of Questions

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".

Types of Coaching Questions

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

Probing Questions

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

Additional Helpful Questions
Communication Techniques: NLP
3 Lectures 25:52

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.

NLP Rapport Introduction and Body Language

Learn additional strategies for developing rapport.

NLP Rapport: Voice Tonality and Words

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.

NLP: Anchoring
3 Lectures 18:14

Build confidence and over the common fears life coaches have.

Overcoming Your Own Fears

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

Locus of Control and Circle of Influence

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

Getting in the Right State
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Joeel & Natalie Rivera
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Joeel & Natalie are firestarters, entrepreneurs, coaches and professional speakers. They are powerful, passionate, and REAL! They have had over thirty thousand students from over 170 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.