How To Become A Life Coach – The No B.S Guide

How To Become A Life Coach – The No B.S Guide

Once we wake up to realize that we’re all master storytellers, we see the thoughts in our head, we see the pen in our hand, we see beyond the story.

My goal with this post is to bring transparency on what it really takes to become a life coach or any type of coach for that matter. There is so much bull-shit marketing out there, this post will help you ween through it.

There is much, much more to becoming a life coach than just going through a life coaching certification program.

You will risk failure if you don’t understand what it really takes to become a coach. I will touch on this after I talk about what most people want to learn about…life coaching certifications.

With life coaching, and coaching in general, becoming a more and more recognized and sought after profession, there are more people than ever wondering how to become a life coach. However, before you wonder HOW, I want you to make sure you know WHY.

In my opinion, there are one too many life coaching programs and certifications that are marketing life coaching as a prestigious job that can pay you $200/hr while allowing you to work whenever you want, from wherever you want.

Although there is truth to that statement, what they fail to tell you is that you need much more than just a certification. The work that needs to be done behind the scenes is rarely talked about. Why? Because you are being sold a lifestyle which caters toward getting your emotional buy-in. Getting your emotional buy-in makes them money.

If you knew what it took to become that person who makes $200/hr+ and works whenever, and from wherever they want, they might not get your money.

Firstly, Is A Life Coaching Certification Necessary?

The short answer…no. Anybody can call themselves a life coach, or any kind of coach.

Is it recommended to get certified through a high-quality and reputable certification program? YES

The coaching industry as a whole is not regulated. The International Coach Federation has put together an attempt to regulate the coaching industry but has not succeeded thus far. They have made strides toward establishing non-obligatory standards but have not established a governing body of standards that MUST be met.

From the ICF website:

“The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.”

“CF also accredits programs that deliver coach-specific training. ICF-accredited training programs must complete a rigorous review process and demonstrate that their curriculum aligns with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.

Today, ICF is specifically recognized among coaching professionals worldwide for:

  • Developing coaching core competencies
  • Establishing a professional code of ethics and standards
  • Creating an internationally recognized credentialing program
  • Setting guidelines through accreditation for coach-specific training programs
  • Providing continuous education through world-class events, Communities of Practice (CPs) and archived learning.”

Just because a life coach certification is not accredited through ICF does not mean that it is a low-quality program, although can be an indicator worth digger deeper into.

Here’s a list of some of the most sought-after coaches in the world that are not ICF accredited:

  • Tony Robbins
  • Michael Neill
  • Brian Tracy
  • Marshall Godsmith
  • Jack Canfield

Now, this is not to say that you should just start calling yourself a coach and asking for clients. It will become evident within the 1st few minutes of a conversation with a client that you are not who you claim to be.

How To Find A High-Quality Life Coaching Certification Program

To save yourself A LOT of time and get answers to all your potential questions, you may want to check out the head-to-head comparison review I posted. It is an in-depth comparison of a few very affordable life coaching certifications.

What I am about to say is strictly my opinion.

4 things to look for when searching for a high-quality life coaching certification program:

1. Research the person(s) who is teaching the program

You want to make sure that whoever is teaching the curriculum practices what they preach. Search their full name on Google.

Check out their social profiles, what type of content are they sharing?

If they are a professional coach then they should have their own personal website that offers their services. Browse their website, look at their about page, their services page, and look for testimonials.

2. How long is the program?

Any program that advertises that you can become a life coach by taking their weekend certification is utter bullshit.

Whether the program is online or in person, if it is condensed into an immersive experience, say 8 hr days over 5-7 days, it is not conducive for a life coaching certification and here’s why.

It is one thing to learn the material, it is another to BE the material. You need to use what you learn to transform your own life before you have a hope in hell of transforming the lives of others. This my friend, this takes time.

I think the minimum length to look at when researching for a life coaching certification is 6 months. This allows time to use the teachings on yourself, to become who you will coach others to be.

3. Do you get to participate in practice coaching sessions with feedback?

Coaching is a very interpersonal experience. It is unpredictable, you never know what will show up. Yet, through it all, you need to be able to remain present, hold space, and respond from your highest self.

No matter what gets thrown at you, you need to be on top of your game. This take practice, and lots of it.

4. Is there a live classroom session either by way of video or phone (minimum 1x/wk)?

This allows discussion on the current topic between students and teachers. Students rarely don’t have any questions regarding any particular topic. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions you wouldn’t otherwise get answers to. It also allows you to hear answers to other questions you may not have thought of.

5. Do they integrate “inner work”?

In other words, is a condition of you graduating dependent upon having done a certain amount of inner work with yourself?

This means, using everything you learn about yourself as a form of personal development or personal growth to be the person that you will be coaching others to be.

These leads me to the most important topic of this entire article…

And If You Don’t Do This You Will Fail…

As the old saying goes, “practice what you preach”.

Life coaching is one profession that you will absolutely not get away with not living by this. You MUST practice what you preach.

I’m not talking about practicing here and there, you must live it every single day of your life, with every single breath you take.

Some call it inner work, but I don’t like to call it that. The word “work” tends to insinuate it’s a J-O-B. I like to look at it as a way of living, a journey. So, for sake of this article, I will refer to “inner work” as “inner journey” instead.

For example, I am confident in waking people up from their old way of thinking to a new understanding of how the mind works. I can do this with a high degree of success, empathy, compassion, and understanding because I have done this for myself.

Now, this doesn’t mean that if you’re going to be a relationship coach that you need to be in a relationship, although having success in your own relationship is extremely beneficial. What you do need is a fundamental understanding of how relationships work and what makes them successful.

Examples:

If you’re going to coach people on how to master their stress then you have better mastered your stress.

If you’re going to coach people on how to be more mindful then you better be mindful yourself.

If you’re going to coach people on how to find peace then you better have found peace yourself.

If you’re going to coach people on how to meditate then you better meditate yourself.

If you’re going to coach people on how to wake up then you better have woken up yourself.

I think you get the point.

You Must Be What You Are Selling

If you graduate from a high-quality life coaching certification then you should be prepared to take on your first clients. This is because high-quality coaching programs understanding that you are the product, that you are what you’re selling.

Because they understand this, you will have plenty of homework to do for yourself.

How To Know When You’re REALLY Ready To Coach

As long as you’ve gone on your inner journey, and continue to do so, you will know. You will know based on a feeling of knowing. This only happens if you are in touch with your highest self.

When you’re not in touch with your highest self, this is when you tend to get confusing messages. You become unsure of which thoughts and feelings to believe and focus on. Some call this the ego.

Knowing who you truly are, without confusion, is what will guide you to know when you’re ready. Just wait for the feeling, this feeling is your green light.

The Journey Doesn’t Stop There

Becoming a life coach is just the beginning of a lifelong journey. Your inner journey is infinite.

Always keep learning!

For example, here are 6 things I do every day:

  1. Read a minimum of 45 minutes per day
  2. Listen to podcasts whenever I’m driving
  3. Meditate every morning for 15-20 minutes on gratitude, intentions, various life topics, and teachings from Sydney Banks
  4. Journal every morning in The Daily Stoic
  5. Writing on my blog is a form of learning for me. It keeps me in touch with my zone of genius, flow, and creativity.
  6. Learn from every experience I have throughout each day

Check out these posts for more info on book and podcast recommendations:

Top 10 Personal Development Books I read in 2017

7 Best Life Changing Podcasts I’ve Listened To

Check out this post for a head-to-head comparison of some affordable life coach certifications:

Head-To-Head Comparison Of Affordable Online Life Coaching Certifications

 

I truly hope this helped you with understanding what it really takes to become a life coach. If you have any questions or feel there are other important factors I should touch on please comment below.

 

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

 

 

 

7 Best Life Changing Podcasts I’ve Listened To

7 Best Life Changing Podcasts I’ve Listened To

Once we wake up to realize that we’re all master storytellers, we see the thoughts in our head, we see the pen in our hand, we see beyond the story.

Best Life Changing Podcasts I’ve Listened To

Whether you’re looking for the best podcasts for motivation, inspiration, anxiety, depression, better relationships, learn mindfulness, spirituality, business, entrepreneurship, or some form of self-help, personal development or self-improvement, I have a list of podcasts that will appeal to the variety of personalities and journeys out there.

What are the newest hits on the radio? I wouldn’t know…I don’t even listen to the radio anymore.

I have an 8-12 minute drive to work and an 8-12 minute drive back home. I do this an average of 1.5x/day.

I take my dog to the park or play with him outside in the backyard for 15-20 minutes every single day.

This allows me roughly 50-55 minutes every day to listen to podcasts. I have been around the block.

 

Best Podcasts To Change Your Life In Many Ways

(That I’ve Listened To)

(In no particular order)

 

Caffeine For The Soul Podcast

Owner: Michael Neill

Speaker: Michael Neill

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, spirituality, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression,

Specialty: transformational thinking, the three principles

Episode Length: 5 – 10 minutes

Summary: Along with Brooke Castillo, Michael is my favourite mentor and coach. This podcast incorporates a little bit of the three principles understanding, many stories and metaphors that help you understand that you live in a thought-created world, all your experiences are created by the three principles. Michael really knows how to keep you engaged and simplify all of his messages in an easy to understand manner. This podcast will appeal to those who are and aren’t interested in spirituality, and to everyone looking to improve their thinking.

 

The Life Coach School Podcast

inspirational podcasts

Owner: Brooke Castillo

Speaker: Brooke Castillo

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression, motivation, inspiration

Speciality: transformational thinking, self-coaching

Episode Length: 30 min – 2 hrs

Summary: Booke reminds me of a more upbeat, female version of my other favourite mentor and coach, Michael Neill. They both share the same approaches in their own unique ways. The amount of information in this podcast can be potentially overwhelming for some. I personally resonate very well with Brooke and her philosophies on life. If you have any interest in understanding how your thoughts create your emotions and actions and how to change them to achieve your desired result then this is a must listen for you. There are specific episodes that will be a huge benefit to coaches, but for the most part, this podcast is for everyone.

 

School Of Thought Podcast

spirituality podcasts

Owner: School Of Thought

Speaker: Various Experts

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression

Speciality: the three principles, spirituality

Episode Length: 50 – 60 minutes

Summary: This podcast is primarily based off of the three principles understanding. If you are not familiar with the three principles that, is OK, you will not be lost. There are some very big names from the world of the three principles, including Dr. Jack Pransky, Elsie Spittle, Dr. Mark Howard, George Pransnky, Dicken Bettinger, and Dr. Bill Pettit. If you like spirituality, you will love this podcast. If you are not into spirituality try listening with an open mind, the speakers really know how to simplify a complex topic.

 

Coaches Rising Podcast

personal development podcasts

Owner: Coaches Rising

Speaker: Various Experts

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, self-help, self-improvement, personal development

Specialities: coaching, spirituality

Episode Length: 40 – 70 minutes

Summary: This podcast is primarily for coaches, although there are episodes that can benefit anyone. There are some big names in the spiritual and coaching world in this podcast, Gay Hendricks, John Prendergast, and Karen Kimsey House to name a few. It is interesting to listen to how each of these infamous coaches views the world in their own way. The only downside is: an episode is released every 2-4 weeks.

 

The Lightwork of Transformational Coaching Podcast

self help podcasts

Owner: Leon Vanderpol and Craig Hedge

Speaker: Leon Vanderpol and Craig Hedge

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, spirituality, self-help, self-improvement, personal development,

Speciality: personal transformation, transformational coaching

Episode Length: 20 – 30 minutes

Summary: This podcast will not be found on any of the podcast players. You can listen to it here. This podcast consists of 9 highly informative episodes. The topics are primarily centred around human transformation, ranging from deep listening, soul/life purpose, to trying vs allowing, and much more. Craig and Leon are extremely well spoken and easy to listen to. It is like eavesdropping on two amazing transformational coaches.

 

Best Podcasts To Change Your Life

(That I Haven’t Listened To But Plan To)

(In no particular order)

The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast

best motivational podcasts

Owner: Tim Ferriss

Speaker: Tim Ferriss and various others

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, spirituality, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, health, anxiety, depression

Speciality: entrepreneurship, business

Episode Length: 20 min – 2 hrs+

Summary: coming soon

 

The GaryVee Audio Experience Podcast

self improvement podcasts

Owner: GaryVee

Speaker: GaryVee and various others

Best For: self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression,

Speciality: entrepreneurship, business

Episode Length: 20 min – 2 hrs+

Summary: coming soon

 

Do you have experience with any of these great podcasts? Please share with everyone!

 

Any podcasts not on the list that you feel deserve recognition? Please share!

 

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

 

 

 

10 Best Personal Development Books I Read In 2017

10 Best Personal Development Books I Read In 2017

Once we wake up to realize that we’re all master storytellers, we see the thoughts in our head, we see the pen in our hand, we see beyond the story.

10 Best Personal Development Books I Read In 2017

(Not your typical list)

I set out to read 23 books in 2017 and ended up with 35 books read. I really picked up the pace towards the end of the year reading 13 books in November and December alone, I settled into a nice little routine.

I have structured my reading as follows:

Morning/Night – Books relating to the three principles

Afternoon – Books on personal development or coaching

My Definition of a personal development book

A personal development book to me is any book that contains information with the purpose of influencing a direct personal transformation within the reader. This could come in the form of a typical personal development book like Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins or a less typical, more metaphysical approcach like The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill. Whether a certain book will resonate with you or not largely depends on what journey you are on and where you are in your journey.

Top 10 Personal Development Books – 2017 Edition

I rated the books based on the impact they had on my personal growth.

The Holding Space Practice

By Carol Webster

128 Pages

I first heard about holding space from Leon Vanderpol’s blog and podcast centered around deep transformational coaching. It is because of this that I wanted to go deeper into learning about holding space. After a search on Amazon I came across this amazing book. The book is very to the point, no fluff, and keeps you engaged through all 128 pages.

One, out of the many, things I LOVE about this book is how practical it is. It has numerous practical exercises within the teachings that will allow you to take several steps toward neing able to hold space. I will warn you, the exercises are not for the faint of heart, and you must check your ego at the door. If completed, the exercises are life changing, I speak from personal experience.

What is this book about?

It is all about holding space!

What does it mean to hold space?

  • Honor individual without judgement, first self, then family, then others
  • Suspension of anxiety over expected outcomes
  • Accepting “now” as it really is without undue regret or control
  • Allowing self and others to choose as we avoid inappropriate pressure, collusion, manipulation, and/pr exploitation

There is also a workbook available as a companion to the book that I highly recommend you get as the actual book has numerous exercises in it. You can purchase that from Aamazon as well. CLICK HERE

How to read The Holding Space Practice for FREE

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Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

By Anita Moorjani

191 Pages

What is this book about?

First half of the book:

The first half of the book tells the story behind Anita’s transformation, who she was before her NDE (Near Death Experience) that led to her spontaneous cure from cancer. There were many religious and personal conflicts in her life before her NDE. This sets the stage for the second hald of the book, allowing it to be so transformative.

Second half of the book:

The second half of the book is one of the most inspiring and transformational reads I have ever accountered. Anita speaks like a spiritually enlighterned person since her NDE. She recalls her past from a perspective that is so inspiring.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

This is the book that influenced me to start my never ending journey toward personal and spiritual growth just over a year ago. It really rocked my world, all my beliefs, paradigms, and perspectives on life all got pulled into question. I would like to mention, I can relate to her journey more than many people due to my wife (who I have been with for nearly 9 years now) having Chronic Leukemia.

I will always hold a special place on my book shelf for this book because of that. This is proof that Dying To Be Me has the power to take you on a transformational journey.

Who do I recommend this book for?

For anyone who struggles with sacraficing who they truly are and all that they believe in for external forces such as Religion, family, friends, self-image ect. this is the book for you!

Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words

By Oscar Trimboli

119 Pages (Kindle only)

What is this book about?

This book by Oscar Trimboli truly lives up to its’ title, and it teaches you how to listen beyond the words you hear. It is not your typical book on listening by manipulating the other person to think that you’re listening, whether you’re actually listening or not. So you won’t find techniques such as active listening or mirroring in this book.

What impact did this book have on my personal development and growth?

By far the best information I have ever come across when it comes to listening.

Highlights from this book:

  • We speak between 125 and 175 words per minute, yet we can listen to 400 words per minute, this is the 125/400 rule
  • Why the pause is the most critical moment in your listening, most people get this wrong
  • There are 5 levels of listening
  • Learn about unconscious listening vs conscious listening
  • What it means to listen beyond words and how to do it

Awaken The Giant Within

By Tony Robbins

544 Pages

When the topic of the best personal development books gets discussed, Awaken The Giant Within is typically the most popular personal development book talked about. It is not on my list due to popularity though, it is one of the best books for personal growth out there in my opinion. It is a lengthy book, with quite a bit of fluff, which I have found is typical of Tony as I have read all of his books. Although this book could have been written in under 300 pages it does not take away from its’ power.

What is this book about?

  • Making decisions
  • Understanding your beliefs and how to change them
  • Understanding your values and how to change them
  • Learn Neuro Associative Conditioning (NAC) to create lasting change
  • How the quality of your questions create the quality of your life
  • Transformational vocabulary
  • Numerous practical exerices

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

My biggest take away from Awaken The Giant Within is that everything in life is a pattern., and an awareness of this alone was enough to rock my boat. Because of the practical exercises within this book I learned a lot about myself. This took me through a process of deep self exploration. This was my first introduction to beliefs and values, and what fascinated me at the time was understanding that I can change them! That was a breakthrough for me at the time (7 months ago). This was also my first introduction to how habits are formed by thought and how they can be transformed by thought.

Who would I recommend this book to?

This is a great book for anyone who is fairly new to the concept of developing themselves. What you learn about yourself from doing the exercises in the book will be a great gateway toward what direction you would like to go next.

This book will only help you if… you actually do the exercises! Lucky for you, I have created a 37 page PDF of every single exercise in Awaken The Giant Within to give away for free. Click on the link to be taken there. Awaken The Giant Within Workbook

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

By Miguel Ruiz

168 Pages

This is another popular book for those interested in personal growth, for good reason. This is a short, easy read that kept me engaged from beginning to end.

What is this book about?

How did you know?

What are the four agreements?

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

The Four Agreements goes deeper into what each agreement really means at its’ core and how it can transform your life.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Immediately after reading this book I went and bought a small whiteboard to place on my fridge. On this white board I wrote The Four Agreements so that I will look at them every day. Doing my best to live by The Four Agreements has transformed my life.

Knowing what these four agreements are is not what will transform you. It is understanding them on the deepest level and then applying them to your life that will transform you and that is what the book is for.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle

229 Pages

I read this book just over a year ago from writing this, right after I read Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani. I thought it was a bit of a dry read when I first read it. Now that I am much further along on my transformational journey I appreciate what I took away from the book much more.

What is this book about?

The Power of Now is about, you guessed it…the NOW. The present moment is all we have and all we ever will have. This book explains the power of being present and mindful towards each and every moment of our lives. Eckhart Tolle uses typical life examples and how being in the present moment effects different circumstances.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

This is the book that got me started on my mindfulness and meditation journey. I did not realize the impact it had until now. For this book alone to inspire me down a path of mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality really says a lot of the impact it had on me. I will be reading this book again this year now that I am at a different point in my journey. I am sure I will take away something different from it the 2nd time around. It is one of those books that is so simple, yet so profound that so much gets missed.

Who would I recommend this book to?

If you would like to become for mindful and present in your life then I highly recommend this book for you.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

By Hal Elrod

172 Pages

This book was an engaging read and well written. It was written effectively enough to inspire me to create my own morning routine! Considering the topic, I don’t think many people out there could have written in such an inspiring way.

What is this book about?

The Miracle Morning is all about the importance and impact of having a morning ritual. It sites several people who are considered highly successful that always started their day with a morning ritual.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

I was not even finished the book and I had already started adjusting my morning routine. At the point of reading this book I was already waking up an hour before I had to go in for my first personal training client which is an 8 minute drive away so it gave me plenty of time. My routine at this point was meditation for 15 minutes and showering. I don’t have to worry about breakfast because I do intermittent fasting.

After dabbling with different forms of exercise, timing of different aspects of the routine, and trying different things, I wake up 90 minutes before my 1st client and my morning routine now looks like this:

  1. Meditation 10-20 minutes
  2. Yoga 15 minutes
  3. Journal 5 minutes
  4. Read 10-15 minutes

In short, I can tell you that I have never felt better since starting my days like this.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who wants to feel better from the moment they wake and set their day up for aliveness and fulfillment.

The Enlightened Gardener Revisited

By Sydney Banks

168 Pages

This is the first book I read by Sydney Banks. It is likely you have never heard of him. He is the one to discover the Three Principles understanding in the world of psychology and spirituality.

What is this book about?

A fictional story about a pair of psychologists returning to England to visit an enlightened gardener who taught them this understanding called The Three Principles on their last visit. This story is the sequel to the original book The Enlightened Gardener. The two psychologists pick the gardeners brain to deepen their understanding of the Three Principles throughout their entire visit. They cannot understand how their clients are getting such miraculous results just from facilitating the teaching of the Three Principles to their clients.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

The Enlightened Gardener Revisited is by far the most insightful and profound book I have ever read. It is filled with so much wisdom. I am already familiar with the Three Principles as I have been constantly deepening my understanding of them for the past several months (and it has been the most life changing few months of my life, in large part thanks to this). This allowed me to truly appreciate what is inside this book. If I had read this book 6 months ago it would have been jiberish to me, I would not have comprehended much of it.

This is one of those books I can re-read again and again and take something different away from it every single time. I had to pause several times throughout the book to think about what I just read, and it is not because he uses complex words or sentences, it is because what he teaches is just so profound.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who wants to understand how they create every experience of their life and how once you understand this it will transform your life forever. If you are not familar with the Three Principles I do not recommend this book for you. I suggest starting with Sydney Bank’s prequal to this book called The Enlightened Gardener or Michael Neill’s Inside-Out Revolution, or both.

The Inside-Out Revolution: The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever

By Michael Neill

168 Pages

This is the second book I read by Michael Neill, the first book I read of his was Supercoach, which is also a fantastic book. Prior to reading this book I had listened to every YouTube video I could find on Michael Neill and every single one of his 100+ episodes from his podcast. The Inside-Out Revolution reinforced much of what I had already learned from Michael, and what he teaches is amazing.

What is this book about?

The essence of the book is spiritual in nature. The underlying foundation of the book is built upon the Three Principles understanding that was discovered by Sydney Banks. From all the people I have listened to who talk about this understanding, Michael delivers the information in the simplest way in my opinion. Trying to make sense of anything spiritual can be extremely difficult, and I think he nails it.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

With me already being so familiar with Michael Neill’s work and the three principles, what this book did for me was help create further insights and deepen my understanding. That is all I can really ask for from this book.

Who would I recommend this book to?

If you think the outside world is to blame for your circumstances, thoughts, actions, or feelings than this book is for you. Also, anyone who is new to spirituality or who is familiar with spirituality will take something away from this book.

Man’s Search For Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl

184 Pages

OK, I have something to confess, I didn’t actually read this book. I know, I know, you can judge me all you want. I listened to the audiobook version instead. I loved the message of the book so much I just could not leave it off the list. I will be ordering a paperback version this year as I do want to read the paperback version.

What is this book about?

Man’s Search For Meaning is a true story about Viktor E. Frankl’s encounter with being a prisoner in the Concentration Camps during World War 2. The basis of the book is Viktor contemplating life. What is his meaning? What is his purpose? How can he find meaning in the midst of such a horrific event? Read the book if you would like to find out how he survived with his mental health intact and thrived in his life once he got out.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Prior to reading this book, I believed that bringing meaning and purpose to our life can completely eradicate many of our life’s “problems”. Every single one of our problems are thought created, and if you tend to create problems chronically you are most likely attempting to fill the empty space that is not being filled by meaning and purpose. This book to me to a deeper understanding of meaning and purpose in my life and inspired me to contemplate the purpose of my own life.

With my wife having Leukemia, I have had some pretty terrible lows in recent years, as you can imagine. I can be thankful she is still here, we both are. I have also had some pretty terrific highs. Man’s Search For Meaning is proof that no matter how bad you think your life is, you always have the opportunity to create meaning and purpose in your life. This story inspired me to start giving back to the world by finding meaning in my suffering the same way Viktor did.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Much of our lives are spent comparing and contrasting. Comparing our low points with someone else’s low points for example. If you are someone who tends to do this a lot, or if you are someone who plays victim a lot, you need to read this book.

Anyone who feels a lack of purpose, meaning, or fulfillment in their life must read this book.

Honourable Mention

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

Breakthrough Experience

By John F. Demartini

256 Pages

What is this book about?

The foundation of Breakthrough Experience is the positive/negative polarities of life. This was a challenging read. Dr. Demartini dives deep into the spiritual world and the world of quantum physics.

He then puts it all together into what he calls the Quantum Collapse Process, as he assumes you have an understanding of the material. The basis of this process is to transform any negative feelings you have towards someone into neutrality.

This process is quite daring as you have to have the courage to see the bad with the good, and the good with the bad, in yourself and the person you are trying to collapse. This is very powerful stuff.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Even though I have yet to sit down and do the Quantum Collapse Process on anyone I had several insights throughout the book. Just the thought of trying to see the good through the bad in someone I have strong negative feelings towards is life transforming.

This is the book that also transformed the way I look at emotions. That it is OK to feel the so-called “negative emotions”, they are every bit a part of life as the so-called “positive emotions”, and they are both meant to be felt equally throughtout life. Understanding this has allowed to me see emotions as antagonistic instead of “good” or “bad”. Not labeling an emotion as “bad” allows it to be felt full force oppse to resisting or supressing it.

Who would I recommend this book to?

I recommend this to anyone who is familiar with spirituality and quantum physics. Having an open mind is a must while reading this book. If this is you and you want to learn how to completely neutralize your emotions towards yourself and/or others then this book is for you.

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

 

 

 

Head-To-Head Comparison Of Affordable Online Life Coaching Certifications

Head-To-Head Comparison Of Affordable Online Life Coaching Certifications

Once we wake up to realize that we’re all master storytellers, we see the thoughts in our head, we see the pen in our hand, we see beyond the story.

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The Most Affordable Online Life Coaching Certifications Compared

With many people coming to this post with different intentions, I have provided some quick links below to take you where you want to go. If you’re not one of these people then I recommend starting from the beginning of the post.

Head-To-Head Comparison (popular)

Coach Training Alliance Review (with exclusive coupon code)

iNLP Center Review

Universal Coach Institute Review

Life Potential Developments Review (warning)

If you have a budget anywhere between $500 – $3000 (installments are an option) and want the best bang for your buck then you will want to stick around. I understand that this is quite a long post if you actually read it from start to finish, but I didn’t want to leave any stones unturned.

You will be able to compare the most important factors when choosing the right Life Coaching Certification for yourself in a head-to-head comparison.

I have researched over 30 different online life coaching certification programs and narrowed it down to 3 that I consider the best bang for your buck within the $500 – $3000 range, 2 of which I have personal experience with, and 1 that appears to be a sales pitch, so I reviewed it to bring awareness to this program.

I will cover all the pros and cons of each program based on personal experience with 2 of the program providers and extensive research. I have reviewed each program in detail, I recommend you read each review before visiting the website of each program.

Please feel free to use the comment section below if you have any questions 🙂

Head-To-Head Comparison

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 COACH TRAINING ALLIANCEINLP CENTERUNIVERSAL COACH INSTITUTELIFE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS
Guaranteed To Achieve Paying ClientsYesNoNoNo
ICF AccreditedYesYesYesNo
ICF CCE Hours6060120
CertificationsCoachNLP Master Practitioner, NLP Life CoachLife Coach
Transformational Coach, Solution-Focused Coach
NLP Practitioner
Coaching for Results and Masterful Coaching, Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology, Time-based Techniques
Program Length6 monthsNo Limit, typically 6 monthsNo limit, typically 3-4 months12 months
Hours/Week5 hrs5 hrs5 hrs2 hrs
Virtual ClassesNoYesNoNo
TeleclassesYesNoYesNo
Live Coaching PracticeYesYesNoNo
Coursework FeedbackYesYesNoNo
Informational Live and Recorded WebinarsNoYesYesNo
PDF Downloads For ModulesYesYesYesYes
Audio Downloads For ModulesYesYesYesNo
Video Content For ModulesYesYesYesYes
Lifetime Access To ResourcesYesYesYesYes
Learn How To Start Your Own Coaching BusinessYesYesYesNo
Learn How To Market YourselfYesYesYesNo
Learn How to Build Your Own WebsiteYesNoNoNo
Free Website Server HostingYesNoNoNo
Private Facebook GroupYesYesYesNo
Investment$3047-$250 = $2797$2199$497$1800
Payment Plan$360-$50 = $310 x 9$385 x 6$166 x 3$150 x 12
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#1 Affordable Life Coaching Certification Online

Life Coach Certification Online

Provider: Coach Training Alliance

Program: Certified Coach Program

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Pros

  • All online
  • Guarantee d to have paying clients by the end of the 6 months
  • Accredited for 60 hrs by ICF
  • Payment plans available
  • Certified Coach
  • Live coaching demos
  • Practice coaching others
  • Live group virtual classes
  • Your own dedicated website
  • Added to their Certified Life Coaches Directory
  • 25 hrs of business and marketing
  • 60 minute biweekly live teleclasses
  • Unlimited access to the social learning group

Cons

  • I’m sure there are some, but given that I have not taken this program myself, I don’t have the same perspective as the next 2 programs.

Coach Training Alliance Review

I have to say, I am extremely impressed with the curriculum from Coach Training Alliance. If I wasn’t already enrolled at the iNLP Center there is a very good possibility I would have chosen Coaching Training Alliance based on the curriculum alone. Who knows, I may even take their program in the future since the two curriculums take a different approach and collaborate with each other.

Coaching From The Inside-Out

Based on the curriculum, the approach appears to be more an inside out approach versus an outside-in approach. This completely aligns with my philosophy on coaching. The inside-out approach focuses on transforming one’s inner world in order to change their outer world. This is a different approach than the iNLP Center’s NLP approach where they are more strategy based or outside-in coaching. This alone is the reason I would choose Coach Training Alliance over iNLP Center if I were to choose all over again.

Your Own Website

Luckily I have learned how to use WordPress over the years through learning affiliate marketing. I have spent hundreds of dollars to do so. You will learn the basics of how to build your own website using WordPress, The fact that this is part of their program is amazing, and will save you plenty of time and money, trust me, this is a massive bonus.

Here is a short clip of Lisa Pisano talking about the Coach Training Alliance Program

 Course Curriculum

 

Lesson 1: Creating Value from the Inside Out

  • Foundational Experience
  • Authenticity
  • Being vs. Doing
  • Insights on Focus
  • The Picture of Your Practice
  • Identifying Your Intentions

Lesson 2: Mastering the Sample Session

  • How the Sample Session Works
  • Letting Go of the Outcome
  • Gaining the Desired Results
  • What Makes Coaching Effective
  • Hiring Your Own Coach
  • Who Are Your Clients

Lesson 3: Co-Creating the Relationship

  • The Coach’s Role
  • The Client’s Role
  • What To Do with Your Expertise
  • Coaching vs. Consulting
  • Coaching vs. Therapy
  • Ethics and Standards
  • When to Fire Your Client
  • Coaching Agreement
  • Standards & Ethics
  • Pro Bono Barter Coaching

Lesson4: Following Vision with Action

  • Reflecting What’s Inside to the Outside World
  • Passion and Expertise
  • Attracting Your Ideal Clients
  • Your Hottest Undeniable Benefit
  • What Is Your Message?
  • Specialties and Niches
  • Teaching What We Need to Learn
  • Your HUB Statement
  • SMART Goals
  • Impeccable Business Sense

Lesson 5: Rising to the Professional Level

  • Reinforcing Moments
  • Preparing to Take Flight
  • Building a Coaching Community
  • Advisors and Resources
  • Your Own Advisory Board
  • Honor and Recognition
  • Building Your Referral Engine
  • Generating a Resource List
  • Your 30 Second Message
  • Your Professional Team

Lesson 6: Taking Care of Business

  • Your Home Office
  • Establishing Clear Boundaries
  • Choosing a Business Structure
  • Domain Name Registration
  • Protecting Your Work with Copyrights
  • Trademarks and Trade Names
  • Toll-free Phone Numbers
  • Client Log
  • Virtual Assistant Partnerships

Lesson 7: Setting Your Rates and Accounting for Success

  • Coaching Fee Ranges
  • Value Exceeds Benefits
  • Clients Investing in Themselves
  • Record Keeping Systems
  • Accounting – Keeping It Simple
  • Credit Card Merchant Accounts
  • Alternative to Credit Cards
  • Client Tracking & Management
  • Client Compass System
  • From Techno-Woes to Techno-Wows

Lesson 8: Thinking Like a Self-Employed Professional

  • Possibility Thinking
  • Announcing Your Arrival
  • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Responding With Ability
  • Making a Timely Response
  • Professional Courtesy
  • Coaching Friends and Family
  • Acknowledging & Reciprocating
  • Warm Letter Example
  • High Tech vs. High Touch
  • Effective Coaching Tools

Lesson 9: Tuning In

  • The Master Tools of Coaching
  • Offering a Most Precious Gift
  • Getting Out of the Way
  • Being Blank
  • What to Listen For
  • The Coachable Moment
  • Wading Into the Story
  • Five Listening
  • Reference Points

Lesson 10: Delivering Powerful Questions

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Formulating Questions
  • Coming In for a Landing
  • Telescoping In and Pulling Back
  • Five Types of Questions
  • Don’t Let Them Wiggle Away
  • The Non-Answer Answer
  • Using Your Voice
  • Dynamic Listening
  • Six Keys to Powerful Questions

Lesson 11: Responding Intuitively

  • What is Intuition?
  • Respect and Trust
  • Don’t Hold Back
  • Endorsing
  • Holding Up a Mirror
  • Relating
  • Challenging
  • Summarizing
  • Re-framing
  • Goal Mapping

Lesson 12: Developing Strong Support Systems

  • The Right Stuff
  • Being At Choice
  • Making A Commitment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Over-Achievers, Over-Promisers
  • Rich Resources–Creating Allies
  • Establishing Balance
  • Providing Accountability
  • Raising Awareness
  • Achieving Balance
  • Daily Practices
  • Open Challenge Forum
  • Becoming a Client Magnet

Lesson 13: Attracting Versus Selling

  • Stop Selling & Start Connecting
  • Show, Then Tell
  • The Importance of Being Seen
  • Direct One-on-One Contact
  • Joining Groups & Having Fun
  • Letting People Experience You
  • Client Attraction Plan
  • Worksheet
  • Upside Down Marketing
  • 10 Ways to Promote Your Practice

Lesson 14: Gaining Visibility and Credibility

  • Reaching a Wide Audience
  • Speaking to Groups
  • Structuring a Presentation
  • The Call to Action
  • Workshops and Classes
  • Writing and Publishing
  • Three Great Reasons to Write
  • Group Coaching
  • 10 Design Steps for Events
  • Eight Steps for Group Coaching
  • Group Coaching Flier
  • Email Newsletter Example

Lesson 15: Niche to Be Rich

  • Developing Your Top Markets
  • Making the Upgrade
  • Your Niche Market
  • Become an Expert
  • The Magic of Thinking Small
  • All Things to All People
  • Drilling Down to Your Niche
  • Making the Most of the Web
  • Digital Publishing
  • Your Website Communications Center
  • Why Should I Get Online?

Lesson 16: Implementing the High Touch Approach

  • Building Trust
  • Authenticity
  • Clear Communication
  • Consistency and Integrity
  • Responsiveness
  • The Call to Action
  • Referral-Based Business
  • Making Money While You Market
  • 20 Marketing Approaches
  • Leverage Your Marketing
  • Masterful Coaching Sessions

Lesson 17: The Art of Coaching

  • Artful Coaching
  • Being Right Sized
  • The Blank Canvas
  • Hijacking the Agenda
  • Clarifying the Client’s Agenda
  • The Tip of the Iceberg
  • Venturing Out of the Comfort Zone
  • Tools For Creating

Lesson 18: Seizing the Coachable Moment

  • Nine Subtle Clues
  • Offbeat Phrases & Missing Pieces
  • Strong or Weak Energy
  • Inconsistent Statements
  • Nervous Laughter
  • Contradictory Emotions
  • Limited Perspectives
  • Role Inflation
  • Throw Away Comments
  • Timing… Is Everything
  • Going Deep

Lesson 19: Inviting the Shift

  • Reflecting
  • A Glimpse of the Future
  • Shifting Focus
  • Lighting the Way
  • When to Push
  • Time and Balance

Lesson 20: Framing the Masterpiece

  • Endorsing and Empowering
  • Inspiring Action
  • Getting SMART
  • Spotting the Tire Kickers
  • Upping the Challenge
  • Coaching Session Transcript
  • Coaching Magic

 

BONUS #1: Coach Training Accelerator ($299 Value)

 

  • Centering yourself and creating your coaching practice out of your vision, your authenticity, and your passion.
  • Getting grounded.
  • Articulating to your ideal clients the benefits of your coaching.
  • How to offer sample sessions.
  • Establishing a solid foundation for your business.
  • Building resources, networks and structures to support you and your coaching business.
  • Setting fees and taking actions with integrity.
  • Making the shift to thinking like a self-employed practitioner.
  • Honing skills and developing tools for coaching.
  • The art of listening and asking powerful questions.
  • Responding to clients intuitively.
  • Strategizing and supporting your clients to take action.
  • Attracting clients in a fun and easy way.
  • Creating visibility and credibility while earning income and showcasing your skills.
  • Leveraging your marketing and engaging the high touch approach.
  • Creating a referral stream.
  • Mastering the four elements of the coaching model.
  • Honoring the client’s agenda without hijacking it.
  • Exploring different coaching roads with clients.
  • Creating the impetus for the client to shift.
  • Framing the session with meaningful coach requests.

 

Bonus #2: Fill Your Coaching Practice ($149 Value)

  •  Learn how to start getting clients immediately
  • 8 week course
  • How to market yourself
  • Learn how to build your practice with minimal effort

 

Certification Requirements

  • Attendance in the Becoming a Coach Orientation Session.
  • Active participation in at least 10 of 12 Group Mentoring Sessions.
  • Satisfactory participation in at least 8 of 10 Coach the Coach Sessions.
  • Completion of the Coach Training Accelerator™ as assigned in the syllabus.
  • Completion of at least 80% of the assignments listed in the syllabus.
  • Completion of a minimum of 20 Sample Sessions.
  • Must pass the Written Exam and Final Critique Coaching with a minimum of two full-fee clients.

Accreditations:

  • International Coach Federation (ICF) for CCE’s (60 hrs toward ICF Certification should you decide to pursue)

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#2 Affordable Life Coaching Certification Online

Life Coach Certification Online

Provider: iNLP Center

Program: Certified NLP Life Coach

Pros

  • All online
  • Accredited for 60 hrs by ICF
  • Paymeny plans available
  • NLP Practitioner Certification
  • NLP Master Practitioner Certification
  • NLP Life Coach Certification
  • Certified Hypnosis Practitioner Certification
  • Interactive weekly webinars
  • Unlimited live training sessions in our virtual meeting rooms.
  • Full lifetime access to online learning material.
  • An engaging community of peers and practice partners.
  • Assigned a designated qualified teacher

Cons

  • Maximum 6 month payment plan
  • No demos on real clients

iNLP Center Review

I have first-hand experience being a student at the iNLP Center. When I was first deciding which program I wanted to learn Neuro-Linguistic Programming from I had narrowed it down to iNLP Center and Life Potential Developments.

Why did I choose iNLP Center over Life Potential Developments? The answer to this is two-fold:

  1. After sampling what the content of the modules was and watching the free videos of the head teacher, Mike Bundrant, I was sold on the authenticity of Mike Bundrant and the program material.

2. I signed up for the email list for Life Potential Developments in order to dig deeper into what they are all about since they didn’t appear to be as open and forward as Mike at iNLP Center. Although I liked the content, I was really turned off by the sales pitches marketing gimmicks in their emails, and the sales pages on their website that appear to be written by a Copywriter instead of an authentic human being.

Did iNLP Center’s authenticity hold up after becoming a student?

The short answer is yes. Mike is very straightforward and it is very clear that he has enormous experience in the field of coaching and therapy.

Extracted From Comments: How are you feeling about your iNLP training now that it has been a few months since you posted this?

My Experience With iNLP Center I have experience with their NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner certifications, not the full Life Coach Certification, although their Life Coach Certification encompasses both of those certifications as its’ framework. I will try my best to give you my unbiased opinion of their program as I have had a change of heart regarding my opinion of using NLP as a coach. I guess that is a conversation for another day.

As someone who knew nothing about NLP prior to entering their program over a year ago, I feel they do a really good job of simplifying a potentially complex learning curve. As of a year ago, the one pitfall that I found for me was the lack of video content that could provide examples of how to use the information adequately in the real world. They have since changed that though, they now offer high-quality weekly webinars on different topics (not just NLP), online interactive classroom sessions multiple times per week and have added more video content to the actual modules.

To pass most modules you will have to complete two things: a Psyche Builder (using what you have learned on yourself) and a stealth mission and/or an assignment (for which both you will need a real-life partner for). You will also receive feedback from their teachers on your homework.

In Summary, iNLP Center has a legitimate high-quality faculty, clear and concise teaching methods, and an amazingly easy to navigate back office for their students. It is part of my plans to post a full review on my experience with the iNLP Center in the very near future. Until then, I will be more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have regarding their program to help ensure you don’t regret any decisions you might make!

What people look for in a Coaching Certification is largely subjective so if you have any questions…please ask away!

Here is a short clip of Mike discussing how world-class coached see their clients:

 

Program Breakdown: NLP Practitioner Certification:

Module 1: Introduction to NLP & The Deeper Dynamics of Change

Module 2: Intro to VAK Model & Eye Accessing Cues

Module 3: Non-Verbal Communication and Rapport

Module 4: Accessing States, Anchoring, Anchor Collapse, Dissociation, New Behavior Generator

Module 5: Introduction to Strategies, Decision Strategies, Motivation Strategies

Module 6: The Meta Model

Module 7: Exploring Submodalities, Making Something Important, Submodality Interventions, The Map Across, The Swish Pattern, Fast Phobia Cure

Module 8: The Milton Model, As If Frame, Process Instructions Exercise

Module 9: Outcome Specification, A Formula for Manifesting

Module 10: Perceptual Positions

Module 11: Reframing, Context Reframing, Other Frames, Six Step Reframing

Module 12: Intro to Timeline, Programming Your Future

NLP Master Practitioner Certification:

Module 1: Psychological Levels of Development

Module 2: The Physiology Map

Module 3: The 12 States of Attention

Module 4: The Quad Map

Module 5: Criteria for Psychological Safety

Module 6: Metaphoric Intervention

Module 7: Core Transformation

Module 8: The Default Mode Network & Stress Management

Module 9: Meta Programs

Module 10: Presuppositions

Module 11: Logical Levels

Module 12: Certification Test

Life Coaching Track:

Your Coaching Vision

  • Your Coaching Vision
  • Business Goals
  • Identify Your Niche
  • My Ideal Client
  • My Stumbling Blocks
  • Live Session

NLP Life Coach Training & Certification

  • Introduction
The iNLP Life Coaching Process
  • The INLP Life Coaching Process
  • Pervasive Elements
  • Live Session
  • Strategic Interventions
  • Live Session
The AHA Application
  • The AHA Application
  • Understanding the AHA
  • Live Session
  • Applying the AHA
  • Live Session
Dealing with Adversity
  • Dealing with Adversity
  • The ABCDE Method
Life Values Inventory
  • Life Values Inventory
  • Live Session
  • Using Life Values with Clients
  • Live Session
Marketing Your Practice
  • Marketing Your Practice

Accreditations:

  • International Coach Federation (ICF) for CCE’s (60 hrs toward ICF Certification should you decide to pursue)
  • International Association of Professional Life Coaches (IAPLC)
  • International NLP Association (INA).
  • Continuing Education Credits through the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NADAAC)
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) & the Texas State Board of Examiners for Professional Coaches (TSBE). To receive this credit, you must be licensed in the states of California or Texas.

#3 Affordable Life Coaching Certification Online

Life Coaching Certification Online

Provider: Universal Coach Institute

Program: Certified Life and transformational coach

Pros

 

  • All online
  • Cheapest of the 3 programs
  • Payment plans available
  • Life Coach Certification
  • Transformational Coach Certification
  • Solutions-Focused Coach Certification
  • Accredited for 12 hrs by ICF
  • Live coach training Q&A 2x/month
  • Numerous client handouts (HUGE BONUS)
  • Transparency (watch videos)
  • Coach Ayisha has lots of praise
  • Mentored by Coach Ayisha

Cons

  • Lacks live teachings
  • No live practice coaching sessions with teachers or others students
  • No feedback on your progress
  • Lacks a step by step approach to setting up your business (a solution to this is recommended here)

Universal Coach Institute Review

Do I have experience with this provider? Yes, I would choose Universal Coach Institute over Life Potential Developments for the reasons I am about to discuss. It has nothing to do with money either, as I would also spend the extra $1300 for iNLP Center’s NLP Life Coach Certification over choosing Universal Coach Institute, largely due to the live interactions with the course instructors and invaluable feedback they provide.

Extracted From Comments: “why not universal institute”? There were a lot of great things you mentioned about the institute. Is it really important to attend an accredited program?

To simplify my response to why Universal Coach Institute is not my first recommendation: You get what you pay for. I have recently invested in Universal Coach Institue as well to see what they are all about and to allow me to give people like yourself more insight into the program.

I think one of the best questions I can ask myself when it comes to recommending a coaching program is: “would I Personally work with one of their coaching graduates?”. With regards to Universal Coach Institute, the answer would be no.

I think what they teach is very helpful and is an amazing supplement to other coaching programs especially considering the price. The caveat for me is the lack of interpersonal interaction inside the program. Coaching is a service and requires 100% human to human interaction. Unlike iNLP Center or Coach Training AllianceUniversal Coach Institute does not offer this essential framework that allows you to practice your skills and perform mock coaching sessions within the program.

If you are looking for a complete program that will allow you to start coaching once you graduate I do not recommend Universal Coach Institute. If you know you will be pursuing further coaching education, or already have some past coaching education and experience, then it will be an excellent resource for you moving forward.

Reason #1 – Coach Ayisha (owner and mentor)

Whether you decide to pursue any training with Universal Coach Institute or not, I highly recommend signing up to their email list for the 5 Day Challenge To Create A 1K to 10K Coaching Program free ecourse. Coach Ayisha’s emails are invaluable as they are jam-packed with information. Doing this will allow you to experience Coach Ayisha as a teacher and help decide whether she is a good fit for you or not.

Reason #2 – The Extensive Amount of Tools and Client Handouts

This is an invaluable resource. For those who are unfamiliar with the coaching process or the business aspect of coaching, there is an enormous amount of paperwork involved. Typically this paperwork comes in the form of coaching tools or exercises to be used with clients, legal papers and agreements, personal tracking, and finance paperwork.

For those new to the business, this can be a huge learning curve which will be made worse by not knowing where to start. Fortunately, Universal Coach Institute has this completely covered. If you were to purchase similar resources elsewhere you will be looking at $100+, and it is all included in the Life and Transformational Coach Certification Program. I have made a list of the handouts below.

Coaching Tools
Powerful Questions Worksheet
Goal and Action Plan Template
Client Preparation Worksheet
Coaching Feedback Worksheet
Coaching Session Agenda Form
Coaching Journal
Accountability Checklist
Group Coaching Package
Seminar Package
Client Welcome Packet
Welcome Letter
Intake Form
Background Questionnaire
Self-Assessment Worksheet
Policies and Procedures
Confidentiality Agreement
Payment Arrangement Form
Client Invoice
Referral Request
Brochure or website content
Coaching Exercises
Creating a Strong Foundation
Creating Your Vision
Identifying Life Drainers
Identifying Your Ideal Inner Circle
My Life Mind Map
Coaching Form Satisfaction Rating Table
Defining Your Ideal Self
Creating Your Vision
Being Clear about Creativity
Defining Your Ideal Outside
Identifying Your Values
Letting Go of the Past
Creating Your Life
Stress Identification Tools
Payment and Finance Forms
Cancellation Recovery Letter
Failed Payment Letter
Termination Letter
Contractor Information Form
Income Snapshot
Month-to-Month Trending
Business Checklist
Expense Checklist
Wealth Building Tools
Expand Your Thinking
Increasing Your Wealth
The Wealthy Mindset
Attaining Financial Abundance
Day to Day Spending
Debt Repayment Tracksheet

Here is a video that reveals the learning platform: 

Accreditation:

  • International Coach Federation (ICF) for CCE’s (12 hrs toward ICF Certification should you decide to pursue)

Recommended Combo

  • Centering yourself and creating your coaching practice out of your vision, your authenticity, and your passion.
  • Getting grounded.
  • Articulating to your ideal clients the benefits of your coaching.
  • How to offer sample sessions.
  • Establishing a solid foundation for your business.
  • Building resources, networks and structures to support you and your coaching business.
  • Setting fees and taking actions with integrity.
  • Making the shift to thinking like a self-employed practitioner.
  • Honing skills and developing tools for coaching.
  • The art of listening and asking powerful questions.
  • Responding to clients intuitively.
  • Strategizing and supporting your clients to take action.
  • Attracting clients in a fun and easy way.
  • Creating visibility and credibility while earning income and showcasing your skills.
  • Leveraging your marketing and engaging the high touch approach.
  • Creating a referral stream.
  • Mastering the four elements of the coaching model.
  • Honoring the client’s agenda without hijacking it.
  • Exploring different coaching roads with clients.
  • Creating the impetus for the client to shift.
  • Framing the session with meaningful coach requests.

#4 Affordable Life Coaching Certification Online

online Life Coach Certification

Provider: Life Potential Developments

Program: NLP Practitioner Certification and coaching program

Pros

 

  • All online
  • Accredited
  • 12 month payment plan available
  • NLP Pactitioner Certification
  • Certified Coach Certification
  • Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology Certification
  • Time-based Techniques Certificatione
  • 130 teaching videos

Cons

  • Salesy impression
  • No live events (webinars)
  • No designated teacher or mentor

Life Potential Developments Review

The main reason I would personally choose the other 2 programs over Life Potential Developments is the overarching sales tactics. This leaves a bitter taste with me since one of my own values that I hold highly is authenticity. The tactics used by LIfe Potential Developments strike me as inauthentic. Since I am basing my own decision almost solely on this crutch alone, it would not be fair to harshly judge their program based on this.

Looking past the sales tactics, the coaching program itself does look quite thorough. The amount of video learning resources involved is far more than the other 2 programs, containing a whopping 130 videos. Even if each video is only 5-10 minutes it will still amount to far more than the other 2 programs. There are 45 demonstrations using real problems, which is the one aspect of the program that I feel iNLP Center’s program was lacking.

Program Breakdown:

Module 1: Communicating From The Inside/Out

Module 2: Mastering Relationships

Module 3: Expanding Your Horizons

Module 4: To The Heart Of The Problem

Module 5: Proficiency At Its Best

Module 6: Ignite Your Inner Fire

Module 7: Kick Butt Strategies For Achieving Excellence

Module 8: Transform Your Past… Empower Your Present & Future

Module 9: Conquer Conflicts & Take Control

Module 10: Blow The Lid Off – The Ultimate Shifting Perspectives

More info on their program:

 

SO WHAT IS THE BEST ONLINE LIFE COACH CERTIFICATION?

My recommendation:

I want to make this very transparent, I have experience with both the iNLP Center and Universal Coach Institute, I have no incentives to recommend their programs over any others. I have the opportunity to receive a commission from all 4 programs should you choose to enroll in one of them. With this out of the way, if you are able to afford the program at Coach Training Alliance I would recommend their program hands down. It is a very well-rounded program that covers all you need to know when starting a coaching business. Your marketing, website, business setup, and of course the transformational inside-out coaching approach.

The iNLP Center takes 2nd on this one. The resources you have access to are endless, from blog posts to hours upon hours of every recorded webinar they have ever done. The live training is priceless. I can tell that they have put an enormous amount of thought and time into putting this program together.  

Worried about accreditation?

Some professional coaches look to eventually get certified with the ICF (International Coach Federation). You do not have to take one specific program to qualify for this. The iNLP Center’s NLP Life Coach Certification and Coach Training Alliance’s Coach Training Program are perfect examples. Their certifications both qualify for 60 hrs toward an ICF Certification. You may then take a different program that is accredited by the ICF to add to your hours. For more info go to International Coach Federation.

Many people over concern themselves with credentials (in my opinion). Ask yourself this:

Would you rather invest in a coach (not accredited by the ICF) who was referred to you based on that referring person having had amazing results or a coach accredited by the ICF who has little evidence of producing real-world results?

Time To Make A Decision

I sincerely hope that I have provided enough information here to assist you in making your decision on choosing an affordable online life coaching certification. If you have any questions or feel there are gaps in information, and you would like me to add more information, please let me know in the comment section below, I will gladly try to help you out.

Have questions regarding any of these online life coaching certifications programs?

If you have any questions regarding any of the information I have presented here regarding any of these online life coach certification programs or want more info regarding my experience at iNLP Center or Universal Coach Institute to feel free to contact me 🙂

 

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