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Three steps to becoming a more empowered coach

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Do you find yourself doing most of the talking in your conversations with others? Whether it’s with clients or friends, usually there is one person who is the “talker” and the other who is the listener. Neither role is necessarily good or bad, but knowing which one you tend to be can make you more aware of the other and improve your communication skills.

 

If you work with clients or hope to some day, you might find that you do most of the talking. After all, you’re supposed to be the expert, right? Shouldn’t you be dishing out the advice and leading your sessions so you client can reach his/her goal as quickly as possible? Believe it or not, the less talking you do, the better coach you will become.

 

Most coaches and practitioners want to share their knowledge with their clients, and when session time is limited, you may feel there’s a lot to say in order to help your client.

 

But one of the biggest mistakes coaches make is that they talk too much and don’t listen enough. This can happen if you feel nervous about lulls in conversation or are apprehensive that your client may ask you something you don’t know the answer to. Or it can just be because you don’t realize it.

 

The problem is this: if you do most of the talking, likely you’re leading your client to answers that may or may not be the right fit for them. This can lead to results that might only work for them for awhile. Have you ever noticed how people have a hard time sustaining the changes they try to make? One reason is that they did not arrive at the solution themselves.

 

Empower your clients, empower yourself

 

You can change this. You can help your clients to not only get better results, but to maintain them for the long term. As you empower your clients, you will become a more empowered coach.

 

At the IAWP, we teach our Wellness Coach Students-in-training exactly how to handle their coaching sessions to help their clients create lasting transformation. Our students learn our proprietary coaching method, The Core Coaching Method (CCM)TM, including specific steps to lead their client from challenge to breakthrough.

 

Today I’m going to give you a glimpse into just a few of the concepts within CCM, so you can get on the path to being a better coach for your clients.

 

Three steps to becoming a more empowered coach

 

  1. 1. Let go of being the expert – Try releasing the idea of being the expert. Don’t assume you have to know everything and share it all at once. Instead allow yourself to be a guide for your clients, friends or family members. As a guide, you stop telling people what they should be doing and instead hold the space for your clients as you guide them to the solutions that will work best for them.

 

  1. 2. Ask powerful questions – Asking questions is one of the most powerful techniques in coaching, because it allows the client to discover for him/herself the answer. Asking the right questions will help you to talk less and listen more. But what are powerful questions? Here are just a few you can try out:

 

* What are you willing to try?

* What will it look like to take this action?

* What can support you in this process?

 

These types of questions help your client begin to take big action and reach their goals. It also allows them to become empowered about their choices.

 

  1. 3. Reframe Challenges – When your client is experiencing a challenge, help them to get out the “muck” of the challenge and take a step back. Reframing the challenge is a powerful technique that allows your client to look at their situation from a new perspective. When we’re “outside” of our problem, it’s easier to look at solutions. The client moves from feeling stuck to knowing they have choices, and the “impossible” becomes “possible”.

 

As you work to become a better coach for your clients, remember there’s a learning curve and it takes time to build your skills. Get support on your own journey and keep growing as a coach so you can continue to help more people with your passion!

 

Click here to learn more the IAWP and our CORE Coaching method.

 

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

 

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The Value of Partnering

 

No matter how good you are at sharing or promoting your work, you can only do so much on your own. There are audiences and groups that will go beyond your reach unless you develop partnerships to help you reach them.

Having partnerships is an extremely valuable business asset. In fact, developing and fostering partnerships is essential no matter what type of holistic practice or business you own.

If you’re waiting for people to find you or even if you’ve gone a step further and are sharing your message, your message needs wings. It needs to be able to fly and reach the right people. That’s where partnerships come in.

Your message needs wings!

Your work is really important. You have a very significant message to share; what you do changes lives.

So often though, wellness professionals who start out loving what they do become negative, cynical, angry or downright depressed because they don’t think that anyone understands how important their work is. Keep in mind that it’s not that people don’t get it; it’s usually that you don’t understand how to reach people.

You’re likely sharing your message with someone. It might just be the “wrong someone”. So, it feels like “people don’t get it”.

What would happen if you starting sharing your work not only with people who need your help but with people who already help people who need your work? If you really want to explode your business and touch as many lives as possible, the best way to do that is by going straight to the source–those who are already one step ahead of you. They are the ones that have spent years building their client base and community and who will help your business the most through partnership opportunities.

For new wellness professionals, this can feel scary. You might find yourself thinking, “Who am I to ask other people to share my stuff?” Or, “Why will this person want to give me access to their community after they have worked so hard to build it?”

It’s “fear of rejection” that’s really coming into play here. Yes, there’s a possibility that the person won’t share your work or won’t respond to your email or won’t be interested. But nine times out of ten, the person will be excited to collaborate.

Sometimes, this fear can also be about a fear of really being out there in the world with our work. We wonder how people will view us.  We wonder who we are speaking to in certain groups.  This fear is really about taking our purpose and putting it out there.  Our purpose is truly intimate to us.  It’s a part of our heart.  It’s our passion.

Here’s what you have to keep telling yourself. By playing small and not taking action, no one will ever be supported with your work. No one will ever know what you do.

But if you take the steps forward and begin seeing yourself as the expert that you are and start moving forward to share your work on this level, more lives will be changed, including yours. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but move into that discomfort and get comfortable in the uncomfortable.

Begin to see it as a sign of growth, as a good thing.  Don’t wait until things are perfect because it’s about imperfect action. Don’t wait! Get out there and start taking imperfect action!

Hungry for more business training and actionable advice? Let the IAWP become your lifelong mentor. Click here to learn more about our Wellness Coach Training and Certifications programs.

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

10 Healthy Habits For a Healthy Heart

 

Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors. It’s one reason the heart is the most intriguing organ. It’s our life line, pumping blood throughout our body, yet we experience emotions that are somehow related to our heart.
 


 

 

 
“Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While science is still exploring the many facets of the heart, taking a holistic approach to healing the heart can be beneficial. Whether you have a serious heart health concern or less life-threatening yet emotional concerns, the heart is central to our overall well-being. That being said, we offer the following healthy habits for heart health:
 
1. Add Vitamin J – Vitamin J = Vitamin Joy with a dose of laughter and pleasure! Add joy, laughter and pleasure to your life. A study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine recommends 15 minutes of daily laughter for optimum heart health.
 
2. Incorporate Physical Activity – Start with simple activities that you enjoy, like walking, yoga or dancing – start with 10 minutes a day and increase. Exercise is essential.
 
3. Eliminate Trans Fats – An FDA advisory panel found that trans fats are even more harmful to health than saturated fats. The Institute of Medicine went a step further, concluding that the safest amount of trans fat is zero.
 
4. Try An Omega-3 Supplement – Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in keeping the heart beating steadily and not lapsing into dangerous, sometimes fatal erratic rhythms. As many fish contain high levels of mercury and PCBs, use supplements such as fish oil, cod liver oil if you need extra vitamin D, or krill oil.
 
5. Reduce or Eliminate Refined Sugar – Avoid sugar and chemicalized, artificial sweeteners in foods and beverages. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey, brown rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia. Also, eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, and beets.
 
6. Eat More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and WholeGrains – Vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Choose whole foods you enjoy and have them several times daily.
 
7. Get More Sleep – Women who sleep less than 5 hours each night, have a 30 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who get 8 hours. Too little sleep may play havoc with your hormones, blood sugar and blood pressure.
 
8. Avoid Tobacco – Exposure to tobacco, even secondhand smoke, can cause heart disease to worsen.
 
9. Evaluate Your Salt Intake – As sodium intake increase, so can blood pressure. Moderating your intake can help prevent and control hypertension. When using salt, choose high-quality sea salt which has important minerals that the body needs.
 
10. Breathe Deeper – Meditation and relaxation techniques can help teach our bodies to tone down our physical response to stress.
 

 

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.