Rich Rewards from Coaching

We’re celebrating!

Glance to the right and you’ll notice an award for Life Coaching Insights. Feedspot adjudged us to be one of the top 100 life coach related blogs internationally (you can click on the award to read more).

In fact, we cracked their top 20, being placed 18th – a great honour indeed.

One of the main criteria for this award was quality and consistency of the content posted.

That got me thinking …

“Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.”

– Elbert Hubbard

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True Freedom

When we launched New Insights Africa in 2007 and rebranded New Insights UK when the two businesses were brought together in 2012, we introduced three words which represent the aspiration we have for people who are exposed to our training and our coaching system:

FREEDOM – CONFIDENCE – GROWTH

Personal growth and self-fulfilment is, deep down, perhaps the highest need that we strive to meet as humans.

But we cannot hope to achieve this unless we are fully self aware, confident individuals.

And to become so we need to be free of all the limiting beliefs and negative emotions of fear, anger and resentment that plague us.

I’m sure you’ll agree that this notion of freedom is a little different from that which most people might associate with.

“True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one’s true character, to be altogether one’s self, to be self-determined and not subject to outside coercion.”

– Corliss Lamont

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The Change Cycle

It’s easy to get despondent when you embark on a major positive change in your life only to find you slip back into old ways before you achieve what you set out to.

For some, this regression can spell the end of the road as far as pursuing change goes. It can be frustrating, disheartening and sometimes even embarrassing when you have to confront the fact that you didn’t achieve what you set out to.

But there’s another more positive way to look at setbacks that inevitably occur on the journey of change.

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

– Karen Kaiser Clark

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Building Rapport

Building rapport with others is a fundamental skill required by anyone wishing to develop more effective and beneficial relationships.

And that pretty much means all of us!

Of course, this skill is a foundation requirement for any would-be life coach. After all, how can you help someone to be the best they can be if you struggle to build an open, caring and trusting relationship with them?

Rapport is a word that derives from the French word rapporter (which means to bring – or report – back). The ’t’ is therefore silent, with the word being pronounced ra-pawr.

At New Insights we place a heavy emphasis on the skill of building rapport in our coach training. On the face of it, it might seem to be a rather simple skill to master but in truth that’s not necessarily the case.

When you build trust, trust follows you.”

– Costas Voyatzis

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Perceived Value of Life Coaching

Life coaching is, without doubt, one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers that exist. After all, what can be more inspiring than helping other people to find their passion, rise above mediocrity and achieve things that they otherwise would not?

Yet many life coaches have difficulty marketing themselves and putting a fair value on what they do – and this can tarnish the natural lustre of an otherwise very appealing vocation.

Marketing and selling is not something that comes naturally to most coaches, or, for that matter, people whose work falls in the broad categorisation of imparting what is often called the ‘softer skills’.

Despite this, surprisingly, many life coach training institutes choose to focus on coaching skills and pay lip service to helping coaches market their practices and sell their services.

“Communication is the core of your marketing and if you know how to leverage it, you will be able to elevate the perceived value of your products and services so people are willing to pay higher price for as soon as they see it.”

– Eric Tsai

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