WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY DO VS WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM

A question I get asked by newer coaches all the time is what do I actually do or what do you actually do? They hear of concepts like grounding or trusting your wisdom to show you the path. They might hear Steve Chandler speak about service but they still can get confused around the practical how-to of building their coaching practice. The beauty of this profession is that there are so many different ways to run a prosperous coaching practice, especially with the 3P understanding Continue reading →

HELP THE CLIENT BEFORE THEY PAY YOU

One thing that always amuses me is when I speak with coaches who ask me about holding back “their best stuff” before the clients pay them otherwise they would not get paid. The opposite is, in fact, the case. I have found the more helpful I am with a client BEFORE they pay me, the more likely they are to hire me. This means on a coaching call, I want to listen to their problem, challenge or goal and I want to ensure I do Continue reading →

THE POWER OF THE INSIDE OUT/OUTSIDE IN DISTINCTION

I know I have been guilty of looking for new ways to help my clients because frankly, I sometimes get bored of the same metaphors, stories and distinctions. Perhaps you have noticed the same that in our community language evolves, people are coaching slightly differently. However, I think we can really miss the power of the simplicity of the work. The simple distinction of inside-out vs outside-in can seem innocuous but he profound implications. My whole book is pretty much written around this one distinction. Continue reading →

COMPARISON DOESN’T NEED TO BRING YOU DOWN

One thing I have noticed a lot of coaches doing including clients of mine is to compare themselves with other coaches and then make up a story to beat themselves up. They may think, well John just posted that he signed up a new client today and I haven’t signed up a new client in months. I’m a rubbish coach or I can’t do this. Perhaps they look at another coach who has released a book and think, I could never do that or I’ve Continue reading →

CREATING A COACHING PRACTICE DOESN’T NEED TO FEEL LIKE A HERCULEAN FEAT

I know when I set out on this journey to be a professional coach, I had no idea how I was going to do it and what it would involve. I did know that some coaches were making money from coaching so it was possible.However, as the first few months went by it looked more and more difficult and less and less likely that I would ever be able to do this work full-time. One thing that my coach helped me with was to simply Continue reading →

Tips For the Book-Writing Process and Fine-Tuning Your Message and Movement

 Listen in to this interview between publisher Ben Allen and coach Ankush Jain about writing a book. Note that this was recorded before Ankush’s book was published. In this interview we discuss: How to move through the initial stages of the book-writing process Tips for capturing the fleeting inspirations for your book, and making writing solid progress Dealing with your inner critic during the writing process Evaluating what to keep and what to eliminate in your book Getting valuable feedback from a team of Continue reading →