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What to Look for in a Life Coach

There is a common saying that life coaches make life limitless–this is because a good life coach can make you see life in a different light and help you achieve your goals within a very short time. There are few relationships that go deeper than that of a person and their coach. Such relationships are nurtured over time and take a lot of trust to flourish.

A good life coach not only equips you with techniques to go through life, but also empowers you to come up with tools on your own. The role of a life coach isn’t to live your life for you—it’s to empower you to be able to do the work yourself. So, what exactly do you need to look out for in a good life coach? 

Someone Authentic

A good life coach is not someone who appears perfect and camouflages their flaws. Life coaches are human, and they should be able to show you their human side. Even if a life coach has an ICF accredited certification, they should be able to let you know that they also struggle with things–an authentic coach will be able to lift you through your tribulations and push you towards your best self while being relatable and empathetic.

Someone Unique

Life coaching is an ever-changing field, and you should look for a coach who is willing to learn and come up with new ideas for different challenges. You don’t want to have a coach who simply copy and pastes what other coaches do.

Someone Confident

Confidence is often the pillar of a good life coaching session. Most of the time, you go to a life coach because of their ability to show you that you can change the situation you’re going through by being confident and methodical in how you take on challenges and obstacles. However, confidence is not about perfection—it’s also about being able to try out new things and keep doing what has been proven to work until you get the desired results.

Someone Passionate

Passion will often take you further than any other trait. Your life coach should be able to put you on the path toward being passionate about what you want to achieve. A life coach that is not passionate may struggle to keep you on track and progressing toward your goals. 

Someone Who Can Empower

Almost everyone can find help in achieving what they need from life coaching, so it’s important that a good coach empowers people to make choices that lead them towards a more fulfilling life. 

Chemistry

When finding a mentor or life coach, don’t forget to consider chemistry. Chemistry determines if two people will be able to collaborate effectively and achieve their set intentions together. Before choosing a life coach, ensure that you have a comfortable, solid rapport and that you are both on the same page regarding the best path forward.

Final Thoughts

Life coaches play a fundamental role in helping people achieve greatness. A good life coach–such as those at Symbiosis Coaching–will enable you to get the most out of your life and help you set achievable goals that will get you on the path to the greatness you deserve.

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description:

The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is an exclusive and very unique program, designed for coaches who wish to coach entire organizations with their Organizational Development and Change Management goals. This program provides you with 65 ICF training hours - more than enough for the ACC credential. Over a series of 25 weekly lectures, it prepares you to deal with volatile group dynamics across entire organizations. Topics including OD interventions, Team Engagement, Buyer Behavior of internal customers, The Tripod of Success, Ensuring Sustainability, Performance-Retention correlation, Strategies to influence behavior - and many more - are covered in detail.

Coaches are introduced to the ARCS Model, as well as to the Organizational Culture Audit Toolkit. Employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity are discussed, as well as their impact on the performance of the organization as a whole. Students are introduced to various Change Management models including Lewin's Planned Change model, the ADKAR Change Management model, and Kotter's 8 steps of Change Management. Resistance to change and its manifestation are discussed, as is Behavior Modification.

Upon completing this program, Certified Organizational Development Coaches will have all the tools they need to affect positive transformation within organizations, and will be able to coach teams and personnel at all levels - including initiators, decision makers, influencers, and intervention implementers.

In addition to coaches who are launching their own Corporate Coaching practices, this is an essential program for HR professionals, Training and Development Professionals, Managers, and Corporate Leaders who wish to implement internal policies and OD processes to guide their companies and people through ongoing change.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description

The Certified Executive Coach program has been designed for coaches who wish to coach managers, executives, and corporate leaders. The goal of this program is to cultivate a deep understanding of how the executive coaching process works as well as some of the challenges that come up in executive coaching conversations.

This program has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for 32 hours, and it comprises of 12 live, instructor-led, fully interactive virtual classes offered over zoom. These classes cover various aspects of executive coaching including, but not limited to Effective Collaboration, Performance Management, Upskilling, Conflict Management, Effective Collaboration, Developing Team Members, and many more.

This program has a very unique, hands-on, experiential structure. Classes are focused on active participation by students through real life Coaching Challenges and discussions of real life executive coaching situations.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description:

The Certified life Coach program is an essential program for anyone considering coaching as a profession. The goal of this program is to create a deep understanding of the coaching process, along with how and why it is effective in catalyzing shifts in the mindset to create positive, sustainable transformation.

The training is based on the ICF’s core coaching competencies. It focuses on skills that lead to effective coaching conversations and that are required to build a successful coaching business. It evokes awareness about how identity, thoughts, and feelings determine mindset; and why a change in Think Feel Do impacts the achievement of goals though a change in this mindset.

This program is approved by the International Coaching Federation for 95 hours and comprises 24 live, instructor led, fully interactive virtual sessions offered over Zoom. These lectures cover all aspects of coaching – topics such as Human Emotions and the Brain, Coaching through Emotional Intelligence, The Belief System, Coaching Process and Structure, Deep Listening, Setting Worthy Goals, Asking Insightful Questions, Addressing Client Resistance, Coaching Groups, The Business of Coaching, and many more. These are complemented with a library of reading and reference material, coaching challenges based on various real-life coaching situations, extensive hands-on coaching practice, and assignments designed to trigger reflection on and mastery of coaching skills.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachMonday, June 17th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachTueday, July 23rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachWednesday, July 24th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachThursday, July 25th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Mentoring
Friday, August 9th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET (Full)
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor