Life Coaching Areas of Expertise

Life coaching uses a wide variety of different techniques and tools from other disciplines, like psychology, sociology, positive development, and even career counseling. Specialty coaches may hold degrees in a variety of fields, such as hypnosis, dream analysis, psychological counseling, or even marketing. It is important to realize they are not therapists or consultants and may not be able to provide psychological diagnoses and intervention.

There are different areas of coaching, and one of these is business coaching. It is a type of personal or human resource development that provides support, feedback, and oftentimes advice to someone hoping to improve their personal effectiveness in business and meet certain career goals. There is even an alliance that provides training to individuals hoping to become business coaches. While there is a large amount of training available, there is no certification required for this type of coach.

A new form of coaching that is starting to emerge is financial coaching. It focuses on helping people overcome struggles to attain specific goals they have set. It is typically a one-on-one relationship and the coach provides encouragement and support of the client’s financial plans. They also monitor progress and hold their clients accountable for their spending, saving, and overall financial handling. This supposedly boosts clients’ willpower and self-control. They are different from financial counselors in that they do not have to be experts in personal finance since they provide no financial advice or information, they are merely there for support and accountability.

Personal coaching is also quite popular. The client and coach enter into a relationship agreement based on the interests, goals, and objectives of the client. They may ask questions, requests, discuss, and reflect in order to assist clients identify their personal, business, and/or relationship goals. They will then work with the client to develop a plan they can use to achieve these goals. The client will take all of the action, the coach can assist but will never take the lead.

Systemic coach, much like personal, is basically counseling that uses constructive conversation that is aimed as problem resolution.

There is even a realm of coaching directed at people’s health. This is relatively new and is becoming recognized as a way to assist people in managing their illnesses and conditions, especially those that are chronic. Coaches use special techniques and encouragement to bring about behavioral changes.

Dating coaches are very popular and their job is to train people to try and improve their success in relationships and dating. This includes meeting and attracting partners that are compatible with them. They mainly focus on confident communication strategies. They also focus on important dating topics, such as flirting, compatibility, interpersonal skills, fashion, and recreational activities that people may encounter while dating.

Market data showed that in 2007 there were about 40,000 people in the United States working as coaches. It is a $2.5 billion industry with tremendous growth, nearly 20% per year. If you are interested in becoming a coach of some kind, there are clearly many areas where your specific expertise could be useful. Likewise, if you are in need of a coach, there is probably one available that could help you, regardless of your issues.

Glen James Murdoch

Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching Program - The Advanced Diploma in Coaching.