Today I uncovered something very worthwhile on the life coach training
Irrespective of how great the urge is, you should not give your opinion. You need to enable your client to search out their own resolutions within them. In my opinion this is utterly correct. Even if you're feeling that you know the solution to your clients issue.
The main reason you don't want to allow them to have your opinion is because your opinions depend on your life experiences and your perception. If you can help dig the answer from your client, then you're assisting them in more ways than one.
To start with, they come to the answer by themself which will be their own idea, and they are much more likely to act upon it because it was their thought. (It's not to be confused with manipulation, which never works over the long haul and in the end has a bad outcome.)
Secondly, you're training the consumer to get the solutions for themselves. It is your job as a life coach to help the consumer become self sustaining and not continually turning to another individual for their solutions.
The question comes to my mind, how do you accomplish this and not let their opinions get involved. Clearly, I can't answer at the moment, so hopefully the answer is going to be revealed later on in the training course.
But up to this time in my life coach training
, there has been some very good information in this product and I would recommend anyone interested in life coaching to consider this training manual. Even if you don't plan to generate a job as a life coach.
Update: You'll find instances from other life coaches that more clearly demonstrates this point. They give you a good notion of guiding and not delivering advice.
- Ellen Stevenson