5 Signs You’re Coaching For Free



Wednesday 26th July
Harry French

The practice of life coaching is rooted in the ability for a coach to engage in a productive dialogue with their client to ignite their self-awareness and realise their potential. Although being a successful coach requires professional training and practice, the skills a coach utilises originate way before they decide to become a coach – in their everyday life. To help you understand if you would be a successful coach, we have identified five signs that you are already exercising the necessary skills to become a coach on a day to day basis.


Of course, listening involves paying attention to a person’s choice of words, but listening goes beyond just this. Do you recognise changes in tones of voice, shifts in movements, emotions, and implicit meanings of those you listen to? If so you’re already doing what a coach does, “listening globally” to the person in front of you to understand what they are saying entirely.

You support people

We often find that the people around us are frustrated, struggling, or unmotivated at times and as their friends, family, or colleagues we naturally want to help them during these difficult periods. When you come across these situations is it your natural reaction to empathise with them and do your best to help them overcome whatever troubles they are facing? If so, you share another key characteristic with practising life coaches.

You question people

When people speak to you about their lives and their ambitions, do you ask them things like how, why, when, what, and where? Or perhaps you even ask deeper and more meaningful questions to uncover a person’s true feelings or intentions, their areas of doubt and areas of confidence. Using questioning techniques allows coaches to gather all the information needed for a client to make progress, and these skills are often used by us every day without us even realising.

You challenge people

Do you regularly hear people say things such as “I’m not good enough” or “I can’t do it” to which you disagree with them? Do you challenge their assumptions to help them realise their potential? You might find you do this by instinct as most people do, and although you question a what a person has said it is with the intention to help them. While coaching is about helping the client move forward, to do so can require challenging their assumed beliefs to make them realise their full potential.

You do all of these things regularly

Do you find yourself doing all of the above day in day out without even realising it? As said before, coaching consists of some basic skills that most people are already familiar with as we use them on a regular basis. Training to become a coach will help you to recognise, refine, and improve your existing skills for you to obtain the best results as a coach.

After reading through these five points, can you see how you’re already doing all of these things? If so, that means you are exercising the skills a life coach uses in their day to day appointments in your day to day life. You have an interest in helping others and finding the best solutions for their problems, and you care about people and want to help them achieve. But what exactly would you need to do to develop your existing skills to become a life coach and how can I find out more about life coaching?

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