Becoming a coach or life coach can be a really great and exciting career choice and it is something that is becoming more and more popular. You can work from your own home if you want dispensing advice as well as wisdom from your own life experiences, to others, and get paid for it. You can talk with clients on the phone, through emails and in person. Being a life coach is somewhat like being a counselor but you don't need any kind of college degree or the same kind of accreditation that a counselor does. But, there are schools out there that that teach coaching and do offer accreditation and this should seriously be considered in order for others to take you more seriously.
Before becoming a coach, you really need to know what a life coach is and what they actually do. A life coach is one that assumes a guidance position for others who uses their own personal experiences, professional achievements and their own objective insight to help others. They also are a sounding board for others who are just not sure about their goals in life and other issues.
When becoming a coach you need to be an effective listener who will allow their clients to discuss one or more of their goals and then the coach will asks questions so their client can consider the different choices from different perspectives.
Before becoming a coach you should decide whether you have enough motivation as well as desire to pursue such a career. You need to figure out if you are ready to be an inspirational figure for others. You don't want to impose your own will or opinions on others instead you need to be ready to listen and it may be something that you may have to learn to do. Only by listening will you be able to help clients come to their own decisions so they can live better and happier lives.
You should conduct your own assessment of your personal skills before becoming a coach. This is something that could take a while to do so you need to you will need to be patient. Some of the skills you need to have are listed below: