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After much consideration (and watching Marie Forleo) I have been inspired to learn more about life coaching. Why? I love how nurturing, positive, caring and uplifting Marie is and I really would LOVE to adopt this in my writing.

For the Entrepreneurial content I am working on when I read back it seems to be lacking something and I’m not sure what. I really do think if I do a coaching course it will help me understand how to build people up, not to push my own views onto them and boost their self-confidence.

Then once they have more self-belief, I can introduce them to business theory in a beginner’s style language to help them with their struggles in starting up their own business. Sometimes it is your own mind that is holding you back – no one else.

I want the courses I create for Madhat Academy to be both uplifting, instructional and transformational so I’m so bloody excited about this new chapter and building on skills that I hope will help others.

I’m going to write my learnings about this course in hope you guys can learn along with me 🙂

Unit 1: Introduction

Coaching is a collaborative relationship that is formed to help an individual identify and reach personal goals and devise solutions.

It is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the individual to maximise their personal and professional potential and achieve positive growth and transformation.

A coach empowers a client using specific skills: listening, asking questions, working towards a solution, maintaining trajectory, providing feedback and encouraging reflection.

There are many different types of coaching:

  • Life
  • Executive
  • Career
  • Finance
  • Dating
  • Nutritional Coach
  • Literacy Coach
  • Organisational Coach

Coaching approaches.

There are also many different approaches of coaching including instructional, literary cognitive, values-based, emotional intelligence, differentiated, leadership.

It can be short or long term.

Some coaches can have a direct approach but it can be argued non-directive approaches are more in line with the practice of coaching.

Non-directive appproach allows a client to devise their own answers which most prefer.

Coaching can’t fix everything.

A counselling relationship compared with coaching can be more hierarchical whilst coaching is almost equal. Counselling focuses on the past whilst coaching focuses on teh present and the future.

In a business environment, a manager may map out a plan to achieve a goal. In a coaching relationship, a client may determine a goal as well as an action plan to reach their goal.

Mentoring is when a more experienced and usually older individual advises a younger individual. It’s not unusual for a mentor to offer advice or share their personal experiences in detail.

A coach, in contrast, does not routinely offer advice and is not focused on transmitting their experiences or knowledge to a client.

A life coach may not necessarily be age-based as they can help a client navigate through complex circumstances the client themself has never faced.

Coaches focus on actualising and leverage existing knowledge, skills and talents. Learning is largely self-directed and self-assessed.

Goals & Aims

  • Raising awareness
  • discovering fully using one’s potential
  • learning responsibility
  • self-accountability
  • enhancing the quality of life
  • aligning values with lifestyle, growth change
  • increasing performance
  • seeing new perspective & viewpoints
  • exploring new possibilities
  • positive expansion
  • forward movement

Excersize: Coaching Goals & Aims

  1. Life coach
  2. Executive Coach
  3. Financial Coach
  4. Career coach
  5. Nutritional Coach
  6. Organisational Coach
  7. Literacy Coach
  8. Organisational Coach
  9. Life
  10. Dating

Out of all the types of coaching which one would you choose and why?

I would choose life coaching because I want to help individuals devise their own plan of action for their lives. I want to help people understand themselves better and take the reigns on their OWN terms. I want to uplift them so they feel confident making their own decisions, their own mistakes and to know everything will be okay.

Coaching as a Process:

Coaching is a process of exploration. It’s more about asking your client powerful questions such that they come up with their own answers. 

Powerful questioning supports a client in accessing knowledge and creative possibilities in their life. It also improves their self-esteem as they actualise their own solutions and can also learn from their mistakes.

Common traits of a coach:

  • Open
  • Conscientious
  • Extroverted
  • Emotional stable
  • Self-aware
  • Ethical
  • Trustworthy
  • Caring
  • Adaptable
  • Good communicators
  • Non-judgemental
  • Respectful
  • Positive

Good coaches choose relationship over control.

Competent, Open, Adaptable, Caring and Honest .


Intuition adds another dimension to coaching. It tailors which interaction will benefit their client the most.

Questions: Some people hate questions and they hate being introspective. How do you know who can take coaching and who cant?

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.”

Pete Carrol

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