How do I coach if I’m not familiar with the topic?

Do you ever worry about coaching a client and not being familiar with the topic or scenario they present? What if they need your help around relationships, career, spirituality or creativity? If you’re not an expert in these areas how can you coach them? These are familiar worries as a new health coach. Last week…

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8 ways to be directive as a health coach

How directive should we be as health coaches? What can we do? As a new health coach do you ever get confused between how much you can tell your clients to do and how hands-off you should be? Do you get the concept of client-centered but wonder how to actually put it into practice? Does client-centered mean we just sit back…

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How to make suggestions as a health coach

New coaches struggle with the fact that they aren’t supposed to make suggestions, recommendations or tell clients what to do. It’s hard to switch into coach mode, especially if you’ve been giving advice and suggestions to friends and family members before you became a health coach. You might wonder how you can provide value if…

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How I develop my coaching presence

I’ll admit, I’m pretty nervous. I’m filming some coaching demos with IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) today. They’ve asked me to play the role of coach in some demos they are filming for the Coaching Intensive Practicum course they offer to prepare coaches for the NBHWC exam. Over the next month we’ve got four shoots scheduled to film the demos.…

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Build your health coaching practice brick by brick

I had the opportunity to tune into Kelly Leveque’s talk during IIN Virtual 2020 on Saturday. If you’re not familiar with Kelly she is an IIN grad, a holistic nutritionist, celebrity health coach, bestselling author of Body Love and Body Love Every Day. She had some really great advice for new health coaches that I…

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7 tips for how to BE with your clients

As you may know I’ve been filming some coaching demos for IIN that they’ll be using in their Coaching Intensive Practicum course. It’s been such an amazing experience to step up my game and get some great feedback. What I’m being reminded of, during this process, is that coaching is not so much about getting…

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10 ways to coach a client who is stuck

I’ve been hearing from so many health coaches with clients who are stuck. Stuck getting started. Stuck part way. Stuck in their thoughts. Stuck from moving forward. The client says they want to make change, that everything is going well, but clearly it’s not. Something is getting in the way. This can be so frustrating, disappointing…

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My journey to national board certification – an update

Today I’m sharing an update on what’s happening as I prepare to sit for the NBHWC exam in February. Some coaches have asked why I’m pursuing this credential. Here’s a few reasons why: I love studying and being a student and I’m truly passionate about health coaching so whenever I can learn more I jump…

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What to do when a client asks you to tell them what to do?

Have you ever had a client point blank ask you to tell them what to do? Do you find your clients are looking to you for the answers? Are they wanting expert advice, recommendations and solutions? Lately coaches over in my Facebook community and my IIN students are wondering about this fairly common coaching dilemma. We’re not supposed…

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Health coaching is all about the small steps

Recently, during a client session, I was reminded how powerful it is to help your client get started with small steps. I’ve been working with this client on and off for five years now and she’s come back for a focussed three months. But she’s having a hard time getting started despite the fact that she ranks pretty high up…

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