Once you’ve supported your client in developing an action plan and accountability measures, you’ll want to follow up and check in during the next session. In this video I share options for how to do an accountability check-in and offer key questions to ask your client to deepen their learning and growth. What questions do…

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When it comes to providing accountability with your clients are you an enforcer drill sergeant or a quiet timid mouse? The drill sergeant enforcer demands the client be accountable with a forceful tone, “How will you let me know you did this?” The quiet mouse doesn’t even ask for fear of overstepping and feeling pushy.…

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Have you ever felt like you need to get your client an aha moment, ensure they have a transformation or lead them to a specific outcome? These are some of the pressures I heard new coaches putting on themselves this week. One coach said, “Clients are paying for transformation, so I have to make it…

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I don’t think too many of us are sad to see the end of 2020. Woah, it’s been a year! And while I’m tempted to just jump ahead and start planning for 2021, I also think there’s value in reflecting, unravelling and taking stock of the year that was. This is such an important exercise…

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As you may know I’m currently preparing to sit for the NBHWC Exam. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the NBHWC is the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, who’s mission it is to lead the advancement of health & wellness coaching by establishing professional standards and collaborative partnerships. They do this by…

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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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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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I talk a lot about the fact that health coaches need to shift away from being the experts and authorities. When I say this, I mean that we need to shift away from a mindset that suggests we are experts on our clients’ lives or authorities over them. It also means that we are not…

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Last week a coach emailed and told me that even though she’s working with paying clients she’s struggling because she feels she’s not an expert in coaching. She’s winging it and it physically makes her stomach turn. Can you relate to this? Winging it? Flying by the seat of your pants, hoping and praying something works? Feeling sick to…

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I was speaking to a health coach this week who suspects a client isn’t being totally truthful to themselves (or the coach) about what they’re eating and can’t understand why they’re not losing weight. The coach feels like the client is just saying what the coach wants to hear. Why is the client not being…

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