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Friday, July 12, 2013

Life Coach?

I received an inquiry from someone who is a "life coach". Since I hadn't ever heard of this before, I had to ask a few questions:

What exactly IS a Life Coach?

The responsibility of a life coach is to improve the quality of his or her client's life, by offering advice on professional and personal matters, such as career, health, personal relationships, etc. 

For example, last year I'm coaching a student in 7th grade named Jordan (name changed).  Jordan's goal is to get into a top notch private school.  Unfortunately, he is failing most classes.   After going through Phase I, we develop specific and measurable actions for him to achieve this goal.  His ability to 'manage' all his tasks immediately improve.  Then, we focus on his 'decision making' which is centered around his goal.  Several weeks ago, Jordan graduates with the choice of 5 top tier private schools. 

Do you train people to become Life Coaches (a school) or do individuals come to you for coaching?

Individuals come to us for coaching and it's broken down into three phases.

  • Phase 1 (6 weeks) - We concentrate on perceiving (the 1st of the 5 Pillars of Emotional Intelligence).  Perceiving is the the ability to accurately recognize, attend to and understand emotion.   As a teacher, you know that many students have a high academic IQ.  However, emotional IQ is not taught.  In other words, we help students to observe, label and identify how they think.
  • Phase II (8 weeks) - Together, we develop a list of goals with an emphasis on 'managing' and 'decision making' (2nd and 3rd pillars of EI).  Then each week, we teach one new skill for the student to use in attaining that goal.
  • Phase III - maintenance - This is only needed for those who desire to continue growth and study the final two pillars of an emotional IQ (achieving and influencing). 
It's a contemporary (fun) combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and life coaching. 
Does that help to answer your questions?  What other information can I provide? 

Thank you so much for your time Mark,

-Wes Murphy 

After working as a substitute teacher for the last ten years, I know of a few students AND THEIR PARENTS that might benefit from a bit of coaching in their decision making choices.

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