Becoming a life coach requires that a person complete a certain amount of training to acquire the skills that will enable him to help his clients reach their goals. People who are therapists, counselors or who genuinely enjoy helping others are among those best suited for the profession.
Training requirements vary by state and country. For example, in Australia, the International Coach Federation recommends 750 paid coaching hours and 125 training hours, plus 10 supervised coaching hours.
A life coach must be a skilled listener who can pick up on cues from clients if they are procrastinating, feeling overwhelmed or afraid to leave their comfort zone.
A life coach has to build a personal rapport with her clientele so that clients can trust her and be able to share things in confidence with her.
A life coach needs to practice empathy with clients to show them that he can relate to or at least identify how they are feeling when they are anxious, angry or frustrated.
A coach has to keep from becoming emotionally involved with people and give them an objective view point on how to best handle their lives.
A life coach must act as motivator to help clients sustain their enthusiasm to reach their goals over the long-term and to keep them from giving up when times get tough.