September 17: I am ready for more coaching clients.
Do you want some coaching? Do you know anyone who is interested in a coach?
Dear Universe, I am open and ready to receive some badass coaching clients. Please send me at least two new amazing people (before December) who are ready to make awesome changes in their lives.
I’d like to share a bit about my coaching journey here. I will tell you a little about iPEC, the certified coaching program I am in (and about to finish!), and I will share what niche(s) I am considering.
In March, after having multiple conversations about coaching with a good friend of mine, I found myself hooked (again) on the idea of joining a coaching program. This is not my first. I attended Interchange Counseling Institute in 2012, which I have also written about. JAC and I had been waiting for a couple of months already to hear back from medical school. Crickets. We heard crickets. We were anticipating big changes and I felt like my hands were tied. It felt impossible to plan anything because we didn’t know where we would physically be in a few months.
Fueled by my self help obsession and the idea that a coaching program could provide me with some much needed structure and reliability, I began my search. I looked up all the local coaching programs in the bay area. Within a few hours I had phone calls with three of them. It was an easy choice. iPEC’s timing was convenient and I had a great conversation with their representative – iPEC checked all the boxes AND I would start class 2 days later!!! I was throwing money at them and totally over the moon with glee.
iPEC continues to impress me. I am incredibly satisfied with this program. I have to note here that as sweet and happy as I may seem, I can also be really judgmental, stubborn, and hard to please. I am very critical of educational programs and often find myself disappointed. So what do I like so much about iPEC?
- The program is set up so that you have at least twice as many coaching hours than needed to become a certified coach.
- They are super professional AND FRIENDLY. I can’t believe how awesome the people who work for iPEC are.
- They are organized up the wazoo. They even start and finish classes on time. THANK YOU!
- They respond quickly to your emails. Again, thx!
- They deliver every step of the way and then some. You know how people tell you to do that? Especially in business, the advice goes something along the lines of: always over deliver. Blow your clients mind! iPEC does this through surprising you with free books, resources & materials, timely email reminders, helpful support every where you turn, aaaaaand access to a business development program to get your coaching business off the ground. THANK YOU!
OK, I could honestly go on and on about my coaching program. I’m stoked, I really am. You get it. Moving on…
“What kind of coaching clients would be awesome?”, you might ask. Great question! I am having a hard time committing to a niche. Which has kind of always been my problem. Just. Choose. One. Thing. So let me tell you which niches I’m considering at the moment. I would love your feedback, by the way. Before you read on, which group of people do you think I am best suited to serve? Now shoot me an email: lara at larabuelow dot com and tell me your thoughts!
- First I thought: how great would it be to be a coaches coach? Life and business coaches need coaches too. The awesome part about working with coaches is that they speak the language, they’re emotionally intelligent, and they are typically very self-motivated. Sign me up! The con’s here are that, duh, it’s a fairly saturated market. Coaches coach other coaches all the time and lots of people are interested in this niche.
- As I’ve continued on my coaching journey and as life has unfolded, I tried to come up with some more unique and unusual ideas. I haven’t come up with anything too crazy, but I have been playing with being a coach for the spouses of doctors (or people in medicine). Doctors have access to a lot of resources through their universities, companies, and practices. Also, people hold doctors in high esteem, so they are well connected when they need something. There are also A LOT of doctors turned coaches who advertise their experience in medicine as a reason to hire them. Uh, yea, I don’t have that (but I’m pretty damn good at coaching). This lead me to thinking about the relationship and life struggles doctors and their significant other’s/families have. Not only do I have a ton of doctors in my family, but now I’m on a path I never thought I’d be on (actually, I actively worked against what I considered to be a rigid academic path and told JAC this point blank during our first few weeks together). Anyhow, I love how open and specific this group is at the same time. What do you think?
If you’re still with me, wow! We’ve come a long way. Thanks for participating in my enthusiasm for coaching. =D To bring this back to where we started – as I am still in my coaching program, I am open and happy to coach anyone at this time. I have sliding scale payment options and an abundance of tools and materials that I can share with you.
With love & vigor, XO ❤ LB