I thought I’d share a few of the most common FAQs (frequently asked questions) that I get asked on a regular basis.  If you have a question that’s not listed then drop me an email (ruby@rubymcguire.com). With my background involving working with many coaches there are a lot of coaching related questions. As my business expands I will be adding more Solopreneur based questions so keep checking back.

Freebie Groups

I want to train to be a Life Coach, what training company would you suggest I go for?

This is really a matter of personal taste.  There are lots of great coaching companies out there. I started out with a distance learning course with Newcastle College – this was a good foundation for me but I knew I wanted to learn more so I went on to do a great course with Noble Manhattan.  It was mostly distance learning with a residential weekend built in; an academic course that included completion of an evidence portfolio, mentoring sessions with a top level coach, an exam, 4 essays and a dissertation, plus 50 hours of coaching before qualifying.   I was part of the initial set up and launch of the coaching programme with Pure Coaching Academy delivering an 8 week intensive course (8 Saturdays plus mid week tele-classes) with experiential learning and I’m amazed at how much you can learn in this style of environment.  It’s a very personal decision.  You need to consider how long you want to commit to the training, how much time you can realistically spend on a course each week, what certificate/diploma you’d like to have, what support is offered after the training, what specific aspects of coaching you will be taught and your own preferred style of learning.  There is no one size fits all.  Get information/prospectuses/look online at reviews/ask students that have attended the courses and read testimonials, then choose the one that feels the right fit for you.  (If you want to learn more about Pure drop me an email)

I am thinking about setting up my own business, what words of advice would you give me?

I think the biggest thing to consider, so that you’re not trying to be all things to all people, is what your niche will be. What area of coaching lights you up? I would say that nailing my niche was the single biggest thing that made a difference to my business growing. Because I didn’t know mine when I started I’ve had to start all over again to build up my ideal client base. Figure out what your niche is before you start to put your name out there and then you will attract the right clients from day one. Keep me posted how you’re getting on. I love to promote my client’s businesses on my Facebook page so when you’re ready let me know and you can promote there too.  Saying that though it’s not always that easy to know when you’re starting out so if it’s going to be something that stops you from doing anything at all then just figure it out as you go along.  Don’t let it be a stumbling block so that you take no action at all!

I know I should be coached myself and I really want to work with you, but I have a limited budget as I’m starting out

I offer various coaching packages (and in the pipeline clubs that you can join and get some access to me at an affordable cost when you’re starting out) so you can grow with me as your business grows.  If you have no funds then I would suggest reading around the subject of business as much as possible to build your knowledge.  There is a lot of free content out there on the web but it’s worth limiting how many webinars/email newsletters you sign up to.  In the early days it’s so easy to get internet overwhelm.  Decide on one area of your business that you want to focus on and listen to webinars/read newsletters around that, then take action before moving onto the next shiny thing.  It’s easy to get distracted and be busy being busy and not so productive on your business.

I’ve got a free Facebook group called Rock Your Fabulous Biz – It’s a group for Solopreneurs to brainstorm, share ideas and tools etc.

There are so many Coaches out there, how do I know which one is right for me to work with?

Start by following their online content, get to ‘know’ them better via their social media/newsletters/blog posts.  You don’t necessarily want someone that is years ahead of you but someone that knows what you’re going through because they’ve been there themselves.  This can be really useful when you’re at the beginning of your journey.  There’s a great video article over at ‘She Takes on the World’ where Natalie McNeill helps you figure it out.

I learnt some good questions on my course but I still feel I need to learn more.  Is there a good list that I can download or find somewhere?

Questions, questions, so many questions.  I used to be obsessed with this when I started out.  I’m still a keen ‘collector’ of questions but the best way to learn is to write down a few that appeal to you and then try them out with your clients.  Note what works/doesn’t work and start to build up your own repertoire.  You don’t need a million and one questions, in fact too many questions can be a hindrance.  I’ve written a blog article about it here.  As you grow as a Coach you will think less about the questions as they will come more naturally to you.

I’m interested in Executive Coaching but don’t know where to start.   Can you point me in the right direction?

There are several options available to you, depending on which direction you want to take. Courses to look into are Noble Manhattan (Executive Coaching Diploma) and ILM Level 7 Exec Coaching.  If you are looking to go into this as an employee then it’s worth finding out if there are companies you are already working with that already offer Executive Coaching as part of their L & D, enabling you to upskill. If it’s as a Consultant then you may want to look into other aspects of development such as Myers Briggs testing, 360° assessment type tools so that you can bring that into the change work that you do.  Another option would be to look into the organisational development route where you could research what qualifications they are asking for in specific job roles.

How much should I charge?

Oh the million dollar question!  Pricing is a tricky subject because we equate it to what we think we’re worth. It is also a bit of a ‘it depends’ answer. Jump on a free discovery call with me and we can talk about where you’re at and how I can help. I offer a few different ways in which we can figure this out together.  On the call, I’ll also share a few little nuggets with you to get you started.

What are your favourite Coaching/Personal Development books?

I love to read and have so many but here’s a start!

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert (while it’s about creativity and fear a lot of the ideas can be transferred to running a business)

The Life Coaching Handbook – Curly Martin

The Firestarter Sessions – Danielle Laporte

Feel the Fear & do it Anyway – Susan Jeffers

Self-Confidence – Paul McGee

365 Steps to Self Confidence – David Lawrence Preston

How Full Is Your Bucket? – Tom Rath & Donald O.Clifton

Take Time For Your Life – Cheryl Richardson

Who Moved My Cheese – Dr Spencer Johnson

Fish – Harry Paul

Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

Found something you really enjoy and think should be listed here?  Let me know and if I like it when I’ve read it I will add it to my list!

Book Club FINAL

Join my Coaching Book Club – no sales, no pressure, just good old fashioned reading (well depending on whether you’re into real books or Kindle!)

For the club we also have a group Coaching Book Club board over on Pinterest with loads of possible reads – have a peek but promise you won’t come back and moan at me when you spend a fortune on books!!

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