Ajit Panicker


Who is a Life Coach?


I don’t know how you landed up here on this blog. I don’t know which part of the world you come from. But I know one thing that you were eagerly looking to find out a Life Coach. Probably the question in your mind was, who is a life coach? What does he do?

Maybe you have heard someone talking about this role or maybe you must have heard, seen, or read about someone being one.

Can you see Life Coach written prominently somewhere on this post?

Yes, you got it right. It is below my name at the top of this page.

I am a Life Coach.

Let me tell you Who is a Life Coach?

But before I do that let me tell you that a Life Coach is not a therapist or healer.

He is your friend. A friend who chats you out of your unresolved life problems and struggles. A friend who you can look forward to sharing the bottlenecks, challenges, your stories with an expectation that he would help you find out a solution.

He is a professional who will help you reach where you want to from where you are by collaboratively working with you on the path you have to tread.

He is not a solution provider.

He is not simply going to provide you with a solution.

He will help you think, question yourself, find out answers, reflect on your findings and then together chart a path you have to travel to reach your decided objective, goal, or destination.

He is going to make you do everything. He is a coach who will not simply find out mistakes, gaps, or loopholes in your current actions. He will make you reflect on them and make you find the gaps.

Do you know why do Life Coaches follow this technique?

It is because when an individual finds out the problems on his own, the reasons- external and internal, he is able to craft a more realistic solution or the path to the solution. An actionable path that is completely relevant and inherent to the individual. Something he would have complete accountability to adhere to.

What are the areas he can help you out with?

The matter of fact is that there are more than fifty niches where a Life Coach can help you. Just check this out.

For your clarity, I have listed about sixty-five types of Life Coaches. I know it is exhaustive.

  1. Career Coach
  2. Health Coach
  3. Wellness Coach
  4. Parenting Coach
  5. Executive Coach
  6. Leadership Coach
  7. Business Coach
  8. Relationship Coach
  9. Marital Coach
  10. Life Skills Coach
  11. Finance Coach
  12. Team Coach
  13. Performance Coach
  14. Sales Coach
  15. Mindfulness Coach
  16. Spiritual Life Coach
  17. NLP Coach
  18. Personal Development Coach
  19. Recovery Coach
  20. Sports Coach
  21. Personal Empowerment Coach
  22. Confidence Coach
  23. Transistional Coach
  24. Strategic Coach
  25. Accountability Coach
  26. Conflict Coach
  27. Creativity Coach
  28. Dating Coach
  29. Marketing Coach
  30. Nutrition Coach
  31. Productivity Coach
  32. Transformation Coach
  33. Legacy Coach
  34. Mid-Life Crisis Coach
  35. Work-Life Balance Coach
  36. Cross Cultural Coach
  37. Reiki Coach
  38. Mental Health Coach
  39. Hypnotherapy Coach
  40. Success Coach
  41. Talent Coach
  42. Lifestyle Coach
  43. Time-Management Coach
  44. Women Empowerment Coach
  45. Public Relations Coach
  46. Image Coach
  47. Motivationa Coach
  48. Change Management Coach
  49. Yoga Coach
  50. Weight Loss Coach
  51. Writing Coach
  52. Public Speaking Coach
  53. Personal Branding Coach
  54. Customer Service Coach
  55. Entrepreneur Coach
  56. Real Estate Coach
  57. Merger and Acquisitions Coach
  58. Language Coach
  59. Story Telling Coach
  60. Communication Skills Coach
  61. Negotiation Coach
  62. Social Skills Coach
  63. Blogging Coach
  64. Digital Marketing Coach
  65. Interview Coach

The above list is a result of my search over Google. You can find it too. I didn’t make it.

Are Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Vivek Bindra, or Sandeep Maheshwari Life Coaches?

The answer is a YES and a NO.

They are life and business coaches but self-proclaimed ones, not professionally certified or accredited.

So you must have started thinking is there any institute or organization that provides any such accreditation.

The answer is a big YES.

But don’t get carried away.

There is only one organization that provides International accreditation or credential in coaching. All others are unrecognized ones if they are providing any certification.

It is the INTERNATIONAL COACHING FEDERATION (Click the link and read for more info) or ICF as it is popularly called. It is a 25-year-old organization that has evolved into a coaching ecosystem.

ICF offers three credentials: Associate (ACC), Professional (PCC), and Master Certified Coach (MCC). To earn one of these credentials, here are the basic steps:

  • Complete coach-specific training that meets ICF’s standards.
  • Achieve a designated number of coaching experience and training hours – this number varies depending on which credential you choose to pursue.
  • Partner with a Mentor Coach.
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding and mastery of ICF’s definition of coaching, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies. (Source: ICF Website)

Why is being a credentialed coach important?

Being an ICF Credential-holder increases your credibility in the industry and helps build your professional network. You’ll join a global network of approximately 71,000 professional coaches – all with the same passion to change lives and make a difference. (Source: ICF Website)

I hope this will clarify your doubts about a LIFE COACH. I hope I made your read a useful one. Please leave a comment if I did.

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