Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Practice What You Preach

The last thing we're going to talk about when it comes to landing your dream coaching client is living what you teach and leading by example. This is probably one of the easiest ways to attract people to you. It's a powerful way to show others that you don't just tell people what to do, but that you actually do it too. In other words - you don't just talk the talk, but walk the walk!
Just as in the case of testimonials and case studies giving prospective clients proof of your credibility, living what you teach can also be an extremely powerful tool in building a successful coaching business and attracting those dream coaching clients. People will be drawn to you when they see you have what they want. Meaning, if they struggle with lack of confidence but see you living boldly and confidently, they're naturally going to be interested in you and want to know how to get that.

Another example is that if you teach clients to have an attitude of gratitude then you should make sure when you're posting on social media sites or interacting with others on your website or blog that you're not always complaining about life and being negative. Instead, if you really believe and stand behind teaching others to have an attitude of gratitude then that should carry over into your life and you'll automatically just live it.
When you're passionate about your beliefs and what you coach others to do, it's only normal that it will spill over into your personal life and others will see that. So make sure you're living what you teach because leading by example is one of the greatest tools you have.

Here are some ways you can lead by example:
Honesty - don't try to exaggerate about results you have with your coaching business. Be truthful about achievements your clients have made and what you really can help people with. Never be dishonest and misrepresent who you are or what you do.

Responsibility - don't blame others when something goes wrong. Own the mistake and take the responsibility.

Listen - listen to others, it's not all about you. You have to learn to close your mouth and open your ears. Listen to what others around you are saying.

Inspiration - be an inspiration to those around you. A good coach is also a good leader and a good inspiration!

Authenticity - being authentic ties into being honest too. It means you're not afraid to open yourself up and be vulnerable. It means you're not misrepresenting who you are. Instead, you're leading by example and showing those around you that it's alright to be authentic and yourself instead of trying to be someone you're not.

Again, these are just some of the ways you can lead by example. Lliving what you teach is about living each day to the fullest, going about doing your business in such a way that it shows others you really believe and have confidence in what you're doing and live it on a regular basis.
In closing, just remember that it does take time and effort to land your dream coaching client. If you put into practice what you learned from this series, it's definitely something that can be achieved. And wouldn't you rather take the time and effort to do things in the beginning that will ensure you'll land dream clients instead of finding yourself working with people that aren't a fit?