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ISSUE #9: THE SECRET TO A THRIVING PRACTICE

David Wood, PCC
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Contents

1. Announcements/Offers
2. 'The Secret To A Thriving Practice' (FEATURE ARTICLE)
3. About the 'Mentor Monthly™' Newsletter

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1. Announcements/Offers

How Did These Coaches Set Up Their Businesses So Quickly?

You can now save yourself the hundreds or thousands of dollars you may have paid a mentor coach or training school. After personally mentoring sixty coaches and founding a coach training school, I've compiled everything I know about starting a successful coaching practice in one easy-to-follow Manual.

And it's wonderful to see such huge results like this:

"I have just broken through the 50th client barrier! When I first read the Coachstart eManual, I had coached just 14 people, and thought '50 clients...no way!'. But just five months later, it's a reality! Thanks for all your help setting me up as a coach, I will always be grateful."

-Daniel Midson-Short, Australia
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“I wish I had known about the CoachStart Manual before I signed up with my training school. I could have saved myself almost £600!”

-Clare Evans, UK

"I 'inhaled' the manual and loved it. You give very practical advice and I particularly liked the 'sample' dialogues that a coach might have with a prospect (warm and hot invitations) and the sample script. I practice it every chance I get. Thanks for such a great and inspiring Manual!"

-Midgie Thompson, UK
-www.brightfuturescoaching.com

 

So, let's get started! Get your CoachStart eManual in the next 5 minutes at www.coachstart.com, and start building!


2. FEATURE: The Secret to a Thriving Practice

Are you busy building a web site?

Would you say brochures are the answer? Business cards? Advertising?

Many coaches you try this route in the beginning, only grow their practice very, very slowly. They do what all the marketing books say. But why isn't their business booming?

I'm going to give you the answer right here in this article.

The Vicious Cycle

99% of coaches lack confidence. And rightly so! It can be very daunting to put on the hat of 'coach' and offer to change people's lives.

Building a web site or designing a brochure are great down the track. But while you're still scared to coach - you'll subconsciously find a way of turning away clients.

Here's the vicious cycle: Having little or no clients which means no exp'erience, which leads to a reluctance to extend the invitation for trial sessions, which leads to no clients, which leads to no exp'erience, and so on.

The Secret

The answer is quite simple - forget the money, forget your pride, and get your experience up - no matter what it takes. And the fastest way to do that? "Coach 50 Clients!".

Free, paid, 1 session, 1 week, 3 months - I don't care. Just get those initial sessions.

As I explain in depth in my speech, choose your target list of likely prospects, craft an invitation that feels comfortable you, and do your initial, exploratory sessions - yes, with 50 people!

Each client, fee or no f'ee, 3 months or 30 minutes, is "gold" to you. And I'll tell you why...

What Every Client (or Practice Client) Gives You

  • the feeling you are really a coach, not a fraud
  • a practice that looks busier
  • the potential for more referrals
  • free training
  • more and more confidence with each client
  • possible revenue, either right away or down the track
  • a testimonial

Starting Out!

It's O.K. to be nervous when you are starting out, but do those sessions anyway. The next ones will seem easier. So, coach a lot!

Even if you are doing sessions for free, you will be gaining the confidence and practice to allow yourself to start charging for your work. You will see how you are helping others. You will be able to convince yourself of the importance of coaching in people's lives.

(By the way, if you're concerned about where to find your prospects, how to craft your invitation, and how to motivate yourself to get moving - then relax. I'll give you a link at the end of this article to the speech I delivered at the ICF conference - which explains in detail how to go from ZERO to FIFTY CLIENTS.)

Conclusion

In the beginning, don't distract yourself from coaching with longer-term marketing methods. Could you be trying to avoid coaching by working on your business cards or web site? Work through your confidence issues and explore coaching with your current network.

Once you have about 10 clients you can work with your mentor coach to find more sustainable marketing methods. By this time, your practice will begin to grow naturally in the number of clients, how long they stay and your inc'ome.

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If you want to get started, and find out exactly how I've helped over 60 coaches walk this exact path, I highly recommend you listen to the speech I gave to the ICF conference called 'Getting Your First Fifty Clients'. I'm really happy that coaches are getting outstanding results from applying these principles.

You can access this online and on CD at www.firstfiftyclients.com

 

Enjoy!



3. About the 'Mentor Monthly' Newsletter

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David Wood is a Professional Life Coach, and author of the powerful Free Download: '50 Life Coaching Questions to Take Control of Your Life and Help Your Clients'. He helps coaches, consultants, speakers and trainers to build their businesses via his popular ebook: "10 Super Coaches Share Their Secrets" and his audio ebook: "Getting Your First 50 Clients".

"David Wood is a personal and business coach, and an original founder of the International Coach Academy - a global coach training school"

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