Motivational Coaching

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Motivational coaching has become the darling of big businesses and sales forces eager to earn a leg up on their competition. CEOs and other board members frequently foot astronomical bills in order to have award-winning filmmakers, championship coaches, and other motivational speakers address their workers. But motivational coaching has also ascended the ranks of self-helpers at home. Instead of bringing in a high-powered speaker, the average client brings in someone with a wide range of counseling experience, and usually a degree or two to boot.

Motivational coaching is great for couch potatoes looking for a way to realize their inner Olympians, entrepreneurs seeking business strategies, and a whole host of others. Trade groups, philanthropy clubs, and nonprofits all hire motivational speakers to come in and discuss goal setting and plans of attack. Many group organizers will even bring in speakers for the purpose of improving communication skills among members.

What You Can Expect from Motivational Coaching

However, once you've hired your coach, don't expect to lollygag. After all, your coach's primary task is to get you excited about charting a new course or improving your skill set. This means you'll likely receive tips and strategies that you can enact immediately, often followed by a week or two to test out your newly acquired skills. Motivational coaches warn, however, not to expect instantaneous change. As with any worthwhile cause, lasting self-improvement is about slow, steady change.

After a while, you should start to find that people respond to you in wholly new ways. Any good coach will tell you that this is the critical moment, for once you've tasted some of the rewards of your work, it's much easier to stick with your program. So if you don't see immediate changes, don't sweat it. Self-improvement is a lot like weight-lifting. If you've never done it before, it's going to be a challenge at first.

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