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The Definitive Guide To Coaching Confidence — For New Health Coaches

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Hey healthy lady!

Taking the leap to become a health coach is SO EXCITING… but it’s also downright scary!

It is common, normal, and completely natural for new health coaches to lack confidence in their ability to get great results in their coaching sessions.

Let's just think about this logically: How could you possibly be confident that you will get amazing results in a coaching session if you haven't yet done it?!?  You can’t!

I watch SO many new health coaches sitting on the sidelines…  

Waiting to feel confident before they start coaching…

Or maybe even investing another $5000 in a second or third coaching certification…

When in fact, it’s impossible to feel confident without actually getting in the game and getting started first!

Coaching is a skill. And therefore, just like riding a bike or cooking a souffle, the only way to feel confident is to do it again, and again, and again. Confidence only comes with practice and experience.  

So in this ‘ultimate guide’ blog post I am going to walk you through EXACTLY what to do to deliver a kick-ass coaching session — so that you can get out there, get in the game, start practising, and start growing your coaching confidence… 
 

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF COACHING CONFIDENCE


1. Understanding Your Role As A Health Coach

A lot of coaching confidence comes down to understanding the role of a health coach, and what your job is in the coach/client relationship.

A coach coaches.  This distinction is important, because I often hear new health coaches worrying that they won't get the results a doctor might, or a nutritionist might. Or getting caught up worrying that they haven’t had the training a doctor has, a nutritionist has.  

But a coach is meant to COACH. Not be the doctor, not give a diagnosis, not write a prescription, nor teach the science of nutrition, or create a specific meal plan.  

And it's really important that we own this as health coaches. There's a reason that there's a gap in the system right now. This role and support is so needed and valuable.  (So much so that Tony Robbins wrote an article on it, here)

Sure, a health coach doesn't replace a doctor… but a doctor will have only 15 minutes to prescribe or diagnose.   

Who is there to coach them through lifestyle changes, hold their hand (or hold them accountable),  encourage and support them, hold space for them through their difficult moments, and help them have their own breakthroughs?   

This is what coaching is all about.  

2. Knowing You Are Not Responsible For Your Client’s Results

One of the main reasons I see new health coaches holding themselves back is a feeling of responsibility for the client's results.  Of course you will give your best as a coach — but you simply cannot control what a client chooses to do in her own time!  

There is a level of ‘letting go of the attachment to the outcome’ that's really important as a coach.   

To know that it's not your responsibility to give your client results — but it is your responsibility to show up during your coaching sessions, be deeply present, ask them strategic questions (more on this later!), guide them towards their ‘aha’ moments, provide accountability and support, and share resources and valuable teachings where appropriate.  

At the end of the day, that is all you can do as a coach…

Create an environment of deep listening, support and encouragement. While knowing and accepting that you cannot control what your client does in their own time.

3) Being OK With Being A Beginner

You want to be a health coach — and coaching involves skills like active listening… asking strategic questions… getting comfortable with silence and pauses… mirroring your client… asking for permission…  quietening your ego and letting go of needing to be right.

These are skills you need to practice, and ultimately master, THROUGH coaching and practice.

So I really encourage you to be okay with being a beginner coach!

You only learn through doing. And you're going to have to take that leap and get in the game at some stage if you want to be successful…so why not do it now and get started?  It’s time to get in the game and start coaching — yes, even before you feel ready.  

When you get in the game, you'll surprise yourself at how you're already enough. You really are enough to be a great coach for a potential client.  (Especially with the tools I am giving you today…so keep reading.)

4) Knowing That You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Help People

Something I see a lot of new health coaches struggle with is their own imperfections!

Newsflash: Clients don’t want perfect coaches. You don’t have to be living an extraordinary, exemplary, perfect life to be a coach. You don’t need to eat perfectly, never have down days, or never struggle with your own health challenges.  

This is a myth that we coaches make up to STOP ourselves taking action!  

The truth is: Clients don’t want perfect coaches.  

They want people who are real, genuine, compassionate. Who will see them, who will believe in them, and support them with where they are right at that very moment.  

If they feel intimidated by your perfection they won’t work with you anyway!  

Remember: whatever it is you are struggling with — adrenal fatigue, eczema, relationship issues, whatever — doesn’t negate the fact that you can help people!!  

And your level of empathy, compassion, understanding will actually be far greater because of what you are going through, or have gone through.

5) Practising Self-Coaching And/Or Getting Continued Mentorship

There are always worries as a new health coach — niggling fears that you're not good enough, or you don’t know enough, or perhaps you have limiting beliefs around money, your competitors, or how many clients there are.

The key here is taking responsibility for your mindset and for your business. Taking responsibility for your ability to overcome your limiting beliefs, and take the actions you need in order to move forwards in your work.

There are a few ways you can do this:

Exploring your own beliefs and mindsets continually — for example, through a journaling practice. This is going to help you build your confidence, grow your business, and get rid of the things/thoughts/beliefs that aren't serving you anymore.   

Working with a mentor or a coach of your own. This looks like continuing to invest in yourself, continuing to be supported — ideally by someone who's a few steps ahead of you on the path that you are wanting to go in your life. Someone who can hold you to a higher place when you have those down days or doubts. Someone who sees your potential, someone who truly knows what's possible, and HOW to do it.

Reading self-development content — this is not only going to improve your own life, but will actually improve your own knowledge bank as a coach!  

6) Ask Killer Questions (It’s the KEY to Powerful Coaching!)

This is something we’re going to focus on throughout the rest of this blog post — and to support you further, I've created a free resource called ‘100 Killer Coaching Questions’. 

This is a list of my most POWERFUL coaching questions for you to use in your sessions.  

Download your copy here >>

The truth is: You don't need a zillion different coaching techniques, or years of experience under your belt to get started, if you start with just one “power tool” in your toolkit — the ability to ask killer coaching questions.  

When you master the art of asking questions… and then listening… then asking another question… and then listening… You are stepping into a truly impactful position as a coach.  

Trust that the magic of coaching will unfold when you stay present, when you pause and allow space for your client to respond, when you keep listening, and when you take them deeper.  

They give you an answer and you ask a deeper question, and a deeper question…

Allow that process, the breakthroughs, the a-has to unfold. If you do this, you will feel a HUGE improvement in your coaching skills, the results you experience with your clients, and your coaching confidence.

Now you understand the foundations of coaching confidence, let’s dive into the coaching HOW-TO’S — so read on to discover how to structure your coaching session, and coach confidently and effectively.

 

PART 1: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A COACHING SESSION

I always teach business with a blended masculine/feminine approach. Because I believe we need a balance of both!  

We’ve got the left brain — the structured, tangible, business pieces — and the right brain, which is the more feminine side. The self-care. This is about you showing up as a coach.

Both elements come into ALL parts of your business… including preparing for a coaching session.  

Masculine Preparation:

Prepare your notes and have the practical things that are going to support you and be beneficial on the calls, especially as you’re getting to grips with your packages and session outlines.  (An outline of your program, for example)

Over time, you're not going to need a lot of preparation time before a session, but at the beginning, I really encourage you to figure out —> Do I need a handout for today's session? Or do I need a handout perhaps that I promised the client on the last call?  

Reviewing your client notes from the session before and checking "Oh, you know, I feel like it might actually be that she's going to ask me about sugar today, so I'll pull out my sugar notes in case I need them on the call."  

(Yes, even if it wasn't on your agenda of your package outline — because as you go through your coaching session of course everything's going to become unique for the individual client.)  

In the long term I want to reiterate that you won't have to do this very much, because with practice and experience, you're going to be much more organised! You're going to know exactly what you need for each session, if anything, and it won’t be important.

But at the beginning, just a little bit of time before a session to get prepared in practical terms with what you might need can be really helpful, and help you feel more confident. :)

Finally, make sure that you've scheduled enough time before a session in your diary to prepare, so you're not ever rushing to a coaching call —  you want to be completely ready and professional on the dot when your client's coaching session starts.

Feminine Preparation:

Now, the feminine side is the energetic side, and this is something you’ll do before every session no matter how experienced you get!

You don’t want to turn up to a coaching session if you've just had a blazing argument with your husband; or right after a run, sweaty, huffing and puffing… (for example).

It's really important to take time before a session to become quiet. To let go of any distractions. To focus inwardly.  To tap into your intuition or higher self.  For some of you, that might be through prayer, meditation, or any centering exercise that you might have.

Just really let go and know that all that is important, all that your highest responsibility is on a coaching session, is for your to turn up present and really your cleanest clearest energy that you can ready to be there of service for your client.

Prepare yourself for the session with a simple routine that works for you — I encourage you to write that up if it feels good, and maybe put it next to your desk.   

Now that you’ve prepared for Coaching Session, it’s time to Coach!

 

PART 2: HOW TO OPEN A COACHING SESSION


Let’s look at how to start your first session with a new client.  

Obviously, you're not going to ask every single question I include here, but as I you scan these questions, take notice of the feel.

This is a very first session, and the intention is to ensure you're both on the same page. You're both committing to the same journey. It's getting clear again on any goals that the client might have and laying out any expectations.  

Here are some questions that you can ask in your very first session:

  • What must you accomplish in your coaching package?

  • Would you like to focus on most in our time together?

  • What are your key priorities at the moment?

  • Is there anything you're already working on at the moment?

  • What challenges are you struggling with at the moment?

  • How can you word that goal more specifically and positively?

  • How can you measure that goal? Or how will you know when you've met that goal?

  • How can you break down that goal into bite-sized pieces?

  • How do you want to feel after achieving these goals?

  • Is there anything I as the coach need to know to ensure you have the best support?

  • How will this goal you've got impact others in your life? (You can even go deeper on that question: Are there any positive impacts, or any negative potential impacts?)

  • What's the key excuse you've had so far for not reaching this goal?

  • Is there anything negative at all that could come if you do reach this goal?

  • What do you think will be the toughest obstacle for you to overcome?

  • How will other areas of your life be impacted when you reach this goal?

  • Why are you passionate about this? Why is it a must? Why must you reach this goal?

  • What are you willing to give up to make this your new reality?

  • What are you most afraid of?

  • Is this a true desire for you?

You will not, of course, ask all of them!! If you just ask 5 of those, that would be a whole coaching session. They are very powerful, open-ended prompts.  

One other piece I would suggest here is to create internal ‘feelings-based’ goals — goals around energy, or self-love, or confidence — not just external goals around weight loss, for example.

This will take your client’s experience deeper, broader, and put less pressure on the ‘outcome’. 

Starting a weekly/bi-weekly coaching session:

Starting a ‘regular’ session is obviously a little bit different.

The intention in that case is to check back in and find out how your client is going right now in this present moment. How has the week has been. Also checking in on if there was any homework or anything from last week that you need to kick off with.

I encourage you to start with a check in like this, with the questions that I'm about to share with you.  In this first part it's really important to not dive straight into teaching.  

(For example you don’t want to say "Sorry, today we're talking about water", when this client really needs to share with you how their sugar experiment went.)

At the start of a weekly session be present with your client and ask questions along these lines:

  • How have you been since we've spoke?

  • What's new and good for you this week?

  • What actions have you taken?

  • What are you most proud of this week?

  • What did you celebrate this week?

  • What actions did you not take?

  • What has stopped you progressing in this area?

  • Where are you self-sabotaging?

  • What's working well for you right now?

  • What's not working so well right now?

  • What could you do to change this?

  • What have you personally done to improve this situation?

  • Is there anything that you could've chosen to do differently this week?

  • Did anything surprise you this week?

  • What did you say no to since we spoke?

  • How are you feeling today in regards to meeting your goals?

  • What would you like to focus on in today's session?

  • How would you like to feel at the end of today's session?

  • What would be your ideal outcome from today's session?

  • Is there anything I as the coach need to know before we get started today?

Those are the kind of questions that you can ask and then active listening, going deeper.  This potentially could be the first anywhere from 5 up to 30 minutes of your coaching session. Who knows? That could even be your whole coaching session depending on what the client needs.

This is a great way to start a weekly session in a professional mode. :)

 

PART 3: DURING A COACHING CALL

Now let’s look at the heart of a coaching session. This is the “guts” of it, I guess.

This, ideally, would be what you have planned out in your Purposeful Package Outline — this is the part of the session that will usually include some teaching.

(Of course, every single coaching session is going to end up being unique to your client. You do need to have some flexibility with this).

In the heart of a coaching session, you could ask your client questions along these lines:

  • What do you think you should do first?

  • What would be the most helpful thing you could do now?

  • If money wasn't a restriction for you, what would you do?

  • If time wasn't a restriction for you, what would you do?

  • What would you do if you weren't answerable to anyone?

  • What would someone else do in this situation?

  • You could put in if they have a model, someone they look up to or a mentor,What would this person do in this situation?

  • What do you think you're meant to do?

  • If you're guaranteed to succeed, what would you do?

  • What's the best use of your time at the moment?

  • If you could only do one thing this week, what would it be?

  • What can you do better than anyone else in this area?

  • What books could you be reading to help you achieve your goals?

  • If you saw someone else in your situation, what would you suggest they do?

  • If you had more confidence, what would you be doing differently?

  • If you weren't holding anything back, what would you be doing?

  • How does that make you feel?

  • What do you think about that?

  • Where are you sabotaging yourself?

  • What can you do to create the outcome you desire?

  • What are you going to do about that?

Do you see how the questions in this heart of a coaching session are all about helping the client take personal responsibility? 

Yes of course, you could suggest a book you think would be useful. But how powerful is it to first ask them, "Do you have a book that you know you should be reading, or could be reading?”

Trusting in their intuition and helping them to trust themselves is actually more powerful than you as a coach shoving ideas or answers at them that might not even be right for them.

I am not saying you can't suggest things. Not at all. And you will likely be teaching certain elements of health/wellbeing etc. here as well. That is a part of your coaching program.

Just have these list of questions up on your screen, and use your instinct to ask any that feel ‘right’ — so where possible, your client can come up with their own answers and have their own breakthroughs.  

Coaching is a lot about inspiring self-actualisation. You don’t need all the answers, and your client is there to do the work too!

There are some other coaching tools out there as well. There's many!!

I suggest practicing a few. I definitely think you should start with the coaching questions that we're going through right now. In some ways, that's all you need.

Within the coaching questions, there are a few other skills to think of…  

Active Listening

Active Listening is you being present. You're not playing on your phone. You're not in your head, thinking, "Oh my gosh. Am I going to answer this question for them? What am I going to teach them?"  

You're literally being present and really listening to what they're saying  For some people, they have probably never had that much attention. They can feel it. That can actually allow their own breakthrough just from being heard!! This is a beautiful thing you can do for your clients.   

Using the Power of the Pause

As part of active listening, tap into the power of the pause.  Practice getting more comfortable with silences and longer spaces between talking… don’t be in a hurry to respond every time a moment of quiet pops up… especially if your client is on the quieter side.  

Sometimes people just need a little time for processing before they speak. Give them space.

Asking Open-Ended questions

This is what most of the questions in the Killer Coaching Questions sheet are. Open ended questions — which basically means it's not a question that they just say yes or no to, it's a question that gets them to explore the answer.  It helps them go deeper.

One thing I will add is, avoid asking ‘WHY’ based questions. For example: ‘Why do you think that’s not working? Or Why didn’t you do that?’   WHY questions do not help clients reach their goals; instead, they spin someone out into stories and excuses.

Reflecting and mirror work

When you're listening and asking questions, keep reflecting back what you're hearing using their exact words.

For example you can say, "I see. You're feeling scared." If a client says to you "I'm really scared." They will use it in a long sentence, and they might not even notice they used that word. "You know, I'm really scared of trying to lose weight in case I fail…"  

There's a big difference between you then saying, "I hear you, Sally. You're scared" and "I hear you Sally. You're terrified." It's not the same word. There's no match.  

Reflection means reflecting back their exact words, reflecting back what they say, so that they can see themselves.  

Your job as a coach in this moment is to be there as the mirror, to hold it up for them.  

One thing to remember here: Don't rush in and use tools you don't understand yet. Master one thing at a time. I recommend beginning with the Killer Coaching Questions.

Practice these different coaching techniques, or at least become aware of them within what you're doing to see what works for you and your clients.  

Like I said, there's many different techniques out there. If you just master the ones I've mentioned here, and if they're working for you, that may be all you'll ever need!

 

PART 3: HOW TO CLOSE A COACHING CALL

Now let’s talk how to wrap up a coaching session.

Many people don’t leave time for the coaching wrap-up, and just use their whole session for coaching.  But the wrap-up, the last part of a session, is so important.

Recapping the session will help the client “integrate”.

They might not have even recognized the breakthroughs they've had if you don’t go over them! They might not have connected the dots on the new learnings they've had. Sometimes, especially if people are processing things, they don't even realise it’s happening!!

And beyond that, I like to use the wrap-up of a session to encourage my clients to write their own action steps on the call so that they take responsibility in sharing those me.  

In a 60-minute session, aim stop at approximately the 45-50 minute mark for you to start the ‘close’. Don't wait to be on the nose at 60 minutes and then you start doing this. That's not having great boundaries in your coaching session. It's really important to finish on time both for you and for the client.

By allowing this time at the end, this 10-15 minutes (which can sound a lot but trust me, once you get into this, this can be the most powerful piece of your whole session) that will empower your client to take their own responsibility.

Plus it means that you as a coach won't be spending hours after a call - I say hours jokingly, but it can actually be that sometimes - for a client who has paid you to be on a call for one hour!

Some questions that you could use in closing a weekly session, during that final 10-15 minutes:

  • How was today's session for you?

  • What specifically made it so?

  • How is your mind feeling?

  • How is your body feeling?

  • What were your major aha's today?

  • What would you like to let go of now?

  • What actually are you going to take this week?

  • What are you going to do in the next 24 hours?

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how motivated are you to achieving this goal?

  • What will it take to turn that 6 into a 9 or a 10?

  • Who do you need to ask for support from around this goal this week?

  • Who do you need to speak to this week?

  • How are you going to celebrate reaching this goal?

  • Can you think of anything that might stop you from doing it?

  • What are your top three priorities for this week?

  • What's your number one focus?

  • What are you going to say no to?

  • What are you doing to say yes to?

  • What can you schedule in your diary right now?

  • Is there anything else that you need to feel complete from our coaching session today?

  • So that's how you wrap-up your session!!

Make sure your next call is always scheduled in as well.

 

PART 4: WHAT TO DO AFTER A COACHING SESSION

After the call, take a couple of minutes to write up any basic notes — or type them if you're like me and have an online system (Satori) where you do that.  And as soon as you get off the phone, while it's fresh, write down the action steps they’ve chosen to take.

That's it!

(You do not need to spend hours after a call writing up notes or spoon-feeding your clients You don't need to make their action steps. You don't need to over-give, and say things like, "I'll create you a video on that" or "I'll find you recipes on that." That's simply not your responsibility.)

As a beginner, maybe there will be some extra things that you genuinely need or want to do after a session for the first few clients that you'll never have to do again.  

Just be very aware of not coming from a place of, "I'm not good enough unless I give more." The coaching session itself is enough.

Many new health coaches go into that ‘over-giving after a session’ mode because they feel like maybe there wasn't enough value in the coaching alone.  

All of the value is in the coaching.  You are enough. Your coaching is enough.

You can follow-up with minimal material only if needed.  

It is much more powerful to get the client to write their own notes. You just write a couple of basic notes so you know where to take off from again next week or next session.  

Honestly, this is so key!!

I see so many new health coaches feeling burnt out, exhausted and resentful towards their work. And when I laser coach with them, I find out it's because they're spending hours taking extra responsibility and burden outside of the coaching session!

It's simply not needed.

I was terrified when I stopped over-delivering  like this — because when I first got started in coaching I used to write up action steps for every client, send out to-do lists, and more.

I was SO scared that my clients would think they weren't getting enough value when I stopped doing all that — but honestly, the complete opposite happened!  When I got my clients to start choosing and taking their own action steps, and their own notes, their results skyrocketed.

They took so much more personal responsibility, because they weren't expecting me to do it.

I really want to emphasize that this piece not only makes you more professional and impactful as a coach — but also allows you to take care of yourself as a coach as well.  

And finally…

When you’re first getting started as a coach, on top of the 10 minutes you’re making notes on your client for yourself…  

Take 20 minutes or so to review YOUR coaching with these questions:

  • What worked well?

  • What can I give myself a pat on the back for?

  • What didn’t work so well?

  • What was a little wobbly that I can compassionately look at and improve?

The is key to learning and growing as a health coach!


So, ladies, there you have it.

Everything is here that you need to know.

You truly need to know NOTHING more than that.

Ask these open-ended ‘Killer Coaching Questions’ questions and listen for the answers. You’re there as a coach to ask questions and listen, with a little bit of teaching and guidance.

The questions, coaching tools and session structure I’ve just given you are your POWER TOOLS.  

The foundations are there for you...

So get in the game, coach anyone and everyone you can, and your confidence is really going to lift.  

And above all, trust that you have everything you need to be a great coach, and to deliver an impactful, encouraging, and deeply supportive coaching session.

Now go out there and get started!!

Love, Amanda xx
 

PS: If you ever feel fearful about coaching, read this blog post, it’s the perfect tonic for your nerves:  Why you don’t need to be confident to start coaching >>  

And make sure you download the 100 Killer Questions here: 100 Killer Coaching Questions >>
 

How to nurture potential clients with newsletters (using Mailchimp)

How to Nurture Potential Clients

Woohoo, It’s May!

Over here in Bondi Beach we are being truly spoilt with a summer that just keeps on giving. I just got back from a long walk around the cliffs with a friend this morning and we jumped in the ocean on the way back.

Impromptu mornings like this are what I LOVE so much about working for myself.

And I spent a large part of yesterday researching hotels and airbnb’s for my upcoming month in America – woohoo!

If you are in NYC, San Fran or Austin let me know – I’m thinking about hosting some meetups while I’m there. Would you be interested?

I loved sharing my new ‘How-To’ series with you throughout April and due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, I’ve started filming some new episodes.

If you missed any of the previous episodes, you can access them here:

- How to Build a Loyal List of Raving Fans (Using LeadPages)

- How to sign client contracts electronically (Using Hellosign)

- How to schedule client calls quickly & easily (using Calendly)

- How to Promote Discovery Session on Facebook (using Canva)

We’ve spoken a lot about promoting yourself, and building an audience via engaging content, in exchange for email addresses and I’ve had mixed responses ranging from ‘Super Excited’ to have these tools now and ‘Oh so Overwhelmed’ with technology.

I get it – I know you didn’t necessarily become a health coach to be a tech wiz, but there is a bit of business know-how that is needed to build your practice and get clients, so I will continue to create more ‘How-To’s’ to help us collectively rise – be seen, be heard – as health coaches.

Technology will not hold us back from making a BIG difference in the world!

One of the questions I got in my Healthy Wealthy Society facebook group this week was how to ‘pull these pieces all together’.

And for that, I have created this week’s video on using Mailchimp in your business. It’s kind of the ‘glue’ in your marketing.

Mailchimp is your go-to for sending emails to potential clients and business followers, delivering free goodies to those who have requested them and for setting up automated marketing that works by itself to build your community.

You can watch ‘How to nurture potential clients with newsletters (using Mailchimp) below.

 

If you aren’t already in my free facebook group Healthy Wealthy Society, jump on over and join the conversation (we’ve had some pretty energetic chats in there this week which are so important as a community)

See you there

Amanda xx

Resources: Mailchimp

 
 

Should you quit your 'real' job?

Should you quit your real job

 

I witness many new coaches waiting for someone to hand them a permission slip to go for their dreams and leave their 'real job'.
 
When I first wanted to start a Health Coaching business I went through the following waves:

  • I ‘think’ maybe I could do this…

  • My colleagues think I’m crazy…

  • I’ve seen others making money from coaching….

  • But others are telling me it’s not possible….

  • And maybe it’s not…

  • But I REALLY want to do this…

  • Could I really leave my job?

  • Yes…no…yes…no…

  • Arrgggggg

Yes.. No... I will... I won't....
Can you relate?
 
I hear you healthy lady – it’s SUPER scary to take that leap from your safe and secure job and set up shop as a health coach.
 
Call me crazy (I do in hindsight) but I leapt despite these fears!

And honestly, having done that myself with no financial backup, I DO NOT necessarily recommend that approach.

I left my job, declared myself a Health Coach, then stopped abruptly in my tracks when I realized I had NO IDEA how to actually get clients.
 
I sidetracked myself for months wondering ‘how do I run a Health Coaching business anyway?’
 
While everyone has a different personal circumstance (so don’t let me stop you if you are ready to leap), in general, if you are in a job already I tend to suggest building your Health Coaching business on the side until you have the inner certainty that consistent income from your new business WILL keep comingand you can leap from your job with glee rather than fear.
 
In today’s Behind The Scenes of UPswing Mastermind interview I chat to Emma Polette who knew she wanted to become a Health Coach but her boss told her that she would never make consistent money from doing so and really tried to ‘help’ her by not making a career mistake.
 
Her boss is no doubt a great man, but didn’t necessarily understand Emma’s internal dream and she shares with me the journey to balancing her dream career with her ‘real job’.

 


I’m dying to share what unfolded for her once she surrounded herself with people who are also following their dreams – but it’s such a better story told by her!

Pop over and watch our interview – this is one you DO NOT want to miss!

And will really help you see the truth behind the journey of building a Health Coaching business while still in your ‘real’ job.

Enjoy
 
Amanda x

 
 

First Impressions Do Count! (Especially In Person)

First impressions do count



I was reading Lisa Messenger's latest book on the weekend and something she spoke of in there really resonated with me.

She spoke about the power of meeting someone in person.  How meeting someone in person can inspire you so much more when you realise they are REAL!

This is the power behind a strong personal brand - not just how you show up and present yourself online - but in real life.

In today's online world it is easy to create a brand and it's impression via graphics, photos and a website.

But the strongest impression of all is made when you meet someone in person.

This is one of the key reasons I teach how to get clients 'in-person' (as well as online) as a new Health Coach in my UPswing Mastermind program.

Meeting someone in person can increase the 'know, like and trust' factors of why someone will by from you tenfold - but of course that meeting must leave a positive impression.

First impressions really do count although often when you meet someone new, you don’t necessarily know if that person could be highly valuable to you and your business!

Always make sure you’re prepared to meet the next person who’s going to make a difference to your success (it adds an extra spring to your step knowing you are showing up as your best) and avoid the first impression killers below.
 


1. Wearing sunglasses.
The eyes are the gateway to who you are as they illustrate your confidence, sincerity and interest in the person you’re meeting. Even if the sun is blaring into your eyes, take them off when you’re meeting someone new, even if they left theirs on.

2. Dress to impress!
If your appearance looks like you don’t care about your presentation, prospective customers may assume you have the same lacklustre approach to your service.

3. Get a grip – literally.
Have you ever experienced a limp handshake? You can tell a lot by a person based on their handshake - soft equals weak, firm equals strong. Which are you?

4. Name dropping?
It makes you look like you’re overcompensating, which you probably are. Practice some humility, which will get you a lot further in both the short and long terms.

5. Put your phone away.
If you can’t put your phone away while you talking with someone, it’s clear that you have absolutely no interest in them. Show some respect and focus on the person you’re speaking with and treat them like they’re the most important person in your life at that moment.

Do you have any favourite tips on making a good first impression? I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

Amanda x

 
 
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Guilt-Free Splurges To Save Cash Whilst Treating Yourself

Guilt free splurges


We all work super hard and deserve a little treat now and then, however emotional spending is a problem for many people.

So we have compiled our top ideas for feeling like you’ve splurged, without spending a fortune. We’d love to hear your ideas, just comment in the thread below!

  1. Buy yourself a bunch of fresh flowers – they instantly brighten your mood, freshen up your house and give you a boost. By long lasting blooms so the splurge is extended.

  2. Buy yourself a coffee – grabbing a store bought coffee everyday can become expensive but if you treat yourself occasionally to sitting down with a delicious latte in a gorgeous café, it’s worth every cent.

  3. Shop with an expert - stores including Topshop offer free personal shoppers. You'll get an expert opinion and tip-offs on future sales. If your local store doesn’t offer this service, join the email lists of shops you love so you find out first when they’re having a sale.

  4. Grab a bottle of Australian wine – we have a glut of wine in recent years which has caused a decrease in retail prices. You can enjoy a decent bottle vino for around $12 - $15, grab a friend to enjoy it with you whilst sharing inspiring ideas!

  5. Grab a cookbook from your shelf, pick a recipe, and create! Learning to cook is one of the best steps you can take for your overall health. The more home cooked meals you consume, the less sodium and saturated fats you’ll be filling your body with from restaurants. Beyond that, cooking is also fun!

 
 
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Why Looking After Your Wellbeing Keeps Your Business Mind Healthy

Why looking after your wellbeing keeps your business mind healthy

 

I love talking about the importance of keeping your business and entrepreneur mindset sharp and connected for opportunities, but how can one exactly do that? It’s so important to keep yourself healthy to maximise your ability to shoot for the stars in business. And wellbeing starts with you. 

I first learnt some of the biggest learnings in wellbeing from Tony Robbins and it completely shifted my mindset on the link between health and big success.

The following are ideas that have been researched and developed, Let me know us what you think about them and how you look after your wellbeing in the comments thread below. 

 

 

Nourish

Making healthy food choices and practicing mindful eating can help you provide your body with the nutrients it needs to achieve optimum.

It’s also important to remember that nourishing yourself engages every aspect of your being - physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Nutrition involves our relationships with family, friends, community, the environment, and the world.

Today, try these ideas to nourish your body and mind:

  • Try a new recipe

  • Sit down at the table to eat with family or friends

  • Turn the TV off whilst eating

  • Chew, and appreciate your food

  • Avoid processed foods

  • Try a new food you’ve never had before

 

Connect

There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need, and that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing. 

If you’ve found yourself working a little too independently, try some of these ideas today and make a connection:

  • Post on our Healthy Wealthy Society Facebook page

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email

  • Speak to someone new

  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you

  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

 

Get active

Exercise is essential for brain health and for promoting well-being. And the good news? It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - activities such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs

  • Go for a walk at lunchtime (grab a friend to join you!)

  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning

 

Be in the NOW

Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your workspace

  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day

  • Take notice of how people around you are feeling or acting

  • Visit a new place for lunch.

 

Learn

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Sign up for a class

  • Read the news or a book

  • Do a crossword or Sudoku

  • Learn a new word.

 
 
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Facebook Ads Made Easy

Facebook Ads made Easy


We’ve all seen the ads that pop up in our news feed and some of them can be pretty annoying right? So how do you create a Facebook ad to attract your tribe, traffic and potential customers? 

When advertising on Facebook, the dynamics of traditional marketing are turned upside down. In the past, companies relied on outbound marketing – that is, “push”. They were pushing out a message, a product to potential customers who were usually seeking out that product or service. For example, type in Google “winter coat” and sites offering “winter coat” pop up. 

 

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Facebook advertising however is inbound marketing – “pull”. Users are on Facebook to check in on their friend’s lives, family’s whereabouts etc which means your ads now need to be louder and attention grabbing to get the users focus to read your ad. 

Most of us don’t have the budgets to splash out on a social media agency to create our ads, so these are our top tips to advertise your brand in the Facebook jungle:

Tip #1: What makes an effective Facebook ad? 

High relevance – who is your market? There’s no point running an ad targeting males 50+ in Botswana if you’re selling a mineral make up line. When creating your ad, be sure to choose your target demographic including sex, age range and location.

Compelling Call-to-Action – we’ve all seen the weight loss ads of “A Perfect Butt in 28 days”. This is a compelling call to action as a user who wants a perfect butt will see this and click on the ad immediately thinking it will only take them a month to get it! 

Value Proposition – create value in your ad. Maybe provide a free downloadable eBook to get them to “Share” or view your page. Or a discount on a particular product your advertising if they subscribe to your email list.

Disruption Factor – this is your chance to grab a user’s attention! Make sure your ad and content are powerful enough to cut through their thoughts of what Mandy did last Friday night!

Tip #2: Position is key

Reach out to people in their News Feed, as they spend more than half of their time there. Side bar right hand advertising whilst is prominent positioning, has less return on investment according to studies, with 96% ROI for News Feed ads. 

Your posts are more likely to appear organic if they’re relevant to your fans and their friends, and if their friends or others like, share or comment on them.

Tip #3: Spread the love

Sure it’s awesome you have so many fans and existing customers who love your page, but you need to target potential customers and grow your reach. By choosing to target your potential readers in the ad set up stage, you can also reach up to 92% of your target audience with Facebook’s accurate targeting based on information provided by users.

Tip #4: Use your fans

Leverage your fans for the benefits they offer in your advertising campaigns. For example, when a fan’s friend shares your post, it can increase ad recall by 50%. Organic distribution with high-quality, audience-specific content will generate you more exposure from your fans and their friends, according to Facebook for Business.

Tip #5: Boost your creative

Your creative content needs to take into account your marketing objectives and your fans locations, ages and likes/dislikes. You can also test creative content with your fans to get feedback before considering paid distribution in News Feed. A great creative content piece is relevant, compelling, authentic, simple and short. 

An easy way to test your creative is post it as normal on your Page, then if you’re receiving great traffic with Likes, choose to “Boost” your post. This is a cheap and easy way to promote a compelling post rather than an actual ad.

 
 

Healthy Wealthy Society

Healthy Wealthy Society

 

After constant requests over the last few years for ways to work with me before you are ready to commit to my higher-level programs - I have today launched a new way to receive support from me, my team and community - for FREE.

The Healthy Wealthy Society facebook community (formerly UPswing Health Coaches group) will now open it's doors to all Health & Wellness Entrepreneurs to come and play each day and hang out together online as we build our businesses.

I felt it was time to extend the invitation into the Healthy Wealthy Society to all of our fellow wellness warriors so that we can all support each other in creating great change in the world collectively.

I know that many of us are growing our businesses while working 9-5, juggling families and so many other priorities, and I wanted one place for everyone to pop in whenever is convenient and always find the support and inspiration you need to keep growing your new business.


 

 

I also know that most of us didn't get into a Healthy career to learn business. But the truth is that to turn your passion into a thriving career you are going to need to embrace marketing and business - Luckily I love nothing more than translating for you the 'hard-core' online marketing concepts into tangible heart-centred practises.

Think of the Healthy Wealthy Society as your go-to online working hub where you can surround yourself with like-minded healthy peeps 24/7 and I will be right there with you sharing my business expertise and advice.


Each week I will be sharing with you 
wealth consciousness inspiration, business bites, motivational support and the chance to holla your self promotion for your business.
 


Everything you need to keep you motivated and inspired can be found in our new Healthy Wealthy Society. I already think of it as home and hope that you will too.

Come by and join the Health Wealthy Society right now >>  And if you have any friends in the Health and Wellness profession - Yoga teachers, PTs, healers and coaches -  please, invite them along to join the group too.

The more the merrier.
See you there >>

 

Top 7 Cafes to Work from in Bondi

Top 7 Working Cafes Bondi

 

One of my favourite parts of working for myself is the ability to work from different locations. When I travel, I love to explore new cafes and working spots -  last year I worked from cafes in Paris, Abu Dhabi, Miami, LA, Mexico, Singapore and New Zealand - yet equally every time I come home to Bondi Beach here in Sydney I feel so super excited to get back into ‘everyday’ life as we really do have some of the best working cafes I’ve found. 

I frequent different cafes every week to mix up the atmosphere depending on my mood or the task at hand. I also do my regular Wednesday Working Dates from some of these cafes so have shared with you which ones are good for wifi use too!

Are you enjoying this post? I created a free guide to learn more about these Bondi cafes to work from! Click the button below to get it instantly.

 

 

Here are some of my favourites:

  1. Bondi Wholefoods (winner) - free wifi, healthy whole foods and an open air but covered space. I did joke recently that I might start an undercover tv show from this cafe due to the ‘online business conversations’ that are frequently overheard here. My friend/accountability buddy and I work here every Wednesday afternoon - if you need a good dose of Pomodero technique, stop by and join us.

  2. Chapter One - free wifi on weekdays, cosy and pretty quiet (although some days it resembles a working hub)

  3. Orchard Street - I love the calm, peaceful atmosphere here and it's home to some of my favourite juices, good coffee, kombucha on tap, and delicious (and healthy!) sweet treats - so I often head here for early morning inspiration and productivity.

  4. The Grassy Knoll along Bondi Beach - free beach wifi (or use your phone hotspot as the signal isn't always great), best view in the world, fresh air and the pavillions have sturdy 'picnic tables' which I often enjoy sitting at to coach or write. I've been heading down with my Mexican blanket for picnic style working the last few weeks.

  5. Gertrude and Alice - a bookstore with the best Almond Milk Chai Tea in the world, no wifi and they can get strict on the ‘no laptop’ policy from time to time - good for shorter working blocks and coffee meetings - or for quiet reading when it's an advantage to have no wifi.

  6. Lox Stock and Barrel - admittedly not the best service but if you're working that's not a problem - in fact you get more time at the table! - and I like this spot for its delicious breakfasts. I use my phone hotspot for wifi.

  7. Coogee Pavillion - wifi and wine make for the perfect last minute friday working date with friends before winding down for the week. (Technically not Bondi but a short 15 min drive to neighbouring beach Coogee)

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Share in the comments below your favourite local working spots in your part of the world. Let's compile a master list right here!

 
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2-Steps to Super Productivity for Getting Sh&t Done

2 steps to super productivity for getting stuff done

 

I’ve dabbled in many different time management and productivity techniques over the last few years as an entrepreneur - self motivation is something I've wrestled with a lot if I don't have a strict deadline in place. I think it's a retaliation against years of a boss standing over me, timsheets to fill in and unnecessary 'emergency' deadlines causing stress in the corporate world - but as much as those things strangled my freedom at the time, I must say, they ensured I got sh&t done. Working for myself isn't always so easy...

It's not that I don't 'want' to work - I LOVE what I do - but it's more a matter of focus. When 100's of emails come in constantly all day everyday and there are multiple hats to juggle as an entrepreneur, it's all too easy to fall into the trap of being 'busy' but not really getting anything important done.

The Pomodoro Technique and Working Dates are two of many productivity techniques I've tried before with mixed success but when I decided to make 2015 the year I mastered working 'smarter not harder' these were the first techniques I pulled back out.

I've read a zillion times about working on the 'Important' tasks before the 'Urgent' tasks, but only recently did I make the decision to finally implement that advice for good. And I realised that my habits had to change in order to really Get SH&t Done without working around the clock.

 

 

Step 1: The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management/productivity theory whereby you set a timer for intervals of 25 minutes ‘on’ and 5 minutes ‘off’.

You can either use the standard timer on your phone, or there are dozens of free apps to download to keep your Pomodoro timing on track. (I use the iPhone App '30/30')

I have a pre-written list of 'important' tasks to do for the week and each time I sit down for a Pomodoro session I don't waste time reviewing my to-do list or coming up with a new one (sound familiar to anyone else) - nope, I just choose the next one on the list and DO IT!

It seriously amazes me how much I can get done in smaller and more focused bouts of time. Every single time I shock myself at how quick the tasks are to complete that I have put off forever, when I actually just sit down and do them - no distractions! 

Step 2: Accountability/ Working Dates

I add to the potency but adding my second step which is meeting a buddy for a work date each Wednesday afternoon so there is no cheating!

When Sam and I first started meeting for working dates we used to end up chatting for hours and getting no work down - so in came the Pomodoro technique to hold each other accountable. That’s double accountability - and guess what - it WORKS!

(Click here to read about some of my favourite cafes to work from >>)

At first it is quite funny to watch myself naturally try to avoid tasks by flicking to Facebook to reading my email, but with my accountability partner the guilt kicks in way too quickly and I settle down and get on with the task at hand.

(Case in point, half way through writing this blog post my clever ego decided it needed some raw cacao chocolate. If I was working alone at home I would have taken 'just a minute' to go get that... but with Sam sitting opposite me right now I catch myself and keep on writing)

Pomodoro Technique + Working Dates = SUPER Productivity

Most weeks I now find I get most of my 'working on my business' done on Wednesday afternoons alone - and the more I do this, the more I trust that I don't have to 'push' the rest of the week as long as I turn up and take action on Wednesdays.

And the last few weeks we have added a twist by also meeting on a Friday afternoon for a cheeky Pomodoro session followed by an end-of-week celebratory drink.

Since implementing this powerful combo I am getting so much more done is way less time. My husband actually looked confused at first when he started arriving home and I was off my computer before 5.30pm.

Because the truth is when we just DO the tasks at hand we really can choose to stop creating ‘business’ in our business. We can close the office door at 5.30pm and walk away - there really isn't any need to be on email/facebook/instagram all night long justifying that it is 'work'...

Implementing the 'Important' tasks in your business is the key to working smarter not harder. Operative word = IMPLEMENTING.

And hey, because I am now dedicated to the these 2 'implementation' steps you get a new blog post today that otherwise would have got lost amidst 'urgent' emails and endless to-do lists. That's a much more joyful and beneficial use of my time and energy.

Let me know in the comments below your top productivity tips for Getting Sh&t Done!

 
 
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