Life And Career Coaching Blog – Lesley Strachan

How To Choose A Life Coach

If you have decided that you need to make a change in your personal or professional life, you may have considered enlisting the help of a life coach. Deciding to seek out the help of a professional life coach is in itself an important step to take. However, you are then faced with the task of choosing a life coach that you think will best suit you.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a life coach. Common considerations include the professional qualifications that they hold, their personality, client results and professional fees. Clearly, no single factor will overrule all others; to make an informed decision you will need to give careful consideration to multiple factors and decide which coaching professional is best placed to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

In this article, we will outline our five-step process for choosing a life coach and explore a number of the factors that will help you choose a life coach.

1) Clarify What You Want To Achieve From Coaching

Before you approach a single life coach, try to clarify what you are seeking to achieve from coaching. You may have a set of goals or targets in mind such as becoming more confident, attaining greater financial freedom or managing a successful career change.

While your goals or targets are unlikely to be strictly defined at this stage, having a clear idea about them will help you to discuss what you want to achieve with the coaches that you approach. This will also empower you to lead the conversation with your coach and enquire about the specific coaching services that you require. If you know which coaching service you require, you will able to approach a life coach with specialised knowledge and expertise in this area.

2) Review Their Qualifications And Training

In the most part, life coaches are qualified and skilled professionals with a wealth of experience to share with their clients. However, a minority of coaches may not have the necessary qualifications and training to provide professional coaching services.

Qualifications

Many coaches will have attained degree level qualifications either during or before they started practicing as a life coach. While these may not be directly related to coaching or psychology, they will undoubtedly equip them with valuable knowledge and experience that can be used during the course of their coaching. You are likely to find coaches that have attained business degrees either at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Lesley Strachan has attained a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree alongside a wealth of experience from her university career during which she gained experience in lecturing, teaching and mentoring students of varying ability.

Training

Some coaches will have undertaken additional coaching training in specific programmes or coaching methodologies such as The Jack Canfield Success Principles. While the fact that they have undertaken additional training does not guarantee the quality of their services, it does demonstrate that they are committed to coaching and that they possess specialist expertise within a particular area.

Lesley Strachan is a Certified Jack Canfield trainer. As a certified trainer, Lesley has been certified in Jack Canfield’s success principles and teaching philosophy. She has demonstrated learning and practice of the success principles materials and an ability to teach the success principals to individuals and organisations.

3) Examine Their Results And Client Feedback

Taking the time to examine the results and client feedback of a life coach is a worthwhile exercise. It is important that you can appreciate the results that a coach has previously achieved so you can see whether these align with the goals and targets that you identified in step one.

Seek out their testimonials and case studies and try to gain an understanding the type of clients that the coach works with. You may find that they operate with a specific niche such as education or that they provide more general coaching services.

The best coaches will be transparent about the results that they have achieved and any feedback that they have gained. Lesley is very much committed to a transparent and positive approach, so she has a published collection of testimonials for prospective clients to review.

4) Find Out About Their Fees

Although fees are not the most important or deciding factor when choosing a life coach, they are likely to have a bearing on your decision. You may have a set budget for coaching or a general idea about what you are willing to invest in your personal and professional progress.

The fees charged by a life coach are usually determined by their level of experience and the qualifications that they hold. Clearly a very experienced life coach will be considerably more expensive than a less established coach. However, it is important to remember that while they may have significantly higher fees, their experience often affords them with an ability to achieve better results in less time, something that is valuable for every client.

Many coaches choose to publish their coaching fees on their website to help customers decide what can be achieved within their coaching budget. In addition to finding out what the fees are, find out what arrangements are available. Some coaches will charge by the hour, while others offer structured coaching programmes. The former arrangement will undoubtedly offer a high degree of flexibility while the latter would suit individuals that seek a defined outcome within a pre-determined timeframe.

Lesley’s coaching fees are freely available online. Her service range includes webinars, individual coaching and group workshops. This varied range of services allows her to offer accessible and affordable coaching services, with a webinar module costing just £15 and an hour of online one to one coaching priced at £110.

5) Arrange A Free Coaching Consultation

The final step in choosing a life coach is arguably the most important. By arranging a free coaching consultation you will be able to experience your coach in action and decide whether they would be a good fit for you and your goals.

During your consultation you should aim to get to know your coach and explain what you are seeking to achieve from coaching. It is also advisable to find out about their approach to coaching and to clarify any questions that you may have.

Lesley offers a free 30-minute no-obligation coaching session to all prospective clients. During this consultation you can explain what you are looking to achieve from coaching and ask any questions that you have.

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About Lesley Strachan – The Jack Canfield Certified Global Life Coach

Lesley Strachan is a Jack Canfield Certified global life coach. She has coached and trained individuals and businesses across Europe, the USA and Australia. She holds an MBA, a postgraduate certificate in research methods and a Diploma in Management. Lesley is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Birkbeck’s Enterprise Pathway extended

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Birkbeck’s Enterprise Pathways programme is extending its offering this year for students looking to develop their business skills and gain experience of running an enterprise.

They are introducing SimVenture Evolution to a group of students who have taken part in previous enterprise initiatives on campus and will now take their learning a step further.

The aim is to develop a range of skills from Business & Financial Management to key Employability & Entrepreneurial talents to progress their knowledge in a challenging setting.

Teams will compete to be the most profitable company – but the focus is for all participants to complete the course with new knowledge and skills to take into their own ventures. May the best team win!

I have just completed the tutor training for staff involved in facilitating the module and the feedback is excellent and includes questions such as:

  1. How likely is it that you would recommend your instructor to other academics? – 100%
  2. How knowledgeable was your instructor? – Very knowledgeable
  3. How clearly did your instructor explain the course material? – Very clearly
  4. How concerned was your instructor you were learning the material you needed? – Very concerned
  5. How organized for class was your instructor? – Very organized
  6. How well did your instructor answer your questions? – Very well
  7. Was the speed with which your instructor presented the course material too fast, too slow, or about right? – The right amount
  8. Any areas where your instructor did particularly well? – Discussing around the points made on the PowerPoint slides was really helpful – I got a good grasp of how to deliver the session coming up.
  9. Finally, is there further feedback/testimonial that you would like to provide or anything else you would like to say? – Very approachable – I know I can get in touch when stuck and I’ve come away with a good understanding of next steps and moving ahead with the programme, JD.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

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Training the Trainers – the UK versus Hong Kong

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Screen Shot from SimVenture Evolution

Today marks the completion of the training for the staff involved in facilitating the head-to-head competition between two universities. I have been training staff in how to use the simulation for some time now so that they can use the software and monitor the progress of their teams.

Two teams of students from the University of Kent and Polyu in Hong Kong are going head-to-head in a competition to run the most profitable business on Saturday November 4th. Both teams are using our business simulation game SimVenture Evolution.

The teams from the UK and Hong Kong will run a virtual company for up to ten simulated years. Whilst they are playing tutors and trainers will be setting tasks, monitoring progress, communicating and assessing each businesses profitability from remote locations. The students will be accessing the game through cloud technology so that they can work 24/7.

There is already a strong competitiveness emerging between the teams as they start to practice running their virtual business because there are prizes to be won for the company that makes the most net profit. May the best team win!

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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Competing in a virtual business world – the UK versus Hong Kong

Competing in a virtual business world – the UK versus Hong Kong

Two teams from the University of Kent and Polyu in Hong Kong are going head-to-head in a competition to run the most profitable business on Saturday November 4th. Both teams are using our business simulation game SimVenture Evolution and I very pleased to be collaborating with Kent and Polyu in my role as The Learning and Development Manager for SimVenture Evolution.

The teams from the UK and Hong Kong will run a virtual company for up to ten simulated years. Whilst they are playing tutors and trainers will be setting tasks, monitoring progress, communicating and assessing each businesses profitability from remote locations. The students will be accessing the game through cloud technology so that they can work 24/7.

There is already a strong competitiveness emerging between the teams as they start to practice running their virtual business because there are prizes to be won for the company that makes the most net profit. May the best team win!

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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How I help tutors embed business simulation games into the curriculum

I’ve been working with London South Bank University helping to embed SimVenture Evolution into a module called Business and Innovation. Here’s how we started out.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

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Coaching Students to run their own virtual businesses

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Students are running their own virtual company at LSBU

I’m really pleased to be part of the module team at London South Bank University Business School. In my role as a Learning & Development manager for Venture Simulations Ltd we’re collaborating with LSBU on a new module which aims to improve students understanding of setting up and running a business.

We’re now in the 3rd week of term and over 180 students are now working in teams developing their business and employability skills using a business simulation game called SimVenture Evolution.

Today we explored our team roles and each team of five took on departmental and budget responsibilites in the areas of: CEO, Operations, Sales and Marketing, Organisation and Research and Development. Each group discussed a new company name and strapline along with a logo for their company. The students’ will work together as a management team and operate their virtual company for 7 simulated years.

The students will be accessing the game through cloud technology so they can study 24/7 anywhere there is a Wi-Fi signal which means students can work anywhere they like in addition to classroom led activities. Wi-Fi access is also useful for freeing up IT suites because students can work anywhere on or off campus.

SimVenture Evolution will be contributing to the module for 2 hours a week for 12 weeks. I am there as the learning and development manager for Venture Simulations who made SimVenture Evolution. I can’t tell you what a buzz both staff and students get out of running their virtual business. I also get to teach as well – keeping my hand in, its great. I love coaching and mentoring the students as they operate their virtual business and the learn so much by being hands-on. We’re also measuring the development of students’ employability skills from the start of the module to the end. This is important because many students are not aware of their successes and the improvement of their employability skills.

There is also a strong competitiveness emerging between the teams as there are prizes to be won for the company that makes the most net profit. The photos here show the students in class working with the simulation. May the best team win!

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

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How to engage learners using business simulation games

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I’m really pleased to be part of the module team at London South Bank University Business School. In my role as a Learning & Development manager for Venture Simulations Ltd we’re collaborating with LSBU on a new module which aims to improve students understanding of setting up and running a business.

We’re using the business simulation game SimVenture Evolution with second year business students studying Business and Innovation. The simulation will provide students with a practical understanding of setting up and managing a small or medium sized enterprise and an understanding of business innovation.

Working individually and in groups, students are running a virtual company for up to ten simulated years. At the same time, tutors and trainers will be setting tasks, monitoring progress, communicating, coaching, training and assessing work.

The students will be accessing the game through cloud technology so they can study 24/7 anywhere there is a Wi-Fi signal which means students can work anywhere they like in addition to classroom led activities. Wi-Fi access is also useful for freeing up IT suites because students can work anywhere on or off campus. They’re also doing something all the time instead of listening which is proving to a much better way of learning for them.

SimVenture Evolution will be contributing to the module for 2 hours a week for 12 weeks. I am there all-day Thursday and get to teach as well – keeping my hand in, its great. I love coaching and mentoring the students as they operate their virtual business, I really enjoy it. We’re also measuring the development of students’ employability skills from the start of the module to the end. This is really important because many students are not aware of their successes and the improvement of their employability skills.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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How to help young people with career choices

Yesterday I attended the The Careers and Enterprise Company’s event at KidZania in London. Kidzania is set up  to help our kids independently choose from more than 60 real-life entertaining activities in one safe and secure space.

Designed for children aged 4-14, KidZania blends learning and reality with entertainment. Activities range from Doctor, Dentist, and Police Officer to Firefighter, Actor and Singer.

I was there in my role as a volunteer enterprise advisor and mentor for The Careers and Enterprise Company for our annual event and networking.

I’ve never seen anything like this anywhere in the world and would highly recommend it for schools to visit. Here’s a short

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The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

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How to prepare our young for work

The Careers and Enterprise Company is the national network set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. Our role is to connect schools and colleges, employers and careers programme providers to create high-impact careers opportunities for young people across England.

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As an Enterprise Advisor, I’m on my way to our event called ‘Fuelling Young People’s Futures: Two Years of the Enterprise Advisor Network’, at KidZania in West London, and I can’t wait.

I’m looking forward to seeing the latest research on “What Works” and to share best practice from our community, and sharing inspiring examples of how we are fuelling young people’s futures.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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What do your kids want to be when they grow up?

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What did you want to be when you grew up? We’re all still kids at heart aren’t we?

Do you worry about your child’s future?

Questions you might be asking yourself right now might be:

  • How can I get my child to take more responsibility?
  • What’s the best way to choose the right subjects for a future career?
  • How do I encourage my children to follow their passions in life?
  • How do I do know what my children really want to do with their lives and be successful?
  • How can I instil a passion for learning?

Hi, I’m Lesley Strachan. I’m a Jack Canfield Certified Trainer in the Success Principles and a life and business coach. I coach young people to get from where they are right now to where they want to be in life. I love coaching because I am passionate about helping people get more out of life and I want to show you how to do it. We will work together (parents/carers, teachers) to identify what challenges your young people are facing right now and we then choose the modules that are relevant to solving that challenge. There are 64 modules to choose from.

Coaching 1-1 takes:

-place on-line

-at your home

-in larger groups at school (for children, teacher training days, parent/teacher associations)

You can pick up the course at any time and continue until it’s finished.

I believe that young people are not getting the amount of support they should have to help them make great decisions about the subjects they choose to study. This in turn impacts on their future career choices. This becomes even more important as students go through college and university where over 50% of university students I have taught have no idea of what they want to do with their lives.

The workshops are taught by experienced coaches who have had 30 years of experience working with young people (DBS cleared). Coaches are Jack Canfield Certified Success Principles™ trainers who work with a proven strategy that has been used for over 40 years. We are very excited to be able to bring these workshops to the UK so that we can help you to produce similar fantastic results for your students, their parents and teachers.

Onsite training includes us coming into the school and working and working through a series of exciting and stimulating exercises which:

  • Clarifies their vision and goals.
  • Support them through their fears.
  • Keeps them focused.
  • Confronts their unconscious behaviours and old patterns of behaviour.
  • Expects them to do their best-and holds them to it!
  • Help students live by their personal values.
  • Show them how to get more out of their studies and be more engaged in the classroom.
  • Keeps them focused on their core passions and interests.

Your next step is to call me on 07739 172447

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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