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How to Stay On Track When You Want to Give Up

Sometimes in business, we have immense clarity - we know exactly what we are doing and we forge ahead...and other times, we sit at our desks staring blankly and wondering where to begin and wanting to give up - there is so much to do!

In my Business Coaching practice, I encourage these 10 tips to help keep you on track and moving forward:

  1. Have a clear plan. A plan for social media posts, a plan for when you will work on what, a plan for marketing, a plan for creative time away from your desk, a plan for onboarding, a plan for gratitude etc.
  2. Put one thing on your desk (to-do) list at one time. Shut down all distractions (that's right, no Facebook or Clubhouse) until it is done! Then put it away.
  3. Stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. You won't work well if your body isn't.
  4. Get an outside opinion. We stare at our work so much that we miss things that are obvious to others. Get an accountability partner (lots of amazing coaches in this group), hire a business coach...
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What questions to ask during an Exploratory Call

Your exploratory, introductory, or discovery call (all the same thing:) is one of the most powerful tools you can implement in your Parent Coaching business. This is the moment that could turn a potential client into a paying client. 

There are three phases of a call:

  1. Preparing for a call
  2. Preforming the call
  3. Following up after the call

Let's dive into each phase so that you can master your exploratory call and book more clients. I am not going to talk about how to get clients on a call as I cover that in a lot of my other articles. Today I will only cover what to do once someone reaches out to book a call.

1. Preparing for the call.

Make it easy for people to book a call with you. I use Calendly, but there are other options out there. 

To prepare for the call you will want to ask preliminary questions. Ask three questions to be answered when someone books a call. I add these to Calendly.

  1. Please tell me a bit about yourself. 
  2. What is your biggest concern...
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Why have a Parent Coaching Contract?

Having a contract between you, the Coach, and the parent(s) is one of the most important legal documents you will use.

A contract helps your clients know exactly what you are providing and it helps keep the liability of the coach to a minimum.

This contract will give a clear list of expectations and set boundaries around timing, payment, cancellation etc.

A contract helps to keep your relationship professional and can be referred to if there is any question of the working relationship between you, the Coach, and the parent(s).

Having a contract that includes copyright rules can save you from having your materials copied and distributed elsewhere, outside of your coaching relationship.

What should a coaching contract include?

The contract should include:

  • Definitions of Coach and Client
  • What is included
  • What is expected by both Coach and Client
  • The Schedule
  • Timing
  • Costs
  • Terms
  • Copyright
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Signatures

When creating your contract always have it...

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Ways to make money as a Parent Coach

If you think the only way to make money as a Parent Coach is 1:1 coaching, think again!

In this article, I want to share with you a few additional ways you can create the income you desire while you build up your coaching business.

It wasn't long ago when I was wondering how I would ever pay the bills with my 1:1 Business Coaching. I knew people that needed my services, but every time I spoke to them about what I do, they said it sounded great but then didn't book with me.

Now, when I am on a call with a potential client, 8 out of 10 times, they book in immediately. 

What's the difference you ask? The difference is, I got clear on who I serve and how I serve them. I niched to becoming a Business Coach for Parent Coaches. And, if you are a Parent Coach, it is a no-brainer to work with me. (shameless plug:)

Niching is one of the things you will hear me say over and over to ANYONE that will listen! If you don't have a clearly defined niche, no one will be clear on...

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Build your Email List Using your Facebook Page

 

Oh boy, do I have a tip for you today!

Your Facebook Page is feeling neglected, but I can help you show it some love!

Take under 7 minutes with me to transform your Facebook Page into an Email List Builder!

Step 1 - Watch the video

Step 2 - Create your offer! 

Step 3 - Create your Facebook Cover Image (I use Canva)

Step 4 - Add in a Description and hyperlink (link to gather their name and email)

Step 5 - Watch your email list grow!

Step 6 - Stay connected with your email list!!! They want to hear from YOU!!!

If you have any questions, hop on over to our Free Facebook Group for Parent Coaches here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businesstipsforparentcoaches/

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How to increase Facebook Group Engagement

 

If one thing stays constant, it is the changing algorithms in Facebook.

It can be hard to manage your business when you are constantly trying to keep up to the new and improved ways of connecting with your audience. Believe it or not, that is exactly what Facebook wants you to do. They want you connecting with your audience in a meaningful and beneficial way.

Years ago you could add a post and let it sit there for all your group members to read. Now most don't even see 1/10th of the posts you add.

Our challenge this week is to increase engagement so that more of your group members see your content, and when you are ready to launch your own offer, more will see it. 

How to get set up:

  1. You can ask group members 3 questions when they join your group. The three most important questions are: 1. What are you struggling with most? 2. What do you hope to get out of this group? Advice, support, connection? 3. Please add your email (optional) so that I can keep you posted on important...
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Create an Online Retreat

Bringing your community together creates an amazing connection that last a life-time. But what happens when your planned in-person event needs to happen online?

This was one of the questions I was asked during the COVID-19 pandemic as we watched the entire world shut down and told to stay home.

How do we still create a retreat atmosphere for our community, online?

My answer: It is possible, but you just may have to alter a few experiences to create the same effect you would if you were meeting in-person.

Let's start by addressing the purpose of your retreat. There are a number of reasons why people meet, but I have (for simplicity) broken them into 4 main groups.

  1. Education
  2. Entertainment
  3. Inspiration
  4. Connection

Your event/retreat purpose may include a bit from all 4 groups, but I would encourage you to rate them in order of importance.

For instance, if you are meeting during COVID-19, you may want to highlight inspiration and connection. If you are meeting when the world is back...

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Overwhelm

One of the great benefits of having my own business is that I can make any changes I want to my business, any time of the day, without anyone’s permission!  One of the biggest downfalls of having my own business is that I can make changes any time of the day without asking anyone’s permission!

You see my predicament here?

I want to change my logo, update my website, add new content to my sites, start a new project, call potential clients, create new programs, add more video, hire help…and the list goes on.  This is all great, but it becomes a problem when I have so many things I want to change that I just end up surfing Facebook and not doing anything.  Overwhelm has this affect on me.

And, if you have known me for long you know that I like to find analogies to parenting…well, the overwhelm of owning a business would be one.

I have so many things I want to do with the kids, so many projects to start with them, updates to their bedrooms,...

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Can I loan you my sisters?

That’s not weird, right?

Well, join us at one of their kitchen islands any weekend and you will know why I want to share. This group of women are four of the best people I know. They are kindness, compassion, encouragement, love, support, and happiness, all rolled into one…well, four to be more accurate.

They are each incredibly successful…one revolutionized the horse racing business, re-establishing harness racing in Ontario after a near government shutdown, she was the first female board member at a major insurance company, and she finds time to put on massive community events to raise money for local charities…one owns a hugely successful travel company and just built her dream home overlooking the lake but still enjoys travelling the world when you can tear her away from her new home, one is an international motivational speaker, owns a huge occupational health consulting company, working with top 500 fortune companies and employs hundreds of people...

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5 steps to help you fall in love with your life (again)

Do you ever get up in the morning and immediately start thinking about the school lunches you have to make, the pile of laundry that never seems to get smaller, the morning rush when no one is happy, or the hours spent at work when you just wish you could be home?

This is how I started every day…and my greatest desire was to climb back into bed.

Wouldn’t you love it if you could get up in the morning, excited for the day ahead, loving every minute and never wishing away the moments?

I call this ‘falling in love with your life’….all of your life – the good, the bad, the ugly…the menial tasks that can drive a parent crazy if we let it.

How would your life look if you could wake up and love it all?  Think of it like a new romance…the honeymoon stage…

Recently, I had the chance to work with a group of amazing women that wanted to find more love and joy AND peace in their life.  We shared, we did a lot of laughing...

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