As a Life Coach, I can safely say I have read a lot of books- to not only learn about the necessary skills required for life coaching, but also to learn how to set up an online business. I have found that there are so many more skills needed to craft your art as a coach besides getting certified and setting up a website! Honestly there have been very few reads that I found helpful and would recommend. The ones I love, I’ve listed here to help you on your journey of entrepreneurship as a coach or consultant.
1. Coaching and Consulting Made Easy: How to Start, Build, and Grow a Profit Pulling Coaching & Consulting Business by Turning Your Knowledge Into Money! (Marketing Made Easy Book 2)
by Brian T Edmondson
Brian T. Edmondson is a coach and consultant and known for his books, which are always my first choice. He offers webinars, consultations and courses. His books I have read more than once because they are filled with details that help you get where you need to go when starting a coaching or consulting business.
2. SuperCoach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life
by Michael Neill
I recently signed up for Michael Neill’s online newsletter because I find his material so positive and inspirational. This next book is one I will actually buy as a gift for other coaches because it offers such a great perspective from an experienced master in the industry.
3. Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive
by Dorie Clark
I discovered Dorie Clark on YouTube just by accident and immediately found myself taking notes about what she was presenting in her video. Utilizing her extensive research about entrepreneurs, Dorie’s book is also filled with insight, wisdom and recommendations. Suggestion: have a notepad near-by to take notes!
Although I don’t like the hype in the industry around the need to make 7 figures, the advice Taki Moore provides in his book is solid and based on years of consulting and coaching. His story is also inspirational!
5. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
by Daymond John
I heard Daymond John first speak on the TV show “Shark Tank.” He was calm, wise and nice, so I searched his name on the internet and found podcast interviews, started following him on Twitter and later found a list of his books on Amazon.com. Another inspirational story, his advice is very real world and practical, especially for those of us that have to start from scratch. He truly inspires others.
6. Beyond Goals: Effective Strategies for Coaching and Mentoring
by Susan David, Ph.D, David Clutterbuck, and David Megginson
I also discovered Susan David on Youtube, much to my surprise. I was looking for subject matter on emotions and up popped her TED talk about emotional agility and resilience.Millions of global views later, she is becoming one of the leading voices in Emotional Intelligence as a psychologist, author, speaker and researcher. I am so pleased to see her voice, wisdom and research being heard. Way to go Susan!Watch the TED talk, The gift and power of emotional courage, on YouTube.
7. 37 Ways to BOOST Your Coaching Practice: PLUS: the 17 Lies That Hold Coaches Back and the Truth That Sets Them Free!
by Steve Chandler
I discovered Steve Chandler on Amazon after noticing the gazillion books he has written. And yes, I had that moment of “how come I have never heard of him or read his books until now?” His wisdom is based on years of coaching experience and is so practical is all sounds easy to implement.
8. The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms
by Sara Horowitz with Toni Sciarra Poynter
One thing I find that helps me work on my business are resources that offer action steps. And this next book does that. Sara Horowitz’s book offers very practical steps and things to focus on when creating your business, which is vital, not only for success, but also for achieving goals.
And there’s the list! And I’m sure there are so many more books to add to this list. If you have some you’d like to share, feel free to add them in the comment section below.