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Marketing Case Study: Standing Out in an Overcrowded Coaching Market

Coaching is an over-saturated, over-commoditised market.  As  more people join the profession, this situation is only going to worsen.  Let’s explore two marketing case studies that show how coaches can successfully brand themselves. When coaching first became a “thing” in the late 1990’s, it was enough to describe and market yourself as a Life Coach,…

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Revisiting Nailing Your Niche

[videopress V2AVafbc] In this video, I revisit nailing your niche. This is largely going to be sharing some kind of inner thoughts or insights that I have had recently about our niches, and an expansion of what I think we need to take into account when finding and defining our niche. I continually revisit my…

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Coaching Trends in 2021

[videopress oT3FHe4z] As we approached midnight on the 31st December 2020, I looked at my smart watch and could actually see my heartrate start to clink as it the countdown got closer and closer to midnight on the dot.  What is it about a fresh year that we put so much store in it –…

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#ReadABookDay

It’s international #ReadABookDay and I’m a fan of reading – always have been. What book have you read recently that has made the BIGGEST impression on you? Can you recommend any books in particular for the rest of us to read. I have been an avid reader my whole life. Do YOU enjoy reading? Do you…

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Your Network is your Net-worth

“People do business with people they know, like and trust. Companies don’t make decisions, people do.” – Mike Fishbein Mention the word “network” and most people shudder with dread. It conjures up visions of awkwardly attending events that you would rather not attend, making stilted conversation with total strangers and passing out your business card…

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Creating a Great Online Profile Pic for the Camera-Shy Coach

Our brains process visual material – like pictures – almost times faster than the accompanying text! In fact, I bet you that your eye was drawn to the big, colourful figures and you almost missed the sentence above (and if you did miss it, read it now and I’m sure you’ll find my first sentence…

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Building a Stand-Out Profile Online

This article was first published in the March 2019 issue of SA Coaching News. Research by Princeton University’s Department of Psychology into consumer brand loyalty and purchase behaviour released in August 2010 showed that people were the first brands and faces were the first logos.  In their ground-breaking book, The Human Brand, Chris Malone and…

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Use Online Directories to Market Your Business

This article was first published in SA Coaching News. The results of the 2017 Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey showed an increasing trend for people to use “trade association” (or professional bodies) and “web search” to find an executive coach, with slightly less reliance on personal reference (word-of-mouth-referrals). We don’t have the 2018 figures, but let’s…

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2 Minute Tip: Making your WhatsApp Profile Work Harder for You

This article was first published in SA Coaching News.  Download your free copy of this issue of SA Coaching News by following this link. I was working with a client recently who is doing a “soft” re-launch of her coaching consultancy. I noticed that her WhatsApp profile showed a picture with a quotation, and she…