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Coach Clients Through Hormone Health Issues_Final

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>> Hello again. Let me ask you a question. Do you want to coach your clients through issues of hormone health, but you don't know exactly what to do? Knowledge and information aside, do you wonder how exactly to coach these clients. If the answer to that question is yes, know that you're not alone. And if your answer is no, well, you're in luck too because we're about to up your game as well. Specializing as a Hormone Health Coach is just that, a specialization. You've selected a target market to focus your coaching on, and this requires some specific knowledge about how hormones in the body and the substances you put in your body all work together. Beyond that, you'd coach your clients the same as you would any other client in any other target market. The skills of coaching are the same regardless of your area of expertise. You want to do things like ask high-mileage questions, create goals and plans for action, listen actively and deeply, mirror your clients, create warmth, and love your clients up. All of the skills you learned in the Health Coach Training Program apply here. It's important to remember to implement these skills every session and not just bombard your clients with information. They can google information about any health concern, but they can't google your support. There are some additional pointers that are helpful to consider beyond these core skills, when working with clients on a focused topic like hormone health. To help you best support your clients as you pursue your health coaching practice, we'll share with you our top eight tips for coaching clients to better hormone health. There's a lot of great information here, so let's get started. One, define your niche. So you want to help clients with their hormone health, that's awesome. That's still not very specific though. Remember, how in the Health Coach Training Program you were encouraged to get super specific on who your target audience is, there's a reason why that's so important, and that's to define yourself as a go-to expert for specific health concern. A little bit of Google searching will lead you to see that the top coaches in hormone health have very specific niches. This establishes credibility, think about it. If you were seeking a coach to help you through difficulties with, let's say, menopause, would you pick coach A, the coach who advertises as your guide for managing life through menopause, or coach B, the hormone healer, specializing in low testosterone, thyroid conditions, menopause, and cortisol regulation. To really speak to your clients, you have to ask yourself, "What speaks to you?" And then narrow in on that. Find something you're really interested in, something you have a personal connection to or experience with, or maybe it's just something you feel passionate about helping people with. It's okay if you don't know what that is right now. If any topic in this course gets you extra excited, tune in to that and make note of it. Two, the client is the expert. This can be hard to wrap your head around when you have so much specialized knowledge about a topic. But regardless of how much you know about hormone health, or thyroid dysfunction, or say, hypothyroidism in overweight women in their 30s, your client is always still the expert. What do I mean by this? You're the expert on the issue or topic at hand but the client is the expert on him or herself. You may be 99.9% sure what's going on with your client's health, and you may know just the solution that will work, but if your client says it won't, don't come back at them with more knowledge. Instead, ask them why. Sometimes people try something and it doesn't work. Maybe your client took ashwagandha before and it didn't work, but maybe they weren't taking enough or they took it at the wrong time of day, or in capsules instead of powder. It's always better to enquire about a client's experience than make assumptions. Also, sometimes if a client says something won't work, they may be offering you valuable information that they aren't ready or willing to try out that recommendation. And no matter how powerful it may be, if they aren't ready to do it, they're right. It will fail. You simply can't lead your clients to do things they aren't ready to. So in this case, it's best to just be supportive. Ask them what they think could work and help them experiment with a modification instead of ruling it out altogether. A final thing I'd like to mention on this topic is that sometimes a suggestion that could help a client resolve one issue could actually flare up another. So while fermented foods, like kimchi and sauerkraut may be great for helping a client with leaky gut. It wouldn't work for them if they also have histamine intolerance. Always take a stance of enquiry when a client shows resistance because he or she holds a wealth of information about him or herself. Three, don't forget about primary foods. A lot of the topics we cover in this course are biological and scientific in nature. We provide this information to give you a crash course in all things of hormone health. As a graduate of the Health Coach Training Program, you already know how to be a great coach. It's important to remember that it's up to you to synthesize all of this information to provide a well-rounded coaching experience for your clients. This means remembering to work with your clients on primary foods as well as symptoms and dietary changes. The more you learn about a specific topic, the more tempting it can be to want to share all of your information and start recommending protocols. It's all good nature. Do you want to help your clients, and now you have all these great tools and information to help them feel better. So you want to help them get results right away. We know you have their best interests at heart. Don't turn your coaching sessions into something that feels like a seminar or a trip to the doctor's office. When talking about things like endometriosis, blood sugar levels, or stomach acid production for example, it can be easy to lose sight of the primary food work. But remember, it's always connected all the time. Your job as a coach is to inspire total wellness in your clients. Helping them with their primary foods will if nothing else, put them in a better frame of mind to shift their diet, cope with illness, or learn to manage stress. You might coach them to resolve and work through challenges in their lives that may seem totally unrelated to the issues at hand. And yet, you'll start to see improvements in their health. This phenomenon seems astounding but the concept is really simple. There is a connection between the health of our minds, bodies, and spirits. So in addition to asking your clients about their menstrual cycles, food allergies, and bowel movements, remember to also enquire and regularly check in on their relationships, spirituality, career and so on. Four, roll with resistance. Imagine this scenario, you sign a client, we'll call her Nancy who is so excited she found you because she recently went to a functional medicine doctor and was diagnosed with HPA axis dysfunction. And the way she feels these days is just unbearable. She learns through the Health History that you can help her change the way she feels and restore balance to her adrenals just through changes in diet and lifestyle, she's pumped. She says she will do whatever it takes to feel better. Then you start working together, and you soon discover that Nancy has a reason for why she can't or won't do any recommendation you give her. You've educated her on how certain lifestyle factors need to change in order for specific improvements to be gained. But she insists that she doesn't have time to get more sleep, won't be able to remove sugar from her diet, and that the stress in her life is just non-negotiable. You're running out of suggestions, and frankly, you're starting to lose patience. What gives Nancy? Instead of getting argumentative or defensive at Nancy, remember that while change is as easy as a shift in mindset if someone's mind isn't there yet, change may very well feel impossible. And so you need to anticipate this as part of the process. On the other side of change where you actually know what it feels like to live free of the pain and suffering you once felt, you know that the sacrifice and the effort is totally worth it. In fact, it starts feeling like sacrifice at all. But before you cross that line, when you're still on the side of suffering, major lifestyle changes can seem threatening, uncertain, upsetting, and uncomfortable. Your job isn't to force clients to change, only they can do this for themselves. So when resistance comes up, lovingly support them while challenging their disconnect because their resistance is merely a signal that there's something bigger going on underneath the surface for them that's keeping them stuck. You could say something to Nancy like, "When we first met, you expressed so much eagerness to change, and you said you'd do whatever it takes. Yet, you have reasons for why you are unable to take any of the necessary steps to improve your health. It sounds like something's blocking you from moving forward. Could we explore this disconnect together?" Clients like Nancy need to do this inner work before following health protocols and making lifestyle changes. Take the time to coach them through this critical step. As much as you want to get a jump start on action and results, you won't get there without first addressing personal blocks that stand in the way. Five, create change one step at a time. Sometimes it takes a lot of little steps or an entire protocol to balance the hormones and heal the body. You know that if your clients adopted all of these changes, they'd see rapid improvements. As their coach, you want them to feel great, and why wouldn't you want them to feel like your program quickly transformed their health. Well, because you wanted to be practical, easy to implement, and sustainable. Rapid change can lead to confusion, frustration, and burn out. You're not offering a magic pill or a quick fix. This should be made clear to them from the start. Giving your client an entire list of recommendations is like putting them on a crash diet. They're going to see it and be like, "Whoa! That's a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice. I don't know about this." On the other hand, one practical step at a time is doable. It's achievable and sustainable. It may take longer to see results but the goal is a lifetime of health. Lifestyle changes like these take time to implement, so explain this to your client. And remember to pace yourself and offer only small chunks of information each session, so that your client can walk away with one or two key take-home points. This type of strategy is far more effective for learning and for taking action. Try it, and you'll see. Six, suggestions, not solutions. Do you tend to dish out a lot of advice? If so, I'd pay extra attention here. In coaching, the client should always be in the driver's seat. Think of it this way, which is easier, knowing the next step in the directions to get where you're going or being told all the directions at once and trying to remember them all. Your role is to support your clients, one step at a time. This meets them where they're at and positions you as an equal, not an authority. This will empower your clients to take actions for themselves in small manageable increments. You're about to gain a world of knowledge on hormone health. Throughout this course, we'll be sharing with you solutions for a variety of health concerns which are backed through sound research. You'll walk away from this course armed with solutions. But when you arrive to the coaching relationship, you bring with you suggestions, not solutions, because once you start telling your clients things like, "In order to lower your cortisol, you have to put your electronics away before bed and get more sleep," you're telling them what to do. Now you're an authority, and you have them in a position of deference. Telling them what to do also implies that they aren't the boss of their own lives but instead you are. Our advice to you here is to be selective with your words when making recommendations to clients. Start paying attention to the things that you say and make an effort to drop words, like should, must, and need from your recommendations. Replace them with words, like encourage and suggest. So you can say something like, "To lower your cortisol, I suggest putting away your electronics before bed, and I encourage you to try to get more sleep." Can you hear the difference? You can also make things collaborative by seeking opinions and input. So you could follow up a statement like that with something like, "What do you think about that? Or how does that sound to you? Or do you think this is doable?" This helps you to navigate beyond situations where clients politely yes you but aren't actually down with that suggestion. By exploring your clients' feelings and reactions to a recommendation, you gain the opportunity to work through any resistance before it plays itself out. It also strengthens your bond by showing care and compassion. And it empowers your clients by inviting them to collaborate in their plan for success. Seven, stay out of the weeds. You're about to learn a lot of technical, scientific information in this course. We teach you all about anatomy, from the structure and function of different systems, organs, and glands. You'll learn in this course which glands secrete which hormones and what each specific chemical messenger does. You'll discover how all of these pieces interact and how they are affected by things from the outside world, like nutrients and toxins. We teach you all of this information so that you develop a thorough understanding of how hormone health works. Simply put, we're providing you with what you need to know to become an expert. We do this so you can apply what you learn to help your clients. And so, when clients come to you feeling bad but not knowing what's going on, you can develop a sense of what the problem is using the information you've acquired. This is valuable information for you to have to inform how you help your clients, but it isn't necessary that you share all the nitty-gritty details with them. In fact, getting overly technical and throwing out specific anatomical terms and processes can just confuse and overwhelm your clients. Novice coaches have a tendency to provide too much information to try and establish credibility. But trust us, you don't want to sound like a text book. Avoid jargon and keep things simple. If a client is curious about a condition or the reason behind a recommendation, and they ask you about it, go ahead and explain it concisely using layman's terms. Otherwise, just tell them only what they need to know. When it comes down to it, most clients want to know what to do, not why it works. Feel out each situation and give each client what he or she wants. More often than not, it's support and suggestions for how they can start to feel better. Eight, don't beat yourself up or them. Let's say, you've been working with a client for a few months, whether it's because they haven't been taking your suggestions or because their actions aren't producing the results they want, they aren't making significant progress, what do you do? If you blame yourself, consider yourself a failure, or beat yourself up for bring a bad coach, it's time to re-evaluate your mindset about coaching. It's not up to you to produce the results or to make your clients change. You can't do the work for them. If a client isn't taking your suggestions or isn't putting in full effort, this is no reflection on you as their coach. It doesn't mean you're doing things wrong, or you are not good enough, or any other negative belief you tell yourself because a person simply can't change until they're ready, and that's something you can't force. On the other side of the coin, try not to get mad at them either. Everyone is doing the best they can at any given moment with the resources they have. Your clients don't owe you anything. Of course, you should want them to do the work because you want what's best for them. But if you start to feel like they're letting you down, or they aren't doing what you want them to do, this is now about your feelings, not theirs. Remind your clients who stay stuck that you have the support and wisdom to share, but they are the one who needs to apply it and do the work. Encourage them, support them, and love them unconditionally. If they're stuck, take a curious stance and enquire why that is instead of resorting to blame. All right, so now let's recap. Our top eight tips for how to coach your clients with hormone health issues are, define your niche, the client is the expert, don't forget about primary foods, roll with resistance, create change one step at a time, suggestions, not solutions, stay out of the weeds, and don't beat yourself up or them. These principles of coaching will help you navigate through any client and any presenting health issues that come your way. Refer back to these and incorporate them into your coaching practice and you'll go far. Which one of these concepts do you feel like you could benefit from some extra practice with? Head on over to the Facebook group and let us know which one of these eight tips you'll try out this week. Thanks so much for tuning in, and I'll see you next time.

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