There are many variations in life coaches, from the training they have received, to the experiences that fuel their practices and the fees they charge for their services. According to an article recently completed by the Fort Myers Florida Weekly, Bob Riley is one such variation. He has added the labels of PhD and MBWA to the end of his name, although he acknowledges that he has no formal degrees or training; the letters, instead, represent his experiences, as a “paper-hanging degree,” and that he earned a “masters’ by walking around.” These titles are meant to represent his various work experiences over the course of his years, where he has worked as an aircraft electrician in the Navy, as an operator for the suicide and crisis hotline and a brief time spent running a child care center.
With these experiences, Riley is able to help his clients on a path to self-help, moving forward through talking, not through use of medications. Through meager talking, Riley, and other life coaches are able to help their clients find a much-needed boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.
However, not all life coaches thrive solely on their decades of work experience in other fields. Some life coaches hold certifications, degrees and trainings, particularly in fields related to domestic abuse, finance and addiction. This is the case for Rebekah J. Fero, a financial life coach and certified financial planner based in Port Charlotte. She holds strictly to holding her clients accountable for their own goals. Fero also says that her methods of carrying out regular meetings with her clients is common for coaches; she places calls, which allow for her clients to remain in a comfortable setting while facing the proposition of change. For Fero, to accurately coach someone, the life coach must immerse themselves in their client’s life—a deep understanding of their insecurities is needed to fix the faulty thought patterns evident in the minds of the client.
Another fluctuation between life coaches is salary and fees charged for services. According to statistics provided by the International Coach Federation, the average salary of life coaches worldwide is fifty thousand four hundred dollars. However, the mean salary is closer to thirty thousand dollars, indicating a wide variety in fees offered for services.