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About Life Coaching & Life Coach Training

Learn basics of what it's like to be a life coach from a 20+ years life coach - coaching and mentoring many.
Maia Berens
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By the end of the course you can hang out your sign as a life coach
You might want additional training but if you feel ready to go, this might just get you going.
To give you what I can without knowing you. If I ever work with you directly, you expect a whole lot more.

  I will teach you much of what I know about being a coach and attracting clients, etc. I can teach you all of that but you will have to be willing and able to put the time in to make it happen. 

  And we all seem to have this magical thing I call “attraction power”. It’s a mystery. Maybe it’s karma. Maybe it’s what you chose before you incarnated into you. Maybe if you work the Law of Attraction, it will get you what you want. 

  I don’t know if any business is easy but I do know that it is about attracting and working with clients – working with them in a unique way so that their experience is everything it can be. That means that you will be honing your skills and growing as a coach and a human being for as long as you live. 

  You can apply this training to any kind of coaching or you can use it to complete some of the requirements to be a YOU University Coach (must complete YOU University first to be a YOU University coach. Other requirements upon request. You can email me at maiaberens@youuniversitycoaching.com.) 

The Teacher

Who Is Maia Berens?

This is the end of 2015 as I am reviewing the course that has been up on Udemy since 2013. The biggest change in my world is that on August 25 of this year my husband passed away. I will never regret having participated in our relationship using what I learned and what I teach. I suffer no guilt and no regrets - just rivers of sadness.


What's Covered in this Section
Get ready for a great course for beginners or seasoned veterans of life coaching. With a learn from everything (and everybody) attitude, you can't help picking up a few important ideas to move your business forward. This first short video is an introduction of what's covered in the Introduction.
Learn from Everything - and Teach It

I love to coach and help people uncover their talents and gifts. It’s like getting to live my much loved pastime every day. My favorite hobby for years now is to watch people grow. (download this and read more about my philosophy of how to be a great coach which is also my philosophy of life)

Practical Needs to Start a Coaching Business
A simple guide to the practical needs of a coach. If you have a phone and the ability to shut a door and have some privacy, you're almost ready to begin.
What Did You Learn?

 Give me your thoughts on what you learned.

History of Life Coaching (plus Book List)
Attached is a book list with my 9 suggestions. The first two are directly about coaching and the rest will help you, I believe, in understanding more about yourself and therefore, your clients.
Qualities of an Entrepreneur
During a training session with a group of coaches, I asked them the question, "What do you think the qualities of an entrepreneur are?" Since we were all coaches and/or studying to be, the answers had a life coaching entrepreneur in mind. I've divided the list into Practical and Inherent qualities.
The Best Way to Learn to Be a Great Coach
I can't say it enough: HIRE A COACH. One of the best ways to learn is to be involved in the process that you want to offer others.
What's Next?
Here a bit about what will be covered next. Take some time to clarify your dream.

The Dream

Finding Balance

Please create 3-5 affirmations in each area of the circle that you want to change.

Here is what Jack Canfield says to do:

  1. Start with the words “I am.” These are the two most powerful words in the English language.

  2. Use the present tense.

  3. State it in the positive. Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want.

  4. Keep it brief.

  5. Make it specific.

  6. Include an action word ending with –ing.

  7. Include at least one dynamic emotion or feeling word.

  8. Make affirmations for yourself, not others.

Examples of Daily Affirmations 

Here’s an example of an affirmation following these guidelines:

I am joyfully driving my new red Porsche Carrera convertible down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Or if you are more ecologically minded, you can make that a new Tesla.

You can use the following simple formula: I am so happy and grateful that I am now … and then fill in the blank.

Some examples would be:

I am so happy and grateful that I am now earning $150,000 a year.

I am so happy and grateful that I am now celebrating having achieved my ideal weight of 140 pounds.

What Do You Want Your Coaching Practice to Look Like?
The questions on the slides can be downloaded and you can answer them as suggested.
An example of resistance from my life: In the past two days I have found a bug in the Udemy system which caused a friend to look like he gave me one star when in fact that's not true at all. In addition, I dropped my partial bridge and thought it went into the inner workings of the stove. Turned out it was easily found after taking the stove half apart. Am I just a klutz? Do I just have bad luck? I don't think so. For some reason which I'm not clear on, I am creating weird stuff happening. Listen and see what you think.

(I shall now use the Resistance Tool myself!)
Resistance Tool
Use this visualization for any time you feel resistance to doing what you know in truth that you want to do.
What's Your Niche?
Some good questions for you to ponder and write about and/or brainstorm about to discover what niche you will choose to market to.
What's Next?
Just a short little blurb on what's next in working with a client.

Working with a Client

Working with a Client
Feel free to use these forms or alter them as you see fit.
My Use of the Client Interview Form
This one you want to view fullscreen. It's my Client Interview form and some explanation about why I use what I use.
Who Are You as a Coach?
Please don't ignore looking at these questions and answering for yourself. And if you haven't worked with any clients, get some.
Who You Are as a Coach Depends on Who You Are
As a coach you are helping people move forward in their lives. You are helping them get out of their own way so that their life is happening how they'd like it to happen. I personally believe it is my job to give my clients the tools so that after the magic of us working together is over, they have what they need to keep the forward movement in their life going. I also believe it is my job to empower them so much that they never lose sight of who they are again.
What's Next?

Changing your mindset might be just the key to success you need. I mention a video on meditation but Udemy asked me to remove it because it isn't mine. I suppose that has to do with permissions. Anyway, you can go to youtube and search for One Moment Meditation and it'll teach quick and easy and be entertaining also.

Changing Your Mindset

What to Pay Attention to
What might be in your way? What are your fears? Your thoughts about "rich people"?
What's Next?
Ah! Marketing. I wish I could say I'm an expert. I'm not. But I have a good recommendation - a woman who has helped me. Check it out.

NOTE:  When I originally made this course, I forgot to talk about fees. Fees will also be talked about in the next section.

Marketing and Fees


As I said, I am not the marketing expert. I love teaching but I don't really love teaching marketing. Kat does so she is perfect for it.

One of the things I did along the way was to attend a local networking group (where I ultimately determined, only business coaches got business because everyone wants to improve their business and doesn't see how the work I do might accomplish that). But the point of mentioning this is that with my 30 seconds in front of the room to introduce myself, my son wrote me the following poem:

There's a subject I'd really like to broach.

But this short time isn't much for a coach.

My job is to give advice and tips.

In the realm of life and relationships.

But here I can't say much, just give a dose.

I need more time, though I'm not verbose.

While I'm not perfect and I'm no messiah.

I help people plenty and my name is Maia.

I'd like to end my little rhyme.

Saying lets get together when we have more time.

Sample of Marketing from my Site

I use this on my homepage. It says what the requirements of YOU University are and in a way, it sort of takes away something or kind of challenges someone which might be a good idea to have people look further. I hope so because some of the frustration that happens as a coach or at least me as a coach is someone thinking they are signing up for something and finding out part way through that it's not what they thought. My view is that their egos get in the way since egos want things to stay the same, and YOU University predicts and expects transformation and change.

The Meaning of Work and Fees

Life Coach Training and Mentoring with Maia Berens

  • Length of training - 8 months
  • Weekly calls - 40 minutes - 1 hour
  • Email and private Facebook group between calls
If I don't tell you my fees and then I may cause expectations in those who'd like to work with me but who either don't have the money or don't think they are important enough to warrant spending that kind of money.)

If you decide you'd like to find me, look at my profile here on Udemy and you can find my website and on my site is contact information and information about my fees.

(I know I said that I don't recommend fees put on a website. I still agree with that UNLESS you put yourself in a venue like this where people can get to know you. I just realized that I kind of cheat you if I don't put them so here they are:
What's Next?

You're heading into the last section where you'll here two interviews of coaches and where they are with what they want to create. I've also left you with a few words on training and my thoughts on use of tools and change. If you'd like to reach me for any reason, please look at my profile here on Udemy and you'll find my website. Thank you.


Interview with Coach Who's Not "There" Yet
Meet Teri Henderson, YOU University Coach. Hear where she is two and half years after starting training.
Interview with Coach Who Uses Intuition to Guide Her

You can reach Savina Cavallo on my website which you can find in my profile here on Udemy. Any one of the three coaches interviewed would love to talk to you about coaching with them - as would I. They would also be happy to tell you what it is like to be a coach. Ask us questions.

More About Training & Goodby
This is the end of the course. I hope you enjoyed it and I've put some things about my programs in the attached material. Please write your comments and rate the class (I hope it's a good rating :))
Afterthought on Tools and Growing

Basically, it's use it or lose it - just like in exercise. If you and/or your clients don't continuously use what you learn, nothing will change.

You will see the introduction to YOU University 2.0 in this video. When I made this series my husband was there to support all of my work. Now he is supporting me from "the other side".

S. African Coach on Emotion-Based Coaching
Thabi Zikalala is a YOU University Coach from who you will be hearing much more. She is an amazing woman, born into Apartheid and now leader amongst her people. Her story of exile, education and her journey back to S. Africa has the makings of a movie. She is not only a coach, she is also an engineer.

In her not too distant future, she will be creating a non-profit organization helping S. Africans forgive each other in a deep and real emotional place just as she has forgiven the Apartheid government using her experience of healing. Because of her experience of healing, she wants to help her country heal further. The planet is blessed by her desire to take this healing to her country.

Thabi feels that Nelson Mandela is unique. He has been able to forgive his enslavers however most S. Africans never got further than their head in true forgiveness. Because that is true, it is causing grave problems that freedom from the pain that S. Africans carry will alleviate.

I can only say, "stay tuned".

Answers & Small Group Coaching and/or Training

A Student's Questions Answered
Benefits of Training in a Group

Therapeutic Factors in Group Counseling: Implications for Audiologic Rehabilitation

  1. Sue Ann Erdman

His[1] categories of therapeutic factors include:

·Universality - Universality is the realization that one's concerns or problems are not unique or rare but, in fact, also are experienced by others.

·Instillation of hope

·Imparting information

·Altruism - provides opportunities for an individual to be of help to others. Group members benefit significantly from the support and advice they provide one another. Such give and take within a group engenders a spirit of altruism. Members discover that the act of offering something to another, without any expectation of getting in return, can be a deeply satisfying experience. For many, realizing that they have something of value to offer others increases feelings of self-worth. Conversely, group members who receive spontaneous support recognize that they matter to others, which increases their sense of worthiness.

·Imitative behavior - Although group members can learn from observing and listening to the group counselor, they also learn from observing and listening to one another.

·Group cohesion - Establishing an atmosphere of trust, warmth, empathy, understanding, and acceptance is not merely desirable, it is essential for a successful outcome. Group cohesiveness is a function of the individual group members' relationships with the counselor, with other members, and with the group as a whole.

·Interpersonal learning - Interpersonal learning involves coming to know oneself without distortions, understanding how one is perceived by others, and realizing how one can improve interpersonal functioning. For this discussion, interpersonal learning can best be couched in terms of insight.

·Development of socializing techniques - Although social learning occurs in all support and psychoeducational groups, the types of skills and the specific processes used to teach them can vary considerably. Interpersonal learning affords group members the opportunity to recognize their problems or shortcomings; the development of socializing techniques affords them the opportunity to replace inadequate or maladaptive cognition and behaviors with more effective ways of conceptualizing their world and interacting in it

·Corrective Recapitulation of the family - that groups evoke memories and feelings of one's family of origin that influence one's role in a group as well as one's attitudes and interactions with the group leader(s) and other members.

·Catharsis -Catharsis, also referred to in the literature as abreaction, emotional insight, experiencing, and corrective emotional experience, is characterized by an expression or experience of emotion that is in some way liberating or enlightening for the individual. The emotions experienced or conveyed may be current ones or those associated with past events. Although originally viewed as therapeutic simply from the standpoint of an emotional “purging” or “cleansing,” the actual mechanism of change is now recognized as requiring an ensuing cognitive component that involves reflection and processing of the emotional experience.

·Existential factors - For self-identity to evolve, the mindfulness entailed in emotional processing and cognitive restructuring appears to require an existential component. This existential component involves an awareness of the limitations and inevitabilities inherent in life, facts that group commentary frequently underscores. Wry statements such as “It is what it is” or, as one rather prim elderly woman once put it to a fellow group member, “Doo-doo happens!” are reminders that life is difficult, finite, and inescapable.

The occurrence and impact of these therapeutic factors vary within a group and from group to group. Additionally, some factors play a more significant role at different stages of the group than other factors. Not all group members experience the same therapeutic factors in the same way or to the same degree. Nonetheless, research has demonstrated significant trends in terms of the interactions among, and the effects from, these mechanisms of change.

[1] Irvin D. Yalom, MD, professor emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is a renowned group therapist as well as a prolific writer of textbooks and fiction, which are based on his career in psychotherapy.

Life Coach Training and Mentoring with Maia Berens

  • Length of training - 8 months
  • Weekly calls - 40 minutes - 1 hour
  • Email between calls
  • Coaching supervision
  • Cost - $600/month for 8 months
(I know I said that I don't recommend fees put on a website. I still agree with that UNLESS you put yourself in a venue like this where people can get to know you. I just realized that I kind of cheat you if I don't tell you my fees and then I may cause expectations in those who'd like to work with me but who either don't have the money or don't think they are important enough to warrant spending that kind of money.)

For contact information look at my profile here on Udemy and you'll find my website.

Bonus Material

All the places to find YOU University Coach Training

In this Bonus Video, you will be able to find out how to get involved in the possibility of training with YOU University Coaching and to become an Emotion-Based Coach.

You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
Definitely! If you have an internet connection, courses on Udemy are available on any device at any time. If you don't have an internet connection, some instructors also let their students download course lectures. That's up to the instructor though, so make sure you get on their good side!
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