Learn how to be a life coach from My French Coach’s Sam Neame.
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This post is for all those who want to learn how to be a life coach as well as those who are looking to work with a life coach to transform their lives.
Last year, we featured a few people as part of our Beyond The 9-5 Series to show you that it is indeed possible to take control of your own life and thrive without being bound to the daily grind.
With everything that’s going on this year, we decided to open up the series once more so we can keep featuring a variety of people who are already doing what many of you are hoping to do: transition to a life where you hold the reins, where you don’t have to answer to a boss and where you can create your own work schedule whenever and wherever you want it to be.
First up on the series is Sam Neame, a life coach who believes in helping the right people live the lives they wish to live.
If you believe that your life is not where you want it to be right now, then you need to read this post and I also highly recommend that you consider the value that a life coach who knows what he’s doing can bring into your life.
How much are your dreams worth?
What would you give to transform these dreams and make them real?
I’ve done only one session with Sam and I already highly recommend it. I’m sure you’ll find it as valuable as I have.
And if you’re not looking for a life coach but want to become one yourself?
Then this post is will be supremely valuable to your journey.
Sam, how did you get into coaching?
Hey guys! I’m Sam, 25 years young and originally from Kent in the UK.
I moved to France when I was a teenager which was my biggest challenge, but the making of me.
I’m extremely sporty, having had many sports scholarships into different schools.
I’m a sportsman and entrepreneur which means I do around 10 different sports including rowing, cycling, tennis, cricket, badminton, running, coaching.
I have a few businesses which I started when I was very young, I’m proud to say everything I do is an absolute joy.
My French Coach
Feel free to talk about My French Coach here, Sam.
My French Coach actually started as a fitness business, I would coach my clients high-intensity workouts, any level of fitness was fine, along with teaching my secret ingredient of easy to learn French.
The business has transformed into a life coaching business which focuses on confidence and achieving a happy life. We believe that anyone can live the life they genuinely want, without it sounding unrealistic.
I work with clients from around the world, anyone who has limiting beliefs and more importantly areas in their life they want to work on. For example, their confidence, relationships, finances, health, anxiety, productivity etc.
We have some incredible results to show for it, it can be costly but the result is absolutely priceless. My consultations are held in a boutique hotel in Chelsea for complete privacy.
In one sentence, can you describe what you do?
Help the right people live the life they wish they lived.
How did you get into coaching? Who/what inspired you? What made you turn to coaching?
I’ve always loved helping people, I like to see the person’s face I just helped, it keeps me going as if it were petrol and I were a car.
I turned to coaching when I worked in a hedge fund based in Mayfair.
I realised quickly living a life driven by money in a place I didn’t like was not the answer. I’m a really driven person and probably very different from most people, so I put my foot down and took the leap.
Who is it for (audience)? What services do you offer as a coach and what information can people expect to find in your blog?
My audience is anyone above the age of 18 to start, for those who want to improve an area of their life, who are worried about their future or who are just unclear.
My coaching services are 1 on 1 meets, together we find what it is you need to work on or improve and then we find solutions and strategies. I have a unique coaching method and you will notice I’m extremely down to earth. I’m not here to tell you what to do I’m here to show you.
My blogs are full of incredible tips, secrets and how to’s when it comes to living a happy and successful life, which includes diet, fitness, productivity, confidence, life hacks.
What made you start your business in the first place?
I’ve always had many businesses, my first business was selling toys in the playground at the age of 13, and from then it grew to multiple businesses. When I was at high school in France I actually had employees.
The business of My French Coach started because I noticed a few friends struggling with their fitness, and after I helped them out, they told me they saw results, which was the start of this adventure.
What was the journey like for you? What made you keep going?
The journey has been amazing, I’ve loved every day but also hated some. I’ve struggled through many but that has made me more confident and able to achieve more, we don’t learn from succeeding, we learn from failing.
What are the first and/or most important (five to ten) steps you took to get started?
The first steps that took me to get started were :
1. Find something you love
2. Find something that can help others
3. Do something you don’t consider to be work
4. Understand there will be tough days so make a plan
5. Gain as much knowledge on your niche as possible
6. Believe in yourself the whole way
Knowing what you do now, is there anything that you would’ve done differently?
I think I’ve accepted everything I’ve done already, any bad mistake has brought me to the place I wanted. I believe the universe does this for us, we will always land on our feet.
What was the highlight of your journey?
The highlight of my journey was 100% the faces of my clients and family. Feeling the buzz of helping someone achieve something great keeps me going for weeks.
And what was the low point? What are some of the challenges and how did you manage these?
Some of the challenges were naysayers. A naysayer is someone who failed and doesn’t believe YOU can do it. Which is something I live from now: for those who don’t believe in you, let them be your fuel, use their negative energy to push your positive energy.
Did you ever consider giving up or going back to the 9-5? Why (not)?
I gave up the 9-5, I am not built for it, I’m a human who wants a life different from the mediocre life. We get one shot, I’m taking mine.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to transition from full-time employment to becoming a life coach? What can they expect? What qualities, skills or certifications do they need to have?
I would say have a financial safety net for maybe 3 months rent, stay at your job whilst you build your business plan. Becoming a life coach is very difficult, it isn’t just skills or qualities. It’s personality, the reason my clients work with me has nothing to do with my skills or certifications, but because they like me. They see me because they trust my points and signature coaching methods.
You can become a coach, a big part of it is having empathy but not too much, having enormous confidence to tell someone where they are going wrong and a lot of drive.
Imagine how intense some chats can get.
Do you have upcoming events/activities/promotions (ex. workshops)? If yes, please include dates and places so we can promote on social media.
Yes, we do, Every month I do a 20 minute 1 on 1 at no cost, I ask any caller to tell me what they want from life and work on, and I offer a summary on how they can help themselves or how I can help. They seem to work very very well so it’s a great idea to sign up.
The Friday 6th of May all day. 07542919930 – have a pen and paper ready.
Aside from running My French Coach, what else are you working on? What else keeps you busy?
I do quite a lot.
I actually coach and row in a competitive rowing team in Cambridge.
I also work as a real estate agent in central London/ French Riviera. I cycle 40km minimum per day for 3 charities to help raise awareness for mental health in young people during the lockdown.
I volunteer at an elderly lady’s home doing gardening 2 times a week.
I do a lot, but that’s when I’m at my best, I think doing lot’s of different things you enjoy gives you a reason to keep going and succeed.
Can you give us a picture of what a typical day looks like for you?
My typical day starts around 8:25 am, I don’t believe in waking up too early apart for when I have rowing (5 am) ouch.
I jump out of bed to do some stretches, I make myself blueberries, porridge, protein milk and coconut bowl with a cleanse tea.
I normally watch something online for an hour which is the only time I allow myself to indulge.
I then start reading for 30 minutes before researching anything relevant to my business. I do not touch my phone or look at the news for a minimum of 2 hours.
I will then talk to my employees and give them a day plan, I will then have client calls and eat my healthy lunch.
The exercise starts around 1 pm, whether this is a home workout or long cycle.
When coming back from the cycle my mind is clear and fresh so I jot down my ideas on paper.
I then write one blog and do some more work on my business before having a tea break every 40 minutes. I don’t believe in working for long periods of time.
Dinner is usually healthy and high in protein, followed by another cleanse tea and a shower. In bed, I watch a series or film 3 hours before bed.
Thank you very much for taking part, Sam, and for sharing your day with us.
And there you have it, ladies and gents: how to be a life coach, straight from someone who does it and thrives on it.
As I mentioned before, I’ve done a session with Sam and can highly recommend the experience.
I’ve heard horror stories of life coaches that just make you feel like an absolute failure and I was certainly worried about that. But luckily, Sam put me at ease whilst at the same time showing me points for improvement – practical things that I could easily improve.
It was like talking to a good friend who isn’t afraid to point out where you might’ve gone wrong but also cares enough about you that he doesn’t crush your spirit.
He even managed to distract me from the fact that I’m generally anxious about making phone calls or taking over the phone or meeting new people.