How to use the pain-pleasure continuum in coaching?

Our lives are constantly moving. Either towards something or away from something, the movement is continuous. Have you ever had moments in your life when you felt like everything is working towards you? You were doing great at your job, your love life was stable, and your social relationships developed naturally – everything worked wonderfully.…

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 7 ways to create emotional safety

Emotional safety is essential to building a relationship with clients in coaching. As an author of online articles states, “Emotional safety is feeling secure enough to truly express yourself with someone and show up as your most authentic self.” This quote highlights the importance of creating a feeling of ease, comfort, and security for clients…

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Tools and techniques to help clients stay on track

Coaching Circles

As a coach, you must know your clients rely on you to bring only the best to the table, no matter your experience. Besides your coaching expertise and your focused attention for that coaching session, what else will you bring to the table for your clients? If you sometimes feel weird about the coaching sessions…

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The 5 things holding you back from being a successful coach

Success is a striving ambition for most people in this world. People that want to achieve success know that doing it will require an immense amount of energy, not in a sprint-fashion, but in a marathon type of lifestyle.  But no matter how hard you focus on your habits, obstacles will occur along the way. …

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What do COACHED Goals mean and how to use them

Objectives and goals are at the forefront of what gets us forward each and every day as professionals. Without setting clear goals, you’ll feel you are stumbling in the dark, with no flashlight in your hand (spooky, as Halloween just ended…) Most people around us do have certain goals or objectives, but not all of…

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The Discovery Call – what is it?

Butterflies and sweet thoughts are the best feelings when you’re in a discovery phase. Those first moments when you feel like you can do anything together. Long walks, unending calls, endless discussions – great time spent together – it all begins somewhere. Wait, what are we talking about here? Well, we wanted to talk about…

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Getting new clients as a coach [7 tips]


Even if it may seem rocket science for some, getting new clients (or even the first client) shouldn’t be that hard for a coach. If it was rocket science, we should’ve gone to school for many more years to come, got our degrees and then worked really, really hard for a job at NASA.  Getting…

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What is courage? Tips on how to implement courage in your coaching career

What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the word courage? For Rod Macdonald, CEO of CCF, the movie Braveheart comes to mind – the image of the warrior Wallace on that poster, painted in a blueish tint, always struck a courageous cord in him.  When it comes to courage,…

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Who am I becoming?


There are several important questions to consider in your lifetime. Coaching brings out all of those questions and encourages you to think about your life in relation to the question of “Who am I becoming?” What is your “why”?  Who are you? What are your roles in life?  What is your most significant objective?  All…

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Your 101 Guide on How to Become a Life Coach

Life Coach

How does ”Changing Lives for a Living” sound to you? Or how about: helping others become their better selves while listening to their needs and powering them through every life’s obstacle? You have just read an accurate description of what a Life Coach does. Have you wondered what all the fuss is about coaching? Why…

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Preparing Your Elevator Pitch – How To Excel At Your 30-Second Presentation

Elevator Pitch Conversation

It’s time to get purposeful and specific with your elevator pitch. And we want to help you do it! Keep reading and you’ll learn some great examples of templates for creating simple elevator pitches and how to make those your own!

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The Six Components of Optimal Living

Friends Happy Playing in Snow

The Six Components of Optimal Living…It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? But what exactly does it mean to live optimally? The simplest definition of optimal living is to live your life to the fullest in every aspect of your life. And believe it or not, you have the power to live optimally!…

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Brand Rehab

Blog Brand Rehab

Brand Rehab: Redefining How You Are Seen Whether you know it or not, you have a personal brand. Really – you do! You are the CEO of “Me, Inc.”! Everyone has a certain reputation (or “brand”) that they’re known for in the professional space, but for most people, that brand has been created by default, rather…

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An Encounter with The Naked Truth

Woman Smiling into Mirror

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvellous day today!” The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was quite beautiful. They spent the day together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth:…

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The Change Process

The Change Process - Woman Holding Head

The journey of life and business truly is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, gains and losses, victories and defeats. So many times, we long for an even keel; to find a place of normalcy, calm, and routine. Unfortunately, life has a way of interrupting this calm, and forcing the unpredictable and sporadic.…

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Dealing with the Pain

Woman on Coach with Head Down

Her cries are still ringing in my ears as they pierced through the room.  “It hurts!!…  (sob)…  It hurts so bad!!…  (cry)…  Can’t anyone do anything about this pain?…  (sob)…  It just hurts so bad!!!  (cry)…”    She would quiet down for a moment, and then begin again. “It hurts!!…  (sob)…  It hurts so bad!! …

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CCF Successes – Jo-Anne Stark

What inspired you to become a Certified Coach? I took the CCF training in 2016 with Abe Brown in Calgary and a refresher course in Vancouver a couple of years later. I launched Stark Solutions Legal Coaching & Consulting in 2019 because as a lawyer, I spent over 25 years helping clients with their legal…

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Managing the Mayhem in the Midst of a Public Health Crisis

Woman Thinking with Pen

People are feeling the uncertainty that our world’s recent events have brought us. There have been enormous shifts in our work and home lives in a very short period of time. It is likely that only a few of us alive have had to face this at any point in our lifetimes. It is important…

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CCF Succeses – Personal Trainer and Certified Coach – Jodi Sauve

In this CCF Successes, we are happy to feature Jodi Sauve! Jodi is a Certified Personal Trainer Certified through CanFitPro and is the owner of Inner Strength Training and Coaching working out of two locations – Pembroke and Cobden, Ontario. She has been training since 2009 and coaching since 2018. Jodi loves travelling to other…

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Secrets to Performing at Your Best

Personal Growth

There is a well-worn story of a young man who wanted to make a lot of money, and so he went to a guru.  He told the guru, “I wanna be on the same level that you’re on.” And so, the guru said, “If you wanna be on the same level that I’m on, I’ll…

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