In this want it and I want it now society that we live in, everyone is in search of quick fixes and right now answers. This fix now I am broken mindset has paved the way for a for the personal and business development coaching and consulting space to expand like never before. So as we are drawing 2017 to a close, if you’re anything like me you’re in search one of these highly trained and engaged saints - called life coaches (strategists, gurus. experts, etc.) my team has been watching a few that are emerging in the online space. But before I share my thoughts and findings with you, you know there must be an anchor p someone that has already achieved great notoriety and noted results in the industry. As a Branding Expert my newsfeed, inbox and life is full of other business, personal, and other coaches and experts, which prompted me to watch a few of them - I actually suggest that you watch them too in 2018.
I teamed up with my good friend and Life Coaching Superstar Dr. M. E. Porter, affectionately as known as The Soul Shifter and becoming known as, The Scatter Brained Genius’ Coach. I wanted to see who she would choose as her coach if she had unlimited financial resources. I was not absolutely shocked to hear the name Iyanla Vanzant. Now if you don’t know who Iyanla is, allow me to introduce you to Miss “Fix My Life’ herself! Iyanla Vanzant is incomparable , a true life coach in every sense of the two words - heck, she is fixing everyone’s life! I mean, she is on Oprah’s network as a life coach that says it all!
Iyanla is a life changer, but more importantly she has the strength and fortitude to change her own. She went from being a single mother on welfare, the loss of her daughter and went bankrupt. However those are not the things people recognize her for; Iyanla is a six time New York Times Best-selling author (also a goal of mine). She’s been seen many stages, from the Essence Festival and to her Number 1 reality show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network - I know I said that before but it warrants repeating! Iyanla’s no nonsense style is something that I’m drawn to and so are millions internationally. She is currently leading the AWAKEN challenge where she intends to bring the world back to awareness and love. Iyanla I am here for all of that! Check her out www.iyanla.com and sign up for the AWAKEN ONE MILLION challenge and tell me what you think about Ms. Vanzant.
But what exactly is a life coach? According to Oxford dictionary - a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. So a life is someone who has dedicated their life to supporting the success of others. You can add a few prefixes; business, executive spiritual, or branding, like myself; which indicate genre or master, certified, or professional; which indicate the level of skills acquired. I believe Iyanla is a healer, almost more a practitioner than a life coach but she is the reigning Queen in this space, but remember I have been watching a few other that may be on Iyanla’s heels!
Here’s a life and business coach to watch to watch in 2018 - Donna “The D.I.” Izzard, I have had my eye on The D.I. for a few years now. Her message is one of faith and authenticity. Donna encourages her audiences and clients to give respect to their “silent investors” (employer), while they are in the process of building their business empires. Keep your eyes on this one. Join The D.I. on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ceoprayers/
I truly appreciate how the expert space is available to both faith- based and secular individuals and they playing field is pretty dang level! Which brings to mind another faithpreneur, The Reverend Hope Sutton - who dawns the slogan “Hope is here!” Hope serves her tribe from the coaching and consulting firm in Atlanta, Ga, She Is Powerful, INC. She is indeed making a powerful change in this space, visit Rev. Hope at her E-Home, http://www.sheispowerful.com.
Let’s talk finances for a moment. The coaching and consulting business has changed the game for many, especially those in the African American community - it had made 6-figure earning very possible for many who would be considered educated or skilled enough to enter into that tax bracket. A little known fact, Motivating The Masses is owned by Life Coach and CEO Lisa Nichols is publicly traded! Lisa, like Iyanla started with nothing but a will to change her and her son’s life and serve others. There are others to watch for in this expert space, but I could not write this article without mentioning Ms. Nichols.
I found myself really impressed with the next women on our expert watch - she is speaking to an issue that is plaguing our right now - bullying. I hate bullying! I will say that again just because I can, “I hate bullying!” I have compassion for the bully, but I despise their damaging actions towards others. Dr. Irene Okoronkwo - Obika is working to eradicate childhood bullying, so I see as an anti-bullying coach (my words not hers). I honor you Dr. Irene with all sincerity. Keep your eyes on Dr. Irene in 2018, she is one to watch! Support her cause here http://chisomthechamp.com/
The coaches are coming! The coaches are coming! I know that I already mentioned Dr. M.E. Porter, but I would be remiss if I did not offer you just a little bit more about this real-to-the-bone sista, who is so passionate that she often leaves her clients in tears but wanting more! When asked a few years back during an interview who her competition was in the industry, she confidently replied “If there is any competition, it has to be Iyanla only because we seem to have the same mission to heal people before we try to fix them!” Well you heard it here first (or maybe second). She calls herself a Spiritual Acuity Coach, but the truth is that most of her clients are with her for he business and marketing skills. You can visit Dr. Porter at her E-Real Estate: www.marilyneporter.com or follow her on Twitter @TheSBGCoach
So let’s wrap this coaching conversation up with my final few Expert to Watch in 2018 n the coaching industry; if I mention your coach send me an email and let know:
Empowerment Coach Twylia Reid is on the rise in both the coaching world and as a bestselling author. Twylia is not afraid to being her faith to the coaching session and believes strongly in service to others. You can watch her at http://www.twyliareid.com/
WHEW! This girl is on FIYAH! Coach Toy Parker is igniting lives with her high impact, straight to the heart of the matter style. Toy is no beginner to the business world and she brings all of skills to the table as an empowerment coach. If I were you, I’d take my advice and head on over to her website https://toyparker.com. Don’t sleep on these experts in 2018, I am telling you that if you need support. I have done the work for you, just point at click!
And lastly, I must pay homage to the coach who deems herself the non-coach; Miss Stevii Aisha Mills. Stevii is a personal development powerhouse but her passion is getting you seen in the media. As a PR Coach Stevii spends her days preparing her clients for television and radio exposure and offers 1 on 1 consulting. You can catch her at www.stevii.com.
When all is said and done, you must know what you need to some degree before a life coach can serve you at their highest. What I mean is, if you need a personal life intervention, don’t seek out a business coach. Get honest with yourself in 2018 and then go find the coach that can keep you accountable to your own honesty.
Hope this helps!