When is it okay to call yourself a coach?
I love the word "coach." Maybe it's because I was a jock in high school, or maybe it's because I think "coach" is right up there with "teacher," "policeman" and "firefighter" on the list of modern day superheroes. Whether you're in charge of little league or giving life advice, I think to be called "coach" is an honor.
Unfortunately, my client don't always see it that way. They're fashion and design coaches, spiritual coaches, fitness coaches, writing coaches, and more...But they're scared to say that out loud and own that title in their branding copy.
They call themselves "spiritual mentors" or "sales gurus." Instead of giving readers a crystal clear impression of who they are, what they do, and how they work, they hide behind "creative" titles.
Calling yourself a coach can feel intimidating because coaches are go-getters who take charge. They're leaders — of teams and ideas. Coaches train champions. Coaches are influential, strategic, and sometimes, iconic. Oprah invites coaches onto her show! Those are big shoes to fill.
Coaching is arguably a component of every creative entrepreneur's business. It's certainly an aspect of my everyday work as a copywriter. I coach clients through tough business decisions, insecurity, indecision, and overwhelm. I'm still a copywriter at heart, but one day "coach" will be a title I use more and more as my business evolves from writing copy to creating whole brand concepts.
See, I believe you should own the skills you bring to the table when someone hires you. You don't need a special certification or course — the evidence is in your experience.
If you're helping others be their best selves, you're a coach.
If you teach others how to improve a skill, you're a coach.
If you're helping others change, you're a coach.
If you're helping others learn, you're a coach.
If you're encouraging others, you're a coach.
If you're challenging others, you're a coach.
If other people look to you for leadership and advice, you're a coach.
Calling yourself a coach is smart writing. No one is Googling "fitness sorcerer" or "food guru" — they're looking for a health coach. Google algorithms don't exactly award creative points, and neither do your customers. They simply want to find the solutions to their problems. By saying exactly who you are and what you do, you make the "next step" easier for your audience.