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Whatโ€™s in the Perfect Life Coaching Contract?

5 Questions to Ask from a Life Coach in London When Seeking Their Help

If youโ€™re a life coach ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ (or are interested in working with one), your contract ๐Ÿ“ƒ๐Ÿ–‹ is one of the most important documents ๐Ÿ—‚ youโ€™ll need to get the job done. To protect both coach and client, a life coaching contract has to contain some basic points that establish some ground rules โš ๏ธ.

These ground rules โš ๏ธ  form the basis of the relationship between the coach and client, and the right one will foster an effective ๐Ÿ’ฏ, professional, and productive partnership ๐Ÿค. Letโ€™s highlight the main aspects that every comprehensive life coaching contract needs.

Crucial Components of Every Life Coaching Contract

When setting up or reading ๐Ÿ“ƒ a life coaching contract, always make sure it covers the following points.

General

  • Basic contact details of the coach and the client (email, contact number, physical address, etc.) ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿก
  • How the life coaching process works. Cover the timeframe sessions will take, how coaching takes place, how client interaction ๐Ÿ—ฃ takes place, etc.
  • Clear terms for session reschedule and contract termination โœ…
  • Data protection and client confidentiality terms โ›”๏ธ to protect ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ both coach and client if private information is shared
  • A clear disclaimer that life coaching is not โŒ an alternative to therapy
  • Terms for when and how the coaching program should end between client and coach

Program Efficacy

  • A specific goal that the coaching program is aiming to reach ๐Ÿ“ˆ
  • What a client can and canโ€™t expect from a coach and their program, including information on the methods used. Clients need to be informed ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ค of the coachโ€™s capabilities so that misunderstandings between coach and client must be avoided
  • A clause that holds the coach ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ accountable for implementing the program and ensuring the client is reaching their goals
  • A disclaimer for success explaining that the client is ultimately responsible for adhering to the coachโ€™s advice and guidance to achieve the desired outcome

Financial Details

  • How the payment process ๐Ÿ’ฐ works and when to expect it (payment plans, hourly rates, payment options, etc.)
  • A clear refund policy ๐Ÿ’ฐโœ…

Additions to the Life Coaching Contract

Apart from the formal components of the agreement ๐Ÿ“ƒ, you may want to add โž• an extra set of criteria ๐Ÿ“Š to your contract that highlights the coaching process on its own. These could include:

  • Clear expectations of the coachโ€™s abilities and what can be expected from the client during the program
  • The precise schedule or structure of the coaching program
  • How reachable, measurable, and significant goals will be set
  • Levels of support ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ
  • The clientโ€™s responsibility to self-reflect, adapt, change, and commit to agreement ๐Ÿค
  • The life coachโ€™s approach to coaching ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ
  • The limits of the coaching techniques

What Errors Can a Life Coaching Agreement Contain?

There are many elements that can be overlooked or poorly detailed in a life coaching agreement ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿค. This can, unfortunately, lead to misunderstandings between the life coach and the client. Here are some of the most common issues.ย ๐Ÿšซ

Session Modality

Technology ๐Ÿ’ป has changed the way we work. These days, life coaching ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซdoesnโ€™t necessarily have to be in person. It has expanded to various mediums such as emails๐Ÿ’ป, phone calls ๐Ÿ“ฑ, video chats๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿป, and direct messages.

That is why a life coaching agreement should contain the exact medium and location of the coaching program. If it is in-person at the coachโ€™s home, for instance, then those details need to be listed in the contract. 

Confidentiality Clause

Another topic that gets overlooked is the confidentiality clause. A life coaching contract, unlike a contract with a therapist, is not protected โŒ by legal confidentiality. This means that the life coach may be instructed to disclose private information ๐Ÿคซ to the authorities in certain cases. This absolutely must be outlined in your life coaching contract.

Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution is another element that is often excluded. It sets the terms for both parties to negotiate before taking legal action. This part of the agreement ๐Ÿ“ƒ can also request that parties make use of mediation before taking legal action. This can save a life coach ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ a lot of hassle and legal fees ๐Ÿ’ฐ if a client becomes upset. 

Unsigned Agreements

This seems so obvious, but there are plenty of life coaches who forget to sign โœ’๏ธย their own agreement ๐Ÿ“ƒ or have the client sign the agreement. This can lead to not only misunderstandings but legal and financial disputes between the parties. Make sure everyone signs the contract

This seems so obvious, but there are plenty of life coaches who forget to sign โœ’๏ธย their own agreement ๐Ÿ“ƒ or have the client sign the agreement. This can lead to not only misunderstandings but legal and financial disputes between the parties. Make sure everyone signs the contract

This seems so obvious, but there are plenty of life coaches who forget to sign โœ’๏ธย their own agreement ๐Ÿ“ƒ or have the client sign the agreement. This can lead to not only misunderstandings but legal and financial disputes between the parties. Make sure everyone signs โœ’๏ธ the contract ๐Ÿ“ƒ and everyone has a copy of the signed contract to avoid โš ๏ธ future problems.ย 

Life Coaching Contract Assistance

A good life coaching contract can function as a hybrid agreement ๐Ÿ“ƒ๐Ÿค. It can outline the expectations of the relationship between the client and coach ๐Ÿ‘ฅ, detail how and when the coaching sessions will take place and help to mitigate the situation if a problem should arise ๐Ÿ“ˆ.ย 

There are quite a few points โš ๏ธ to consider when designing (or before signing) a life coaching contract. Always be aware of errors โŒ or overlooked clauses in the contract, since these can make all the difference for both life coaches and clients. If you have a life coaching contract that may not cover all the details outlined above, it may be time for a good contract.ย 

Speaking of legality ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿผโ€โš–๏ธ, to make sure you are adequately protected by your life coaching contract, you may want to speak to an attorney๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€โš–๏ธ. A social media lawyer experienced with life coaching contracts can review your contract for eligibility or potential grievances. This could save you tons of money ๐Ÿ’ฐ down the line! Contact us today ๐Ÿ“ž for a free quote.ย