Insights from Flow

4 Ways a Business Coach Can Help Family Businesses

A family business has a lot more at stake than other regular businesses, and that’s why it has the most need for Business Coaching. Why? Because each family member is personally involved in handling the business and putting all of their heart and soul into the business. A Business Coach can provide direction to the family business with goals invested in long-term dreams, and it’s a lot more personal for them.

In a family business, a variety of family members would want a say in the industry; at FLOW, we believe that’s great; our method of coaching, which has been derived from Positive Psychology and Neurosciences, has been proven to be effective in several businesses all over the globe for more than 15+ years. The coaching works just as well for a family business, just as it works for individual entrepreneurs.


This blog discusses a few ways Business Coaching can help family businesses:

1. Brings extra knowledge:

A Business Coach is a person who has been trained to be a Coach and someone who has business acumen and knows the best business practices of the industry. Your Business Coach can act like another peer at the discussion table. Someone who can ask meaningful questions, work out solutions with you, offers valuable perspective and a big picture which a family might miss all along.


2. Each family member is valued:

A Business Coach knows how to make others feel heard. With the Business Coach, each family member will have an opportunity to talk about their role, their problems, their solutions, their ideas and their values. One of the things they can also discuss with the Business Coach is their long-term goals and dreams. The Business Coach can make sure every family member contributes to the discussion equally.


3. Encourages brainstorming:

Many family businesses face a common problem: some of the family members dominate over others, or maybe it’s another type of family business where everyone demands attention. A Business Coach can help mediate the discussion and give an equal floor to every member to have their say. This way, a clueless fight can turn into a helpful brainstorming session where everyone can develop solutions and ideas.


4. Brings the family closer:

It has been reported that many family coaching clients benefit from coaching and believe that it brought them together as a family. Business Coaching can help the family make more effective mutual decisions and find common grounds. With coaching, families become more united, ready to face new challenges and competition.

The listed benefits of Business Coaching alone are worth the investment. If you are looking to coach Business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, corporate clients, or family businesses, consider becoming an ICF Certified Business Coach. Get in touch with us now for a free consultation session without any obligation; get in touch with us at


Talyaa Vardar

Building Cultural Competence in Your Coaching Practice

Racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural disparities exist in all aspects of society, but nowhere are the societies or organizations near to embrace these towards creating inclusive cultures. Although people of diverse racial, ethnic, gender and cultural background exist in every community and organization, we often fail to provide a culturally competent environment where differences are seen as not threats but strengths to nurture.

Limited understanding of culture leads to fear-based segregation within societies and organizations.



Cultural competence: A set of congruent behaviours, attitudes and policies that come together as a system, that system, agency or those professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. The word "culture" is used because it implies the integrated pattern of human thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values and institutions of a racial, ethnic, religious or social group. The word competence is used because it implies having a capacity to function effectively.

How is your coaching practice doing?

Understanding clients' diverse cultures — their values, traditions, history and institutions — is not simply political correctness. It is integral to eliminating disparities and providing high-quality coaching. Culture shapes individuals' experiences, perceptions, decisions and how they relate to others. It influences the way your clients respond to your coaching and impacts the results they create. In culturally diverse societies, coaches and other mental health professionals need to build sensitivity toward diverse client populations and work to understand culturally influenced behaviours about working with coaches, therapists, and other mental health practitioners.

At the individual practice level, there are several things coaches can do to adopt a holistic understanding of cultural competence:

1. See diversity as a value. In other words, do not merely tolerate people of differing backgrounds and viewpoints but embrace differences as strengths.

2. Be mindful of potential dynamics when people from different backgrounds interact. Diversity can cause conflict and force individuals out of their comfort zones, but it is merely because of our limited or misunderstanding of the differences.

3. Reflect on your subconscious biases about other cultures and differences you encounter. Do you feel superior or inferior to particular cultures or specific people? Do you feel more privileged or less privileged than particular populations?

Each of us has these blind spots, and reflecting on these differences is helpful in becoming aware of your own.

4. Facilitate a dialogue or conversation about sensitivities. Doing this will help you to collect information about cultures that you are not familiar with.

5. Adopt a learner's mindset. Ask yourself: what can I learn today from these people?

6. Train your ears to hear well. Be respectful to people that use different terminology than yours and speak with an accent.


There is a vast difference between people that merely preaches diversity and the people that live it. Coaches can lead the way in creating more culturally competent societies and eliminating the striking disparities that divide humanity unnecessarily.

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching from The Inside Out and Facing Our Own Shadow with Courage

Life coaches can change the world. All coaching is life coaching, and becoming a certified life coach is a big decision and responsibility. Since it doesn’t only gain you a profession, but it changes you from the inside out if you embrace its concepts and incorporate them into your own life. Connecting with other humans on a deep level requires courage from within since you may face your vulnerabilities and your shadow by only witnessing theirs.


Sometimes, just listening to other people’s fears and limitations triggers our former issues or challenging habits that were dysfunctional. If you do not practice your neutral coach presence, then, the pressure of being an effective coach will take over and you find yourself swamped in the worries of your ego versus your authentic self. 


This challenge is not limited to life coaches. It is a problem of any help profession. For example, counselors and psychotherapists confront this day by day, therefore they develop coping skills to detach themselves and disassociate from their clients’ trauma or disease. When working with other vulnerable souls, a coach also needs to develop a detached position, otherwise, you might find yourself in burnout, then you won’t be able to serve as your best coach-self.   


A detached coach position is the best strategy to serve and make an impact. It is not a cold or reserved presence, but an authentically curious one: 

- You are curious about the best potential of your client, 

- You are curious about possibilities for your client,

- You are curious about the creative potential of your client.


When you develop such a presence, then, you will be able to work with your own shadow by using the same strategies you use for your clients. For example, if a former pattern that blocked you in your previous life gets triggered in a coaching session, do not get tramped- tell yourself that you will work with it after the session. Then, go back to your detached, curious and authentic coach presence. After the session, coach yourself and what was triggered as if you are coaching another person:

- What is the message for me?

- Why is this coming up right now?

- What do I need to understand and learn so that I grow and become a better coach?

- How can I get creative with this?


Do the work. Don’t be afraid of your shadow. As long as you stay solution-focused, you will be able to transform what doesn’t serve you into possibilities. 

Talyaa Vardar

Dog Doo, Office Politics, and Managing Your Time

Dog doo. There it is. On the floor. In the living room. On the carpet. Not on the silk rug, thank you, Dog, but on the carpet nearby. What’s my first reaction? I don’t like this. This shouldn’t be happening. I don’t have time for this. What’s wrong with this dog? Or more kindly, Is there something wrong with the dog? Maybe my body tenses up a bit. It’s a little clenching of the jaw. Or of the shoulders, or in my belly.

Office Politics. There they are. On the workplace floor. Where there are people there are politics. What is my reaction to this situation? Someone disagrees with me. Someone agrees with me. Someone wants me to do it differently. I want someone to do it differently. Do I think this shouldn’t be happening? Do I feel my jaw, my shoulder, my belly clench?

Managing Time. Look at all this dog doo in my schedule! What do I do? Where do I start? I’m multi-tasking a mile a minute and getting nowhere. If only I were more efficient. If only my situation didn’t require so much of me. This job is stressful. It shouldn’t be this way. If I stop to notice, I find that something is clenched.

And at the moment I stop to notice, I have a choice. I might now be able to say, “Hmmm…dog doo – or office politics, or time crunch. Better clean it up before someone steps in it. Better clean it up before I step in it myself.” No more thoughts that this shouldn’t be happening. What’s the inspired action that would clean it up? If it’s not clear, can I wait until there is one?

I have one, single, simple, powerful suggestion to take right now: Try not keeping anything out. Try letting it all in. See what happens if you let in the dog doo. It’s there anyway. If you let in the office politics; they’re there anyway. If you accept, surrender, and quit fighting your schedule, your calendar, your congestion of the agenda. And if you find yourself saying “This shouldn’t be happening!” you simply notice that you’re thinking it shouldn’t be happening, and you just interrupt for the moment the thought that you shouldn’t be thinking that this shouldn’t be happening.

When we block out anything, we are blocking out pieces of ourselves. And when we block out pieces of ourselves we are blocking out our joy. Blocking out is blocking out.

Joan Sutherland, Roshi, a Zen Buddhist Roshi, observes that equanimity is keeping pace with your own life.

Have you noticed that sometimes things flow and you get more done than you expected? You aren’t so much bothered by the dog doo or the office politics, or how busy you are, and your world looks easy.

Observe yourself. I bet you’ll notice that these are times when you aren’t blocking anything out. You aren’t expecting one thing and rejecting whatever is not that. You are keeping pace with your life. It may be a fast pace or a slow pace, but you’re okay with it, maybe even loving it.

Do I let everything in 100% of the time? No. Do I do this practice perfectly? Yes, in the sense that I practice when I remember to practice. And practice is perfect.

When you’re ready, you will know what action to take. When you’re ready, your action will be inspired action. If you aren’t inspired – which means you aren’t ready – rest. Or meditate. Or have a brief chat about what is working with someone supportive. Or just breathe. Find a moment of what the poet Tenney Nathanson calls “bonsai spaciousness.” Manage your energy – not the dog doo, the office politics, or your time.

By Jennifer Sellers, MCC (Master Certified Coach)

Talyaa Vardar

Witnessing our one and only life with Mindfulness

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” wrote Mary Oliver, the poet of hopes and empowering dreams. As she aimed to raise awareness to life’s busy flow. In fact, are we really aware of ourselves while walking on life’s path?

Nowadays, “mindfulness” sparks curiosity in everyone. Often described as grasping the moment, living in the moment; mindfulness actually is a series of applications.

I find that the best way to describe mindfulness is “to witness the moment and the actions unfolding and to focus on them”. It is easier said than done, since our minds are wanderers and our souls are drifters.
Daily mindfulness practice is a must in order to build those “awareness muscles” in the brain.


Mindfulness practices come from Asia reaching deep into Buddhism based on “deep thought” practices. Scientific studies on Buddhist monks led Positive Psychology focus on mindfulness for the past 30-40 years. According to research at Surrey University, regular mindfulness exercises are helpful in:

  • decreasing stress by 40% and even overall elimination in some instances,
  • decreasing the effects that cause depression by 57% and even overall elimination in some instances,
  • decreasing anxiety by 52% and even overall elimination of it,
  • decreasing the state of physical exhaustion by 25%.
  • Furthermore, it’s stated and proven that regular mindfulness practices boost focus.

Mindfulness is the act of full capacity, moment-to-moment focus of awareness on a person, an object or a place. Eating a tomato, consciously feeling the colour, texture and taste, describing the aroma of it on your tongue, experiencing the senses of it at that given moment. Touching your beloved one, feeling the skin-to-skin contact, with its texture and its scent. Playing with your child, noticing how her fingers are holding the toy, noticing her voice, solely focusing on the play instead of the chore of washing the dishes are all practices of mindfulness.

Those who are experts in mindfulness, train their minds and their body for months and years.

We are connected to the physical world with our five senses and body. That is the reason why mindfulness practices focus on the awareness of the body and the stimulation of our five senses.

So, let’s begin practicing:
Find a comfortable spot. Sit on the floor with your spine upright, soles of your feet fully touching the ground. Feel free to close your eyes. Take a few deep breathes. You could keep your hands on your knees or lap. Now, turn your focus on the sensations on your soles, what do you feel? Next, focus on your spine and the breathing from your nose. What kind of pressure do you feel on your spine? How warm is the air you breathe in? While scanning your body, thoughts will visit your mind. Let them visit and re-focus on the bodily sensations. Focus on the sound of your breath and let it calm your mind.

For the first day, you could start doing this exercise for a few minutes to increase your awareness to your physical sensations. You could eventually increase the duration to 5-20 minutes and notice how your mind relaxes and your capacity to focus on the physical sensations increase. You could expect some ups and downs along the way, which is perfectly normal.

Remind yourself Rumi’s quote “Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times. Come, come again, come.”
It is natural for your focus to get distracted. Once your breath co-ordinates with your mind, you will notice more relaxation along the way.

By Talyaa Vardar, PCC

Talyaa Vardar

Signs your inner critic is hurting your career

Inner Critics hold you back from being as successful as you could be.

Negative self-talk, lack of self-appreciation, fear of failure... these are all the sharpest tools of your own PERSONAL INNER CRITIC.  They are zapping your confidence.

Here’s something to remember. Competence will only get you so far. If you don’t have Confidence, you are going to hit a ceiling in your growth.

So, what I want to talk to you about today is how your INNER CRTIC is holding you back from reaching your FULL CAREER POTENTIAL.

Yes, it's your PERSONAL INNER CRITIC holding you back. Nothing else. It’s not your Bully Boss, or your Controlling Mom, or your Unsupportive Spouse, or anyone else. Oh yes, they have a role to play. But you are the one making the choices.

I liken it to eating things that are bad for me.  My husband can bring the cookies into the house, but I’m the one who decides to eat them.

Eleanor Roosevelt

So, let’s start with identifying some of the common ways your PERSONAL INNER CRITIC shows up, and holds back your awesome career potential.



People who want everyone to like them, have an Inner Critic that tells them they are not worth being liked. These are the People Pleasers.

Signs that we are a People Pleaser include making a lot of wishy-washy statements full of ‘ifs’, ‘justs’, ‘maybes’ and other lovely qualifiers. We also spend a lot of time needlessly apologizing.

Another sign of the People Pleaser, is worry and anxiety. We have an overdeveloped sense of urgency that creates a lot of anxiety in us, and those around us. We worry that we (or our teams) are not delivering ‘the way we should’.

It’s true that many projects are urgent. I’m just saying when it's handled in an anxious way, it screams ‘fear of failure’.  And also, it’s not pleasant to work with someone like that

We can choose to keep it calm, encourage people, and manage expectations with our stakeholders. Or we can choose to freak out. Either way the work is going to get done.

Here’s the SAVAGE TRUTH – To have a successful career, people need to RESPECT you, not like you. If you don’t have respect – your options become limited.

Rather than focusing on getting people to like us, focus on confidently treating people respectfully. Our peers and team will love it. And bonus points, our Mean Girl will hate it!

How NEEDING TO BE LIKED kills your career:

  • If you’re not sure you’re worth being liked, then other people won’t be sure either.
  • Our anxiety stresses out those around us, and people don’t want to work with us, or FOR us
  • We lack the authority or respect to influence action
  • We burn-out
  • Confidence trumps Competence



A classic sign of a ‘I’m not good enough’ critic is when we are not truly supportive when other people are successful. If you feel anger, resentment or jealousy when someone else actually achieves something, that’s a red flag!

What is actually happening is that we are disappointed and upset with OURSELVES because someone else has the confidence to go after what they want, and to top it off – they don’t care what we think! How DARE they?

And then in order for us NOT to feel bad about ourselves, false narratives are created around how there MUST be SOME OTHER REASON this ‘person’ is successful.

  • “they’re just telling them what they want to hear”
  • “they’re buddies with so-and-so”
  • “I heard they took credit for someone else’s work”

So, if any of this type of stuff is crossing your mind, or worse, coming out of your mouth, your Inner Critic is definitely in control.

How BEING JEALOUS kills your career:

  • People don’t trust or respect us because they think we are gossipy and mean.
  • No one wants unsupportive, negative people on their team. They are good for a laugh or a beer, but not in the C-Suite.
  • Our lack of confidence becomes obvious to other people
  • Confidence trumps Competence.


Our Inner Critic wants to keep us safe. And what better way to do that than by avoiding putting ourselves out there.

Let’s look at a few examples, shall we?  A job comes up at our current company (or a different company).  We don’t apply because we don’t have 2/10 qualifications they listed for the job. And it would take a lot of confidence to sell the 8/10 qualifications we have. So, we don’t even try. Never mind that even if we didn’t’ get the job, we are getting interviewing experience, being noticed by Sr. Management, or expanding your network of advocates.

Excuse: I really like what I’m doing now

And there are a ton of other ways it shows up.

  • We turn down social events because we think we are uncomfortable with small talk. Excuse: I have to get home for the kids/dog/husband
  • We don’t put our hand up to lead a ‘special project’ team because we're afraid to blow it. Excuse: I have a ton on my plate right now
  • We say no to presenting part of a recommendation to Sr. Mgmt. Excuse: Wow – thanks for the offer. But they’d probably take it better coming from you.
  • We say no to starting our own business, with a great partner, doing something we love. Excuse: I need a stable income right now… yes, money is an excuse.

Inner Critic – 1. Career success – 0

How AVOIDING OPPORTUNITIES kills your career:

  • We narrow our network – social events and special projects fantastic ways to create new advocates.
  • We have a narrower work experience
  • We don't try, so we don't learn and we don't build our confidence
  • Confidence trumps Competence



Your boss is having a good day, so you are having a good day. Someone compliments the work you did on a project, so you walk around grinning all day. Someone says they like your outfit, and your peacock feathers are in full bloom.  Everything is right in the world.

And then your boss gets mad because something wasn’t done ‘right’ – you feel like a loser. No one mentions the good job you did on that project you worked so hard on, and you feel underappreciated. You didn’t get the job you interviewed for so you feel like you’ll never get any job.

Because our Inner Critic doesn't believe in us, we become at the mercy of other people's mood's and attentions. We end up losing control of how we feel about ourselves.

Just because someone says we are good or bad – doesn’t make it true. It only matters how awesome WE think you are.  So be proud of our work! And even if the boss has some ‘constructive feedback’ and is being ‘not so nice’ about it. So what.  Feedback is good. Learning is good. The ‘not so nice-ness’ is them.  You don’t need to worry about it.

How LACK OF SELF-WORTH kills your career:

  • We are needy & moody – neither are traits of strong leaders, and no one has time to deal with it
  • We stop being ourselves after a while because we’re trying to be what people like… which is impossible to sustain
  • We become more insecure and ineffective because we lose track of our authenticity
  • Confidence trumps Competence



You just finished presenting your work to an important audience, and you feel great about it. You practiced and practiced, and you are very proud of yourself.  Then the next person on the agenda gets up, and in your mind, they are more at ease, get more laughs, get more pats on the back – whatever.  You think they did a way better job than you.  All of a sudden, it’s Inner Critic time, and you feel like you failed.


“Comparison is the Death of Joy”… Mark Twain said that.


I was reading ‘You’re a Badass’ and she made a fantastic point. Her question was, what would have happened if our greatest heroes has conceded to comparison?

Jen’s example was about Marilyn Monroe. What if Marilyn compared herself to Kate Moss? Would she have given up her curves?  It made me think.  Would we have ‘Sgt. Pepper’ if the Beatles compared themselves to the Rolling Stones? Would we have ‘Seinfeld’? Oprah?

OK – and then there is the argument that comparison drives us to be better. It makes us push ourselves harder. Well - there is a difference between COMPARISON and INSPIRATION.

With inspiration, it's more like "Wow, that's incredible. I want to do that... or be like that".  This is where we establish heroes or role models or mentors. It pushes us to be better.  This is wonderful and comes from a place of energized learning and growth.

Comparison is when we feel badly about ourselves because we are not as good as someone else.  In some cases, we may become apathetic, e.g. I'll never present as well as her.  And in other cases, we go into 'fight-mode' and drive ourselves into action, e.g. I've got to learn to present better or my competence may be questioned.  In both cases, the reaction is driven by FEAR. Fear of failure and not being good enough. This creates stress and anxiety - and that is destructive.  And in the end, it actually lessens the likelihood of achieving your goal.

You can definitely appreciate… and even CELEBRATE… other people’s success without it reflecting on how you feel about you.  In fact, make it a habit. Celebrate everyone’s success… INCLUDING your own. There is enough success in this world for everybody.

If comparison is the death of joy… then loving yourself is the death of your Inner Critic.

How COMPARISON kills your career:

  • Impacts our ability to be innovative, e.g. Sgt. Pepper
  • We get miserable (see Mark Twain), and that is not inspiring for any team
  • We spend our energy on figuring out how to be like other people vs. growing our business/career
  • Confidence Trumps Competence

OK – here’s the almost the last thing I want to say about your Inner Critic.  YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOUR INNER CRITIC… not the other way around. Whenever you become aware that your Inner Critic is trying to derail you, just send them on an extended lunch and get back to your amazing life.

Yes, it’s easier said than done.  Even if you only catch your Inner Critic in the act once a day – that’s better than before. And then slowly it will increase. It is totally possible.

OK - now here's the last thing I want to say...It’s your uniqueness that makes you awesome. It’s your uniqueness that will make you successful.  BE YOU!!



My goal is to help as many people as I can create a career where they get up every morning and say, I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE PAY ME TO DO THIS! 20+ yrs Corporate Marketer | ACTP Certified Coach | Owner @ Savage Success Coaching | President @ Flow Coach Institute

Talyaa Vardar

What to Consider Before Enrolling in Life Coach Training

Congratulations on discovering the type of work you’d like to do! Once you’ve determined that becoming a life coach is the next step in your career path, one of the tasks you’ll need to complete is researching the training options available to help you reach your goal. Life coach training in Toronto does offer several options, but it is important to consider each school and determine which program is right for you.


Life coach training in Toronto

Becoming a certified life coach is still a relatively new career path and the industry is still developing and growing to meet the demands and interest levels. As you are doing your research to find out more about completing life coach training, be sure to consider things like cost, accreditation, program delivery and long-term support for program graduates. The FLOW Coaching Institute in Toronto offers accredited life coaching training and can offer the following guidelines for those seeking to find out more about training options.

Life Coach Training Programs – The Details

Each person considering life coach training will have different reasons and goals for wanting to complete the program. As such, each of the following categories will help you determine which program will be right for you.


Most life coach training schools in Toronto offer various coaching specialties which will allow you to narrow down your area of interest and expertise. Some of the specialties that you can choose from are wellness, relationships, parenting, or executive coaching. At the FLOW Coaching Institute, we suggest 11 specialty options for students to choose from.

In addition to the course content, you should also investigate how the curriculum is delivered. Is the program all online? Is there a practicum or mandatory in class sessions? Be sure to find out what the requirements are so that you can understand if the delivery method will work for you.

Post Program Support

Completing the life coach training is the first step, but what do you do once the program is complete? Many accredited programs offer post program support to help new graduates get their coaching business up and running. For example, once you enroll in a FLOW coaching program, you will have lifetime access to our FLOW Business School materials to help guide and support you as you build your new coaching business.

School Credentials

This may sound obvious, but be sure to find out about each program’s credentials! Don’t assume that a life coach school is an accredited program just because they have a professional looking website that provides details on programs offered. Any school should be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the credentials and accreditations of the program and be clear about what credentials you will achieve once you complete their program. Start your research by looking into Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) Certified Schools.

Tuition and Other Fees

Find out what the tuition is and what that tuition includes. Be sure to ask if there are any additional fees for course materials, software or other technology that will be required. Once you know about the total cost of the program, ask out about any payment programs available to help make the costs more manageable.

Testimonials and Referrals

Once you’ve explored the life coaching program’s website, had your questions answered by the school, and read up on the curriculum choices offered, look at testimonials from previous students. Testimonials will give you a good idea of what to expect, as well as what other students loved about the program.

Find the School that Works for You

It may seem a little overwhelming to research and process all the life coach training options available, but finding the right school is worth it. The FLOW Coaching Institute in Toronto can provide you with the experience, knowledge, and accreditation to help you start your coaching journey. Our coaches teach the world-class FLOW Coach Method that provides students with the skills needed to confidently launch a fulfilling and profitable coaching career. Contact us to find how to get started!

Talyaa Vardar


According to a 2009 ICF (International Coach Federation) study run by PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers), when you plan it well, coaching can generate 7 times your initial investment while allowing you to enjoy being your own boss.

If you are interested in hearing more of the benefits of becoming a professional coach, whether a life coach, parent coach or an executive coach… here are 7 more reasons!

Life Coach, Flow Coaching Institute

  • You Can Earn An Extraordinary Income

Coaches around the World earn between $30,000 and $500,000 per year. Celebrity coaches earn more. Hourly rates range from $50 for a fresh coach to $350 for a more experienced coach. There are also executive coaches and life coaches who charge between $500 and $ 1000 per hour. As you gain experience and work within your chosen niche, you can start making a higher income and build your reputation as a desirable coach.

  • You Build Empowering Relationships That Last A Lifetime

Starting with your coach training program you realize that people who are attracted to this profession have the capacity to build strong bonds that last a long time. In addition, people who want to be coaches are the kind of people who understand the power of trust and intimacy who enjoy meaningful and authentic communication and connection.

  • You Will Be Able To Work On Your Own Time

Most coaches (whether life coaches, executive coaches, wellness coaches, etc.) are able to work on their own terms and conditions. With proper planning and prioritization professional coaching is one of the rare career paths with room for time flexibility meaning you don’t have to skip a beat when it comes to your own personal life plans.

  • You Get To Feel Fulfilled In Utilizing Your Strengths And Values

A full-time professional coach is on a path where she/he can enjoy living a life fully up to her/his values. Coaches have the opportunity to choose their clients and coach with their own unique personalized signature highlighting their strengths and adding value to the relationship.

  • You Will Leave A Legacy.

People who were being coached by you will remember you with your significant contributions to them and their lives. The impact of your support will be always with them. They will never forget about you!

  • You Will Gain A Helpful And Supportive Network

Certified coaches like to stay connected with each other and the people you coach will be your lifetime network, plus they will connect you with others! Within the first day, you begin your coaching journey you will experience the expansive and positive movement towards an incredibly loving and supportive network.

  • You Will Overcome Your Personal Barriers And Blockages

One of the best ways to learn and grow is to coach others. As you coach people you learn more about yourself on a personal level. Every day you gain enriching and fulfilling encounters and experience the joy of being on the path of personal growth and development while facilitating others who are doing the same. 



Talyaa Vardar, MA, PCC

Founding Partner & C Suite Coach

Columnist HBR I Women's Health

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Some people are just naturally good coaches. Maybe you are one of them. Do your co-workers and friends ever approach you with problems and ask for your thoughts and guidance? Has your manager ever requested that you help mentor a new employee at the work place? If so, the people around you have already seen the great coaching potential you possess. It is time to unlock that potential with an accredited coach training program that offers executive coaching certification!

What is an accredited coach training program? The best ones will give you the tools that you need to become a successful coach, solve problems, and craft creative solutions. A good accredited coach training program will show the philosophy and methodology of being a good coach as well as offering you practicum to put your lessons into action.

“If I am already a good coach, why do I need to take courses?”  Good question. Here are a few ways that accredited coach training can help you make a bigger difference:

Improve on Nature

You may have natural talent, but it is still raw and unpolished. To succeed, talent needs to be shaped, moulded, and developed into something that works. Think of it like a gifted athlete: a naturally-good hockey player first needs to learn how to skate, how to handle a stick, and then all the strategies and techniques used by the best players of the past. It works the same with coaching. You might have an instinct for it, but coach training will shape your abilities, improve on nature, and offer knowledge on new strategies that you might not even know about.

Gives Credentials

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need a piece of paper to tell people that we are good at something - we would just show them. But it isn’t a perfect world and people like to see proof of what you can do. An accredited coach training program offers the official credentials that you can offer to future employers or clients.

Attract Clients

With executive coaching certification under your belt, you can get start making coaching as part of your professional profile. The certification will help convince potential clients of your skills and experience as an executive coach. In turn, this will help to…

Increase Your Revenue

Accredited coach training will give you a significant and desired skill set in the professional world. This certification will present you with the opportunity to increase your role at your current workplace, moonlight as an executive coach, seek new opportunities, or even go into business as a full-time business coach. Whatever path you choose, you can increase your income.

Looking for an accredited coach training program so you can make a difference in your life and the lives of others? Look no further than the FLOW Coaching Institute, the premier executive coaching certification program in Toronto. Using the exclusive FLOW Coach Method, our talented instructors will guide you throughout our five modules and the final supervised practicum to help you become a successful coach. The FLOW Coaching Institute is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). Contact us today and find out how you can make a difference with coaching!

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Running a successful business can be both thrilling and stressful. Business owners and executives are responsible for overseeing every aspect of their business and it can be hard to ensure that you are making the most of every opportunity. As a result, many business leaders explore executive coaching in an effort to support and facilitate business growth. Hiring a qualified business coach in Toronto can help you improve your leadership and help you unlock your potential, but be aware that you have to be ready to do the work!

Finding the right Toronto business coach is no different than working with any other field expert, like a personal trainer or a language tutor, to help you learn and expand your skills and abilities. When you have the right guidance and direction, chances are your results will be achieved much faster and will produce a greater impact. A professional and qualified business coach can help you access your strengths and weaknesses, help you develop a business action plan, and push you to move forward with intention.

So, we’ve talked a bit about what a great business coach will do, but what about what you need to do when you commit to working with a business coach?

Here’s How To Maximize Your Results

When you make the decision to commit to executive coaching and find a coach that fits with your needs, here is what you should be prepared to do in order to get the most out of your coaching experience.

Be Financially Prepared

While cost can vary when it comes to business coaches, it is important to set your budget and be prepared to make a financial commitment. Hiring a business coach is a thoughtful investment in yourself and your business and you have to be prepared to invest enough in order to see results. Talk to your coach about what a realistic timeframe for coaching might be and how often you will meet with them as you progress through your coaching in order to better understand the potential financial outlay.

Be Prepared To Make the Time

You will need to carve out time to meet with your business coach regularly (you and your coach will decide on what schedule will work) and you have to commit to keeping those appointments a priority! In addition to meetings with your coach, there will be added time needed to work through your plans and goals and put new strategies into practice.

Be Prepared To Listen

In order to get the most out of your coaching sessions, you have to be ready to listen, and by that we mean listen actively, even if you don’t like what you hear. Your inner voice may be ready to dismiss new ideas or convince you that you can’t do what your coach is asking. You have to stay open and be ready to digest and consider the recommendations and the information being shared with you.

Be Prepared To Change

You will continue to experience the same results unless you are willing to commit to change. Change is hard, but if you want to achieve substantial growth, you need to be prepared to make significant changes. The great news is that with the help of a fantastic business coach, you will learn how to engage your self-motivation, step outside your comfort zone, increase your focus, and identify your strengths and weaknesses. All key factors in achieving the results you want.

Ready To Grow Your Business?

If you’ve got ambitious goals for your business, the right business coach can help you meet your targets. Many leaders struggle with executing their leadership plans, but with a business coach you will have consistent support to keep you accountable and to help you set up, monitor, and evaluate your progress.

Ready to do the work and move forward? The FLOW Coaching Institute can help. Our team of expert coaches can facilitate team or individual coaching and has experience designing programs that will enhance performance and create positive change. To find out more about working with the FLOW Coaching Institute, please contact us.

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