What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Life Coach

Almost all of the most successful people in the world have something in common. They had a life coach, or mentor to help them along the way.

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By becoming a coach yourself, you can mentor others in your own area of expertise. You can use your own personal experiences to help and train others to success.

I’ve created a wonderful coaching framework that allows you to use your skills along with my principles to train anyone and I’ll tell you about it later…

The best part of coaching is that you can coach people in nearly every area of life. There are some very valuable reasons to be a life coach. When you see the value in it, you’ll realize…it’s not just for others. There’s a lot of value for you, as well.

So, let’s explore what being a life coach actually means, and why it’s the best decision you’ll ever make.

What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is like a mentor. They coach and help people by encouraging those people and showing them areas of their life where they might need to improve or look at things differently.

Just like a baseball coach helps you throw the ball better or swing the bat in the right way, a life coach helps you do more of the things that are important to you and do them better.

Being a life coach is a highly rewarding way to improve the lives of others and help yourself along the way.

What Does a Life Coach Do?

A life coach can do a lot of different things in many different areas.

As a life coach, you’re able to guide others through achieving goals that they never thought possible.

You’ll help others discover their limiting beliefs and heal the wounds that are holding them back.

On a day-to-day basis, interaction, positive reinforcement, and accountability are key areas where a life coach will be present.

Life coaching helps people improve their personal and professional lives. Whether they want to strengthen their relationship with others, move their business forward, or simply have more peace in their lives, a coach can help set, understand, and meet those goals.

Life coaching keeps people accountable, and give them the tools to see success and change their life.

Types of Life Coaches

In the same way that there are different types of sports coaches, there are different types of life coaches.

What are you good at? What would you like to help others succeed at?

Answering those questions can help you choose which kind of life coach you want to be.

Career Life Coach

A career life coach is usually someone who is or has been in a particular industry where coaching is needed.

Career life coaches not only will they speak the language of that particular industry, but they’ll also understand the kind of mentality that’s required for that field. Because they understand what’s needed, they can spot the areas where you’re having trouble and make breakthroughs in those spots.

If you want to work as a life coach, think carefully about the value you can bring to the table. What kind of industries have you worked in? How long did you spend there?

You want to give the best possible value to your clients, and you can only do that when you can truly offer the experience and information those clients need to succeed.

Nearly any person in any industry can benefit from having a career life coach.

Personal Life Coach

Most people look for a personal life coach because they feel that getting overall help with life, in general, will also help them have more success in their career.

They’re right…

So, what does a personal life coach offer?

In short, this type of coach is someone who can help someone achieve goals, overcome setbacks and obstacles, and help someone see blind spots in life where they’re overlooking something important.

You’ll help people when they feel like they just can’t get ahead or when they’re sabotaging themselves. Personal life coaches help people who feel stuck or are having trouble activating the Law of Attraction in their lives.

Helping people move beyond things that have been holding them back can be extremely rewarding. There is a satisfaction in helping someone who might be struggling and helping people realize things about themselves can help you realize things about yourself, too.

So by helping others, you’re also helping yourself succeed. What a great way to improve life!

Spiritual Life Coach

A spiritual life coach helps you connect with a higher power.

A spiritual life coach can help you understand how to better connect to the Universe so you can make the most of everything it has to share with you. If someone is having trouble with meditation, a spiritual life coach helps in that area as well.

Business Life Coach

A business life coach and a career life coach aren’t quite the same. As a business coach, you’ll show others how to bring in more income and improve the ability you have to make good decisions.

Some of the things that a business coach does?

They can create owner accountability. They can build actionable plans. They can help people succeed in areas of business where you may have struggled in the past.

You can also teach how to network with others in their field, how to form a mastermind group, and feel confident when you take your next steps.

It’s a great way to get more done, and to truly work smarter and not harder.

Life Coach Salary

The typical life coach salary range varies but it is possible to make over $200,000 a year from life coaching. Some of this depends on experience, but the coaching program you choose and how much dedication you put into learning and growing your business also matters.

How to Become a Life Coach in 7 Steps

Becoming a life coach doesn’t have to be daunting. There’s so much you can do to move toward coaching as a career. You can improve life for countless numbers of people throughout your time as a coach.

First, you need to be clear about why you’re here and what you want to help others accomplish.

Decide what you want to accomplish. Decide what you have to offer, and why are you uniquely qualified to offer it.

If you aren’t sure about the answers to those questions, finding your own purpose will be important before you begin to coach other people.

Let’s go through what it takes to become a coach and truly change the lives of others.

1. Inspire People to Take Action

Great coaches teach their ideas and concepts in such a way that it results in people actually taking action. It was Ben Franklin who said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

2. Identify Emotional Blocks

Great coaches help their audience identify their emotional blocks and quickly move past them so they can achieve real and lasting results.

3. Create A-HA Moments

Most experts simply present and teach information. But great life coaches give people these “a-ha” experiences.

4. They Speak to All 7 Dimensions of a Person’s Being

Most experts speak towards a person’s head, meaning their intellect, their brain. They give them data, ways to do things, and so on. But a great coach uses a holistic training method to speak to all 7 dimensions of a person’s being. Learn more about each Dimension of a Person’s Being.

5. Create Transformational Experiences

You need to create transformational experiences because most experts out there tend to be forgotten. When people go to a lecture they tend to forget 80% of it within three to four days, and that’s if they apply it immediately. If they don’t apply it, they forget almost all of it.

6. Give People a Proven System

Most experts and trainers out there just give people information and advice, but transformational trainers give people a proven system that they can follow to achieve guaranteed results.

7. Build Your Training Business

My goal when I go into a workshop or training is to have those in attendance leave saying, “Oh my gosh. That was the best seminar I’ve ever attended. I got such value out of that. I’m going to tell all my family and friends to go see Jack.”

And when you set your training up with this goal in mind, everything else just seems to come together.

Online Life Coach Certification

Getting certified online through my Train the Trainer Online Program can be one of the very best options for anyone who wants to be a life coach. It can work with any schedule, and it’s also generally a fraction of the cost of most live training. In short, it’s far less expensive and you can do it on your own time.

That makes it easy to get involved with, and it’s something you can complete without breaking the bank. If you’re worried about not being able to afford to become a life coach, or not having the time to learn what you need to know, an online certification can be the answer you’re looking for.

The best part about getting certified as a life coach online?

You can get instant access when you sign up, so you can even start today.

You don’t have to wait any longer to start fulfilling your dream and helping other people fulfill theirs, as well. What a great feeling to get started on something that’s so valuable!

No matter your age, where you live, or what kind of education and work experience you have, there are people out there who can use your valuable skills.

Why Jack Canfield’s Training Program?

By choosing my Train the Trainer Program, you will have access to a proven methodology on how to inspire and transform others.

It’s like having me as your own personal coach!

You can get access to the program anywhere, anytime, making it easy for you to fit it into your schedule. You’ll feel like I’m right there with you, helping you through any questions you may have or new ideas you find as you move through the process of learning and your own transformation.

I teach “true life transformation,” which is more than just a surface feeling. It’s a shift that takes place down deep inside, and shifts like this come from the value and quality of experiential learning. You can take all the information that motivates you, and move it into action in order to see results – and as a life coach, you can teach others how to do the same.

Being a life coach will prove transformational for you, your career, your income, and your life. The value you get from it will also grow from passing it along to others and affecting their lives in positive ways. The more you learn about being a life coach, and the more you dedicate yourself to it, the more you can give a quality experience to the people you’re coaching

Learn More About The Benefits of a Life Coach Certification

There are a number of benefits to being a life coach. The largest benefit is the value you can give to other people and how you can help them conquer obstacles in their lives. Seeing their success brings joy and interest to your own life, and can help remind you why you’ve chosen to focus on being a life coach in the first place.

If you want to learn more about how you can become a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer and enjoy all of the life coaching success you’ve dreamed of sign up for my free webinar How to Transform Your Life and Career. 


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5 Tips to Get New Clients for Coaching, Consulting & Training

Business is booming these days for personal business coaches and trainers as more and more people begin to realize the benefits of having an expert help them improve their mindset and more quickly reach their personal and professional goals. Still, as with any business, knowing exactly how to get clients as a coach or trainer isn’t as simple as hanging up your sign and expecting them to come pouring in.

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To succeed as a coach or a trainer, you’re going to have to learn how to find and enroll new clients.

To help you with this I’d like to give you five tips for how to find new clients and customers:

You might have heard it said that success is not about what you know but who you know.

And while this is not entirely true, it is very important.

In an industry such as coaching that is driven by personal connections and relationships, effective networking goes a long way in helping you find new clients.

1. Go to Events and Network

Get out of your home and go to events where success-driven people gather and go to events where your fellow coaches and trainers gather as well.

You don’t have to be overtly marketing yourself the whole time, but take time to get to know the people there and forming connections with them.

In many cases, these connections can later turn into new clients in a variety of ways you might not even have anticipated.

My friend Ivan Misner, the Founder and former CEO of BNI, Business Network International, and author of Networking Like a Pro, says that networking consists of three steps or stages: Visibility, Credibility, and Profitability.

First, you have to show up and be seen. Introduce yourself to people.

The second step of successful networking is credibility.

You gain that by contributing something of value to the other person, often by making a promise and keeping it.

Ask people what they are working on at the moment or what their biggest challenge is at the moment, and then later you can refer them to a resource like a good book, or send them an article or introduce them to someone that can help them.

Once you have credibility in their eyes, then you can ask them for referrals for your coaching or training business.

Here’s a great video on networking like a pro:

Join a Mastermind Group

Another great way to network is by forming or joining a mastermind group.

They are becoming increasingly easier to find, and should be an integral part of your business plan for getting started.

These groups and the advice that they offer are able to help you grow your coaching/training business in a number of ways, including finding new clients.

Join one if you have the opportunity, and learn everything you can from it. You can also form your own.

2. Make Use of Advertising

It’s worked for businesses for decades, and now, thanks to services such as Facebook Ads and Google AdWords, it’s more effective than ever.

The advantage that Facebook Ads, AdWords, and a few others bring to the table is that they allow for highly specific targeting.

Rather than paying to send your ad out to the masses, you only have to pay to send it out to those that you have already identified as your target market.

If you’ve managed to carve out any sort of niche with your coaching and training business, this can be especially useful for gathering qualified leads that you can later convert into paying clients.

3. Offer a Loss Leader

My third tip for beginning to build a coaching practice is one I learned from David Wood, a very successful coach and trainer of coaches.  It’s amazingly simple and amazingly effective.

You start by making a list of everyone in your life who has contributed to your success in any way—colleagues, teachers, mentors, friends, people at your church temple or mosque, past customers and clients.

Then you call them and say that you really appreciate the difference they have made in your life and that you have just become a coach, and as a way of thanking them for their contribution, you’d like to offer them a free coaching session.

In my experience and the experience of my students, almost everyone says yes, and then many of them, assuming you have provided real value in that coaching call or session, you can ask them if they would like to continue and do some more session, and if they say yes, you now have a new client.

In the business world, this is known as a loss leader. You are taking a loss on the first session or a sale item in a retail store, to gain a future stream of income.

You can also do this if you have a mailing list of any kind by offering a free group coaching call or webinar on a particular topic, such as how to lose weight, or how to become aware of and release the unconscious limiting beliefs you have that are holding you back in life.

The key is to make it available to the first 20 or 30 people that sign up, so you create an urgency and exclusivity to the event with the promise of some individual interaction.  

4. Enroll New Clients Wherever You Are

I learned this from one of my friends named Marcia Wieder. I consider her the Queen of Enrollment.  Here are a couple of her ideas that I have found useful.

#1: In order to be successful at anything, you need to connect deeply with what you care about.

And then communicate succinctly why they should care about it too. When talking to someone about your work, offer them a compelling invitation for them to join you.

The emphasis is on inviting. You have to offer them something they can participate in. The compelling part usually has to do with a sense of urgency around the offer, — which is usually around timing and a special price and scarcity.

But it always has to be the truth.

She once told me she is enrolling new clients all the time everywhere she is—even at the checkout counter of the supermarket or in line at Starbucks.

She strikes up a conversation with the person in from or in back of her and at some point asks the question: “Do you have a dream that matters to you?”

If they answer yes, she asks them more about it and tells them briefly how she can help them.

If they answer no, she mentions that people with passion and dreams live longer, happier lives, and then enrolls them in wanting a dream… that she can help them find and create.

Obviously, this question will work at any event you might be attending as well.

If you’re attending the right events, networking with the right crowds, and really just interacting with curiosity and a passion for what you are offering people, opportunities for telling people about your coaching practice or training are going to be everywhere.

You just need to be ready for these opportunities and capitalize on them when they do present themselves.

Learn how to Enroll New Clients From Me

I teach my proven methodology for helping others to get better results in my online and live Train the Trainer Program. This is my proven system to help you improve your business and increase your income. Train the Trainer isn’t just for speakers, trainers, or coaches (or people who dream of pursuing one of those options). It’s for anyone who works with others and wants to make a difference by helping people aim higher, achieve more, and get the results they want.

Don’t just take my word for it. Learn how Train the Trainer changed people’s lives from this testimonial video:

Learn more about using my proven methodology to train others and make a difference.

5. Create a Great Elevator Pitch

You need to create a great elevator pitch – a short, 20-30 second pitch of your services that lasts about the same amount of time as an elevator ride.

Practice this pitch, hone away the parts that aren’t necessary, and learn to highlight the parts that seem to get people’s attention.

If you can pin down a great elevator pitch, you’ll be able to spark the interest of potential clients when the opportunity arises and convince them to give you their contact information.

In some cases, you may even be able to get them to sign up for your services right there on the spot.

Never just answer the question, “What do you do?” with, “I am a coach” or “I am a trainer.”

It tells people nothing.

Craft a statement that tells people in a compelling way who you work with, and how you serve them.

You want the statement to cause people to say, “How do you do that?”

My elevator pitch is this: 

“I help authors, coaches, trainers, and entrepreneurs double their income while at the same time doubling their time off in two years or less.”

At first, finding new clients can be one of the most difficult parts of running a coaching or training business.

The real secret of how to find new customers and clients is that it takes consistent effort over time, but the effort is worth it because you get to make a significant difference in the lives of many people.

Which one of the methods I’ve shared with you today to get more clients for your coaching business will you try? Let me know in the comments. If you want to learn how you can start your own training business, click the button below to watch my free training webcast.

How to Lead a Successful Training Workshop

If you want to become a successful thought leader, author, speaker, or simply share your message with the world, you must understand how to lead a successful training workshop.

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I am going to share with you my very own process – what we call The Canfield Training Methodology for leading amazing, transformational workshops.

These are the exact workshop plans that I use every time I speak, whether it is for an hour or a weeklong training seminar.

First, I want you to think like you were building a house…

When you build a house, you have to start with a blueprint. You don’t just keep your vision of what you are going to build in your head right? If you have ever built a house, you know that would be an expensive mistake. You think about all the details, the size, the number of rooms, the layout, the overall feel you want to create and so on.

You need to do this same thing when you are designing the content for your workshop.

Start by determining what is the desired outcome you want for your attendees:

  • Is it to help them find their true purpose?
  • Improve their business?
  • Increase their income?
  • Learn a new skill?
  • Develop a new habit?

Determining the purpose will then help you determine who should attend, how many, and at what kind of location. And of course, it is important to know who your audience is so that you have relevant examples and stories they can relate to.

For example, if you are speaking to a women’s group, you probably don’t want to only use a bunch of sports analogies.

In my work, I use a pre-program questionnaire that is filled out by the workshop planner or the individual attendees, so I am clear on what outcome we are looking to create once the training is over.

Workshop Plans for Leading a Training

I’d like to share my workshop plans and ideas I use that provides me with the structure I need to stay on track and cover all of the key ingredients I have discovered that make a presentation clear, engaging, and memorable for your audience.

1. Engage the Audience

First, start by engaging the audience – Clarify your purpose and your goals for the seminar or talk.

What is the central purpose of your event or presentation? What do you want people to go away from the seminar knowing, experiencing, being or doing?

2. Set the Tone for the Day

Then set the tone for the day: Why this message is important to you – what I refer to is your WHY. What makes you so passionate about the what you are sharing with them. Tell them the story about how you became so committed to sharing this subject.  

The more open and transparent you are with the audience, the more connected and safe they will feel with you.

3. Tell a Funny Story

Tell a funny story, add cartoons into your presentation, or show a funny video.

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No matter how serious your topic is, using humor is the best way to connect with your audience and get everyone relaxed.

4. Have an Icebreaker Activity

Next, I introduce an icebreaker activity, which is specifically designed to create a safe space and give you and the group a chance to bond quickly and efficiently.

It could be as short as a 90-second exercise, a short 5 to 10-minute game, or an hour filled with several short exercises done in a specific order to create a specific effect.

You can introduce an exercise to complete in small groups or simply have everyone stand up and walk around the room and share two things they are grateful for or why they chose to attend your presentation. Use your imagination and always demonstrate what you are asking them to do before you have them do it.

For example, if you are asking them to share a recent success they have had or to share one thing they hope to take away from the presentation today, tell them how you would answer that question before you have them do it. And again, be totally honest and transparent so the group gets to see you are human too! This builds huge levels of trust.

5. Introduce Your Concept

Now it’s time to give them what they came for. Introduce a concept or principle that will deliver on your promise to them and why it is important.

In my case, I typically start with the first principle in my book The Success Principles, which is Take 100% Responsibility for your Life and Your Results. This is the fundamental principle that everything else I teach stems from.

6. Share Research

After introducing the concept, create credibility by sharing any research, statistics and case studies that validate what you are teaching them.

7. Share a Story

Then drive your message home with a story to illustrate the concept. Stories are a great way to velcro your message or the concept you are teaching their long-term memory and stories keep your audience engaged. Everyone loves a good story. And it’s even better if it’s a story from your own life. That’s not always possible, but personal stories have the deepest impact.

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8. Follow Up With an Interactive Exercise

In order to appeal to all types of learners, I typically follow up with an interactive exercise or demonstration to drive the point home even deeper. I like to ask for a volunteer and invite them to come up on stage with me and do a demonstration for the whole group, which works best for shorter presentations and workshops.

Or I might have them fill out a worksheet and then get into groups and share their answers with each other while I walk around and help them. With some groups, I have them do a total group activity, like a meditation or a guided visualization.

Use Visual Aids When You Can

There are basically 3 types of learners – auditory, visual and kinesthetic. If you follow the formula we have been discussing plus some powerpoint or keynote slides, you will have accommodated all 3 types.

9. Debriefing Session

At the end of a workshop or shorter presentation, I like to rap it up with a debriefing session. You can do this by putting people in pairs, in a small group of three to six, or have a few people share their aha’s and awarenesses in front of the whole group. This also gives the participants the opportunity to ask questions if they are feeling stuck. If one person has a question, there’s almost always someone else who has that same question.

While you’re doing this, honor and celebrate the level of trust that has been established so far. It’s best to be impartial to their feedback in this part of the session. Don’t necessarily evaluate their ideas or contribute more, but definitely encourage their input.

10. Commit to Action

One more step: When everything has been reviewed, get everyone to commit to one action step they can take to get them closer to their goal – based on what they’ve just learned – and have them write it down!.

Lastly and very important – Make sure that you have a clear transition when you are moving from one concept or principle to another one.

11. Repeat for Your Next Concept

Once you have introduced your next principle or topic all you need to do is repeat the same steps again.

12. Leave Them Motivated

When you’ve reached the end of the training workshop, whether it is one hour or a full day have a final closure exercise and wrap it up with a powerful story that will have them leaving motivated and inspired, ready to go from where they started to where they want to be!

That’s how you think like a trainer and lead a compelling and engaging training seminar! If your goal is to become a trainer and you’d like to know how to become a trainer for virtually anything, click the button below to sign up for a free webinar about training others.

Feel free to modify this workshop plan I have provided above to make your training workshop your own.

If you have any questions about running a successful training workshop leave a comment below and I’ll follow up with you. 


How to Coach Others to Success Through Personal Coaching & Training [Exercise]

Learning how to become a coach will help you become a powerful force to leave a positive impact on the world. If you lead a team of people or need to walk a co-worker, student, or friend through a rough patch in their life, having the ability to coach others to success is a useful skill.

how to become a coach

One of my goals is to train 1,000,000 people to teach my Success Principles to groups around the world.

Whether you’re a teacher, manager, business owner, minister, local baseball coach, or someone who wants to hold a lunch-and-learn at the office, YOU can learn to coach others.

I’ve assembled strategies and developed them into exercises anyone can use in training groups. I teach these techniques all over the world and use them myself.

Learn How to Become a Coach and Help Others to Success

One of the most powerful exercises that I teach my coaches is the “Difficult and Troubling Situation”. You can use it as well to help others in nearly any setting.

It’s a series of questions designed to get someone unstuck and into action. It solves their problem by removing the roadblock that’s keeping them from producing the results they want.

This exercise can either be used one on one with someone or in a workshop with a large group.

This exercise will help you as a coach identify someone’s problem, and help them solve it. The key is to ask these questions in the correct order without engaging in any discussion or commenting. Your role as the coach is to to ask the questions and let the questions do the work.

Sounds pretty simple, right?

At the end of this, you’ll be able to identify roadblocks that a person has and provide solutions for success. Let’s go over the questions.

The Difficult & Troubling Situation Coaching Exercise

1. What is a difficult or troubling situation in your life?

Ask the person you’re coaching to think about a place in their life where they feel stuck. Where do they feel that they’re not getting what they want, are irritated, or feel like they’re not happy.

Perhaps they’re upset that their child is not doing what they need to do. Maybe their marriage isn’t working out, or there’s something going on in their business. Whatever the problem is, the first thing is to identify it.

2. How are you allowing it to happen?

The second question is: How are you creating it or allowing it to happen?

The person who you’re coaching to success must realize that everything you experience YOU create. You create the life you want. You’re responsible for everything that you’ve allowed it to continue. 

3. What are you pretending not to know?

In every situation where we’re not taking action, we almost always know how to fix it. We know what to do but we’re pretending not to see it.

Let me give you an example…

In a recent workshop, I coached someone whose apartment gets robbed frequently. They live on the first floor of their apartment building in New York.

I asked them, “Do you have bars on the windows?”

They said, “No.”

“Do you have triple locks on the doors?”


I asked, “What are you pretending not to know?”

He said, “I don’t know.”

I told him the answer is you’re pretending not to know that you live in New York. In New York, you need those kind of safety measures to keep from getting robbed.

There’s usually something we’re pretending not to know. We pretend because it’s inconvenient. It’s uncomfortable to notice a problem, because then we’d have to do something about.

Ask the person what they’re pretending not to know, and get your answer.

4. What is the payoff for keeping it like it is?

No person maintains a situation without some kind of payoff.

When you were going to school as a kid, if you got sick there was a payoff.

The payoff was that you didn’t have to go to school. You got to stay home. You got to watch TV all day. You got the attention of your parents and other things.

Whatever the problem is, there are payoffs for keeping things the way they are.

The payoff might be to avoid conflict, it might be comfort, or it might be not having to confront somebody.

Identify what it blocking the person from change.

5. What is the cost for not changing it?

Every situation has a benefit and a cost. What is the cost that you’re going to pay by not changing your situation?7 steps 300x250

Often the cost will be, your freedom, income, happiness, joy, or not being overwhelmed.

You may be sacrificing a lot by holding onto this troubling situation.

6. What would you rather be experiencing?

I’d rather be experiencing freedom. I’d rather be experiencing having more free time. I’d rather experience more success. I’d rather experience feeling stress free at the office.

Whatever it might be, have the other person think about all the great things that can come from solving the problem.

7. What actions will you take and what requests will you make to get it?

This involves action. How will you get there? Do you need to do or ask for something? Do you need to set a boundary? What do you need to do to get what you want.

This is the most important question. It requires a person to get out of their comfort zone and do the things necessary to create what they want.

When they answer that, make sure you write it down.

8. By when will you take that action?

You want them to commit to a time by when they will take that action. If possible, you can be their accountability partner.

If they say, “I’ll take it by 5 o’clock on Friday, May 15th.”

You say, “Great. Would you be willing to send me an email or call me and let me know you did that?”

So now they know that someone is waiting to make sure they took the action.

This is a powerful tool to coach others to success. I’ve used this in all my groups, all my coaching programs, all my mastermind groups and when I teach others how to become a coach.

People often tell me that this exercise changes lives.

Make sure to ask the questions listed in the order they appear.

Don’t engage in a lot of discussion, your role is to simply to ask the questions. Make sure you maintain eye contact throughout the exercise.

Identify a person who you think you could help by using this strategy. Reach out to them and offer to take them through these questions.

You never know how impactful it could be for the other person.

And if you want, turn the tables. Have them take you through it as well.

You’ll get a lot of value by doing it both ways and it creates a feeling of equality between you and the other person.

It shows you’re not above them or below them, but that you’re equal partners.

Try this with your friends, family, and coworkers – it is a really powerful technique.

This is the same methodology I teach to my students in my Train the Trainer Certification Program. If you’d like to learn how to become a coach and Transformational Trainer – and take your own speaking, teaching, or training career to the next level – I’m accepting a new group of students who want to become Certified to teach my Success Principles and join the ranks of the next generation of Human Potential Trainers.

Click here to learn how you can become a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer.

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5 Ways to Increase Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem

Do people with high self-esteem achieve greater success?

“I need to increase my self-esteem” is a statement I hear often from my students. Their belief is that once their self-confidence and self-esteem is higher, they’ll be able to achieve more and become greater successes.

woman with high self-esteem and confidence raises arms on balcony


While it’s true that a high self-esteem can assist you in creating the life you dream of, the mistake most people make is how they think about self-esteem. It’s not a thing to be increased or decreased, although that is the common terminology. Instead, self-esteem is a verb; it’s the process of esteeming yourself.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, esteem means “to set a high value on: regard highly and prize accordingly.”

In other words, the process of boosting your self-esteem starts with deciding that you are valuable and treating yourself as such.

Learn how to develop unshakable self-confidence at Breakthrough to Success!

5 Good Habits to Build Great Self-Esteem

1) Believe in Yourself  

The first step in creating greater self-esteem is to believe in yourself. It’s your responsibility to take charge of your own self-concept and your beliefs – including belief in your worth, your talent, your abilities, and your potential.

2) Identify 9 Major Successes  

Research has repeatedly shown that the more you acknowledge your past success, the more confident you become in taking on and successfully accomplishing new ones. A simple way to start this process is to take an inventory of your major success. Divide your life into three time periods – from birth to 15, 16 to 30, and 31 to 45. The list three major successes from each time period.

Divide your life into three time periods – from birth to 15, 16 to 30, and 31 to 45. Then list three major successes from each time period.

To really convince yourself that you’re a successful person who can continue to achieve great things, keep going with your list.

See if you can identify 100 or more of your life successes.

3) Keep a Victory Log

Recall and write down your successes each day. This will log them into your long-term memory, enhancing your self-esteem and self-confidence. Whenever you need a boost of self-confidence, reread what you have written. Keeping and referring to your victory log keeps you focused on your successes instead.

Keeping and referring to your victory log keeps you focused on your successes instead.

4) Display Success Symbols

What you see in your environment has a psychological impact on your moods, attitudes, and behavior. Surround yourself with awards, pictures and other objects that remind you of your successes. Create a special place in your home – such as a hallway, shelf or even the top of your refrigerator – to display your symbols. This will subtly program you to see yourself as someone who has consistent successes in life.

5) Keep Your Agreements

One of the most commonly overlooked ways to boost self-esteem is to keep your word. Every agreement you make is to yourself, ultimately, even those that involve other people. Your brain registers agreements as commitments. If you don’t follow through, you learn to not trust yourself. You lose integrity and faith in your ability to produce a result. Don’t undermine your sense of personal power – keep your commitments.

Increase Your Capacity to Take a Risk

To understand the importance of esteeming yourself, imagine you were playing poker. If you have 10 chips and I have 200 chips, who do you think will play more conservatively?

You will, of course, because the stakes are higher for you. Two losing bets of five chips each would put you out of the game. I, on the other hand, could lose five chips 40 times before I was out.

Your self-esteem is like a stack of poker chips. The higher it is, the more willing and able you are to take the risks that will lead you to greater success.

Use the ideas shared in this article to create and maintain the high levels of self-esteem you need to get where you want to be.

Self-Confidence and Your Ideal Future is Within Your Grasp

Your ideal future is within your grasp – you simply have to reach out and grab it. I want to give you the tools you need to make that happen.

If you really want to take control of your life and inject it with unprecedented amounts of happiness, financial success, a sense of accomplishment, the ability to help others, and a real sense of purpose and satisfaction — the time to act is now. Join me for 5 days of hands-on training with me during Breakthrough to Success!

During this one of a kind workshop, I promise you one thing… you’ll leave feeling transformed, and ready to make a massive impact on the world. BTS 2017 is 5 days of hands-on training with me, LIVE and in-person. I’ll be there, holding you accountable, and guiding you each step of the way toward your own personal evolution. Click the button below to learn more.

You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.JackCanfield.com

5 Simple Ways to Transform Your Life – and Change the World in the Process


If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.
– Chinese Proverb

Imagine a world where people were no longer ruled by their own limiting mindset and behaviors. Where everyone took 100% responsibility for their actions, persevered in the face of hardship and challenge to make their dreams a reality, and refused to fall victim to the criticism and abuse of others.

What a world that would be!

Freed from our egos and insecurities, we would support each other to reach our fullest potential and create lives that fill us with joy, purpose and abundance. We would work together to solve society’s most pressing problems and create a brighter future for all of us.

This kind of reality is well within our reach… and it starts with you. If you want the world to change for the better, the greatest contribution you can make right now is to become the change you wish to see – and, by your example, inspire others to achieve their highest potential as well.

Here are 5 tips on how to do that:

1. Focus on yourself first

If you want to change the world, you must begin with yourself. When it comes right down to it, you have control over only THREE things in life: the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take. If you focus on thinking positive thoughts, visualizing more successful outcomes, and taking positive action to achieve those outcomes, you are guaranteed to experience better results in your personal and professional life. Not only that, you will impress and inspire others who want to experience better results in their own lives.

2. Commit to continuous self-improvement

Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” The joy of learning lies in the process, not the end result. When you dedicate yourself to a life of continuous self-improvement and growth, you remain curious and open and in a state of constant expansion. Not only does this make your life more interesting and meaningful, it inspires others to follow in your footsteps. And the more people who choose to continuously improve rather than remain in a state of stagnation, the better it will be for the world.

3. View challenges as opportunities

People say they want to create a better life for themselves, but all too often they give up at the first sign of trouble. The road to success has obstacles and challenges – that one’s a given. But it’s in the process of overcoming those obstacles that you become the kind of person who is capable of creating the kind of life you want to life.

When you cultivate perseverance and welcome challenges as opportunities to grow and expand your learning – as oppose to excuses to give up and stay exactly where you are, you will be able to achieve so much more in life. And you will motivate others to have the confidence and perseverance to overcome their own obstacles as well.

4. Be generous with your wisdom

Imagine if everyone in your family gave up complaining, took full responsibility for their actions, and created the life of their dreams. Or if every one in your company practiced the time-honored principles of success. 

What if every member of your softball team approached life this way? What if every high school student in America knew these principles and put them into practice in class, on the playing field, and in their social life, so they became confident adults who had a clear vision of what they wanted and the resources to make their vision a reality? What if every man and woman in prison learned these valuable principles before they were released back into society? 

You can help create this world by actively facilitating the growth of others. As a student of success, you have so much wisdom to offer the people in your life – and the greatest gift you can give them is to share what you’ve learned and help them achieve more success in their own lives.

5. Go after your dreams – and inspire others to do the same

Each of us has the power within to create the life we want, the life we dream about, the life we were born to live. Each of us deserves to fulfill our full potential and manifest our true destiny. It is our birthright.

But many people don’t understand this. They think that they’re stuck where they are, subject to the whims of a cruel and indifferent Universe, and that they lack the ability and/or the right to break free and create a better life for themselves.

You can show them they’re wrong.

When you go after your dreams and start living life at your highest potential, you inspire others to do the same. And this will have a tremendous impact on the world around you.

As you become the person you were always meant to be, the people around you will notice your increased energy, positivity, and impact and inspired to model your actions and achieve more success in their own lives. And as they shift, you’ll find that your world will become more of the place you dream it to be – full of support, love, understanding, and empowered individuals who cheer each other on to even greater heights.

The more you help others succeed, the more YOU succeed

The people with whom you share your wisdom won’t be the only ones to benefit when you take on the role of teacher.

Passing along your wisdom forces you to clarify your ideas, confront inconsistencies in your own thinking and more closely walk your talk. But most importantly, it requires you to read, study, and speak the teachings over and over again – and reinforce your own learning in the process.

And here’s another major benefit—the more you help other people succeed in life, the more they will want to help you succeed. If you’ve ever wondered why people who teach success strategies are so successful, here’s the answer: Because they have helped so many people get what they want, those they have helped naturally want to return the favor.

The same will be true for you.

Join a movement to make the world a better place

I envision a world where everyone is inspired to believe in themselves and is empowered to reach their full potential and achieve their most ambitious dreams. This is why I want the Success Principles to be taught in every school and university, and practiced in every small business and large corporation.

Imagine how society would change if people were living their highest potential and creating lives they truly loved… together we could achieve anything!

I’d love to have you join me in spreading the word and changing the world. If you feel inspired to share the Success Principles with your clients, students, employees and family, I encourage you to check out my new online program, Train the Trainer Online, where you can become certified to teach the Success Principles to any audience – as a coach, speaker, trainer, teacher, manager, or in any leadership position where you work with individuals or groups.

Not only will you be able to help people change their lives for the better – you will be able to dramatically transform your own life and career.

If one of your goals is to become a leader in your field, a speaker, or trainer I’d like to show you how you can transform your life and career in my free webcast. Register below.


It’s All Because of You…


Here in America, it’s Thanksgiving – and this year, I have more to be thankful for than ever before.

And it’s all because of you.

For the past 40 years, I’ve been on an ambitious mission: to make a huge positive impact on the world…

I truly believe we all have the right and the ability to live the life we want, and to be happy doing so. 

But to make such a drastic shift on humanity, I need help.  I cannot do it alone! 

That’s why I created a “big hairy audacious goal” that will help me: to have one million individuals become certified “Success Principles” trainers – and partner with me to help people all over the world to dream big, take action, and create happier, more abundant, and purpose-filled lives for themselves. 

This is the legacy I want to leave on the world.  It’s the number one thing that drives me.  I know I was put on this planet to help people, and I work every single day to find ways to do that.

This is why I started my Train The Trainer program six years ago, and it’s the reason I launched the new online version of the program this summer – to ensure that anyone, no matter where they live, can become certified to teach the Success Principles to others.

I’m extremely delighted to announce that in just a few short months, we now have more than 800 people enrolled in Train the Trainer Onlinefrom 63 countries! 

It fills me with a profound sense of pride to know that these people have stepped-up to join me in helping others become their best selves and create lives of deep joy and meaning.

Because if there’s one thing the world needs right now, it’s more people shining their light – and empowering others to do the same.

So today I would like to thank my team, who has worked so hard to help me make my audacious dream become a reality.


The support and encouragement I’ve received this year from our Canfield Success Community has been truly overwhelming – and inspiring!

If you’ve invested in any of my products and embodied their teachings in your life, you have helped make this success possible.

If you’ve attended any of my live events or participated in any of my free online training programs, you have helped make this success possible.

If you’ve opened and read any of the emails I’ve sent over the past year, or are one of my 835,000 Facebook followers, you have helped make this success possible.

Because when I sit down to write, it’s the idea of YOU reading my words and being inspired by them to improve your life – and the lives of those around you – that motivates me to keep on doing the work I do.

SO THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for continuing to inspire me to empower people through my work.  

You’re the reason I’m excited to get up in the morning – and if I’ve inspired you even a fraction of how much you’ve inspired ME, I will consider my life well lived.

Oh, and if you’re new to my community, or if this is the first time you’ve ever heard about Train the Trainer Online, feel free to check out the program here.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, no matter where you live in the world.

With gratitude, Jack.

Are you overlooking these critical success clues?

road sign with question mark represents article theme of ignoring clues

Are you overlooking these critical success clues?

(Plus: the most powerful intention you can set to overcome roadblocks and achieve incredible results this fall)

Happy September!

If you teach in some capacity – either as a speaker, coach, consultant, or actual teacher – you’re probably gearing up to do some powerful work with your students or clients this fall.

To ensure you do the best possible job of helping your students and clients reach their full potential and achieve great results, I encourage you to set the following intention for yourself:


(NOTE: this is an important intention for EVERYONE seeking self-improvement to set – but in honor of “Back to School” season, I’d like to focus on how powerful this intention can be for teachers and other mentors and trainers whose job it is to inspire people to be their best selves.)

The clues to success are hidden in plain sight

When I say, “yellow alerts,” what I’m talking about are the advance warnings you get in the form of telltale signs, gut instinct, intuition, comments from others that alert you to impending danger and give you time to prevent the unwanted outcome.

You know when you suddenly get a “bad feeling” about something, or you become aware that people are acting differently around you, or you develop a niggling awareness that there’s something you’re ignoring or overlooking?

THOSE are yellow alerts.

For example:

  • Your students don’t pay attention when you speak
  • Your audience looks bored and disengaged
  • Nobody raises their hand to answer your questions
  • People don’t respond to your emails or participate in your online group
  • Students who typically do great work are no longer completing their assignments
  • Organizations who hired you to speak don’t ask you to return
  • People stop grumbling and whispering to each other as soon as you walk in the room
  • People aren’t looking you in the eye
  • You’re sensing a weird undertone in the way people talk to you
  • You no longer feel like you’re “killing it” onstage or in front of the class

The faster you’re able to recognize and respond to yellow alerts such as these, the easier you’ll find it to avoid obstacles, overcome challenges, and reach a higher level of success – both for yourself and your students or clients.

Avoiding the problem doesn’t make it go away

Unfortunately, many people choose to ignore yellow alerts because they don’t want to feel any soft of discomfort. Acknowledging and responding to yellow alerts usually involves doing things you would rather not do – such as have an awkward conversation with someone or admit something isn’t working.

And so you pretend not to see the yellow alerts – because it’s easier, more convenient, less uncomfortable, and protects you from having to take risks.

Successful people, on the other hand, face problems head on. They’re willing to get uncomfortable, because they know that yellow alerts often develop into problems that fester and grow into huge roadblocks that prevent you from moving forward.

The faster you respond, the easier life becomes

Once you develop the habit of responding quickly and decisively to yellow alerts as they happen, life becomes easier.

You’re able to eliminate problems before they occur and achieve greater levels of success must faster.  

However, learning how to recognize and respond to yellow alerts isn’t always easy. It requires concentrated awareness, dedicated discipline, and a willingness to experiment and take risks.

You have to be prepared to look at your own shortcomings and be willing to hear uncomfortable truths. It’s only when you face what isn’t working that you’re able to explore better options and come up with a better way of getting the results you want.

Here are 6 tips to help you do a better job of recognizing yellow alerts so you can respond to them right away and achieve better results, faster – both for yourself and your students or clients:

1.  Clear your mind and focus on being present in the moment

When you’re working onstage, in front of a classroom, or one-on-one with clients or students, you’ll be much more effective if you’re able to clear your mind of everything else that’s happening in your life and focus on being present in the moment.

This will make it so much easier for you to remain tapped into your intuition and be able to identify yellow alerts right away.

If you find it hard to remain completely present in the moment, I recommend you take up meditation or a meditative practice such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong, or another form of martial art. These practices are great for helping you sharpen your focus and concentrate on what’s happening in the here and now.

2. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

The only way you can grow – as a person, teacher, parent, businessperson or whatever – is to move beyond your comfort zone into a place where you are very likely to feel awkward, uncomfortable, and vulnerable.

But that’s where the magic happens. It’s where you acquire the understanding and experience you need to start performing at a much higher level.

So instead of worrying about the potential discomfort of responding to yellow alerts, embrace the opportunity to evolve.

3. Learn how to listen to people

To become a transformational teacher, you’ve got to be able to really LISTEN to your students and clients.

Don’t just keep your ears open for the things you expect them to say. Clear your mind of preconceptions, give them your full attention, and listen for the things you AREN’T expecting – because this is the information that’s going to help you radically improve your game.

4. Learn how to read people

It’s not enough to listen to what they’re saying – you also have to be able to read your students and audience and understand what it is they’re NOT saying.

If you learn how to read their physical cues – restlessness, listlessness, flashes of anger or irritation in their expressions, a reluctance to meet you in the eye – you’ll be able to recognize when there’s something they want you to know, even when they’re reluctant to express themselves or aren’t even consciously aware of what they want or need from you.

5. Ask them straight out

The best way to understand how well you’re performing – and what you can do to operate at an even higher level – is to straight-out ask for feedback from your students, clients, audiences, and colleagues.

Be prepared to ask questions such as:

  • “Is what I’m doing working?
  • Could I be doing it better?
  • Is there something more I should be doing that I am not?
  • Is there something I am doing that I should stop doing?
  • How do you see me limiting myself?”

Don’t be afraid to ask – because the information you will receive will be invaluable. You are better off knowing the truth than not knowing it – because once you know, you can DO something about it. You cannot improve your life, your relationships, your game, or your performance without meaningful feedback from the people around you.

“You’re doing great!” might be nice to hear but it doesn’t tell you anything that will help you become a better teacher, speaker, trainer, or person.

6. Process the information and ACT on it

When you respond to a yellow alert and probe deeper to uncover valuable information about your performance – and what you can do to improve it – be sure to process that information and ACT on it!

If you find out that your audience or students aren’t captivated by your teaching style, do some research to find some resources that will help you become a more compelling, engaging teacher – and then put their advice into action.

If you find that your clients aren’t completing the assignments you give them because they’re unclear on the instructions or don’t see the value of them, reassess those assignments and how you’re presenting them to your clients. Maybe you need to make the instructions clearer, or do a better job of pointing out the benefits your clients will experience once they finish the assignment. Or maybe you should consider replacing that assignment with one that’s more effective.

If you find that organizations that have hired you to speak in the past aren’t asking you back, send them a letter asking for honest feedback on what you could have done better in your last speaking engagement – then use their feedback to improve your presentation content and style before you book your next gig.

It’s only when you act on this valuable information that you’re able to create meaningful change.

Simple isn’t always easy

Recognizing and responding to yellow alerts is relatively simple in principle – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to implement. You have to pay attention to what you’re doing and the results you’re producing – and willing to adapt on the fly.

If this is something you struggle with, I can help!

My new online Success Principles training program teaches you everything you need to know to become a powerful teacher and trainer and help others create profound change in their lives.

You can learn more about it here: TRAIN THE TRAINER ONLINE

Pay attention… your results don’t lie

The easiest, fastest, and best way to find out what is or isn’t working is to pay attention to the results you are currently producing. Your audiences and students either love you or they don’t. They’re either experiencing major breakthroughs or they aren’t. You either command respect or you don’t. Organizations are either hiring you to speak for them or they aren’t.

It’s that simple. Results don’t lie!

So if you want to do the best possible job of helping your students and clients this fall, set the intention of recognizing and responding to yellow alerts. It’s the only way to ensure that you keep improving as a teacher – and are able to help your students and clients reach their full potential and achieve incredible results.

Have you been noticing any yellow alerts in your life lately? If so, share them with me on my Facebook page – and let me know how you plan to respond to them!

You can find me on Facebook here: JACK’S FACEBOOK PAGE


You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com


We’re on a mission to change the world. Care to join us?

Five years ago, I had a vision.

I dreamed of creating a team of people who could bring my powerful Success Principles to people from all walks of life and in every corner of the globe – so that everyone could have the opportunity to become their best self and live their true purpose. (Just imagine the impact that would have on the world!)

Since then, I’ve trained over 1,200 people to teach my proven success strategies to others. It’s so exciting to see them go back to places where I’ll never visit – and teach people how to create lives of greater joy, abundance, and meaning.

Now my team and I are ready to take this mission to the next level – and we’d love for you to join us!

If you’ve been searching for a way to empower yourself and make a profound positive impact on the world – while transforming your own life in the process – this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.


Learn how YOU can become “one in a million” and join us on our quest to change the world…


Everyone has the capacity to be a teacher.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do – whether you’re a corporate office worker, business owner, freelancer, stay-at-home parent, mechanic, or whatever – by mastering the Success Principles and learning how to teach them to others, you can radically change people’s lives for the better (including your own).

Here’s your chance to shine your light – and make the world a brighter place. Won’t you join us?



A simple heart-based tool to improve productivity in the workplace


 I strongly believe that you can’t win in the marketplace unless you win first in the workplace. If you don’t have a winning culture inside, it’s hard to compete in the very tough world outside.
– Douglas Conant, Chairman of Avon Products and former
CEO and President of the Campbell soup Company

 A simple heart-based tool to improve productivity in the workplace

A healthy and positive workplace culture is key to your success as an organization. But how do you cultivate an atmosphere that transforms a random group of co-workers into a team of allies who treat each other as family and motivate each other to always show up and do their best?

The answer, of course, is COMMUNICATION.

However, encouraging co-workers to communicate in an open, positive, and truthful manner isn’t always easy. As my friend Cliff Durfee points out, “Most communication resembles a Ping-Pong game in which people are merely preparing to slam their next point across.”

So how do you stop the constant volleying and get people to actually LISTEN to each other instead of only trying to score points?

Simple: with a Heart Talk!

A Heart Talk is a powerful communication process that creates a safe environment for a deep level of communication to occur – without fear of condemnation, unsolicited advice, interruption, or of being rushed. It’s an incredibly effective way to release any unexpressed emotions that get in the way of people being totally present to deal with the business at hand.

And it’s the best way I know to develop rapport, understanding, and intimacy among individuals in a group – and turn apparent opponents into true members of the same team.

When you introduce Heart Talks into your workplace culture…

1.  People are more mindful of each other’s feelings

Most people are so focused on what they’re doing and what’s happening to them, they often don’t stop to think how their words or actions might impact others.

Heart Talks encourage open sharing of feelings, giving team members deeper insight into what’s happening in their co-workers’ lives and how their words and actions are coming across. This encourages greater empathy, more mindful communication, and a deeper level of mutual respect in the workplace.

2. People don’t take things personally

When you cultivate an environment of open and honest communication, people are less likely to read implied negative meaning into other people’s words and actions. If someone is having a particularly stressful day and they say or do something that’s thoughtless or impatient, other coworkers will be able to understand that it’s not about THEM and won’t feel hurt or resentful about it.

3. People aren’t afraid to say what they really think about a project

Too often, employees will remain silent about problems they see in a project because they don’t want to rock the boat or be seen as being critical of management’s decisions. This often means that those who are closest to the ground and better able to anticipate problems don’t speak up. By encouraging open and honest communication, you make it safe for employees to say what they really think – instead of what they believe their managers want them to say.

This results in less time wasted on bad ideas and more time devoted to bringing successes to market faster.

4. You foster an atmosphere of collaboration over competition

When people open their hearts to each other, they bond at an extremely deep level. That kind of experience motivates you to care for the other person and wish the best for them.

A team whose members feel that way about each other can accomplish anything they set their minds to. They understand that a victory for the organization is a victory for all and leads to even better opportunities for everyone involved. And so they inspire each other to aim higher and achieve even better results.

5. You dramatically reduce turnover

People who work in an environment they love, with people they respect and whose company they truly enjoy, know they’ve hit the jackpot. They are very reluctant to leave their awesome job to pursue other opportunities. This allows you to grow a team whose long history together ensures they work like a well-oiled machine, and relieves you of the need to invest precious time, money, and resources into training new employees.

How to conduct a heart talk

A Heart Talk can be conducted with any size group of between 2 and 10 people. Start by asking people to sit in a circle or around a table. Introduce the basic agreements, which include these:

  • Only the person holding “the heart” is allowed to talk.
  • You don’t judge or criticize what anyone else has said.
  • You pass the heart/object to the left after your turn, or say “I pass” if you have nothing to say.
  • You talk only about how you feel.
  • You keep the information that is shared confidential.
  • You don’t leave the Heart Talk until it’s declared complete. 
Keep passing the heart/object around the circle—multiple times if necessary—to ensure participants have more than one opportunity to share. If you have plenty of time, a Heart Talk completes naturally when the heart makes a complete circle without anyone having something to say. 

  • Ask the group to agree to the guidelines, which are very important to make sure that the talk does not deteriorate and lose its value. Because no one is supposed to talk except for the person holding the object, it is often best to wait until the completion of the talk to remind people about certain agreements that need more attention. Another option is to have the agreements written down on paper or a whiteboard and to merely point to them if someone is getting too far off-track.
  • Go around the group at least once—with everybody getting one turn—or set a time frame (say 15 minutes to 30 minutes; longer for more emotionally intense issues) and keep going around the group until the time runs out or nobody has anything more to say. 

  • You can use any object to pass around—a ball, a paperweight, a book, anything that can be seen by the other participants. I have seen everything from a stuffed animal (a hospital staff), a baseball (a college baseball team), and a football helmet (a state championship football team) to a Native American talking stick (on a corporate river rafting trip).

What kind of results can you expect?

After you conduct a Heart Talk, you can expect the following results:

  • Enhanced listening skills
  • Constructive expression of feelings
  • Improved conflict resolution skills
  • Improved abilities to let go of resentments and old issues
  • Development of mutual respect and understanding
  • Greater sense of connection, unity, and bonding

The structure of a Heart Talk creates a safe, nonjudgmental space that supports the constructive—rather than the destructive—expression of feelings that, if left unexpressed, can block teamwork, synergy, creativity, innovation, and intuition, which are vital to the productivity and success of any venture.

Interested in learning more valuable team training skills?

If you are responsible for managing, training, and/or teaching others, I encourage you to check out my new Train the Trainer Online program.

I am currently looking for 50 leaders to join me to gain the skills, resources, and methodologies I teach in my Train the Trainer live program – at just a fraction of the cost. You can work at your own pace, on your own schedule, and put my training into practice right away.

If you’ve been looking for opportunities to grow your talents as a leader and inspire your team – or your students, or future clients – to be their best selves, this is the solution you’ve been searching for.

You can learn more at: Train the Trainer Online.

And if you’ve ever used a Heart Talk in your workplace environment, leave a comment below to share your experience with us!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Do you yearn to accomplish something remarkable with your life?

blog-ttto-hero-croppedDo you yearn to accomplish something remarkable with your life?

I know the feeling.

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve wanted to have a real impact on the world and create positive change in people’s lives.

That’s why I became a teacher and worked in inner city Chicago during the early years of my career – and it’s why I became a professional speaker and felt called upon to write the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the Success Principles, and all the other books I’ve written, training programs I’ve created, and films and videos I’ve appeared in.

I want my time on Earth to mean something. I want to know that my presence here has made the world a better place.

Do you feel the same way?

If so, I have some great news to share…

My team and I recently launched a powerful new online training program that provides all the tools and training you need to share my proven Success Principles with others – and help them reach their full potential and find more joy, abundance, and success in all areas of their life.

Not only will this program fulfill your desire to help others and have a positive impact on the world – you’ll create amazing change in your own life and career as well.

And when you complete the work, you can become a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer.

Imagine what that will do for your reputation and career!Jack Canfield Silver RGB

A guaranteed way to change more people’s lives for the better (including your own)

My new Train the Trainer Online program teaches you all the exact same material I have been teaching for the past five years in my Train the Trainer Live Program.

Because I want to enlist as many people as possible to join me in sharing this powerful teaching with others, I decided to offer it as an online program as well.

Imagine what the world will be like with millions of empowered people living their full potential?

You can teach the Success Principles to any audience: private clients, employees of your company, members of any organization, schools, and more.

You can teach in any venue: community centers, colleges, churches, schools, conference rooms, retirement communities, living rooms, on cruise ships – wherever works for you and your audience.

PLUS, you can easily customize these principles or incorporate them into your existing teaching materials to amplify your effectiveness and get more powerful results.

The possibilities are endless.

To transform lives, become a transformational teacher

Every day, millions of people around the world take a look at their life and wish it could be different.

They wish they were happier, more successful, and more deeply fulfilled. They wish they could heal their relationships, spend more time doing the things they truly love, and feel like they’re living their true purpose and having a lasting impact on the world.

You can help them achieve their dreams.

Through my new Train the Trainer Online program, you’ll learn how to truly master the Success Principles and teach them to others – using the same transformational teaching methods that I have developed over my 40-year career as a successful teacher, speaker, trainer, coach and corporate consultant.

You’ll learn how to lovingly overcome people’s resistance to change and help them eradicate the obstacles that have been holding them back from achieving their full potential.

You’ll help them understand that changing their life begins with no more effort than shifting a single thought. And you’ll help them rewrite the script of their lives to give them overflowing abundance and joy in all areas of their lives.

By using my proven experiential teaching tools and exercises, you will reach deep into the core of their being and create positive transformation that will give them the confidence, determination, and heart they need to create all the success they want and deserve.

What you’ll receive in your online dashboard

As a participant of Train the Trainer Online, you will receive 24/7 lifetime access to all the tools and resources you need to teach the Success Principles and become a Transformational Trainer – including:

  • 35+ hours of live Success Principles instruction on video
  • curriculum plans and handouts
  • outlines and facilitator guides
  • techniques and instructions for dozens of experiential exercises
  • PowerPoint templates you can start using today to run one-hour talks, 3-hour workshops, full day programs
  • Access to our trainer community
  • Official Certification, and more!

You can use the resources straight “out of the box” or easily customize them to reflect your own unique purpose and objectives.

We’ve designed the curriculum so that with minimal prep work, you’ll be able to step in front of your audience and help them learn my most powerful Success Principles to achieve more joy and abundance in all areas of their lives.

Best of all, you’ll be able to do the training on your own schedule in the comfort of your own home!

What kind of impact will this have on your life and career?

As a Success Principles trainer, you can make a good income when you charge tuition for your workshops and seminars.

Here’s a simple illustration of what’s possible…

Let’s say 50 people take your 2-hour workshop for $50. You’ll make $2,500. If you teach 100 people, you’ll have $5,000.

Let’s say you do the one-day seminar instead and charge tuition of $150. You’ll make $7,500 with 50 people ($15,000 if you teach 100 people!).

When you give value, you receive value

I hope you are excited as I am about the opportunity to share these breakthrough Success Principles to others – and expand your own life and career in the process.

People are eager to learn. They hunger for what can make their lives better. They yearn for expansion, fresh knowledge, and new skills.

And now you can give it to them.

An abundant and happy future is possible for everyone. All they need is guidance from you. You know deep in your heart that you are a great teacher and a capable facilitator. Put your talents to use with this powerful curriculum.

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I hope you’ll join me in helping others achieve their highest potential!