The Episode: How to Help Clients When Life Throws Them a Curve
All of us go through the ups and downs of life, no matter who we are. As an online trainer, you’ll sometimes have clients who turn to you for help when they experience something difficult. The better you manage those situations, the better it will be for your clients and your business.
In This Episode
- Avoiding toxic positivity when dealing with clients’ emotions [0:11:22]
- How personal discomfort leads to unhealthy reactions [0:17:26]
- How Jonathan found his way out of a downward spiral [0:22:08]
- Where our emotions come from, and how to handle them [0:27:12]
- Finding a niche and catering directly to a specific need [0:31:00]
- Holding space, providing what’s asked for, and respecting a client’s autonomy [0:33:29]
- Setting clear boundaries and remembering the limits of your role [0:35:44]
“An emotion is not an objective experience. Things are not intrinsically good or bad.” — Jonathan Goodman
Less Is Sometimes More
Positivity can help clients, but it’s not always the answer. By allowing negative emotions in ourselves and others, it becomes possible to move through them at a healthy and realistic speed. Most people don’t want to, and shouldn’t want to, be talked out of a depression.
Although we have to draw boundaries with our clients, emotions will always find ways to blur the lines. A more intimate understanding of the roots of our feelings can make them more manageable, and help us in our work with clients.
You Are Not a Therapist
A client comes to you for the training you offer. The limitations of that role serve you and the client. It’s up to you to set the tone and define the boundaries for your interactions.
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