Can a Career Coach Help You Grow Your Health Coaching Practice?


This episode is supported by sales of Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions. The Fire Starter Sessions is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for — to fully want what you want and go for it, to expand your consciousness and your cash flow, to up the ante on your dreams, to be incredibly generous with your love.

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When I launched Grow Yourself, Grow Your Health Coaching Practice, I wanted to create a space for conversations I felt were missing from the larger conversations graduates were having about their coaching experience. So much of the conversation centered around getting clients and making money, which is fine, because that’s what you went to school for.

But there weren’t enough conversations around personal or career development, the other pieces of doing this work that doesn’t have anything to do with getting clients and making money but is about setting yourself up for success.

So when I went through Aileen Axtmayer of AspireWithAileen.com‘s website and talked with her on yesterday’s episode of Green Smoothies, Chocolate, and Bacon, I realized her work was the missing link. In addition to working as a career coach for over a decade, Aileen is also a graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition. This combination, along with her Yoga certification, uniquely positions her as the holistic go-to not just for career growth, but for your whole life.

I’m not a business coach and don’t want to be mistaken for one, but I do want health coaches to be successful in their businesses on their own terms. And I believe that one way to get there is through continuous personal development and growth.

If you’re feeling like you don’t know which way to go or grow as a health coach, I invite you to check out Aileen’s website to see which of her offers is right for you.

Please also let us know your takeaways in the comments below.


Grow Yourself, Grow Your Health Coaching Practice is taking a break for the winter season and will return in May 2018. But it isn’t over! I invite you to catch up on episodes you may have missed, and to stay connected with me on Twitter and Instagram, and over on my Linkedin group. I welcome your feedback and ideas on future topics and how to improve the show, so please feel free to send them my way. 

Why You're Not Enrolling People Into Your Six-Month Program

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The next Professional Health Coach Training Program begins this September. You could launch a new career in health coaching in as little as six months. Find out more when you speak with an admissions representative at 844 315 8547.

Be sure to ask about the Ambassador love package, which offers new students special savings offers when you mention my name, Melissa Danielle.

All students who enroll through my referral will receive additional mentoring and support from me. I look forward to supporting your wellness and health coaching journey. Speak with an admissions representative today at 844 315 8547.


I’ve talked about it before and I’ll say it again:

There’s nothing wrong with a six-month coaching program.

Almost every successful coach I know has or has led a long-term coaching program, yet countless health coaches say the people they talk to want something shorter. What’s the difference between what they’re doing and what you’re doing? Continue reading

Health Coaching is a Political Act

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The next Professional Health Coach Training Program begins this September. You could launch a new career in health coaching in as little as six months. Find out more when you speak with an admissions representative at 844 315 8547.

Be sure to ask about the Ambassador love package, which offers new students special savings offers when you mention my name, Melissa Danielle.

All students who enroll through my referral will receive additional mentoring and support from me. I look forward to supporting your wellness and health coaching journey. Speak with an admissions representative today at 844 315 8547.


Institute for Integrative Nutrition responded to Charlottesville with a call to action to donate to anti-racism efforts. To no one’s surprise, several people responded that they were upset and disappointed that IIN would get political.

I am starting to read this as code for subtle racism, but here’s the thing:

IIN’s entire existence is political. 

To not know this is to not be aware of IIN’s evolution and the huge role it has played in improving the healthcare industry. Continue reading

How Do You Get Better at Coaching?

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This episode is supported by Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions. The Fire Starter Sessions is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for — to fully want what you want and go for it, to expand your consciousness and your cash flow, to up the ante on your dreams, to be incredibly generous with your love. After you dig into these straight-talking sermons and burning questions about your truest desires — from career to relationships — you’ll be clear that the only permission you need to shine … is your own.


My sisterfriend and fellow Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Simone Turner and I have been supporting each other’s coaching practices, personal and professional growth since 2012. When I asked her what she thought about the sentiment that coaching programs don’t teach people how to coach, here’s what she shared:

I find programs like that are focused too much on strategies instead of the real deep coaching skills it takes for coaches to help clients have transformations, because when you run outta strategies, what’s left?

You’ve paid all this money for a program that taught you strategies, but never really taught coaching and now when you hit a wall, you’re stuck with what to do and where to go to help your client.

And that creates a sense of failure and lowers one’s confidence on their abilities to truly coach their clients thru challenging situations because they are taught to rely on strategies and not the true gift of transformational coaching.

So to know what true transformational coaching looks like, you not only have to invest at a level that will yield that, but you have to invest with a coach that lives and embodies what they are teaching you as well and that their initial focus is not all about “strategies”.


After you graduate, you may feel like you don’t know enough or that you’ll need to pursue advanced or specialized training before you can feel confident in your coaching. I invite you to hold off on that and figure out how to get the most from your existing training before you make further additional investments.

With more than ten years in the health coaching profession, I’ve observed the evolution of the industry and the changes in marketing and trends around how to get clients and make money coaching.

Your health coaching practice is unique to your personal and professional desires, so don’t compare what you’re doing or want to be doing with what others are doing.

Your Professional Health Coach Training Program provided you with a turnkey business model designed to help you start health coaching, but what if you don’t want to be self-employed? What happens next?

What were your takeaways? 

Let me know in the comments below or over here in my Linkedin Group. You can also respond to me on Twitter @honeybholistic with hashtags #growyourselfcoaching and #IINHealthCoach.


Thinking of becoming a health coach? Here’s what’s good to know:

Visit www.honeybeeholistic.info to learn more about my experience with Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Professional Health Coach Training Program and to take advantage of my Ambassador Enrollment offer.


I am a Graduate Ambassador of Institute for Integrative Nutrition and may receive compensation for anyone who enrolls through my referral.  All views and opinions expressed here and on Grow Yourself, Grow Your Health Coaching Practice are my own.