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Introvert or Extrovert? Is a Career in Health Coaching For You

Health coaching is an increasingly popular profession that attracts individuals passionate about promoting health and wellness. But, is it suitable for everyone? In this article, we’ll explore the distinct personality traits of introverts and extroverts, and how they fit within the health coaching field, to help you decide if this is the right career path for you. 


What is Health Coaching? 

Health coaching involves guiding clients towards healthier lifestyle choices through personalised advice and support. It's a profession that requires a blend of empathy, communication, and knowledge. While these are traits that both introverts and extroverts possess, learning why both personality types might thrive in this environment may help you decide if a career in health coaching is for you. 


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Introverts in Health Coaching 

There are many misconceptions about what it means to be an introvert, the most common being that introverts are shy or antisocial. While this might be true for some introverts, it is not their defining trait. 


Introversion refers to the personality type of people who focus most of their attention inward on their thoughts and feelings rather than the external world. Introverts describe themselves as feeling more drained from external stimuli such as social gatherings, than extroverts do. This is because they feel energised by time alone and need their own space to recharge. Introverts are often drawn to roles where deep listening and thoughtful communication are valued, which are key aspects of health coaching. Here's why many introverts excel in health coaching: 


1. Listening Skills:

Introverts tend to be great listeners, especially in one-on-one situations that require “deep listening”. They are adept at creating calm and quiet spaces for others to speak freely without interruption. Introverts are typically observant, picking up on subtle cues that might indicate a client's unspoken concerns or hesitations. They don’t feel the need to fill in gaps in a conversation, leaving space for clients to voice their deepest thoughts and feel heard. 


2. Deeper Connections:

Introverts prefer to cut through the small talk and get to the heart of the matter. While introverts may prefer fewer social interactions, the connections they form are often deep and meaningful. In health coaching, this ability to build strong, trust-based relationships can be more valuable than having a wide network of shallower connections.


Forming deeper connections at live training event


3. Reflective & Focused:

Introverts can be incredibly focused when working independently. This focus is beneficial when researching health topics, developing personalised coaching plans, or working through the complexities of a client’s dietary needs – skills you can develop through health coach training. 


Extroverts in Health Coaching 

In contrast to introverts, extroverts are energised by external stimuli and thrive in social settings, making them natural fits for roles that require outgoing personalities, such as leading group coaching sessions or workshops. 


Extroverts make excellent health coaches for multiple reasons: 


1. Outgoing & Expressive:

The ability to motivate and inspire is valuable in health coaching. For this reason, extroverts tend to find great success in group coaching sessions or workshops, key components of Health Coach certification programs. The high energy levels of extroverts are contagious, making them excellent motivators. Also, their comfort with speaking in public and interacting with diverse groups of people allows them to articulately share knowledge and inspire others.


2. Connecting With Others:

Extroverts usually find it easier to engage in networking and community outreach, important aspects of building a client base and promoting a health coaching business. Their natural inclination to connect with others can be a huge asset in expanding their professional network. While extroverts thrive in group settings, their ability to make instant connections with others is a huge advantage, meaning they can also manage one-on-ones. Extroverts can also leverage their sociability through various online platforms, extending their reach and impact. 


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3. Adaptability:

With their adaptable and spontaneous nature, extroverts can think on their feet and handle unexpected changes during coaching sessions or group meetings. They are able to introduce new activities or discussions that respond to the group’s mood and interests with ease. 


Introvert, Extrovert, or Neither?

The reality is people are complicated. If you don’t identify with introversion or extroversion very strongly, then you might be an ambivert - a mix between the two. All of us fall somewhere on the spectrum and these personality types are simply a tool to help us better understand ourselves. 

Whatever your personality type, Health Coaches Academy recognises the strengths that both introverts and extroverts bring to the health coaching profession. HCA offers a range of learning experiences from in-depth online modules to interactive workshops and live events. This variety allows students to engage in ways that suit their personal style and learning preferences.


Here are some testimonials from HCA graduates who share their own experience with the course whilst being an introvert: 


"I've gained so much confidence during this course. As an introvert, meeting new people is normally out of my comfort zone but I've persistently pushed myself and joined all of the coaching opportunities I can. I’ve now met friends for life who I’m in contact with almost daily. You wouldn’t normally get this level of contact with an online course, I think it’s great!"  

- Kez Barnes, 2023 HCA Graduate 


"Reflecting on my journey of personal growth throughout the course, it's clear that it pushed me out of my comfort zone from the very start. I am naturally shy, however, as the course progressed, I gradually found my feet and my voice. I have developed a newfound confidence which has enabled me to step out of my shell and embrace new opportunities for growth. Now, I stand with a belief in my abilities and how I can positively impact people's lives."

- Sarai Leigh, 2023 Graduate

 

So, whether you are an introvert who values deep, thoughtful interactions or an extrovert who thrives in lively group settings, a career in health coaching can be a rewarding and effective way to make a difference in people’s lives. At Health Coaches Academy, both introverts and extroverts can find the tools and support needed to build successful careers in health coaching.

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