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You Coach People With ADD, Whether You Know it Or Not!

July 27, 2012

Web MD says that 4% to 5% of adults have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  I’ll just call it ADD to keep things simple.

JugglingAnyway, that’s a high number – about one out of every 20 people you know has ADD!

Because adults and teenagers with ADD struggle with these ADD problems (among other things)…

  • Procrastination
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor planning abilities
  • Distractibility
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Difficulty with details and instructions
  • Relationships

 …then it stands to reason that people with ADD would be more likely to seek out coaching, with its emphasis on structure, focus, planning and action steps.

So I will make a wild guess that at least 10% of people who seek coaching have ADD or ADHD, or many of the symptoms of this diagnosis. 

[If you or one of your clients has ADD, make sure you check out Linda Roggli’s new program, “Gentle Nudge,” below!] 

Add to that the number of people who have just some of these symptoms, so they don’t qualify for a diagnosis.  These people are struggling also.  I think I might be one of them.

What does that mean for you?  As a coach, it is important to be on the lookout for this list of symptoms, to educate yourself more about ADD, and to make sure they are diagnosed correctly.  This will help a medical professional decide if they could be helped by medication [See sidebar].  Knowing your diagnosis is often a huge relief, helping the person feel less “lazy” or “dumb.”  They can just focus on what they need to do to succeed, knowing the signs of ADD.

Be aware that the smarter the person with ADHD, the easier it is for them to get around their symptoms, and to become high-achieving adults.  That doesn’t mean that they don’t need the same kind of help.

ADHD ExperienceIf you coach people with ADD, then you know how difficult it is for them to focus, plan, set priorities, and remember what they are supposed to be working on each day.

Luckily, there are a growing number of people who are ADHD coaches.  They have studied with experts and become certified specialists in this area.

I had the pleasure of meeting many of them when I gave my presentation, “Recurring Revenue, Rock Star Results:  Online Accountability Groups for ADHD,” at the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO) national conference on March 22, 2012.  What an incredibly fun, friendly, and bright group of people!  Getting to know them was a true delight.

Five of the 30 coaches in my audience became Finish Agent licensees.  They could immediately see that the structure, daily accountability, the small-group community, the ability to track progress visually, and a place to post their 4-week goals, all would help people with ADD overcome their most persistent problems.

I recently gave a webinar to the ADDiva Network, and was interviewed by Linda Roggli, the Founder and “Director of Possibilities.”  I explored the concept of regular daily actions as a way to tackle those big projects that means so much to you but have no external deadline.  I called the talk “How to Eat an Elephant One Bite at a Time.”  You can read about it here  How to Eat an Elephant One Bite at a Time.  Linda is offering the recording and videos for a nominal fee here: ADDiva Goodies Shop— go to “All the ADD goodies are hidden here” and then click on the middle picture.

But most importantly, read about Linda’s NEW PROGRAM, called Gentle Nudge, which will use our Finish Agent technology to help people with ADD to get things accomplished and keep their priorities straight on a daily basis.

Check it out now:  Gentle Nudge  (http://gentlenudge.me/)

Gentle Nudge

Then make sure you come back here and let us know whether you think you work with more than a few people with ADD.  Or tell us whether you have a sneaking suspicion that maybe you have ADD.

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