20 Coaches Share The Hottest Topics In Their Industry Niches

Expert Panel® Forbes Coaches Council

In the world of professional coaching, there are countless niches, and within these spaces, certain focus areas and trends regularly emerge as the hottest topics of conversation in the field. As coaches and clients alike navigate the dynamic challenges of our modern world, these topics highlight the most pressing concerns of clients and the innovative approaches coaches take to help clients address them.

From digital wellness to sustainability, coaches are diving deeply into subjects that matter to those individuals who seek their guidance to move toward personal growth and transformation. Below, 20 Forbes Coaches Council members explore some of the most talked-about topics in their particular niches, unveiling the trends, insights and strategies that are currently shaping each of these evolving industries.

1. Solving The Teacher Shortage

My coaching niche is public education leadership. In the United States, public education is decentralized. So, depending on the state, county, city or town, the most hotly debated topics can range from banned books and Covid-19 issues; from board-superintendent dynamics to politics and policy. However, I believe the hottest topic of conversation right now in America is the teacher shortage and how to solve it. – My coaching niche is public education leadership. In the United States, public education is decentralized. So, depending on the state, county, city or town, the most hotly debated topics can range from banned books and Covid-19 issues; from board-superintendent dynamics to politics and policy. However, I believe the hottest topic of conversation right now in America is the teacher shortage and how to solve it. – Pablo Muñoz, Muñoz & Company

2. Workplace Relationships

I help people to get out of their own way by helping them to process the self-limiting, harmful chatter in their minds. The hottest area right now is workplace relationships. Most of us hate conflict, so we avoid it or handle it poorly; this causes us to create unhelpful stories in our minds (self-talk), meaning issues go unchallenged and unresolved, causing frustration, inertia and wasted time. – Ricky Muddimer, Thinking Focus

3. Neuroscience

I am a breakthrough coach for high-performance leaders. Neuroscience is currently the hottest topic of conversation in the industry. Neuroscience is the study of the brain and nervous system, and it has become increasingly relevant in the coaching industry. Coaches are using neuroscience to gain a deeper understanding of how the brain works and how it can be optimized for peak performance. – Carrie Anne Yu, Conscious Ignite

4. Unleashing An Executive Manager’s Inner Leader

I coach and consult C-suite executive managers in an array of domains, and I focus on helping them tap into and nurture their inner leader. This strategic intervention is needed in today’s ever-changing marketplace due to the polycrisis that we are facing. Every manager must learn to become a leader and handle crises on all fronts. – Karina Ochis, Prof. Dr. Karina Ochis

5. Finding Ways To Live Authentically

My company specializes in leadership coaching, focusing on authenticity, values and strengths-based leadership. I personally focus on coaching women in the same manner. The hottest topic I hear now is finding ways to live authentically—not only as a leader, but also in life. In some instances, that involves boundary setting, in others it is about pivoting careers or even starting businesses. – Tami Chapek, WeInspireWe

6. Using AI To Assist, Not Replace

My coaching niche is marketing, media and monetization. The hottest topic right now in marketing is artificial intelligence and how to use it effectively as an assistant—not a copywriter—and to use your own voice. Together with data-driven decision making, enhanced customer experiences and automated tasks, improved targeting and analytics can provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace. – Patty Farmer, Patty Farmer International

7. Accountability

Accountability is the hottest topic in my practice, which is coaching CEOs in fast-cycle industries. During the pandemic, many of my clients found a way of succeeding through developing direct accountability and a bias toward fewer direct reports. Today, the CEOs I work with are growing their teams by subdividing the responsibilities among existing folks through promotions or new executive hires. – Ben Levitan, Cedalion Partners

8. Environmental Sustainability

The hot topic in the industry right now is environmental sustainability. Every employee and organization wants to talk about it. They want to know the ins and outs of it. I tend to emphasize the topic of sustainability of minds first to achieve environmental sustainability. The sustainability of minds is essential to creating sustainable societies. – Alex Jones, National Leadership Association (NLA®)

9. AI’s Future Impacts

I am a C-suite and board coach. My clients are concerned with how AI may impact their succession planning and future knowledge-sharing strategies. They are prioritizing the development of critical thinking and strategic problem-solving skills among junior employees and developing organizational resilience in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environments. – Shamila Mhearban, The Leadership Growth Hub

10. Generating Referrals Via Facebook

My particular niche is working with entrepreneurs involved in the real estate space. Whether they are realtors or in mortgage, title or insurance, the hottest topic of conversation is how to use Facebook to generate referrals for their business. Because I use Facebook to average over 500 referrals a year, I am able to guide them on the topic to increase business and profitability. – Jessica Stroud, She RULES

11. Leading With Empathy And Equity-Based Leadership

I focus primarily on helping senior executives and leaders maximize their impact and their team’s potential. My niche is in executive leadership with an emphasis on elevating personal impact and driving performance and companywide inclusion. A few of the hottest topics I am hearing include leading with empathy, equity-based leadership, hybrid work and AI. – Dr. Flo Falayi, Korn Ferry

12. Evolving The HR Operating Model

I serve as a leadership “therapist” to chief human resource officers. The hottest topic right now is how to evolve the HR operating model to align with the future needs of the business, without breaking what’s already working or disengaging and driving out key talent. It’s a delicate but vital dance if HR is truly to become a strategic enabler within organizations. – Claire Chandler, Talent Boost

13. Standing Out In A Crowded Marketplace

My coaching and consulting niche is in specialized or knowledge-based services, such as finance, legal and accounting. The conversation that has everyone intrigued is how to stand out in a crowded marketplace. The work I do guides these professionals to uncover their “uniquifier” and scale their businesses by teaching them to connect and engage with their target clients in new, creative and authentic ways. – Kristin Andree, Andree Group

14. Messaging And Assertiveness, Soft Skills And Personality

Coaching c-level executives on communications and influential leadership, the hot topics are different for male and female leaders. For women, it’s all about crafting an interesting message and being assertive. For men, it is about how to incorporate the soft skills that make them leaders while portraying their strong personality. I’m implementing cross-coaching between female and male counterparts. – Mariana Ferrari, Dooit

15. Fostering Psychological Safety In The Workplace

As a professional coach, my niche is leadership development. Within this domain, the hottest topic of conversation is fostering psychological safety in the workplace. Organizations recognize the importance of cultivating a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable voicing opinions and taking risks without fear of repercussion, as it drives innovation and high-performance teams. – Farshad Asl, Top Leaders, Inc.

16. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving And Decision Making

Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making are hot topics for my clients and their teams. The leaders I work with are highly skilled thinkers. What they haven’t thought through is how to develop and scale those skills in others across the organization. My clients rely on our work together to explore leadership frameworks and decision-making models that their people can leverage and rely on. – Jay Steven Levin, WinThinking

17. Employee Retention And Hybrid Workplace Culture

My coaching niche is employee experience, customer experience and culture. I work with business leaders to help them understand each of these pieces and how they work together to drive business outcomes. The hottest topics (there are more than one!) are employee retention, maintaining workplace culture in a “hybrid world” and AI. – Annette Franz, CX Journey Inc.

18. Ensuring Quality Leads Without Breaking The Bank

I specialize in aiding service-based business leaders to optimize lead generation amid rising challenges with return on ad spend. My forte is devising efficient, organic outbound marketing strategies that yield robust results sans hefty budgets. The buzz right now? Ensuring quality leads without breaking the bank. – Jevon Wooden, BrightMind Consulting Group

19. The Practice Of Original Mindfulness

The practice of original mindfulness involves guarding the senses before starting the practice, relaxing the body while watching for tension and letting it go during the practice. To relax does not mean to do something, but to stop doing. When you guard the senses, you don’t allow emotional thoughts to come into your mind. This develops a greater sense of calm and resilience in the face of stress. – Gamini Hewawasam, PhD, ManoLead NFP

20. Team Coaching To Build Trust And Effective Collaboration

Team coaching is a particular niche that is requested most often from those I engage with at this time. Currently, teams are shifting leaders and team members around at a rapid pace. In order to build trust, collaboration and effectiveness, it has become essential to have a team coach come in to assist in building the team’s knowledge, confidence and camaraderie with each other to quickly drive results. – Bryan Powell, Executive Coaching Space