Finding training and education to become a coach can be as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. But if you don’t follow these simple guidelines you might just waste a lot of money and time, and end up not having the knowledge and skill needed to be a successful coach.
Step One: Know What You Are Looking For
The most important step in finding something is knowing what you are looking for. So you need to ask yourself what kind of coach you want to be. Do you want to be a consultant in a particular area, and know how to ask really good questions or how to get your client to take action on your recommendations? Is that what coaching is to you? Do you want to be able to work with a particular group of people – like young people trying to decide what to do with their lives, or newly divorced women trying to restart their lives? Whatever the answer, this is the place to start.
Step Two: Search for Programs and Analyze Their Training and Education to Become a Coach
Now that you know what kind of coaching you are interested in doing, determine what knowledge and skills you will need to be effective in that area. There are basically three areas of coaching: strategy coaching – helping your clients determine their goals and giving them the tools and insights needed to reach their goals, assessment coaching – using powerful psychological instruments to develop insights into your clients behavioral style, values and motivations, and accountability coaching – removing blocks that hold your client back and helping them to take action toward their goals. All coaching can be fit into one of these three areas, and I highly recommend that eventually you become proficient in each area. Search the internet, and talk to people to identify programs that teach in these areas. Make sure that the programs are based on solid scientific principles, and that a lot of coaching and being coached is included in the programs. This last point is critical because coaching is a skill that can only be mastered through guided practice.
Step Three: Check Affiliations and References
Finally, when choosing training and education to become a coach, you really need to check their affiliations and references. Coaching is not a regulated profession, and there are few standards in place. Look for programs that have been recognized by organizations like the International Coaching Federation, and speak with graduates of the program. If possible speak with people who have been coached by graduates of the program. If you follow these three steps, you will set yourself up for success as a coach, as you choose your training and education to become a coach.
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