I was having a conversation with a friend and the topics shifted from sports to do you need to be certified to be a life coach? The answer was easy, but not really simple. You see, you don’t actually need to be certified. You do need to have credibility in order to influence others and that is what a good life coach does, influence others. As a coach, do I need to have a certification or be a certified coach who focuses on life issues?
Professionals Often Ask Me, Do You Need To Be Certified To Be A Life Coach?
As a coach, I often answer this question with a question. Would you want your heart surgeon to be a board certified surgeon if he was to perform open heart surgery on you or simply a family medicine doctor? Now, don’t get me wrong, they is nothing wrong with family medicine doctors. They will keep you healthy and if you consult with them on a regular basis, you should live a long and healthy life.
This is the case of do you need to be certified to be a life coach? No, but if you want to be a professional and help people get down to the root of the issues or problems, it would be best if you actually were a certified life coach. This allows for professional training, in-depth understanding of human dynamics and behavior modification.
It’s All Just Conversation, right?
Yes, it is. However, I did need to be certified to become a life coach. It was about creditability for me. In order to build the confidence beyond the friendship advisor, I needed to become a professional coach. Once I completed the training it became easy to move from the friendly conversation of helping friends and relatives to actually being able to acquirer paying clients as a life coach. So you be the judge, do you need to be certified to be a life coach?
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