What is a reasonable coach training timeline? That’s easy. Start immediately and continue to learn forever. That might be a bit “macro” for most, so let’s take a closer look. But before we get too far, ask yourself “Why do we say a Medical Practice?” We do it because it is a work in progress. If you are a coach, you have a coaching practice. You are and always will be a work in progress. OK. So now let’s take that closer look.
There are two ideas here: first, start immediately and never stop; and second, make sure you are getting great training. If you have a calling to be a great coach the first point will take care of itself. If you say to yourself things like “Enough already with this training!” then you are not called to be a genuinely great coach, so just go find something else to do! Second, don’t worry about certifications. They are nice and make you feel good, but since coaching is not a regulated profession at this point, they often do not mean a thing. Look for a science-based program, with tons of mentored coaching, and a record of success for both its graduates AND their clients. Find such a program and get started – TODAY!
When we think of a coach training timeline, it is easy to go back to the idea that “first you get trained and then you execute.” Well forget it! If you have a heart for coaching… if you have a calling to coaching… if you have some life experiences… and if you know how to ask questions and then just listen… you have probably already been coaching for years. When you look at it like this, we are really talking about getting a lot better at what we are already doing. So enroll in the idea of life-long learning and get on with your coaching.
Just what Is a Reasonable Coach Training Timeline?
We have said that your coach training timeline started yesterday and runs out until you take your last breath. If we buy that model of coaching and of coach training, then that is it – yesterday until the day you die. But getting just a bit more specific, you need to start training immediately, in a program that has you coaching in a guided coaching scenario. Then as you become more confident, you need to start coaching your own clients without delay. Unfortunately, self-doubt can start to creep in and you can certainly lose your momentum. So find the right program, begin to coach, continue to coach, continue to learn and keep it up until your dying day.
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