What Is a Reasonable Training Coach Timeline?

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.

Coaching Training

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!

Coaching Practice

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.

Hope you took some great value out of this post today! I’d love to hear your feedback, so make sure you leave a comment with your thoughts or questions. And also, you can click on the Twitter button below to retweet this article…Thank you!

Dave Iuppa
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach

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  1. Mary T. says

    I agree! Always keep learning and evoluate! You can’t stop learning, simply because it is a profession but although a passion that you will have in you forever. I am even doing online coaching at the moment. I can have a daily faced-to-faced contact with my clients alongside my extra clients from the online coaching. It is really great. I never stop practicing actually… If some coaches are like me, impatient to meet new clients, I advice you to contact your24hcoach. I found it was the easiest way for me. People just see when I am connected and we can start the appointment.
    So, don’t stop learning, don’t stop coaching and you will be more and more confident in your knowlege. Good luck!

  2. Claire says

    Coach training is a continued process and learning is an everyday thing. There is no exact day when you will finish as everyday you learn new things and acquire new skills to help you improve on becoming a great coach.

  3. Marlon says

    When you begin your coaching practice, the learning process begins. This does not end until you tire of what you are doing. And if you genuinely want to help others and share your ideas then this learning will be continuous.

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