Any suggestions for professional coaching training programs?
I am seriously considering adding "Professional Coaching" to the list of services I provide. There are many training programs out there -- is there anyone who has gone through a training program that they would recommend (or recommend staying away from)?
Hi Mary, I am a leadership coach from franklin covey and have a team of executive coaches with me doing some very interesting forms of coaching for the corporate world. Also we have a team of trainers providing some out of the box training programs on various topics of interest for corporate world as well as for NGO's, Educational Institutions, Start-Ups and Individuals. If you are interested in getting more information, let us connect up on email@example.com. Look forward to hearing back from you. Would also like to get mire details on your query. Best wishes and regards, Archana
I'd love to speak with you about coach training programs. Give me a call when you have time: 703.725.4831.
Good evening Mary Ann,
When it comes to coaching or mentoring an individual or groups at a time, go by the golden rule of ILT: Invest in yourself, Learn the skills then Teach. Never take on too many clients at one time. Yes technology...the Internet...provides you with many tools to speak 1 on 1 or a webinar where you can speak to 100 people.
I cannot stress enough...ILT (Invest Learn Teach) Obviously you are seeing a need in your niche. Re-invent the coaching programs that are available now.
Hi Mary Ann,
I have taken several different "Coaching Programs" each of them have provided some insight in their own ways.
First, before you jump into coaching programs connect with coaches that are successful in the area you want to get into. Pay for a few hours of their time and ask they all the questions you want to know
- What certification did they take
- How long did it take for them to grow their clients base
- What challenges have they run into
- How much do they charge per client
- How much money do they make per year
-What systems they have in place
Second, depending where are you starting out from. If you have never coached a client then it might be good to take a program that resonates with your area of coaching, It could be business, personal development, holistic Lifestyle coaching...etc.
Third, do your research on what coaches are offering.
Being a business consultant and owing a digital marketing agency. I have helped several coaches build their business systems and market their coaching programs.
If you have any questions please let me know
Hi, I myself am considering re-starting Professional Coaching / training. I had in past opened a Training Center providing training to students and Seniors alike in the field I am a expert at. My past experience SAYS just start it and go for it...you shall certainly succeed!
I sugest you sift through some of the great talent on this site and do a 10 minute interview and make your decision because it is a fit for you, your needs and ambitions and that may not fit in a box so find your fit and don't be shy in the search.
I read every answer and agree that while you do not NEED a certification to be a coach, it is a good idea to take a course because it is very eye-opening. Most people think they are coaching when they are just giving advice, and coaching is so much more powerful. You will gain skills that will help every aspect of your business and your life.
I do see how coaching would fit your offering because it allows you to cultivate a more long-term and organic relationship with clients. If you were just starting out in helping others, I would recommend a more rigorous program, but with the experience you have, one of the shorter certification programs might be just the thing for you.
I train professionals as coaches in small, supportive groups and consider that they are already experts in their field - that coaching is a new avenue for providing service.
I went thru Coachville's program several years ago and had a good experience. There was a good balance of teaching and practice session with break out partners. If you know the focus of the coaching that you would like to do, I would look for a program tailored to that area. I would suggest talking with several coaches. If you have not experienced being coached, you may also want to think about hiring a coach before investing in a caoch training program. Hope that helps.
Hi Mary Ann...I just viewed your website...How would "Professional Coaching" add value to your existing services?
Coaching is very unique offering...dare I say, calling. I'm not sure it's something that you add to your existing services. AND, having viewed your website and services, I'm not convinced it would add any value.
That said, feel free to prove everyone wrong including me - if you want to be a coach, then make it happen.
MJ Cranmore says the profession of coaching is quite new - Agreed, if you're comparing coaching to carpet sales...however, Business Coaching (for example) is about 20 years old. So yes, it's new...but so what...like I said, if you want to be a coach, BE a coach. First decided what kind of coach you want to be..."professional" is too vague...what will you specialize in?
Hi Mary Ann, I have not attended any professional coaching program but interacted with some coaches. You may check out the website of Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and go through their E magazine called Business Coaching Worldwide. The content there should help you in knowing your strengths (and weaknesses, if any) as far as professional coaching is concerned. All the best!
Mary I am a Certified Professional Life Coach. Here are some things to think about when pursuing a Life Coaching Credential.
Life Coaching is not counseling, mentoring, or consulting. So you will need to understanding coaching and the coaching model in order to effectively transition your client from point A (where they are now) to point B (where they want to be).
Discover your why, as to why coaching is important to you.
Discover what you want to do with a life coaching practice.
Discover who you want to impact with your coaching practice.
Discover where and how you want to impact them.
You do not necessarily have to stick to a particular life coaching method that is in existence. Once you understand the coaching models you can even develop your own style to genuinely impact individuals lives.
Knowing what you specific "Niche", what you are passionate about helping people with, will help you to discover the right coaching program that is specific in nature to your desired Life Coaching practice.
Feel free to reach out to me regarding in questions you may have. Enjoy your journey toward success.
I have researched many programs only to find out there is lots of fluff and little stuff. There are some that promise so much with assistance from coach support. However the bulk of their materials are books and tons of DVD's.
I think that you can find some amazing coaching mentors on mosaicHUB or LinkedIn. I say that because of the interaction I he had on here including some of the comments people have placed on here.
Best of success, Gil
Hi Mary Ann,
I attended the coaching program through CTI www.thecoaches.com and highly recommend it. The International Coach Federation (ICF) also has a list of programs that have their stamp of approval meaning the programs align with a strict code of conduct and core principles for training coaches.
Hi Mary! Great question. I get this a lot.
I got certified through Fowler International Academy of Professional coaching initially. It was great, but I continued to hone my skills with the best coach on the planet in my opinion; Tony Robbins.
I have learned a lot from being one of his coaches. He has an online training for the public called Robbins-Madaness training and a great framework in an audio training called, Creating Lasting Change.
If you would like to know more about these programs or pick my brain on your next steps, feel free to reach out to me. I have several coaching clients that are in the process of becoming coaches now as well.
Be careful of online scammers out there trying to make a buck to teach you skills and "certify" you into something that is not reputable and at the end of the day will not help your career.
I hope this helps!
Coach David Brownlee
david at davidbrownlee dot com
Mary Ann, Your title is very broad, what are you coaching? I ask you this because coaching girls softball is different from coaching executives.
There is so much on coaching that I am afraid that you will get lost in the myriad of professional coaching offerings. I think there are more coaches than clients that are looking for a coach.
I strongly recommend LIFO Life Orientations Communication Method by Dr. Stuart Atkins////go to www.lifo.co I was introduced to it by the late Dr. Stan Gross Industrial Pschologist for the University of Penn and it has been a very interesting and dynamic seminar for helping people individually, team building, turnarounds, identifying sales people etc...Can't say enough good things about LIFO
I enjoyed my training at CTA - Coach Training Alliance www.coachtrainingalliance.com/ It was affordable, convenient and packed with both coaching and business strategies for a coaching business.
Never become a coach via a "Certification Program" if you do not have that experience in the real world. The industry of coaching is being hurt by the false belief you can become a coach wiht courses. Coached have real-world experience. Would you let someone coach you at golf or football that never played the game? The "Business Coaching" and "Life Coaching" sectors are filled with unqualified people who have none of the experience needed. Attending these meetings I see people that are dangerous every time. Full of ego and no experience. Don't add to that disaster. Coach at what you have 5-10 years experience doing only. Coaching programs can add some structure - they can never give you the experience needed to be a good coach.