Central's goal is to provide clients with the very best
in professional coaches. So we are very picky. Our minimum
requirements are that coaches have:
from an ICF accredited coaching school.
Undergone supervisions by qualified senior coaches.
Have been coaching professionally for at least 1 year.
certification through an ICF accredited school, or
the ICF directly.
a member of the ICF and is bound by their ethical
Central is planning to expand and offer a wide range of professional
development opportunities for coaches.
We are shortly going to be rolling out a much more comprehensive
program for professional development. However at this time
we are excited to offer:
Supervision Calls - In supervision, a coach tapes a
client call (with the client's permission of course). The
call is then played back to a senior supervising coach who
provides feedback on what the coach is doing well and where
the coach would benefit from further developing. Supervision
calls are generally thought to be the most valuable component
of any certification process, and should form part of any
coach's ongoing professional development. The cost of Coach
Central supervision calls is $450 for 3 sessions. For more
information send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Coaching Development Calls - This is the most
cost effective way of continuing to grow as a coach. You and
3 other coaches will be led through a session of round-robin
coaching under the direction of a senior mentor coach. You
will see what is working well for you, and you see the areas
in which you most need to grow. You will get great feedback
and also benefit from watching and learning from the other
coaches. The cost is $125, per person, for 2 phone-based sessions
of an hours duration. For more information send an inquiry
Coaching profession is growing rapidly. And demand for
qualified coaches is also growing as more individuals
seek effective and affordable ways to get better results
and more satisfaction in their lives, careers or businesses.
If you are thinking about becoming a coach, here is some
information that will help you decide if this is for you.
"Coaching, a new profession, is developing to provide
support, training and tools to help people grow in their
personal, work, social and spiritual lives."
enjoy helping people, and would like the flexibility
that comes with running your own, profitable, home-based
business, you may want to take a closer look at coaching.
As you may have heard, coaching is one of the fastest
growing home-based businesses in North America. And
over the past few years, coaching has begun to spread
throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts
of Asia. However, before you jump on the bandwagon,
there are a few things you might want to check out.
separates the really successful coaches from the ones that
struggle? It boils down to three main factors.
Good Coaches enjoy Coaching.
So here we are suggesting you make sure you will actually
enjoy coaching. After all, as a coach you will be doing this
all day. Do you enjoy talking with people? Do you get excited
when you see them succeed? Do people naturally come to you
for advice? (To get a real feel for coaching, you may want
to consider hiring a coach for a few months. If money is really
tight, you can at least explore some of the free orientation
calls or courses that many of the coach training schools provide.)
Good Coaches get great training.
You would be well advised to do your homework on the various
coach training schools. There are now hundreds of "coaching
schools" popping up. As of this writing, less than a dozen
are actually accredited by the ICF (International Coach Federation).
Be particularly wary of any school that is not ICF accredited.
Like any fast growing profession, coaching has a few fast-buck
artists flogging inferior coaching programs these days. DO
YOUR HOMEWORK. This also applies to those schools that are
accredited by the ICF. They all have different philosophies,
approaches, training styles, costs, etc. Make sure you pick
the right one for you.
Successful Coaches master the business
of Coaching. This is where most coaches fall short.
You will really benefit from learning a lot about the actual
business of coaching, the actual setting up, operating and
marketing of your practice. Most of this is not rocket science,
but pay careful attention. There are far more good coaches,
than there are good coaches with full practices. The difference
is marketing. Most of the schools offer a limited or relatively
simplistic approach in the area of marketing.
In summary, if you like working with people, and get great
coach training, and you take a professional and consistent
approach to the business and marketing of coaching, you stand
a good chance of joining the top 20% of this profession. Regarding
timing, it is different for everyone. However many diligent
coaches - i.e. who follow the above guidelines - are able
to make a transition into full time coaching within 6 months
to one year. (You can often begin to coach, and generate some
revenue, within 6 weeks.)
started in the business world to help stressed out executives
cope with their professional and personal lives, and it
still thrives in the corporate environment. But, increasingly,
individuals are turning to coaches for help with every
sort of problem."
- Boston Globe
you are wanting to start a coaching practice our bottom-line
a qualified mentor coach you can relate to and enjoy
Experience great coaching.
Have your coach guide you through the various training
options and alternatives. (Very important!)
Have your coach, help you set up your practice and
find the marketing approach that will work the best
for you. (Here it will pay off to ensure your coach
has a strong background in marketing.)
you have the interest and aptitude, and are committed
to do what it takes, a good mentor coach can help you
start up a successful coaching practice in 6 months to
a year. Be cautions of the claims of instant riches some
schools put forth. Like many businesses or professions,
20% of the practitioners do 80% of the business. Make
every effort to do what it takes to get into the top 20%.
In the end, the responsibility for your success is all
up to you.
personal coach can help you by getting you to spell
out what it is that you really want and then working
with you to make the changes that actually enable you
to get there."
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you are looking to become a coach, having access to an
experienced professional coach (mentor coach) can really
shorten your learning curve and be of invaluable assistance.
Here are some suggestions to help you choose a great coach:
to several coaches and find one you have a rapport
sure you feel that the coach has a genuine interest
in you. (Check out your intuition on this one.)
your coach is a member of the International Coach
Federation and is thus governed by professional practice
and ethics guidelines.
Ensure your coach has completed advanced training,
and become certified, at one or more ICF accredited
schools. And that their training included numerous
supervisions by more senior coaches.
your coach has sufficient experience.
potential coaches about their philosophy and approach
to coaching. (Do they help you find answers right
for you, or just give advice that was right for them?)
potential coaches spell out what services they deliver,
and what the total cost of those services will be.
is a fairly new profession and it is evolving quickly.
With any new profession, there are a lot of people jumping
on the bandwagon. And, it may take a few years for the
public to become fully educated on what constitutes a
Certified Coach. In the meantime, it can be quite hit
and miss with many of the self-proclaimed coaches, who
have not taken any training, and offer little more than
advice. And while good advice has its place, it is not
coaching. (Currently there are at least 16,000 people
in the World that call themselves coaches. By our estimate,
less than 1 in 8 has completed any advanced training and
become certified by an accredited school recognized by
the International Coach Federation.)
So if you want to experience good coaching, be sure to
check out your Coach's background.
you would like to use Coach Central's free service to
locate a mentor coach for you, please simply fill out
the form at REQUEST FORM