How Do I Become a Coach?

If you’re considering a career as an executive or Business Coach, you are probably wondering what is the best way to enter the field?

Other commonly asked questions are: Do I need to specific training and accreditation to become a coach? Where will I get clients, and do I have what it takes?

In order to make an informed decision about whether coaching is right for you there are a number of steps you can take. You should do as much research as possible and one of the best ways to get information is to go directly to the source, in other words, you can interview people who are already successful coaches.

By interviewing them, you can find as much as you can about the career and lifestyle you would be getting into. They can tell you the good and the bad; how easy or difficult it is, and how they got started. They can also tell you what important lessons they learned along the way and what pitfalls to avoid.

Becoming a coach is not a decision to be taken lightly. You should align yourself with a successful system rather than trying to reinvent the wheel yourself. And in this successful system, you must make sure you receive professional and in depth training before you get started. This will give you the resources, insights, tools and support you need to be successful.

This training should cover not only how to become a coach but also how to run a successful coaching business. It should be extensive and in depth. It should have an ongoing support system after graduation. It should be taught by experienced and active coaches – not by teachers who know theory but not reality. And this training should also include lots of practical information – not just a pummeling of information that you have to sort out on your own.

When looking into the coaching industry, beware of courses that are short and cost little. A coach is a professional service. Coaches earn similar rates to attorneys and accountants. You would not like to have an accountant who is not expected to keep up with the latest in financial and taxation laws in your state. Same with a coach, the learning should never stop with a coach.

The training should include all of the tools you will need to use as a coach. In other words, after training you should feel confident that you can start coaching straight away. If there is more work after you are accredited to get you coaching business off the ground – you will find you will lose many billable hours.


1 Comment

  • By Mike Asbury, May 7, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    This is a great post, Ms. Shaw! I especially like the belief that our learning must never stop. I also agree that candidates should choose a system that trains them to coach and to successfully run a coaching practice. Great stuff in here! -Mike

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