There are many coaching companies that promise the best training possible for its new coaches, but how can you be sure that the training you receive will not only make you a strong coach, but also give you the proper footing to build a strong coaching business?
When you are looking at being trained as a coach, the first things you need to ask yourself are these three questions:
a) Do I need training on how to be an effective coach? (skills coaching)
b) Do I need a system in order to deliver coaching? (systems coaching)
c) Do I need to learn how to run a successful coaching business?
Once you’ve answered these basic questions, you need to match the training offered to your needs.
This requires due diligence on your part, doing the proper research and a complete understanding of what you’re looking for. Once you’ve decide what that is, and you’ve done all the research you can, do a little more by speaking to as many graduates from the training program as possible. And when you do speak to them, you should know what to ask them.
Here are some of the questions you should be asking:
1. How many people were in the training class you attended?
2. How often do you receive ongoing training and support from the organization that trained you?
3. Who conducts the training? How qualified are they to conduct training?
4. How long is the training?
5. Does training include role play?
6. What sort of course material do you receive?
7. What if I forget something at training – is there some way I can speak to the trainer again?
8. How long after training can you apply the knowledge?
9. Does the training involve a systemized way to coach?
10. How does the training help you gain or retain clientele?
11. What is the price for training? What does it include?
After you’ve asked these questions, you’ll know better what is relevant to your success as a coach and which system suits you best.