So you want to become a coach or at you are at least wondering whether this is a path you should consider?
For many people coaching is a highly rewarding career option, one that is often taken up following one’s own positive experiences of being coached. For others, faced with fierce competition from an ever increasing number of coaches, it can be a tough way of earning a sustainable income often resulting in a return to alternative employment.
This section has been written to help you decide whether a career in coaching is right for you and to help you make the right decisions about training and marketing your business. Some of the questions we aim to help you answer are:
Should you decide that you want to start a career in coaching then you'll need to consider accreditation and that can be an expensive business if you train with a business coaching organisation.
That said the accreditation programme offered by Dr Steve G Jones and Master Life Coach Mike Litman offer a 60 day full refund if you're not happy. It's a risk free way to get directly involved in what it's like to become a coach, use this link to sign up and find out more.
A more expensive option is to train with a business coaching organisation such as the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). They offer introductory weekends called "Fundamentals" where your get to experience what it's like to be a coach first hand. We've done fundamentals and have learned a huge amount but it does come at a price ($925 for 2½ days) and any discounts are off further courses.
CTI is thorough but take time to think, be sure that you want to become a coach before shelling out your hard earned cash.
Certainly our experience tells us that just wanting to help others isn't enough. To fully appreciate the power of coaching and to become a good coach takes hard work, dedication and a considerable amount of money and once qualified, a lot of practice is required to become confident in your own ability.
In addition, there's then the hard work of starting your own business and all the decisions that come with it, the links below will help you understand more as you read about our experiences.
Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training - Patrick Williams (Hardcover)
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