Helping You Find Success With Coach Training

So you’re thinking about becoming a coach?

When you become a coach you will have a tremendous impact on creating positive change in the lives of many people. Most coaches are drawn to coaching because it’s one of the most effective ways to help others move forward in life, in education, in ministry, business, etc.

Coaching is a lot like the old proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”  In coaching, rather than telling people what to do, you will help them to think of their own best solutions for achieving their goals in life. Thus, your clients learn to think for themselves rather than being dependent on someone else.

Myths About Coaching

Coaching is only for "fixing problem people."

Fact: Coaching is never about “fixing” people.  People do not need fixing.  Treating people as though they are damaged or incorrect leads to resentment and detachment.  Coaching can be so much more than just helping people who are “stuck” in limiting patterns of behavior. Helping others realize their potential is the real goal of coaching. Everyone needs the opportunity to improve. Coaching can help bring about that change. 

Coaching loses its effectiveness after the sessions.

Fact: Coaching is one of the most effective learning and developmental tools available today.  Personal growth that delivers sustainable results needs to be embedded in real life situations, increase self-awareness, and should focus on change in behavior. Individuals excel when they focus on and improve these things. Coaching in the right way at the right time incorporates all of these elements making it one of the most formidable investments an organization can make in its leaders.

Coaching is something you do to others.

Fact: Coaching is never done “to” others. It is done “with” others. This behavior is a major distinction. Doing something to someone carries the assumption of authority and control. Doing something with others suggests an equal exchange of ideas and thoughts. Successful coaching is most effective when both parties are fully engaging their thoughts, ideas, and creativity. That’s when “shifts” are most likely to occur.  Coaching is available to anyone – friends, peers, employees, children, and teens. When coaching becomes an exchange of equals, it’s an empowering conversation.

Coaching involves very little training.

Fact: A good coach will make the personal and financial investment to be credentialed by an accredited institution (like the International Coach Federation). But it takes more than a piece of paper to make a competent coach.  Masterful coaches commit to ongoing personal development and possess a high degree of self-awareness, humility, openness, and flexibility. The quality of the coach is critical for successful coaching.  It’s like saying, “You can trust me to be a competent coach because I am trained and credentialed by the best.”

Is Coaching Right For Me?

Becoming a Life Coach will humble you in ways you never considered.  Early on in my life, I quickly tired of helping people by just giving them something.  It became so temporary, and they were soon right back where they started needing more help. Empowering others by encouraging them to “think” and consider different options in their life, seemed to go a lot further in helping them to develop a plan for a different outcome.

As you begin working with clients, you will accompany them on a remarkable journey of attaining their hopes and dreams along with the challenges to make it happen.  You will be helping them to write new stories and cheering them on as they reach their goals.  By journeying with them down this road, you are also learning about your own life. As you identify with your clients, a partnership will unfold.  You set an example of allowing the coaching process to change what needs to change and protect what needs to remain secure.

Are you ready to "listen" in a new and innovative way?

Becoming a life coach teaches you to tap into listening intuitively.  Throughout your coaching journey, you will learn to listen to your clients in very insightful ways.  Your listening skills will grow exponentially.  You will begin to listen to clues of body language and movements, and you will ‘hear’ their emotions, passions, wants, and desires over the phone. Most importantly, you will listen with your heart to genuinely connect with your clients in an entirely new way.

Are you ready to ask powerful questions?

Clients have asked me time and again if you can coach yourself.  My answer is always the same – only if you can ask yourself the tough questions.  That is why we need coaches in our lives.  People who care enough to ask hard questions make us think and work through the challenges of life.  Powerful questions help clients find strength and possibilities they may have lost touch with long ago.  

How will I know if coaching is a good fit for me?

If helping people make positive changes is your passion in life, then you should consider coaching! The more we help people reach their full potential, the more positive the world will become. Coaching requires a new way of thinking. Are you ready to partner with people to help them grow and unlock their abilities and passions?  Transitioning into a life coach will change you from being someone who listens and shares what worked best for you, to helping others discover their own best solutions and make them come true.  As a coach, you will get in touch with yourself and then help others grow, expand, and discover their significance.

Are you ready to drop the role of the expert?

As you adjust to the role of a coach, you begin to see the importance of constructing a co-creative relationship with your clients.  In this connection, you build a sense of genuine concern for your clients’ well-being and potential.  You create a rapport on trust and intimacy.  Your attention shifts away from fixing problems to allowing the awareness of possibilities.  As a life coach, you will support the encounter with ‘tough’ questions at times to propel the client into new discoveries and advancement. You will desire their personal growth and not be afraid to admit when you don’t know the answer.  You are there to help your client discover their own best solutions – not yours!

Are you ready to increase others self-awareness?

Transitioning into a life coach will help you and your clients learn to be more self-aware as a manager, school teacher, health care provider, minister, professor, or one of the many other helping professions.  We all need a little affirmation as we journey through life.  At QuickStep Coaching, we encourage our students to assist clients in uncovering their hidden inner strengths to become more aware of their potential. 

Are you ready for a rewarding role as a coach?

If you have the courage and discipline to be a coach, you can help others improve their well-being.  Helping clients move in a determined and healthy direction will allow you to work together to develop new strategies for personal achievement. 

If you are interested in becoming a Life Coach, please feel free to reach out to QuickStep Coach Training and connect with one of our instructors to inquire how you can become a Life Coach!  We look forward to connecting with you.  If you’re ready to turn the page and write your next chapter on becoming a life coach, give us a call.

How to Become Certified through the ICF

When applying for the ACC credential, the following requirements must be met:

 

  • At least 60 hours of coach-specific training.     Click HERE for training.
  • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months.  Your Mentor Coach must be an ACC who has completed a full cycle of the credential through renewal, PCC or MCC in good standing.     Click HERE for mentoring.
  • A minimum of 100 hours (75 paid) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.
  • Performance evaluation (audio recording and written transcript of a coach session).
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) written exam.

When applying for the PCC credential, the following requirements must be met:

 

  • At least 125 hours of coach-specific training.   Check HERE for training.
  • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months. Your Mentor Coach must be a PCC or MCC in good standing.     Check HERE for mentoring.
  • A minimum of 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.
  • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions).
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) written exam.

Please note that for ACC or PCC designation, coaching hours must have been accrued after the start of coach-specific training and a minimum number must be completed within 18 months prior to the completion of your credential application.

Please note that if you do not yet have the hours necessary for the PCC credential, those additional hours and clients (plus any applicable ICF fee) are all you need to move up from the ACC to the PCC credential.