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Become a Coach: Ten Ways to Succeed Quickly

 
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Want to become a successful coach? Make sure your training includes everything you need...

It depends on your learning style and how committed you are to the process. For best results, combine at least several of the methods listed below.

1. Listen to coaching classes. Passive attendance in coaching classes is probably the most common method that people use to learn to coach and it can work - eventually. Problem is, you’re not really learning coaching, you’re just learning about coaching. (Big distinction.) School of Coaching Mastery has many classes you can listen to and we encourage you to do far more than that, as well. Read on…

2. Listen to masterful coaching demonstrations. Here, you’re getting much closer to learning to coach. You’re hearing what works. (However, sometimes hearing what doesn’t work is even more enlightening and actually practicing coaching is better still!) All our coaching skills classes include coaching demonstrations from some of the top instructors in the field.

3. Practice coaching other coaches. This is a fantastic way to learn, because it strengthens your coaching muscles and gives you a safe space to make mistakes. (To get full value, though, you need to be willing to screw up in front of your friends! ;-) SCM coaching skills eClasses always include practice periods where everyone gets a chance to use what they just learned and we encourage you to practice outside classes and give you tools for finding practice partners, a.k.a. “coaching buddies”, easily. Join the Mastery Coach Exchange to find coaching buddies now.

4. Get expert verbal feedback on your coaching. This is one of the best ways to learn. Get immediate feedback from an expert. Some coaches are afraid to experience this, but when done well, it’s inspiring, not painful. You learn what works, what doesn’t, why you got stuck, why you succeeded, and/or why the client resisted and how to do it even better next time. Great stuff! (Why struggle along, not knowing if you’re doing it right?) At SCM you’ll get frequent feedback on your coaching from your instructors in class. Without it, learning coaching skills can feel like target practice in a dark room! Click the link for upcoming coaching classes where you can get feedback are here.

5. Listen to recordings of yourself coaching. This is priceless! You’ll be surprised what you hear and what you learn. (The President of the IAC, Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, says she still records her coaching sessions for her own learning.) Your SCM eClasses are all recorded and you’ll receive those recordings by email within 24 hours, so you can hear everything you may have missed.

6. Read expert written notes about your coaching. This is even more powerful when you follow up verbal feedback with reading written notes and listening to the recording of your coaching session. Big “Aha’s” happen here. (As one coach put it, “Now I’m not flying blind, anymore!”) You’ll get frequent written feedback on your coaching if you take our 36 Masteries eClasses. We don’t know of another coaching school that does this for its students. Upcoming IAC Coaching Masteries modules..

7. Listen to your peers coach and take detailed notes. This uses your brain in a whole different way. When you write down what you’re hearing, you’re imprinting what you’re learning. SCM Masteries eClasses use specially-designed scorecards to speed up your learning this way and you can use these scorecards to score yourself when you listen to recordings of your own coaching, too.

8. Give verbal feedback to your peers about their coaching. When you articulate specific feedback about what you heard (Not just “It was nice”), you take a stand for what you know and you find out quickly if you’re on the right track. You’ll learn how to deliver excellent feedback in our Masteries Classes. Learning to do this, while being in service to your colleagues' learning, is fun!

9. Meet in study groups with your peers. No “experts” allowed! Without the presence of a teacher or any other “expert”, coaches start to step up and take ownership of what they know. Often, this is a crucial final step to becoming masterful. (Peer-to-peer learning is powerful!) That’s why SCM has ongoing study groups, hosted by coach/students, like you, meeting every month and they’re free. Go here to find out more: Coaching Study Groups
10. Coaching real clients. (What a concept! ;-). This obviously is what you’re preparing for. Coach real people in real situations. Develop ongoing relationships with clients, because that relationship is about a lot more than one coaching session. If you can get feedback from your clients, that’s a hundred times better. This is one of the many reasons why the Coach 100 Revolution at http://www.experiencedcoach.com has been so successful. Coaches get written feedback from everyone they coach and find out what works from the client’s perspective. The Coach 100 Revolution is included in the SCM Full Coach Training program.

School of Coaching Mastery is the only school that incorporates all of these methods into our coach training programs and that’s why our coaches learn so much, so fast. To get on the fast track to masterful coaching, join us here.

To talk to a real person and ask questions you may have about the school, call 877-244-2780
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Comments

Hi Julia, 
 
 
 
I just signed up for your free coaching class! I am very excited.  
 
 
 
I just wanted to say that I have been life coaching for a very long time, way before it became a 'term' or a career. I have received such statements as; 'you inspire me, I can talk to you about anything because you do not judge, you really understand me better than my mother and so forth. 
 
 
 
I guess my question is how can I take my skills to another level or make it a service entreprenuer business? I have been studying on my own for the last 7 years on self-improvement. I have taken A Course in Miracles, which I still refer to daily and it has really assisted me in being aware of ego and its thoughts and how it relates to others.  
 
 
 
I don't mean to brag but I think I am already a very good life coach and I have witnessed others lives transformed due to me being involved in helping them to gain higher perspectives through asking the questions which causes a shift in their perspective. 
 
 
 
I hope I haven't rambled too much but I really would appreciate your feedback. 
 
 
 
Namaste 
 
nazeelah
Posted @ Wednesday, October 06, 2010 8:16 PM by Nazeelah Tippett
Hi Nazeelah - It sounds like you're already coaching very well, but you don't know how to turn it into a coaching business? You might want to hire a mentor coach to help you turn your coaching into a business. Alternatively, read the Coach 100 ebook, which is free. It will give you a very simple idea for attracting coaching clients. Look for it here: http://www.schoolofcoachingmastery.com/download-your-free-coach-100-ebook/ 
 
I hope this helps!
Posted @ Wednesday, October 06, 2010 11:02 PM by Julia Stewart
Hi, I excited about starting my new Coaching business. Can't wait to help my small business and entrepreneurs stay healthy in this unstable market. 
 
I am also looking to barter for help in ramping up quickly in this industry. In return I will offer you a FREE Private Affiliate program for Social List Building... full of free goodies! You will come out way ahead in this business transaction. I need several mentors who are currently on Face book, Twitter etc. already and can guide me successfully to a fast start up. Thanks in advance. Larry Niday 813-685-4600 (OK to call).
Posted @ Monday, December 06, 2010 2:25 PM by Larry Niday
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