Coach training and education are essential and valuable elements of becoming a professional coach. However, like any field, myths and misconceptions can surface over time.
Here are some common myths about coaching, coach training, and coaching education:
1. Myth: Anyone can be a coach without training.
Reality: While some people have natural counseling abilities, professional coach training provides differentiated skills, approaches, techniques, and frameworks that take people through a self-discovery process. Ironically, the brain is wired to locate answers and give solutions. Therefore, actual coaching skills rarely come naturally and require learning an entirely new perspective.
Training also helps professionals gain ethical parameters and understand key distinctions between coaching, consulting, teaching, mentoring, and counseling. They are all unique, and all serve very different purposes. Training also lends to credibility and competence to clients.
2. Myth: Coach training is quick and easy.
Reality: Would you go to a doctor after six months of medical education? Just like you don't obtain a degree overnight, coach training typically involves a significant commitment to study and apply the new skills you are developing.
Many certificate mills offer a quick rubber stamp. While anyone can obtain a rubber stamp, not everyone can learn masterful coaching without entering into training, education, and mentoring.
Coaching Education: Getting an education in coaching teaches you what coaching is, what coaching is not, what frameworks are effective for various circumstances, and what skills you can develop to become a masterful coach.
Our Module One, Coaching Fundamentals, and our Module Two, Integrating Human Intelligence, focus on the coaching education aspect.
Coach Training: Training is the application of those skills and involves practice.
In our approach, we imbed training throughout all Modules. Training is a very critical aspect of coaching mastery. Applying what you learn in real-time integrates the education into action.
Mentor Coaching: In mentoring, you receive direct feedback on your coaching gifts, strengths, patterned ways of being, and areas of growth.
Mentoring follows education and training to instill integration of the skills even further.
Programs vary in length, depending on your goals and needs. Typically, a Level One program will be approximately 6-12 months. In comparison, Level Two training will be closer to 12-18 months.
3. Myth: Coach training is expensive.
Reality: The tuition for coach training is a third of the cost of obtaining a degree. The training is also a third of the time, and an accredited program will be hands-on so that you experience what is being taught in real time versus attending lectures.
For example, Level One programs typically cost between $6k and $10k and are equivalent to obtaining a bachelor's degree in coaching. A bachelor's degree can be closer to $ 20k- $40k.
Level Two programs typically cost between $12k and $20k. They are equivalent to obtaining a master's degree in coaching, which ran between $40k and $75k the last time I checked.
For this reason, investing in a coaching program is a very high-impact route to take when it comes to career progression.
4. Myth: Certification guarantees success.
Reality: Earning a coaching certification is a significant achievement, but it doesn't guarantee success as a coach. Success depends on a combination of business experience, marketing, and networking. Certification can enhance your credibility, but it's just one part of the equation.
A quality coaching program will include education on business development, marketing, networking and contracting. Becoming a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) also includes business support.
5. Myth: Expertise in one area equates to coaching expertise.
Reality: Coaching is not about providing expert advice or solutions- that is the role of an advisor or consultant. When done properly, coaching is a client-directed process involving powerful questions, active listening, and helping clients discover their inner superpowers.
In sports coaching, the coach pushes, teaches, and motivates so that the athlete can excel and gain momentum. In personal coaching, this approach takes away a person's power. In personal coaching, if we step in with external guidance, we remove the person's opportunity to self-generate, and we do not help them grow and develop their inner resources.
In personal coaching, we set aside advising, pushing, and guiding to support the client's growth. You can't give someone their power. Personal power comes from within. In personal coaching, we carry expertise in the coaching process, while the client carries expertise about themselves.
Furthermore, coach training will amplify any expertise you have. During training, you will learn how to tap into your expertise while still honoring the client's self-directed process. So, don't worry; you won't have to leave any expertise at the door. You will learn to use expertise differently than if you were to teach, advise, or mentor. Your hard-earned wisdom is elevated through the coach training process in ways you may never have imagined before.
6. Myth: Coach training is only for those wanting to coach.
Reality: Coach training can be valuable for various professionals, including managers, consultants, realty team leads, leaders, therapists, and educators.
Coaching skills enhance emotional intelligence, mental agility, personal skills, and communication. They also empower creative problem-solving, expand versatility, and positively impact confidence and resilience to rise above stress.
Learning coaching skills has the added benefit of learning how to self-coach in any situation, leading to more clarity and peace of mind.
In conclusion, coach training is a valuable and necessary step for those looking to become successful coaches. Dispelling common myths and having realistic expectations about the process and outcomes is essential. Training positively impacts any professional role and is not only designed for those becoming a professional coach.
A well-rounded coach training program will provide the knowledge, skills, and support needed to excel and empower you personally and professionally.