There Are Three Major Paths To Becoming A Life Coach.
Each of the 3 paths to becoming a life coach has proven to be effective. None are claimed to be better than the other. Knowing all three paths will give you the knowledge and confidence to pick the best path for you.
We at TCC provide one of the three paths to becoming a life coach. We want you to be able to make a factual and accurate comparison.
Discovering whether becoming a life coach is right for you can be critical before you embark on transitioning to become a life coach. The life coaching process is a very difficult process to execute, requiring very special personal characteriatics, perspectives, and skills.
We have found that having the special “Gift of coaching” will greatly accelerate you to becoming an excellent life coach. But how can you transition to becoming a life coach?
1. Call yourself a life coach and begin coaching.
A significant number of people just started coaching, and many became successful life coaches. Thomas Leonard the person behind creating the Life Coaching industry as we know it today consistantly stated that the best way to become an excellent life coach is “To Coach.”
Even though he was the founder of at least two successful coach training schools and a main contributor to a third such school. Coaching experience has proven to be an excellent means to becoming an effective life coach.
2. Attend a “Coach Training School or Program” to become a life coach.
There are approximately 636 Coach Training Programs and Schools who will all charge you money to train you to become a life coach, or some type of life coach. You can go to this link at Peer Resources to review the most accurate, comprehensive and up to date objective explanation and listing of all 636 schools.
I estimated that the number of such schools in 2001 was about 14. The explosive growth of their numbers can be attributed to the significant profits they make and the continued demand for their services.
Many coach training schools and Association Programs also promote and sell certifications which are also well explained by Peer Resources. Coaching programs can range in price for about $500.00 to well over $30,000.00. These are approximations at best, since they change frequently, and are not thet easy to pin down.
3. Hire your own life coach to become a life coach.
Engaging a life coach to discover IF “becoming a life coach is right for me” and to transition to becoming a successful and productive life coach is the path that we offer through TCC. Sometimes this is called “Mentor Coaching” Shown below we describe the what, the why and how mentor coaching might work for you.
You will achieve the following with Mentor Coaching:
• “I want to become the best life coach I can be.” (The most popular goal for mentor coaching)
• “I want to become a confident and valued focused in my career as a life coach.”
• “I want to discover the specific skills and knowledge I will need to become a successful coach.”
• “I want to solve the mysteries of marketing and business to be able to do what I love-coach.”
• “I want to experience and enjoy the wonders of being coached (under real life conditions), to discover what I will want my coaching clients to experience.”
• “I want to discover and attract my “ideal coaching clients” to achieve successes for them and me.”
• “I want to be able to earn a good living from being a life coach.”
These accomplishments mean that I am pursuing my passion in life and feel energized and excited about what I’m doing. I am very satisfied with the services of TCC and my entire TCC coaching experience.”
Andrea Lithgow – Coach, Santa Fe, New Mexico
How Mentor Coaching Helps You Become A Life Coach
The first step in becoming a coach is to discover your “ideal income position.”
If becoming a life coach is right for you, moving forward will make sense. If it is not right for you, you will pursue another avenue, but you will not waste your time, money and effort on life coach training.
Another important step to become an effective life coach is to experience true professional coaching yourself.
It is very hard to fully comprehend and understand the wonderful process of life coaching without actually experiencing it. We have found that experiencing coaching in a school or corporate setting rarely provides the true experience.
Coaches who have engaged the services of their own life coach, and who have achieved at least one personally chosen coachable goal through professional coaching have a much easier time relating to people who want to be coached and helping them achieve their goals successfully.
Being coached by your own coach while you embark on coaching others can be very effective.
Much like having a sports coach assist you to develop and improve your game as you play. By having a mentor coach, you will discover and develop your coaching talents, skills, and passions while you experience coaching others.
By using a mentor coach, you will maximize the greatest learning process to become a successful and productive life coach.
In today’s coaching market, it really is time consuming to try to find your ideal coach. The time you spent with me to identify my needs and connect me with potential coaches added enormous value to the experience.
I tell my other coaching peers about your organization and recommend they check you out.