Congratulations on having taken the decisive and courageous step to embark on this journey of “being a coach”
This can potentially change your career and your life. Before you begin, you need to ascertain what you should look for when selecting an ICF Coach Training Program.
There are many coach training institutes and many training programs to choose from. It can be very confusing. So, we will help you cut through the clutter and choose the one that is just right for you. Here are seven questions that you may ask yourself when selecting the best coach training program. Once you have done asking your questions, we hope that you will choose the Coach Certification from the International Coach(ing) Federation (ICF) for your coach training as it is considered as the GOLD standard in coaching and coach training, globally acclaimed and the most reputed one. More details are given below.
Q1: Why do I want to learn how to coach?
It would help if you were clear about what your motivation for becoming a coach were. A simple answer like, “I want to be able to coach others,” will not be enough. You must go deeper to understand what drives you to want to coach? What do you want to get out of it? It is essential to know this so that your choice of where you get your coach training and the kind of coaching you get should fulfill your needs. Here are a few reasons for you to consider:
- I want to see others grow and play at their full potential
- I have been promoted to a leadership position, and I think coaching my team members will help them perform better.
- I want to have better relationships with my team members.
- Coaching will help my team perform better and ensure that I am seen as an effective leader.
- Coaching Certification will be a stamp of approval for the knowledge and experience I already have
- I want a develop a new career as a coach
- I want to make more money
- I want to train leaders to adopt a coaching style in their day to day interactions to embed coaching as an organizational culture.
- I want to train internal executive coaches to create an internal coaching function.
Once you have thought through what you want from your Coach Training, it would be a great idea to write it down.
Q2: How would I like to receive Coach Training?
Ask yourself what the best way that you like to learn is. Consider your past experience.
In what way did you find learning most enjoyable? Here are some learning methods for you to consider:
Do I learn best when I am:
- In a classroom setting, with facilitator-led training?
- Learning online, or with the learning materials at my own pace?
- Through personal guidance and mentoring?
- Together in a learning group?
- Which platform suits me the most? The computer, the phone, or face-to-face?
- If I go for face-to-face training, does location matter to me?
ICF Coach training can be provided through all these means, be it face-to-face or using virtual learning mechanisms, with equal ease.
Regal Unlimited, being an ICF approved coaching institute provides 1:1 batch training (both physical and virtual mediums) and one-to-one mentoring. Also deploys adult-learning methodology to ensure that the learning is smooth and effective, aligned with your learning style. The alumni community of RegalCoaches support you throughout the journey and beyond.
Q3: Whom would I want to coach?
Have you thought through the kind of people you want to coach? Here are a few situations for you to consider:
- I want to coach as a professional in an organization, or is coaching a personal enterprise?
- I enjoy working with people who take up challenges or those who are aiming for higher achievements?
- Would I like to coach individuals or teams?
- I would want to work with people at which levels of their organizations?
Again, it’s time to put the pen on the paper and capture your thoughts, for they will help you choose the right coach training program.
Q4: What should I be learning when I receive coach training?
It is essential to know what you should be learning, when you receive coach training. Firstly, your values and philosophy should be aligned with those of the coach training provider. Secondly, coach training should help you develop three things: a coaching mindset, a coaching skill set, and a coaching toolset. To elaborate on this:
- Coaching mindset: A coach does not provide answers but helps the coachee/client find their own solutions. Here are a few more:
- Letting the coachee discover is far more powerful than telling them what you know, you think you know!
- Change from within can transform and produce lasting impact compared to change that is externally imposed.
- Your coachee is more important and not you.
- Coaching Skill Set: For those who are used to talking, offering solutions, and sharing their experience, the biggest challenge is to stop talking. They find it difficult to ask questions as they think they know all the answers. Coaches use these skills in their practice:
- Active listening to encourage others to express deeply.
- Asking powerful questions to elicit deep insight.
- Prompting self-assessment that helps avoid being defensive.
- Encouraging action steps to help realize value.
- Following-through to ensure outcomes.
- Coaching toolset: Coaching is not the same as training. Therefore, training tools cannot be used in coaching. Different tool sets need to be used. Some of these are.
- Learning through 2- way conversations.
- Discovery sessions to identify the most relevant topic to the coachee/client.
- Coaching the person, for solving their problems, not solving it for them
- Methods for identifying and challenging the self-limiting beliefs.
- Goal setting, deeper exploration and action-planning for the coachee/client
- Action planning tools. Regal@60 is our flagship tool; a game-changer for personal and professional alignment
Regal unlimited ensures an end-to-end support in equipping the learners and leaders with all three; the coaching mindset-coaching skillset-coaching toolset, diligently adhering to the ICF coaching certification framework.
Q5: What kind of certification would I like?
For your coaching clients to take you seriously, certification is essential. It ensures that you are seen as a professional at coaching. A certificate, therefore, becomes critical. It is crucial to choose a coach training program that has the most reputed coaching association accreditation. Coaching being an unregulated field, it is essential to select carefully from where you would get your coach training. The world’s largest professional coaching association is The International Coach Federation (ICF – www.coachfederation.org), which is the most reputed organization in the field of coaching. They are the source of ICF certified coaches who could provide you ICF Certified Coach Training.
Regal Unlimited is the Coaching school for the world, having regal coaches across the globe. Be it in India or overseas, we are committed to deliver effective and exceptional coaching and coach training to our coaches. Regal Unlimited is a pioneer in ICF Coach certification in India attracting Coaches and Corporate leaders (across functions and levels) to set out on a fulfilling journey. We have been setting best-practices and new benchmarks in professional coaching in India.
Q6: What kind of coaching would I do?
Are you going to be doing coaching as something that adds to your leadership skill and improves your leadership style to help your team members develop and get better performance from them? Or are you planning on becoming a full-time coach, who will be helping individuals and leaders develop their potential? In any case, it is an excellent approach to build a strong foundation with an ICF Coaching Certification.
Q7: How will I receive the coach training?
Having decided to go for an ICF Certified Coach Training, you need to determine how you will receive it. If you are from India, it may be useful to learn from ICF Certified coaches in India as they are likely to be culturally more ‘attuned’ to you and your background. It is essential to be clear about your medium of learning. Would you prefer an online or offline course? Do you like attending webinars? Will there be a classroom part of the training? Is it a blend of both online and face-to-face?
Having asked these questions and clarified all these points, you will be in a strong position to select the coach training that is right for you. If you are in Bangalore, ICF Coach Training in Bangalore is available. ICF Coach Certification in India is now a growing trend. Be a part of the exciting and satisfying journey towards coaching.
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