Good quality life coach training gives you all the things that it sets out to – enough skills, knowledge and experience in the craft of coaching so that you can get out there and start stretching your coaching wings. But there are other less obvious and no less impactful things that training gives people, over time, long after the actual life coach training itself ends.
If you’re wondering if life coach training might be right for you, read on to discover the seven life-long benefits of life coach training, beyond what’s detailed in the course syllabus!
1. A mirror to see yourself
Bold Statement Alert: it is impossible to go through a life coach training programme without the way you see yourself coming into sharper focus. Coaching is not a replicable skill that coaches do ‘to’ or ‘at’ people, it’s a relational position that coaches assume in order to work with and alongside people. Which means? A coach often needs to learn about themselves before they can work effectively with others.
The quality of the coach’s personal insight and awareness is vital to their professional efficacy, and this process starts with the life coach training programme. As you’re taught new ideas and methodologies, as you practice coaching others and being coached, you will uncover blind spots, increase the range of awareness you have about yourself, and learn more about how you show up in the world and the impact you have on the people around you. The result? You’re given a mirror, and the chance to truly meet yourself with unflinching honesty and compassionate curiosity, a process that, once started, never ends.
2. Tools to change yourself
The thing about increasing your awareness of yourself is there may be things that you discover that can be challenging or uncomfortable. That’s what happens when we take a good look at ourselves. We might discover that we communicate in a way that puts others down, that we’re more judgemental than we thought or that we indulge in bouts of victim-thinking. When we hit upon new awareness of things that we don’t enjoy about ourselves – or that don’t square with the self-image we have of ourselves – then it’s important that we have the tools to make the changes we want. And life coach training gives us this in spades.
[A quick side note here on the value of coaching tools that may save your friendships and relationships over time! Notice this section is called tools to develop yourself. Unwarranted use of coaching tools on loved ones can lead to eye-rolling, harrumphing and slamming of doors. A quick ‘cut out and keep’ recommendation to live by? No coaching without contract. You’re welcome!]
3. Ongoing learning journey
If life coach training leads to a life-long journey of personal and spiritual growth, it also leads to a parallel journey of on-going learning. Coaches keep learning because they want to – to offer more to their clients, to be better, to be more of service – so there is an intrinsic motivational aspect in the desire to improve. Supervision and CPD are integral to professional accreditation so there’s also an extrinsic motivation for those wanting to go that route.
Every client session is also a learning experience, in two directions simultaneously. There’s the opportunity to reflect on the coaching practice, identifying what worked well and any areas for development. And then there’s the learning that each client offers; a client’s breakthroughs and insights are the coach’s too; when they have an ‘aha’, coaches do too.
4. Opportunity to make an impact
5. Flexibility and possibility
What does it mean to qualify as a coach?
So, what does it mean to qualify as a coach?
Endless flexibility and limitless possibilities.
In 2008, New Economic Forum published its report entitled, ‘Five Ways to Well-Being’. They defined well-being as ‘feeling good’ and ‘functioning well’, and based on analysis of the most up-to-date evidence, suggested that building the following five actions into day-to-day life is important for well-being:
What do you notice about this list? Take a good look. Can you see it?
This is what coaches do for a living! The very act of coaching is commensurate to feeling good and functioning well – every day.
1. Coaches connect with others, really connect, listen and show up in the space of human to human relationship.
2. Coaches give – time, words and presence – every person, every session, every time.
3. Coaches take notice. The ability to quieten the chattering, busy mind is part of the coach’s toolkit, a vital aptitude allowing coaches to tune into the present moment with care and attention.
4. Coaches keep learning. Every session is a revelation, every client will surprise and challenge. Then there’s the reading, the podcasts, the supervision, the reflection, the study, the courses, the workshops. Once coaches start to work with clients they are hungry to learn more so they can continue to be of more service, and to continually increase breadth and depth of their knowledge, skills and experience.
5. Ok, so unless you’re a coach who walks with clients, being active isn’t integrated into the actual act of coaching. But most coaches will include physical well-being habits into their lives; it’s hard not to when working with clients who are seeking to find ways to look after themselves; it rubs off!
Becoming a life coach means you’re joining a global family of like-minded peers. And the really exciting thing about that is you rarely meet a boring coach! Coaches are incredibly alive, warm, caring, interested, lively, dynamic, present, empathic, thoughtful, exciting people. By training to be a coach, you become part of a network of kindred spirits who share a vocation that, at its heart, seeks to make the world a better place, one person at a time. Spending time with coaches – on life coach training courses, at events or in peer learning groups – is like going to a spa for the soul! Being with other coaches is to spend time with people who naturally inspire, regenerate and rejuvenate one’s own energy. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a family like that?!
So there you have it, 7 of the life-long benefits that come with undertaking life coach training. We hope that you’ve found this article useful!