Not too many years ago, the term "coach" referred to the person encouraging you to run faster or throw further on a sports field.
Today if someone says, "I'm working with a coach," they've likely hired someone to help them facilitate change and reach their goals.
As a certified coach myself and someone who has been coached, I can attest to the powerful benefits of coaching. Whatever you want to achieve, coaching will help you real your goals faster, with more clarity and confidence.
If you have toyed with the idea of becoming a coach, you're considering a profession that truly changes lives for the better. Whether you work with individuals or in a business setting, you'll help people become more capable and resourceful and enjoy more satisfaction in all areas of their lives.
The profession of coaching has grown dramatically in the last ten years and has gained more popular acceptance as the industry has exploded. The International Coach Federation, the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches, estimated in its 2012 Global Coaching Study that there were 47,500 coaches worldwide, with a third of those in the U.S.
So what does it take to become a coach? Let's start with some essential qualities that make for a good coach. These include: (more…)