When you’re exploring coaching as a possible career it makes sense to meet coaches. You can find out about their journey, what they love about coaching, what they find most challenging, and maybe even find a coach for yourself. (How can you really know what coaching is unless you have experienced having your own coach?!)
If you’re already a coach, it’s easy to get isolated and become a lone ranger as you build your business. Get out and mingle with coaches in your area and build your network. You may meet someone you didn’t even know you needed to meet or who needed to meet you!
Prospective coaches and even trained coaches have beliefs about coach training, growing a coaching business, and the act of coaching itself. Below are 3 myths about coaching.
1. The client has all the answers.
Coaches never give advice or suggestions, right?! Many coaching purists believe this to be true. They believe they just need to ask the right questions and the client will figure out the answer.
If the client had all the answers, why would they need a coach? While an effective coach will have the skills to elicit many answers from their client, sometimes the client just does not have the answer. If they’ve hired you for your expertise on a topic or with a situation then you probably know the answer or solution they need, or could consider, in that moment.
Whether you’re already a coach or thinking about becoming one, you may have perceptions about coaching, coach training and certification, or the business of coaching that may or may not be true.
A myth, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone.”
For instance, you may have heard the story about the women who cut off the ends of the ham before she baked it. Her husband asked her why she did it that way and she replied “that’s the way my mother did it.” When she asked her mother why she cut the ends off the ham, her mother said “my pan was too small so I had to cut off the ends to make it fit.”
We’re half-way through January 2009 already! Have you set your intentions for this year for the various areas of your life? If you haven’t, make sure you set some time aside to set your year up right!
Given that you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming that you’re interested in coaching and likely fall into one of three groups:
1. You’re thinking about becoming a coach.
2. You’re training to become a coach or to add coaching to your current business or job.
3. You’re already a coach.
Regardless of what group you fall into, what is your intention this year with regards to coaching?
It may seem obvious why some people would choose to become a life coach – they get to help people get the results they want (generally speaking). But will a career as a life coach be fulfilling for everyone?