Many individuals seeking to become professional coaches think that it’s a matter of learning new skills and tools and then applying them effectively with clients. There are countless programs out there that will prepare you for this and indeed there are no shortages of books written on the subject as well. However what most people overlook is that becoming a coach is more than just acquiring new skills and tools; it’s also about how YOU adapt to becoming a great coach.
What does this mean? Before you can become a great coach you need to embrace your own inner client. Very often, students of coaching programs enter training seeking a fine tuning process. They are looking for some additional tools and skills but it’s not until they experience the impact on themselves does the real learning take place. Coaching is not about the theory but about the emotions, the experiences and actions that come from it.
Let’s draw a clear distinction. Having this experience of the impact of coaching is very different to being experienced as a coach. To be a great coach you must go through this transformation for yourself and from this you will notice certain paradigm shifts that are specific to you. For example to be truly non judgmental you need to be non judgmental of yourself. Armed with this confidence and clarity you can much better handle all coaching situations and be at your best for clients.
So whatever you do, ensure that the program you select affords you the opportunity to apply the skills and tools to yourself. Feel, do and act what you learn and with this shift you will be on the road to becoming a great coach.