This week is International Coaching Week, so we thought it a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the benefits of being a coach.
Becoming a life coach is a wonderful and fulfilling career with significant rewards. The life-enhancing benefits of being a coach can have a huge impact on your professional and personal life. Be it exploring coaching to further develop your ability to help others, or a quest for a sense of purpose, becoming a coach changes you and your relationships for the better.
Coaching is rewarding and satisfying
Coaches gain satisfaction from helping people develop and achieve their goals. An opportunity to make a difference and see first-hand the impact on other people's lives and a chance to give something back are all well-documented satisfying rewards. Working with people who are eager to learn and gain clarity gives coaches a real sense of purpose. This in turn can create a strong sense of self-worth, inner happiness and career satisfaction.
Coaching strengthens relationships
Engaging others through coaching can strengthen personal and professional relationships. This is because personal information and insight are provided by the coachee and together strategies are formulated to achieve results. Throughout this process coaches make fundamental connections with those they support, as they share their sense of accomplishment and success. These relationships often transcend different age groups, hierarchies and work cultures.
Coaching accelerates a coach's own personal and professional development
Coaching often takes place in a fast-paced environment that accelerates personal growth and development. As people learn from each other, so the coaches continue to learn at a rapid pace too. The natural synergy taking place continues to invigorate both parties and coaches feel rejuvenated from the experience. Supporting others is an excellent way in which to maintain individual professional development.
Coaching expands professional networks and communities
Whether running your own company or working for an organisation, success as a commercial coach often lies with the ability to develop personal and professional networks. These networks quickly widen and provide numerous opportunities to engage an audience. With the use of Social Media, the possibilities to provide expert commentary and connect with even larger groups are immense.
Flexibility to live and work where you want
As coaching can be carried out over the telephone or with the use of Skype or FaceTime, actual geographical location is flexible. A coaching practice is portable and gives freedom in travel and work options. This model supports part-time working from home, or the opportunity to build a business up whilst continuing other employment.
Quick entry to the profession
Training to become a coach can take as little as 6 – 9 months and it’s up to each individual to decide the pace of study. As a newly trained coach, it’s important to ‘coach while you learn and learn while you coach’. The majority of The Coaching Academy coaches start their own full-time businesses, whilst others work part-time. Others gain coaching training to enhance results within their current employment.
So if you have been wondering whether coaching could be your next career, come along to our Introduction to Life Coaching webinar - choose from available dates. You will experience coaching first hand and come away with some great insight to the coaching world.
In the spirit of International Coaching Week, we would like to share one of our student’s experience of setting up her coaching business. Zara-Dee Hanny wanted to have a lasting impact on people’s lives, so she changed careers and trained to become a coach. You can read more about her story of training to become a life coach and setting up her business here.
The Coaching Academy was established in 1999, and is now the world's largest coaching school.
In that time we have trained over 14,000 people to become life coaches.
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One of the exercises that I use with clients is the but why? challenge. Whether you have children or not, you are bound to remember this phase either from using it yourself or hearing it on repeat by someone else's child.