This past month, I’ve been surveying aspiring and new coaches to learn their biggest questions about becoming a coach.
Aspiring coaches have responded to “What are your biggest questions as you consider becoming a coach?” New and experienced coaches have shared answers to “What were your biggest questions as you considered becoming a coach?” and “Looking back from the experience you’ve gained, what were the important questions you didn’t know to ask?”
In December I’ll announce a new resource I’m creating that will address the core questions.
In the meantime here are sample questions aspiring coaches shared, with some resources that help answer the questions.
- What exactly is coaching? How is it different from counseling? Here is a free download that helps define coaching and compare it to counseling and other helping professions.
- Where do I start? What kind of training is involved? Start with training. Find what you need to know about credentialing and training options in my book The Complete Guide to Christian Coach Training here.
- Can I support myself as a coach? Will it pay enough to be sustainable? Here is a short recording that discusses “can I make money as a coach?”
Following are sample questions experienced coaches said were the important questions they didn’t know to ask:
- What will my focus/niche be?
- How will I get established and find my initial clients?
- Should I market myself as a “Christian Coach” or as a Coach who is a Christian?
- A great way to address these questions is to work with a coach to find the answers that apply to you uniquely.
If you’d like to add your voice to this, you can still contribute by completing the survey here:
If you are thinking about becoming a coach,
please answer one question: HERE
If you are an experienced coach,
please answer a couple of questions:HERE