Life Coaching Programs – How to Choose One, Part 2

In Part One, I listed four of eight major areas to consider when choosing a good life coaching program. Here you will learn of the next four areas to consider.

1. Certificate vs. no certificate. Some programs will not offer a certificate. Some believe a certificate is not necessary or required. Although you can coach without a certificate, most potential clients want to know you have a paper stating you received training in your area of expertise. An effective program will provide certification. If you’re going to spend your hard earned money and your precious time, wouldn’t you want a certificate?

2. Business start-up help. Does the program offer you advice on how to start your own coaching business? An effective program will offer that information and even suggest where you can get the necessary tools/materials.

3. Getting coached. Do the programs require that you get your own life coach? Being coached is a valuable experience. It really prepares you for coaching others. Some coaches will coach you for free as a way to help you out. Others will charge you. Regardless, it is worth doing.

4. Support groups. Do the programs say “so long” to you after you’ve completed it? An effective program will continue to provide information to you through newsletters, emails, and special offers for further studies. More importantly, it will provide a support group for you, which is beneficial.

Remember that in any field of study you will have to continue to learn on your own even after completing a program. Don’t expect to learn everything you need to know in a coaching program. Read books, join a support group, network with other coaches, and continue to grow.

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