How Do I Become A Coach? There are a handful of practices that I’ve fine-tuned over the past decade and, in my opinion, these have made my coaching company successful as well as profitable. I hope you can use some of these tools on your journey to becoming a coach.
- First and foremost, delivering a consistent service that meets a market need with a reliable amount of quality and commitment. This service aligns many of my strengths and much of my passion within a specific niche.
- Over time I’ve crafted my own systems for: intake, invoicing, receivables, accounting, tracking clients and marketing.
- I have invested in experts who support me in terms of the following specialties: tax, legal, insurance, customer service, branding, editing, social media, web development, writing and specialty projects.
- I continue to learn new skills, periodically acquire new areas of certification and I mentor other coaches on the basics of the ICF core competencies to keep sharp.
- I have a practice of gathering feedback, both positive and the sort that requires recalibrations on my part. I find the “negative” feedback even more valuable at times than the positive. I’ve even made sure that ROI (return on investment) studies are associated with my practice.
One might say that these are the practices that any successful small business coach should utilize. I would not refute that comment.
What professional organizations support my work and support me? Which groups do I lean into? This is a list of the top professional organizations that came up when I asked my peers these same questions (they aren’t in any particular order of importance):
The ICF—International Coach Federation
The WABC—World Association of Business Coaches
The IAC—International Association of Coaching
However, the true test of success comes from client experiences. Therefore, I went ahead and interviewed some current and past clients to see what they would say when asked: What do you believe makes Lyn a successful coach?
Here are some of the responses we humbly received in this survey:
“What I love.”
“I’ am effecting change from within.”
“…Strengths and passions.”
“Lyn has the ability to illuminate a well-marked path.”
“Lyn helped me navigate my core needs.”