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July 2018

by Coaching Out of the Box
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Common Coaching Challenges
and Tips for Tackling Them

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Coaching challenges – whether you are a new coach or seasoned, we all run into sticky situations now and then. This month I am focusing on a couple of the common challenges that coaches face and provide some practical tips for overcoming them.

Challenge #1: Overcoming misconceptions about what coaching is.

Although coaching is not new, and much progress has been made in educating people about coaching, there are still those who are unaware or have misconceptions. One misconception about coaching that persists is that it is for people who have a performance problem. If a potential coachee holds that view and coaching is suggested, you are likely to face someone who is ready to put up their defenses. You may also run into people who are unaware of what coaching is or those who confuse it with mentoring or consulting. If you face any of these challenges, you must do some educating before any real coaching work can begin.

Before starting with a new client or attempting to sell coaching services to an organization, make sure you know what their understanding and view of coaching is. A good way to think of coaching and to put it into language that others can easily grasp is to position coaching as a tool to unleash human potential, increase motivation and sustain high performance. Who doesn’t want that?

Use your questioning and listening skills to learn what the client thinks coaching is. Do they understand the difference between coaching, mentoring, consulting? Do they have a positive, neutral or negative impression of coaching? If you need ideas for new questions or new ways to ask a question as you work through this challenge, you may find our 365 Coaching Questions Booklet helpful.

Make sure you understand what your potential client / coachee goals and objectives are, and that coaching is the right tool. Coaching is a powerful tool, but it is not the answer to every problem in every situation. You must be able to recognize when coaching is not the best fit and be willing to pass on the opportunity when it is not the best tool to use in a given situation. It is much worse to try to force coaching into a situation where it doesn’t belong. For example, if someone isn’t ready to be coached or is looking for someone else to provide solutions to their problems. In these situations, consulting or mentoring may be more appropriate. As we all know, coaches help people develop their own solutions, not tell them what to do.

Challenge #2: Your coachee is not willing to commit / follow-through to action.

This is a challenge both new and seasoned coaches face. You think things are going along well. You are having good coaching sessions, the coachee seems engaged and motivated. You’ve worked out an action plan and feel good about the progress being made. Then, you are caught off guard to discover your coachee has not followed through on the agreed to action plan. Maybe the first time it happens you are not too concerned. You use your questioning skills to understand the reason for lack of follow-through. You and your coachee do a reset of the goals and continue. But then, when the coachee fails to follow through multiple times, you’ve got a real challenge on your hands. Successful coaching is about unleashing potential, helping someone to change and be accountable for his/her future. After you have guided your coachee to an appropriate solution, if he/she is unwilling to be accountable for making it happen you can try a few strategies.

If your coachee is not following through on commitments, it could be that the goals created are not the right ones. A good first step is to do some exploration with your coachee to understand if the goal is the right one, and if not adjust.

You can be assured that there is a roadblock to be uncovered if your coachee’s lack of follow-through behavior is on-going. It may be worth doing a rewind and diving deeper. Our Personal Groundwork for Coaching Assessment™ and accompanying Personal Groundwork for Coaching™ Workbook is a great tool for doing this. It allows coaches to highlight and explore areas that are often at the source of where a coachee becomes stuck, self-defeating or demotivated. Coaches use this tool to uncover the deeper source of what gets in their coachee’s way when moving toward bigger and broader goals. This tool can help you and your coachee uncover what is at the root of their lack of follow-through.

Establishing or, if necessary, revising the coaching contract can be helpful in addressing this challenge. The contract clearly states the roles, responsibilities and expectations. Perhaps the coachee was eager to please and agreed to the contract before really understanding and embracing the process.

Another option is to nudge him/her into making a commitment and exploring his/her level of commitment using a Likert scale question, i.e. “On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to making this happen?”

If the above strategies and tactics fail to produce the desired result, a last option is to discontinue coaching him/her. None of us want to get to this point but, in some cases, this may be the best option for coach and coachee. If you do get to this point, be sure to use it as a learning experience.

We are here to support you when it comes to coaching challenges. We offer webinars, coaching guides and courses. View our resources here. If you have questions, connect with our Program Advisor.


 

Education and Training Courses

 

Build Core Competencies

 

5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™
ICF Core Competency Hours: 12

If your 2018 goals include starting a coaching business or using coaching to lead within an organization, you won't want to miss our 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™.

During this course participants learn questioning, listening and framing skills. These skills help coaches guide their coachees to new insights, discoveries and breakthroughs that will help them become self-reliant problem solvers and goal achievers. This course provides in-depth learning of core coaching competencies including multiple practice and feedback sessions. Join over 18,000 participants who have gone through this transformational program. Click on the title below to learn more and register.

5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ - Starts July 9

 

Coaching Fundamentals Program™
ICF Core Competency Hours: 15

Coaching is catching on. More and more people are turning to coaching because coaching produces results. The performance of individuals, teams and organizations are being transformed when coaching skills are developed, used and become part of the culture. If you are intrigued by what is happening with coaching and want to learn core coaching skills, this fundamentals class is for you.

 
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This is a hands-on class that includes practical techniques for trust building, focused listening, evocative questioning, planning and goal setting. The course includes practice sessions that are reviewed by a professional coach who provides feedback on coaching skills and comprehension of the competencies. You will learn the skills and gain the confidence needed to use them. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Coaching Fundamentals Program™ - Starts August 8


 

Advance Your Skills

 

Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program
ICF Core Competency Hours: 20

Are you looking to enhance your coaching skills or take your coaching to the next level? Or maybe you need to obtain CCE credits to renew your ICF credential or add to your coach specific training hours. If any of these apply, check out our Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™.

In this course you will learn advanced coaching skills to help highlight and explore areas that are often at the source of where a coachee becomes stuck, self-defeating or demotivated. You will also learn how to use the accompanying Personal Groundwork for Coaching™ Workbook, a widely-used tool to help coaches move their clients' past daily symptoms and into the deeper source of what is getting in their way and preventing them from reaching their goals.

This is a hands-on class. Each week you will work (outside of the classroom) with a different learning partner to coach one another around the concepts covered in the class. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™ - starts July 16.


 

Take the Fast Track to Your ICF Credential

 

Fast Track to ICF Credential
Fulfils the educational requirements for obtaining the ICF ACC credential

Develop the skills and set yourself apart by jumping on the Fast Track. Coaching is becoming more and more competitive and yet many coaches have no credential and minimal training. One of the best ways to set yourself apart is to complete the training and earn a coaching credential.

But pursuing your ICF Credential is a big step and commitment. That is why we created the Fast Track to ICF Credential - to streamline the process and make it as convenient as possible.

Benefits of the Fast Track to ICF Credential include;

 FAST TRACK: Takes only 6 months to complete (other programs may take as long as 18 months).

 ROBUST, DISTANCE-BASED LEARNING: We use cutting-edge technology to create an in-person, interactive classroom experience while you participate remotely.

 TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING: You get world-class instruction from expert coaches with experience in both coaching and teaching.

 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE: We offer day and evening classes for your convenience, and new classes start throughout the year.

 AFFORDABLE: This program is priced to fit into your budget. Save $495 US / $595 CDN when you register for the package option. Don’t need the package option? You also have the choice of taking separate modules a la carte. We even have a payment plan.

Our next program (evening) starts July 9. Click here to view the schedule


 

Ace the ICF Credential exam

 

ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) Prep Class
ICF Core Competency Hours: 9

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This course is designed to prepare coaches for the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment exam which must be successfully completed prior to receiving the International Coach Federation (ICF) ACC Credential. The course covers ICF Core Competencies and Ethics and Standards plus test taking strategies. This prep class will present several questions each week that mimic the multiple-choice questions you will be asked to answer in the CKA exam. Click the course link below to learn more and register.

ICF CKA Prep Class – Starts July 10


 
 
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Inspiration Station

Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
– John Wooden

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
– John D. Rockefeller


 
 

Coaching Resources

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We offer many resources on a wide variety of topics to support coaches at all levels. On our website, you can find blog articles, educational videos, webinar recordings and more under Coaching Resources. We are continually updating this section so check back often.

Our coaching guides continue to be very popular and we will be adding to these in 2018. If you haven’t taken advantage of these free resources, you can find them here.

NEW COACHING GUIDE: We just added a new guide on how to bring coaching into your healthcare organization. Note: This guide was based on the experience of several healthcare organizations but the learning applies to any industry. Get your free guide here.


 
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Did you know?

COTBx offers Immersive Coaching Skills Development Programs 
for Organizations

These programs, delivered specifically for your organization, are designed to accelerate learning and uptake. Programs are offered in on-site, virtual and blended formats. Contact us to learn more.


 
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Questions?

If you have questions about coaching, certification, courses or more, we'd love to hear from you. Click here to schedule 1:1 time with Alison Hendren, CEO and Founder, or fill out our contact form!

CONTACT US


 
 
 
 
Spotlight
 

We would love to connect with you! Reach out to our team here or call Toll Free, 
1-888-4A-COACH (1-888-422-6224).

 
 
 

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June 2018 Newsletter

by Coaching Out of the Box
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Are all coach certification programs created equal?

This month I am coming back to a popular topic and talking about coach certification / credential. I’ve covered various aspects of this topic in the past but today the focus is on how to select the right program to meet your goals and objectives.

 

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I realized as I was starting write this that graduations are in full swing and I think there are some interesting parallels between pursuing a degree and pursuing a coach certification / credential. I bring this up as I think the parallels help provide a familiar decision-making framework for selecting a coach certification / credential program.

So, let’s look at the parallels to see what insights can be gleaned. Many, not all, but many ask the following questions prior to pursuing a degree.

  • Should I get a degree?
  • Which degree?
  • How many degrees?
  • From what school?
  • Will my degree help me get a job?
  • How will I use my degree?

Similar questions are, or should be, asked when considering a coach certification / credential.

  • Should I get a certification /credential?
  • Which one should I get?
  • How many certifications / credentials do I need?
  • From what program should I receive the required training?
  • Will a certification / credential help me get clients, a job or advance in my career?
  • How can I leverage my certification / credential?

So, let’s dive into this. Getting a coach certification / credential, just like getting a degree, is an investment in your future. The answer to many of the questions posed above depends on your goals and objectives. Where do you want to be in 3, 5, 10 years? The answer to this question will help guide you through the decision-making process.

If you are new to coaching or even if you’ve been practicing for a while, you may not have clearly defined your goals and objectives or updated them recently. If that is true, it is worth taking the time to do so. When it comes to defining your coaching goals and objectives, some that you might be considering include;

  • I want to become a full or part-time coach with my own practice
  • I want to continue working in an organization but add coaching skills to be a more effective and valuable employee
  • I want to have a second career in coaching after I retire. One that provides more freedom/flexibility
  • I want to continue working in my profession but supplement this with a part-time coaching practice
  • I want to develop coaching skills to become a more effective leader and advance in leadership positions

Once you have your goals and objectives defined, you are ready to think about selecting a program. When you start researching to see what programs are available, you’ll want to answer these questions about the training program and the organization that offers it, considering your goals and objectives;

  • Will you learn the desired / required skills?
  • Is the program recognized among peers, clients?
  • Will the training program be around / recognized in the future?
  • Does the training program have a good reputation?
  • Does the organization provide on-going support?
  • Does the organization provide continuing education?
  • Is the organization growing and evolving with the industry? Keeping up with the times?
  • Is the training program accredited – likely to be recognized and meet standards if the industry becomes regulated?

Graduations are a time of great expectations and bright futures and getting a certification / credential should be too. Learn more about this topic by attending our next free webinar. Register here.


 

Educational Webinars

Are all certification programs created equal?
Tips for selecting the program that is right for you.

What you will learn:

In this webinar we will discuss coach certification / credentials and answer the most common questions. You’ll be provided with a framework for helping you select the program that is best for you. Topics to be covered during the webinar include;

  • Do you need a certification / credential?
  • Which certification / credential should you pursue?
  • Is one certification / credential as good as another?
  • What to look for in a certification / credential training program
  • Aligning your goals and objectives with a certification / credential program
  • Thinking beyond the certification / credential - how to leverage your training and qualifications
  • Time for Q and A

Join us for this free webinar

Wednesday June 20, 2018

11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern

REGISTER TODAY


 
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Inspiration Station

Income seldom exceeds personal development.”
– Jim Rohn

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobiliy is being superior to your former self.”
– Ernest Hemingway

"Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”
– Robin Sharma


 

The Business of Coaching

Building a thriving coaching business takes more than just great coaching skills. You also must know how to build a business. For many, this is the hardest part of going out on your own. If you are starting your own coaching business, check out our guide – Making it as a Coach or view our recent webinar Making it as a Coach: Strategies for Success.


 

Education and Training Courses

 

Build Core Competencies

 

Coaching Fundamentals Program™
ICF Core Competency Hours: 15

Coaching is catching on. More and more people are turning to coaching because coaching produces results. The performance of individuals, teams and organizations are being transformed when coaching skills are developed, used and become part of the culture. If you are intrigued by what is happening with coaching and want to learn core coaching skills, this fundamentals class is for you.

 
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This is a hands-on class that includes practical techniques for trust building, focused listening, evocative questioning, planning and goal setting. The course includes practice sessions that are reviewed by a professional coach who provides feedback on coaching skills and comprehension of the competencies. You will learn the skills and gain the confidence needed to use them. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Coaching Fundamentals Program™ - Starts June 6


 

Advance Your Skills

 
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Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum
ICF Core Competency Hours: 12

Are you looking to enhance your coaching skills? Take your coaching to the next level? Or maybe you are looking for tools to help you with your biggest coaching challenges. If any of these apply, check out our Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum.

Participants of this program will refine their coaching skills by coaching others and hearing others coach in a virtual classroom overseen and critiqued by an ICF certified professional coach. The environment fosters real-time learning for those doing the coaching and for those observing. Participants in this course;

  • Gain confidence in their ability to coach
  • Hear a variety of styles and methods by hearing others coach
  • Get immediate feedback on their coaching and use of the core coaching skills by an ICF Certified Coach
  • Are challenged to coach at a whole new and higher level in a fun and supportive way
  • Receive coaching tips, techniques and demonstrations from an ICF Certified Coach

Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum - starts June 14


 
 

Take the Fast Track to Your ICF Credential

 

Fast Track to ICF Credential
Fulfils the educational requirements of obtaining the ICF ACC credential

Develop the skills and set yourself apart by jumping on the Fast Track. Coaching is becoming more and more competitive and yet many coaches have no credential and minimal training. One of the best ways to set yourself apart is to complete the training and earn a coaching credential.

But pursuing your ICF Credential is a big step and commitment. That is why we created the Fast Track to ICF Credential - to streamline the process and make it as convenient as possible.

Benefits of the Fast Track to ICF Credential include;

 FAST TRACK: Takes only 6 months to complete (other programs may take as long as 18 months).

 ROBUST, DISTANCE-BASED LEARNING: We use cutting-edge technology to create an in-person, interactive classroom experience while you participate remotely.

 TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING: You get world-class instruction from expert coaches with experience in both coaching and teaching.

 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE: We offer day and evening classes for your convenience, and new classes start throughout the year.

 AFFORDABLE: This program is priced to fit into your budget. Save $495 US / $595 CDN when you register for the package option. Don’t need the package option? You also have the choice of taking separate modules a la carte. We even have a payment plan.

Our next program (evening) starts July 9. Click here to view the schedule


 

Coaching Resources

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We offer many resources on a wide variety of topics to support coaches at all levels. On our website, you can find blog articles, educational videos, webinar recordings and more under Coaching Resources. We are continually updating this section so check back often.

Our coaching guides continue to be very popular and we will be adding to these in 2018. If you haven’t taken advantage of these free resources, you can find them here.

We have several resources available to answer your questions about certification.

Webinars - Visit our webinars page and then scroll down until you find the webinar titles;

  • Coach Certification A - Z
  • Coaching Certification

Coaching Guides – Visit our Coaching Tools page or click on the link below.

Guide to Coach Certification


 
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Did you know?

COTBx offers Immersive Coaching Skills Development Programs 
for Organizations

These programs, delivered specifically for your organization, are designed to accelerate learning and uptake. Programs are offered in on-site, virtual and blended formats. Contact us to learn more.


 
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Questions?

If you have questions about coaching, certification, courses or more, we'd love to hear from you. Click here to schedule 1:1 time with Alison Hendren, CEO and Founder, or fill out our contact form!

CONTACT US


 
 
 
Spotlight
 

We would love to connect with you! Reach out to our team here or call Toll Free, 
1-888-4A-COACH (1-888-422-6224).

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May 2018 Newsletter

by Coaching Out of the Box
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Rx for Healthcare -
How to Get Startedon a Coaching Program

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Coaching is catching on in healthcare and for good reason – organizations are seeing powerful results. In fact, the results are so remarkable they have caught the attention of prominent organizations including the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School & McLean Hospital where we recently presented the findings from some of our groundbreaking work in healthcare.

While many healthcare leaders recognize the benefits that coaching can bring to their organization they get stuck when it comes to determining how the training will be implemented. It can be overwhelming to think about selecting a coaching program and then determining how best to get everyone trained. This can be especially daunting when you have multiple locations and/or a remote workforce.

So how do you bring coaching in to your healthcare organization and have it embedded throughout so that the skills are learned and then practiced in everyday situations? And how do you sustain this?

As with most things in life, there is not a one size fits all approach to bringing coaching in and having it spread throughout the organization. The best approach will depend on many factors. Here are 7 things to consider when deciding which approach is best for your healthcare organization.

  1. How many people are to be trained?
  2. What is the timeframe to complete the training?
  3. Are qualified human resources available to conduct the training?
  4. What are the objectives and desired outcomes of the training?
  5. How serious are the issues the organization is facing?
  6. Is the organization ready to adopt a coaching culture?
  7. What is the budget allotted to training?

Once you’ve answered the questions above it is time to take a closer look at three common approaches to see which best suits the needs and resources of your organization. These are;

  • The External Approach: At least initially, all training is conducted by external trainers.

  • The Blended Approach: In the start-up phase external trainers are utilized to help the organization get a core group of employees trained or to supplement the internal trainers. Eventually the training is transitioned to internal trainers.

  • The In-house Approach: All or most of the training is conducted by qualified and trained internal resources. External resources may be used initially to ‘train the trainers’.

The following table outlines some reasons one approach may be preferred over another. In reviewing this information, it is important to remember that there is no single best approach and often the approach used evolves over time.

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My purpose for writing this is to give you a framework for determining which approach is best for your organization and, ultimately, to help you get started. For more on bringing coaching to your healthcare (or any) organization, attend our next webinar. Rx for Healthcare - How to Get Started on a Coaching Program.

Read more about the webinar and register here.


 

Educational Webinars

Rx for Healthcare - 
How to Get Started on a Coaching Program

What you will learn:

In this webinar we will present case studies from three healthcare organizations. We will walk you through the three different approaches used and results achieved. You’ll also be provided with a framework for helping you determine which approach is best for your organization. Topics to be covered during the webinar include;

  • Different approaches
  • Determining the best approach for your organization
  • Case studies – how others did it
  • Results achieved
  • Time for Q and A

Join us for this free webinar

Wednesday May 16, 2018

11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern

REGISTER TODAY


 
 
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Inspiration Station

Change before you have to.”
– Jack Welch

"Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed – the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.”
– Frances Hesselbein


 

The Business of Coaching

Building a thriving coaching business takes more than just great coaching skills. You also must know how to build a business. For many, this is the hardest part of going out on your own. If you are starting your own coaching business, check out our guide – Making it as a Coach or view our recent webinar Making it as a Coach: Strategies for Success.


 

Education and Training Courses

 

Build Core Competencies

 

5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™
ICF Core Competency Hours: 12

If your 2018 goals include starting a coaching business or using coaching to lead within an organization, you won't want to miss our 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™.

During this course participants learn questioning, listening and framing skills. These skills help coaches guide their coachees to new insights, discoveries and breakthroughs that will help them become self-reliant problem solvers and goal achievers. This course provides in-depth learning of core coaching competencies including multiple practice and feedback sessions. Join over 18,000 participants who have gone through this transformational program. Click on the title below to learn more and register.

5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ - Starts May 7

Coaching Fundamentals Program™
ICF Core Competency Hours: 15

Coaching is catching on. More and more people are turning to coaching because coaching produces results. The performance of individuals, teams and organizations are being transformed when coaching skills are developed, used and become part of the culture. If you are intrigued by what is happening with coaching and want to learn core coaching skills, this fundamentals class is for you.

This is a hands-on class that includes practical techniques for trust building, focused listening, evocative questioning, planning and goal setting. The course includes practice sessions that are reviewed by a professional coach who provides feedback on coaching skills and comprehension of the competencies. You will learn the skills and gain the confidence needed to use them. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Coaching Fundamentals Program™ - Starts June 6

 

Advance Your Skills

 
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Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™
ICF Core Competency Hours: 20

Are you looking to enhance your coaching skills or take your coaching to the next level? Or maybe you need to obtain CCE credits to renew your ICF credential or add to your coach specific training hours.

If any of these apply, check out our Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™. In this course you will learn advanced coaching skills to help highlight and explore areas that are often at the source of where a coachee becomes stuck, self-defeating or demotivated. You will also learn how to use the accompanying Personal Groundwork for Coaching™ Workbook, a widely-used tool to help coaches move their clients past daily symptoms and into the deeper source of what is getting in their way and preventing them from reaching their goals.

This is a hands-on class. Each week you will work (outside of the classroom) with a different learning partner to coach one another around the concepts covered in the class. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™ - starts May 8.

 

Take the Fast Track to Your ICF Credential

 

Fast Track to ICF Credential - fulfils the educational requirements of obtaining the ICF ACC credential

Develop the skills and set yourself apart by jumping on the Fast Track. Coaching is becoming more and more competitive and yet many coaches have no credential and minimal training. One of the best ways to set yourself apart is to complete the training and earn a coaching credential.

But pursuing your ICF Credential is a big step and commitment. That is why we created the Fast Track to ICF Credential - to streamline the process and make it as convenient as possible.

Benefits of the Fast Track to ICF Credential include;

 FAST TRACK: Takes only 6 months to complete (other programs may take as long as 18 months).

 ROBUST, DISTANCE-BASED LEARNING: We use cutting-edge technology to create an in-person, interactive classroom experience while you participate remotely.

 TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING: You get world-class instruction from expert coaches with experience in both coaching and teaching.

 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE: We offer day and evening classes for your convenience, and new classes start throughout the year.

 AFFORDABLE: This program is priced to fit into your budget. Save $495 US / $595 Canada when you register for the package option. Don’t need the package option? You also have the choice of taking separate modules a la carte. We even have a payment plan.

Our next program starts May 7. Click here to view the schedule

 

Ace the ICF Credential Exam

 

ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment Prep Class
ICF Core Competency Hours: 9

This course is designed to prepare coaches for the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment exam which must be successfully completed prior to receiving the International Coach Federation (ICF) ACC Credential.

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The course covers ICF Core Competencies and Ethics and Standards plus test taking strategies. This prep class will present several questions each week that mimic the multiple-choice questions you will be asked to answer in the CKA exam. Click the course link below to learn more and register.

ICF CKA Prep Class – Starts May 17


 

Coaching Resources

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We offer many resources on a wide variety of topics to support coaches at all levels. On our website, you can find blog articles, educational videos, webinar recordings and more under Coaching Resources. We are continually updating this section so check back often.

Our coaching guides continue to be very popular and we will be adding to these in 2018. If you haven’t taken advantage of these free resources, you can find them here.

We have a specialization in healthcare and offer several coaching resources that are specific to this industry. Learn more about these resources by clicking on the links below.

Webinars - Visit our webinars page and then scroll down until you find the webinar titles;

  • Coaching in the Healthcare Setting
  • Coaching in Healthcare

Coaching Guides – Visit our Coaching Tools page or click on the links below.


 
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Did you know?

COTBx offers Immersive Coaching Skills Development Programs 
for Organizations

These programs, delivered specifically for your organization, are designed to accelerate learning and uptake. Programs are offered in on-site, virtual and blended formats. Contact us to learn more.


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Questions?

If you have questions about coaching, certification, courses or more, we'd love to hear from you. Click here to schedule 1:1 time with Alison Hendren, CEO and Founder, or fill out our contact form!

CONTACT US


 
 
 
 
Spotlight
 

We would love to connect with you! Reach out to our team here or call Toll Free, 
1-888-4A-COACH (1-888-422-6224).

 
Read More

April 2018 Newsletter

by Coaching Out of the Box
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The Business of Coaching

Strategies and tips 
for building a successful coaching practice

 

This month we will shift from coaching skills to the business side of coaching. This pertains to coaching practitioners both external (Solopreneur) and internal (working within an organization) as well as those who blend the two.

As we’ve discussed in previous newsletters and webinars – there is a lot more to success in coaching than excellent coaching skills. This month we will pull back the curtain on The Business of Coaching and take a closer look at what it takes to build a successful coaching practice.

When starting your own coaching business or adding coaching to your leadership skills, you are likely to run up against both industry-wide and individual challenges. Regardless of the types of challenges, you’ll want to make sure you have a plan in place to address them. Let’s look at a few challenges you’re likely to encounter and then some tips for tackling them.

A key industry-wide challenge that many new as well as experienced coaches run into is ‘untrained individuals who call themselves coaches’. This was a key finding from the 2015 ICF survey. Nearly half of the respondents indicated this was the biggest obstacle for coaching over the next 12 months. Your strategy to address this challenge could include accredited courses, certifications and credentials as well as building a strong personal brand.

Individual challenges will vary from coach to coach but often include;

  • Lack of confidence
  • Vague or unrealistic goals
  • Trying to do it all /doing too much at once
  • Lack of systems and procedures
  • Getting stuck, not able to start or move forward
  • Lack of a peer to peer support network
  • Lack of business/marketing expertise

Don’t let this list discourage you. These challenges can be tackled and there are tools to help. One effective tool that is often underutilized is a business/career plan. Before your eyes start to glaze over and I lose you, consider this. You don’t have to make this too complicated or time consuming. What is important is that in the process of developing your plan you think through all the potential challenges and opportunities. Creating your plan will help you gain a clear picture of your goals, expected outcomes and the requirements to get there. If you are coaching within an organization this will look differently but the process is the same. Ask yourself the hard questions and then develop your plan. For example;

  • What is your vision for your business/coaching career?
  • What are your objectives? Financial, lifestyle, other?
  • Where do you want to see your business/coaching career in 3, 5, 10 years?
  • What will it take to achieve your objectives? Financial resources, human resources, time, training etc.

The business plan should have a detailed marketing plan; another excellent tool. Again, you don’t need to make this complicated, but it should detail out at least 12 months of marketing activity. And remember, marketing still applies even if you are coaching within an organization; you still must market yourself. Here are a few questions you’ll want to answer in your marketing plan.

  • What is your business/personal brand?
  • What is your unique advantage?
  • Who are you competing against?
  • How will you differentiate yourself and services from your competition?
  • Who are your ideal clients? (Tip: identify a niche and focus – don’t spread yourself too thin)
  • What will it cost to acquire new clients and retain them? (Tip – be willing to test the waters. Launch at a pace and scale you can handle)

For more on building a successful coaching business/practice, attend our next webinar. The Business of Coaching: Strategies and Tips for Building a Successful Coaching Practice

Read more about the webinar and register here.


 

Educational Webinars

The Business of Coaching: Strategies and Tips
for Building a Successful Coaching Practice

What you will learn:

In this webinar we will present strategies and tips for starting and growing a successful coaching business/practice.

Topics we will cover include;

  • Industry-wide challenges
  • Individual challenges
  • Setting the course - business/career plan
  • Marketing - yourself/your business
  • Operations - systems to help not hinder your success
  • Time for Q and A

Join us for this free webinar

Wednesday April 18, 2018

11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern

REGISTER TODAY


 
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Inspiration Station

Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day 
in your life
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– Confucius, Philosopher

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
– Albert Einstein, Physicist

"Done is better than perfect."
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook


 

The Business of Coaching

Building a thriving coaching business takes more than just great coaching skills. You also must know how to build a business. For many, this is the hardest part of going out on your own. If you are starting your own coaching business, check out our guide – Making it as a Coach or view our recent webinar Making it as a Coach: Strategies for Success.


 

Education and Training Courses

 

Build Core Competencies

 

Coaching Fundamentals Program™

Coaching is catching on. More and more people are turning to coaching because coaching produces results. The performance of individuals, teams and organizations are being transformed when coaching skills are developed, used and become part of the culture.

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If you are intrigued by what is happening with coaching and want to learn core coaching skills, this fundamentals class is for you.

This is a hands-on class that includes practical techniques for trust building, focused listening, evocative questioning, planning and goal setting. The course includes practice sessions that are reviewed by a professional coach who provides feedback on coaching skills and comprehension of the competencies. You will learn the skills and gain the confidence needed to use them. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Coaching Fundamentals Program™ - Starts April 5

 

Advance Your Skills

 
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Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum

Are you looking to enhance your coaching skills? Take your coaching to the next level? Or maybe you are looking for tools to help you with your biggest coaching challenges.

If any of these apply, check out our Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum - starts April 17.

Participants of this program will refine their coaching skills by coaching others and hearing others coach in a virtual classroom overseen and critiqued by an ICF certified professional coach. The environment fosters real-time learning for those doing the coaching and for those observing. Participants in this course;

  • Gain confidence in their ability to coach
  • Hear a variety of styles and methods by hearing others coach
  • Get immediate feedback on their coaching and use of the core coaching skills by an ICF Certified Coach
  • Are challenged to coach at a whole new and higher level in a fun and supportive way
  • Receive coaching tips, techniques and demonstrations from an ICF Certified Coach

Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum - starts April 17.

 

Become a Coaching Educator

 

Train the Trainer for 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™

You've done the training, developed your coaching skills and now you are ready to leverage your expertise. But where do you go from here? If you want to expand your reach, add a new tool to your toolkit and a new source of revenue, this course may be just what you are looking for.

This course prepares you to become licensed to deliver the 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™. As you go through the course you will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced coaching skills and learn to use your skills in a new and expanded role.

 

Take the Fast Track to Your ICF Credential

 

Fast Track to ICF Credential

Develop the skills and set yourself apart by jumping on the Fast Track. Coaching is becoming more and more competitive and yet many coaches have no credential and minimal training. One of the best ways to set yourself apart is to complete the training and earn a coaching credential.

But pursuing your ICF Credential is a big step and commitment. That is why we created the Fast Track to ICF Credential - to streamline the process and make it as convenient as possible.

Benefits of the Fast Track to ICF Credential include;

 FAST TRACK: Takes only 6 months to complete (other programs may take as long as 18 months).

 ROBUST, DISTANCE-BASED LEARNING: We use cutting-edge technology to create an in-person, interactive classroom experience while you participate remotely.

 TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING: You get world-class instruction from expert coaches with experience in both coaching and teaching.

 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE: We offer day and evening classes for your convenience, and new classes start throughout the year.

 AFFORDABLE: This program is priced to fit into your budget. Save $495 US / $595 Canada when you register for the package option. Don’t need the package option? You also have the choice of taking separate modules a la carte. We even have a payment plan.

Our next evening program starts May 7. Click here to view the schedule


 

Coaching Resources

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We offer many resources on a wide variety of topics to support coaches at all levels. On our website, you can find blog articles, educational videos, webinar recordings and more under Coaching Resources. We are continually updating this section so check back often.

Our coaching guides continue to be very popular and we will be adding to these in 2018. If you haven’t taken advantage of these free resources, you can find them here.

We have several coaching resources to support you in developing your skills and building confidence. Learn more about these resources by clicking on the links below.

Live Coaching Webinars. Visit our webinars page and then scroll down until you find the webinar titles;

  • The Business of Coaching: Overcoming the Biggest Challenges
  • Making It as a Coach: Strategies for Success

 
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Did you know?

COTBx offers Immersive Coaching Skills Development Programs 
for Organizations

These programs, delivered specifically for your organization, are designed to accelerate learning and uptake. Programs are offered in on-site, virtual and blended formats. Contact us to learn more.


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Questions?

If you have questions about coaching, certification, courses or more, we'd love to hear from you. Click here to schedule 1:1 time with Alison Hendren, CEO and Founder, or fill out our contact form!

CONTACT US


 
 
 
Spotlight
 

We would love to connect with you! Reach out to our team here or call Toll Free, 
1-888-4A-COACH (1-888-422-6224).

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March 2018 Newsletter

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Practice Your Coaching Skills

Tips to Build Coaching Skills and Confidence

With the Winter Olympics dominating much of the news, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the importance of practice to sharpen one’s skill and how that translates to coaching, or any endeavor, for that matter. I admire and am inspired by the Olympic athletes. I enjoy watching them but even more I am intrigued and inspired by their stories. You hear so much about the training and practice and time that these athletes put in to improve their skills. It makes me think of the saying, Practice Makes Perfect. But I don’t really like that saying as in reality we rarely, if ever, reach perfection.

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Just look at the Olympic competitions. I doubt many people put as much time and effort into practice as these athletes do. And they are at the top of their game, but as we see, not perfect. What is my point? Practice is important but striving for perfection can be counterproductive. To often I’ve seen coaches wanting to perfect their skills before putting them to use. If you wait until you’ve perfected a coaching skill you will have wasted time and people will have missed the opportunity to be coached by you. Instead of waiting until we perfect our skills, we need to aim high and continue to grow and improve. And practice. Every hour of practice leads to improved skill and greater confidence to put those skills to work.

So hopefully I’ve convinced you that practice is important. The obvious next question is how to go about practicing your coaching skills. Here are a few approaches that we’ve seen work well for many coaches.

  • Develop your coaching style. We all develop our own styles. No one style of coaching is best or right. So, observe as many coaches as you can to learn about different styles and then start to experiment with your own. Your style must feel natural to you. Don’t try to force a style that feels uncomfortable to you just because another coach has used it successfully.

  • Start with a safe place. Many coaching courses offer practice / feedback sessions as part of the curriculum. This is an excellent place to start.

  • Begin with simple coaching situations. You might ask your friends, co-workers (who are friendly), or others to let you practice your coaching skills with them.

  • Ask for feedback. Feedback can be an incredible tool. It can also be difficult to hear and, for the one giving the critique, it can be uncomfortable to give open, honest and real feedback. So, make sure you are prepared to hear the feedback and make sure the person evaluating is prepared to give you an honest critique.
  • Observe experienced coaches in action. We often hear that when coaches can see how others are coaching it can lead to an aha moment. When watching others coach, they can see the skills being used and start to really 'get' the power of coaching.

If you are interested in observing real coaches utilize their coaching skills in real coaching situations, you’ll want to attend our next free webinar. During this webinar we will have experienced coaches tackle real challenges. No scripting, no rehearsals. Sort of like the improv of coaching. You will observe coaches using their coaching skills in the moment; figuring out what the next question is and where to support the coachee as the dialog unfolds. Don’t miss this unique learning opportunity. Read more about the webinar and register here.


 

Educational Webinars

Live Coaching Sessions: Unscripted, Unrehearsed, Real

Our next webinar features live coaching sessions and you won’t want to miss it. These sessions will be real, unscripted, unrehearsed and live.

Developing coaching skills requires practice but it can be intimidating when first starting out. Watching other coaches in action can be a great learning tool and a way to begin developing confidence in your own skills.

In this webinar we will present real live situations and have real coaches utilize their skills. After each session there will be a feedback session – to highlight what worked and what they might have done differently.

Join us in this lively webinar to watch coaches in action and learn:

  • How coaching can happen in a short space of time and provide value
  • The different styles of coaching and the importance of being authentic
  • Commonly used coaching skills with tips and pointers on how to incorporate into your coaching

  • Skills for coaching in the moment

  • Each real coaching session will be followed by feedback and discussion to enhance the learning experience.
  • Time for Q and A

Join us for this free webinar

Wednesday March 21, 2018

11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern

REGISTER HERE


 

The Business of Coaching

Building a thriving coaching business takes more than just great coaching skills. You also must know how to build a business. For many, this is the hardest part of going out on your own. If you are starting your own coaching business, check out our guide – Making it as a Coach or view our recent webinar Making it as a Coach: Strategies for Success.


 
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What have you found to be the most effective way to practice your coaching skills?

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Inspiration Station

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
– Vince Lombardi

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.”
– Winston Churchill

"There is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory."
- Unknown


 

Education and Training Courses

 

Build Core Competencies

 

5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™

If your 2018 goals include starting a coaching business or using coaching to lead within an organization, you won't want to miss our 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™.

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This course is designed for coaches, managers/leaders who want to use the tool of coaching to improve individual, team and organizational performance. This is for anyone looking for a simple, intuitive and highly transferable coaching model.

During this course participants learn questioning, listening and framing skills designed to guide coachees to new insights, discoveries and breakthroughs that will help them become self-reliant problem solvers and achieve their goals. This course provides in-depth learning of core coaching competencies including multiple practice and feedback sessions. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ - Starts March 6

 

Advance Your Skills

 
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Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™

Are you looking to enhance your coaching skills? Take your coaching to the next level? Or maybe you are looking for tools to help you with your biggest coaching challenges.

If any of these apply, check out our Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™ – starts March 22.

In this course you will learn advanced coaching skills to help highlight and explore areas that are often at the source of where a coachee becomes stuck, self-defeating or demotivated. You will also learn how to use the accompanying Personal Groundwork for Coaching Assessment™ Workbook, a widely-used tool to help coaches move their clients past daily symptoms and into the deeper source of what is getting in their way and preventing them from reaching their goals. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™ - starts March 22.

 
 

Ace the ICF CKA Exam

 

ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment

This course is designed to prepare coaches for the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment exam which must be successfully completed prior to receiving the International Coach Federation (ICF) ACC Credential. The course covers ICF Core Competencies and Ethics and Standards plus test taking strategies. This prep class will present several questions each week that mimic the multiple-choice questions you will be asked to answer in the CKA exam.

ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment – Starts February 28

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Take the Fast Track to Your ICF Credential

 

Fast Track to ICF Credential

There has never been a better time to obtain your ICF ACC Credential. More and more coaches are getting credentialed and many clients expect it. But pursuing your ICF Credential is a big step and commitment. That is why we created the Fast Track to ICF Credential - to streamline the process and make it as convenient as possible.

New for 2018;

  • we've added more class start dates
  • day and evening classes
  • the ability to build your own schedule

Benefits of the Fast Track to ICF Credential include;

 FAST TRACK: Takes only 6 months to complete (other programs may take as long as 18 months).

 ROBUST, DISTANCE-BASED LEARNING: We use cutting-edge technology to create an in-person, interactive classroom experience while you participate remotely.

 TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING: You get world-class instruction from expert coaches with experience in both coaching and teaching.

 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE: We offer day and evening classes for your convenience, and new classes start throughout the year.

 AFFORDABLE: This program is priced to fit into your budget. Save $495 US / $595 Canada when you register for the package option. Don’t need the package option? You also have the choice of taking separate modules a la carte. We even have a payment plan.

Our next evening program starts March 6. Click here to view the schedule


 

Coaching Resources

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We offer many resources on a wide variety of topics to support coaches at all levels. On our website, you can find blog articles, educational videos, webinar recordings and more under Coaching Resources. We are continually updating this section so check back often.

Our coaching guides continue to be very popular and we will be adding to these in 2018. If you haven’t taken advantage of these free resources, you can find them here.

We have several coaching resources to support you in developing your skills and building confidence. Learn more about these resources by clicking on the links below.

365 Coaching Questions. This tool provides provocative questions in 21 different topic areas.

Live Coaching Webinars. Visit our webinars page and then scroll down until you find the webinar titles;

  • Sharpen Your Questioning and Listening Skills
  • The 5/5/5 Live Coaching Demos
  • The 5/5/5 Live Coaching Demos Part 2

 
 
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Did you know?

COTBx offers Immersive Coaching Skills Development Programs 
for Organizations

These programs, delivered specifically for your organization, are designed to accelerate learning and uptake. Programs are offered in on-site, virtual and blended formats. Contact us to learn more.


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Questions?

If you have questions about coaching, certification, courses or more, we'd love to hear from you. Click here to schedule 1:1 time with Alison Hendren, CEO and Founder, or fill out our contact form!

CONTACT US


 
 
Spotlight
 

We would love to connect with you! Reach out to our team here or call Toll Free, 
1-888-4A-COACH (1-888-422-6224).

 
Read More
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