Over the last 20 years, coaching has become a robust activity where both companies and individuals are engaging coaches for a variety of reasons. For retirees it can be a great way to leverage your career and life experience in helping others achieve their goals. It offers great flexibility and can be quite lucrative. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. As a professional coach, you will have an opportunity to create positive change and achieve extraordinary results with your clients. Whether you have decided to be a coach, or are considering it, the information on these pages will provide you with clarity and direction.
10 yes/no questions to help you determine if this is a good direction for you
Do I have the financial resources to invest in a coaching certification?
Am I willing to make the time and effort to go through a rigorous coaching certification curriculum?
Do I find that people tend to come to me and share things they may not typically talk about with others?
Have I had a role during my career for which mentoring was a part of my activities?
Am I interested in building relationships and working with others to help them reach their own potential?
Do I like to connect with people in a meaningful way?
Am I comfortable transferring my life experiences into value for others?
Am I a good listener?
Do I like or am I good at marketing and selling myself?
Am I self-directed?
Here are questions and answers that address common issues and concerns for those interested in becoming a coach.
Assess this option against the following eight criteria:
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