Now you're ready for the next step in knowing how to become a life coach.
2) Look around properly
Find an organisation that has your own style. Check out their website, success stories and reviews. See if their mission and values align with yours, comb their content. Watch videos of the presenters and see if you like them.
Assess the marketing and make sure it's a good fit. "Ask if you resonate with the people that they are and work out if they have an example of a coach you'd like to become. Get a feel for the environment," says Matt.
Check out the reputation of the school and its trainers. If you find a negative news story, try to find another to see if there's a pattern or it was a one off. Do a Google search for reviews from actual students, for example, 'The Coaching Institute reviews.'
Things to remember: Students are sometimes encouraged to give positive reviews. See if there's a pattern with any negative reviews. Check out if people have disabled reviews on their Facebook page—it's a red flag.
Time was that purely online courses were to be avoided, but the coronavirus pandemic has meant most life coaching schools around the world have pivoted to a purely online presence. The Coaching Institute did in March, and plans to continue its electronic presence indefinitely so it can extend its global reach.
LENGTH OF COURSES
Beware the short and snappy. Could you learn to fly a plane in three days? No. So you probably can't learn to guide your own life and that of others in a weekend either, although introductory short courses as great as tasters for what to expect.
The length of the course will have a parallel to its quality, says Matt: "Try and steer away from short courses. If you only do those, you're going to do them a lot and you'll end up studying for a long period of time."
The best schools teach you about business as well as how to become a life coach. It's an integral part of the process. Find a school that will teach you how to find clients, not just be a coach. Make sure you can get lots of one on one mentoring.