You might find this article especially helpful if you are planning to take up a coach training program to become a coach and not want to be left hanging high and dry after you having completed it! I will explain what this means when you continue reading this.
Let us start by looking at the 3 main reasons when people choose coach training program or Coaching Culture Programme. Generally, they fall under three types. The first type is the very serious -minded and far-sighted ones who carefully choose their coaching schools in relation to their goals as to whether they can serve them well both in the immediate and future circumstances.
The second type is also the serious-minded ones but may be less far-sighted as they are concerned more by the course fees, time needed, efforts required, logistics and so forth.
The third type is usually the short-term ones who are more after the ‘quick fixes’ as their focus is more on who is the cheapest in town, who has the shortest coach training program or Coaching Culture Programme and who offers the easiest route to get the coach certification.
How Their Buying Decisions Affect Them
The way they based their ‘investment decisions’ have a direct impact on the quality of their coaching skills and the extent they can scale up to be even better coaches for life.
Of the three types, it is usually the first type who will make it good more than the other 2 types because they would have chosen the best coaching school that is full-fledged with world-class learning methods and offers the fullest opportunity for them to scale up, even to become Master Certified Coaches eventually. Not only this, such coaching schools have a very strong infrastructure to support them for life, and not saying goodbye to them when they have completed their studies. This is the meaning of ‘not left high and dry’!
While the second type may appear quite safe for they would have chosen reasonably good coaching schools, they might also face some ‘risks’ should they want to move up their professional standing as most of these coaching schools are limited in offering the next level of coach certification. So what it means is these coaches might face issues with their earlier coach qualification as they may not be sufficient to progress to next level as certain parts of the syllabus do not qualify them to do so.
Hence, they may need to go through some parts of learning before they can move up. This will incur extra time, extra cost, not mentioning the reorientation they need to undergo as it is a different coach learning curriculum.
This is when they experience the feeling of being left high and dry again! Worse still, when these coaching schools do not have a strong support infrastructure for their continuous learning or the opportunity to network with other like-minded coaches, they will get into this lousy feeling of now it is time to ‘go your way, and I go mine’!
The third type usually faces the worst nightmares of them all. A coaching qualification that is totally unrecognised with substandard coach-learning that gives them no good coaching skill and unsupported post-learning. This is leaving them hanging the highest and the driest!
The truth is there is no short-cut to good education whether it is Coaching or any other. All coaches need to always remember that their coaching skills, and more importantly, their coaching passion and interest could go down the drain without a solid coaching education and a strong post-coaching support. My advice is not to be carried away by offers of saving in time and money alone for this could leave you hanging high and dry.