I got certified as a coach a few years ago - well after I left the military. Whether you "become a coach" or not it is a good skill to have. I've used it more internally with the consulting I do, but in 2016 I started doing more formal coaching. The typical coach makes less than $10,000 a year. Those who scale their business make well into 7 figures. The key is getting from a time for dollars model to a product or subscription model. Like many people, I know the formula, but am still working on the execution. If you are thinking about coaching, where are you in the process? and what are you struggling with to get going?
I'm slowly(?) moving toward coaching as an income stream. It's as scary as anything I've ever done as I tend to be averse to change, much less uncertain change. Unexpected from someone who had a successful 22yr military career? I don't know. But I'm on my second job since transitioning, working for an FFRDC in exactly the kind of position and for my "dream" company. But there's a pull toward coaching as I love to help other people succeed and people appreciate my advice and observations about how they can improve.
My status: I love using DISC to help people understand how to communicate better. And my favorite product (of 2 types I've seen) is the one produced by Innermetrix, so I went to Results Group LLC and got certified as an analyst of the combination of DISC and two other profiles that really are effective at showing where and/or how people can interact best at work (and at home, for that matter). I do need to practice a bit more, so I need to spend targeted time with some people, but that's hard to get started, especially with a full-time job. But I feel like that's a direction I ought to pursue.
I feel like the next concrete step for me would be to get some coaching certification, but I know that for me, at least at the beginning, a well-structured coaching format will be best; maybe Results Group's 5th Level Coaching certification is what I'm looking for.
I did my training through certified coaches alliance. I think the most useful part was coaching with a partner for practice, recording the sessions, and giving each other feedback. My partner and I still keep in touch after years (we may actually meet for the first time next month). I would recommend The Portable Coach and CoActive Coaching if you don't already have copies.
Let me know what I can do to help.
I got started coaching last year. It has been extremely slow building up my client list. My niche is military and veterans just because I'm a veteran and I want to give back. I've gone to the local Air force installation to try and get my foot in the door and do free workshops at the Family Readiness Center, but they haven't given me any headway yet. Do you have recommendations?
I would check with the local retiree organizations (www.moaa.org or others)
I just posted this in our Coaching with Excellence group, but thought the group might enjoy these articles as we just shared them as Dan's top three articles on LinkedIn for building your coaching business:
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