Frequently Asked Questions about Coaching
Is Coaching Just a Fad?
The practice of life coaching is nothing new. Janet Harvey, the incoming president of the International Coach Federation, traces it to the Human Potential Movement of the early 1970s and the teachings of Werner Erhard, whose “est Training” self-motivation workshops became popular in the ’70s and early ’80s.
More than 30 American universities have introduced coaching programs, including Harvard, Yale, Duke, New York University, Georgetown, the University of California at Berkeley, Penn State, the University of Texas at Dallas and George Washington.
What is the training for a coach?
I did my training at the Coaches Training Institute, the oldest and largest in-person coach training organization in the world. The Co-Active Coach Training Program is approximately a 12 month program, consisting of five in-person experiential workshops followed by a six month Certification program.
I've seen the video S*&t Life Coaches Say. Is that really what it's like?
Sort of. Coaching vocabulary is definitely a little different than what is generally used in the business world and in our everyday conversations. The concepts however, are not new, just presented in a different way. As a coach I try to put a different spin on old ideas to help my clients shift their perspectives, see their lives in a new light, and ultimately help them put accountability measures in place that work for them.