July 20, 2010

Life Coaching Colleges

Life coaching colleges are another option if you are seeking an industry recognised qualification before going on to practise as a coach.
But selecting the correct programme can be a difficult decision as there is a large and varied amount of choice on the market –some colleges offer home study, online coaching courses, hybrids of distance learning and classroom study or fulltime face-to-face lecture hall  attendance. All of which must present a slightly confusing picture for people choosing from this array of providers and accrediting bodies.

So it is important that Life coaching colleges offer the highest standards for both coach practitioners and training course providers and operate with the highest ethical standards giving peace of mind to those people looking to hire a coach or invest in their own coach training for the first time.
But some students will already have considerable experience of life coaching and just wish to study in order to be certificated by any means so there are different markets to satisfy.

There are life coaching colleges which have come on the market recently which offer inexpensive, self-contained, self-study diplomas and certificates in life coaching to satisfy that market.
But there are so many training courses accredited in different ways so an element of caution is required even when the term ‘college’ appears in the marketing material as the above method of distance learning is not suitable for every type of learner and that is one reason that our PSG Diploma in Life coaching was structured in such a way as to incorporate all the best elements of each type of study.
Yes, the diploma covers the necessary theoretical aspects of coach education but also recognises that theory alone cannot produce a first class coach.

As Life Coaching is essentially a practical activity – it follows that a balanced course of training must be grounded in sound practical experience with role play as an essential component.
This is why PSG concentrate on the practice/feedback model of coach development with respect to work-based assignments with proper regard for evidence requirements.
The PSG course will develop your own coaching strengths and show you how this can be implemented into your training and then furthermore into the actuality of  practicing as a coach.

We have ensured the syllabus topics are carefully mapped to international coaching occupational standards – standards which have been carefully developed in consultation with employers and accreditation bodies – thereby ensuring the Diploma qualification is suited to the requirements of the business world as well as servicing the needs of the individual client private market.

July 14, 2010

Life Coaching Schools

Life Coaching Schools: There are many life coach schools, academies and colleges throughout the UK (mainly in London) which are accredited and some which are not.
Should the school’s accreditation make a difference to you when you make your final choice of study?
It is a matter of opinion but with life coaching becoming an attractive career-change choice during the past five years or so, many of you will be seeking the right advice regarding training and certification.

Most clients will look to see whether the Life coaching school is providing quality coaches who have had the necessary formal training and will then decide to use their services if they develop a rapport with the coach and experience a tangible benefit from their initial free trial session with him/her.
That’s the reality.

How important is the Life Coaching school’s accreditation? If we can apply some perspective here and ask just what is the most important concern to a prospective client?
They will probably state their most important criteria is how can the coaching school help them in the particular area that they want to pursue as a career in coaching.
And because the better paid coaches generally work in a niche, those niches are such that they are personally developed by the coach independently of any training they might receive. So their success is built on a slightly different criteria.

And that is where the PSG life coach courses bring a measure of reassurance to their clients as they have a such a strong reputation regarding the variety of their syllabus as regards different coaching niches.
This is allied to a strong accreditation through the reputable ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) in Scotland and LBCAI (Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland). Successful completion of the diploma programme will entitle clients to membership of other high level coaching organisations and associations.

Since coaching is a relatively new profession many new life coaching schools have come into existence. But because there are no universal standards for the life coaching profession, there are no universal standards for those schools.
Therefore to make a sound choice the client should make the effort to verify that the school’s philosophies align with their own and ensure that the syllabus covers the desired market segment.

July 6, 2010

Life Coach Certification

Life coach certification? Become a qualified life coach and join one of the fastest growing professions in the UK!  Well that is what the Ads say anyway but who would actually benefit from acquiring a Life coach certification qualifications?
Well, they are intended primarily for individuals who wish to make the formal transition to coaching as an additional or new profession.

Life coach certification therefore will be beneficial for those whose everyday job puts them in contact with people but who would not think or consider calling themselves coaches; people such as human resources managers, advisors, NLP practitioners, counsellors and mediators, mentors and others including senior managers of small businesses who may wish to inspire and coach their colleagues and staff towards success.
These types of people are already realizing that their current professional activities already involve coaching and want to work permanently in an environment where people wish to change their lives positively.

Life coach certification  was needed, because “coaching” began as a helping activity, that was initially unregulated. Many training courses became accredited in different ways so it is important when considering Life coach certification in Scotland – that the learner should confirm that the provider is committed  to a National Occupational standard.
The PSG  Diploma Scotland in Life and Executive coaching certification more than fulfils that basic criteria, in that it is a nationally recognised Life coach certification qualification and is accredited by bodies such as the Institute of Leadership and Management, (Scotland) and FETAC (Ireland).
Every student taking the Life coach certification Diploma course receives learner support in the form of studying membership of both Association for Coaching (AC) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), who helpfully provide each learner with a strong library of qualification support, from reading lists and study guides to regular feedback on Coaching sector news developments and job opportunities.

Life coaching or Life coach certification are not regulated in the Scotland nor is it likely to be in the near future primarily because coaching is not defined as a medical or therapeutic profession. Any responsible person can set up as a life coach and indeed many therapists and counsellors, former business managers and others have already done so. Nevertheless, Life coach certification is an increasingly important constituent in a private practioners toolbox in order to attract clients and demonstrate that you have a coaching knowledge base.

From a potential employers perspective – Life coaching certification bestows an important accreditation which enhances a CV and informs them that the job candidate has embarked and successfully completed a rigorous course of study which qualifies them to interact, coach and train people within all types of organisations.

May 18, 2010

Life Coach Training

Life coach training? Something you have given some thought but are unsure about who to trust with your future and which company to train with?
You should be!
Sadly, the recession has seen the demise of some training providers and with their closure went the time, energy and commitment of their clients. Take sensible precautions to avoid that scenario.

Our accredited Diploma in Life and Executive Coaching is the best value for money on the market today. It is delivered by an experienced and long established company – has a reputation for giving highly professional training and support (see www.positivesuccessgroup.co.uk) but also ensures you will receive your own personal practicing life coach mentor- someone who has been through the whole coaching experience themselves.

Spend time deciding exactly where you want your life coach training to take you –and  what you are going to use the qualification and training to achieve in your life. Once you have established this – you will have a framework for selecting a suitable course. But take your time.

Select your life coach training company carefully and check their integrity. Only consider those providers who openly display their prices on their websites and clearly state their fees when you enquire.
Beware the offer of free courses. Both of these techniques have been used for many years as platforms and complex marketing ploys.
By all means enjoy the half day taster seminars on offer but it would be wise to respect the old adage of free lunches and no such thing. To find the PSG prices simply select the website option and our fees are clearly explained.

Avoid distant learning life coaching training packages unless you already have considerable coaching experience – as the contact with a professional fully qualified coach and access to practical on the job training is a fundamental and essential ingredient to becoming a good professional coach.

So enough with cautionary tales and have more enthusiasm. When you have fully qualified after completing your Life Coach Training, the coaching certification will give you the all important accreditation which enhances your CV and employment prospects.
It will underline and underpin your professional approach to both your personal and business life and provide a springboard to a bright and positive future.

Filed under: Life Coach Training — Tags: — Carl Hewitt @ 8:46 am

May 12, 2010

Executive Coaching Certification

Acquiring Executive Coaching certification is undoubtedly the fastest growing desirable appendage to a middle managers CV than anything else at this moment.
Even accountancy partnerships are actively encouraging their senior members to study and qualify as executive coaches to add to their already highly skilled portfolio of qualifications.

Currently there is no formal bureaucratic regulatory framework for Executive Coaching Certification at this moment in the UK.
It is a relatively young and growing profession and the freedom still exists allowing for creativity and energy to express itself within a framework of ethical self-regulation.

That said – a basic fundamental for any corporate buyer of executive coaching certification services is that their chosen  training provider has professional affiliation with a reputable coaching body and can easily testify to its credibility. There are  several such organisations overseeing coaching at the moment in the UK.

There are the self-regulating coaching bodies that have emerged from the coaching industry itself and are made up of coaches who set their standard for coaching and coach-training.
These include such organisations as ICF (International Coaching Federation), ECI (European Coaching Institute), EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council, LBCAI (Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland) and AC (Association of Coaching in the United Kingdom)

Meanwhile the Institutes involved in this field of learning encompass executive coaching as part of their strategic overview around management, training and HR and include the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

The PSG Scotland Executive Coaching Certification maps to the ILM standards which is such an awarding body. This means they are viewed as robust and rigorous qualifications with all the credibility and status that this implies.

PSG Scotland feel that while the profession evolves – it is important to look at the nature of the course you are considering and make an informed judgement to discover whether it is independently awarded or privately awarded and whether it is receives proper oversight from one of the organisations mentioned above.

Only then can you confidently assert that the qualification has international portability and has rigorous evaluation processes.

May 7, 2010

Diploma Life Coaching

By considering a Diploma in Life coaching – you are looking at the industry recognised qualification for people wanting to be practitioner coaches.
We understand that selecting the correct programme is a difficult decision. There are a large and varied amount of choices  on the market and a slightly confusing  array of providers and accrediting bodies.

So it is important that the standards for both coach practitioners and training course providers are of a high ethical standard which should give greater peace of mind to those people looking to hire a coach or invest in their own coach training.

We are confident that our PSG Diploma in Life coaching contain all the key elements which in future will be seen as industry-wide best practice and satisfy the aspirations of the prospective coach.
The course covers the theoretical aspects of coach education and recognises that this is a vital aspect of learning to coach effectively but theory of itself does not produce a first class coach.

Life Coaching is a practical activity and any coach training worth its salt must be grounded in sound professional practice. This is why PSG devote so much attention to the practice/feedback model of coach development.
At each workshop you work in trios rotating around the roles of coach, coachee and observer. The feedback and learning from these sessions is often the most significant part of the programme for many where the ‘coalface’ type of approach includes :

  • Work-based Assignments  and Evidence Requirements
  • Breadth and depth of theoretical input as it relates to practical work
  • Intensive coach practise sessions with high quality feedback from course tutors
  • Requirement to build up supervised hours of coaching practise
  • Group supervision at workshops
  • Demonstration sessions from course tutors

So undoubtedly the Diploma in Life Coaching extensively covers the ‘on- the- job’ type experience that a practitioner is likely to meet on a day to day business whether in the area of private coaching but also in the internal business coaching environment.
All of the specialist subjects in the Diploma are mapped to professional coaching occupational standards – standards which have been developed in consultation with employers – thereby ensuring the PSG Diploma qualification is best placed to satisfy both the requirements of the business world as well as the private  practitioner.

May 4, 2010

Life coaching course

Life coaching course: Are you thinking about enrolling in a life coaching course? Are you contemplating on how to advance a few rungs up the career ladder in your company? Or simply seeking a structured approach to changing your lifestyle in terms of what you want from life and how to go about it.
Well, there is a Diploma course that is being offered by an organisation called the Positive Success Group Scotland that offers just that in Glasgow.

One primary component of the life coaching course will be for participants to construct a self development plan regarding their personal goals.
There is a range of self development models we use whereby we analyse the ways that individuals soak up experiences and learn from them and we design the development process with regard to the clients learning preferences.

But the life coaching course will demonstrate that to consistently achieve personal goals we should harness the persons natural learning process and focus on getting what we want by structurally planning for the future — and then consciously making the things happen that are included in your plan.

The following range of activities could form part of your self-development plan

1.    Knowing your current self

2.    Self knowledge questionnaires

3.    Draw up a development agreement

4.    Development group motivation

How do we form a realistic self image of our current self? The best method is to ask. Ask 20 people who may be family, friends, peers, colleagues on how do they see you performing at present both in your personal life and your career.
Receive feedback from people who know us well but be fully prepared to be open-minded about what they say about us. Or alternatively we could use any one of the variety of psychometric questionnaires such as the Thomas International EI assessor to arrive at the key pointers.
Armed with the big messages from the feedback sources we are now in a position to develop a realistic self image with which best to progress personal aspirations.

The coach will assist in drawing up the development agreement with the student to systematically record their intentions for their own development.
But it is here that care should be taken to carefully identify potential obstacles or other things that may block the achievement of those initial goals. But it will be useful to adopt the following simple template for effective personal development to map your targets around:

Where have I been?

Where am I now?

Where do I want to be?

How shall I get there?

This kind of format provides an invaluable framework for a Voluntary self-exploration in that it works well in the reflective climate the life coaching course provides. But it’s important to be honest and take time to answer the questions your framework poses.
Development group discussions within the course will provide invaluable feedback and map out a commitment to action while at the same time increase the consequences of not achieving your goals.

The PSG Scotland life coaching course will help the student to approach his / her development in a disciplined fashion – providing structure to where their plan is taking them in terms of personal achievement. But take note to be continually positive and

Review each stage and learn the lessons from what has worked and what has not

Do not be afraid to be flexible and amend your SD plan in the light of lessons learned

Do not over analyse setbacks, learn from them and MOVE ON

With these disciplines in mind – the student should be able to successfully harness the positive parts of their own unique individual learning mode to achieve goals in their personal life and provide the impetus for a future of continuing success.

Filed under: Life Coaching Course — Tags: , — Carl Hewitt @ 8:06 am

April 30, 2010

Life Coach Business

A Life coach business? Ever thought of embarking on a completely new career and building a life coach business from scratch?
People become coaches for a variety of reasons but most commonly many people enter the life coaching profession having enjoyed the experience of being coached first and then feeling a great motivation to help others in a similar manner.
Life coaching offers a potentially rewarding additional or alternative career to people from all backgrounds.

Being self-employed and running a Life Coach business has its advantages such as being free to choose the hours you work, where you work and how much to charge for your services is a huge motivation for anyone considering going into business.
And there are limited overheads involved – working from home is a big incentive for people who want to enter the coaching profession.

But there are important disciplines you require to learn and apply if you are going to improve your chances of making a commercial success of your business.
Disciplines such as finance and budgeting but importantly –how to market your business. Assuming you have sufficient confidence that you can prosper as a businessman, you still require to meticulously plan for your enterprise by addressing some of the basic business concerns such as:

Who are your ideal clients that are the best fit for my interests and experience and what level of fees shall I charge?

How long and how much investment finance will it require before the business becomes profitable?

Who are the main competition and how do you plan to engage with them?

What is your niche market or competitive advantage or why should your clients choose you?

How do you market your services to the largest numbers of potential clients cost effectively and get your name well known in profession?

What support do you need to master all the business competencies and keep you disciplined when you experience difficult trading conditions?

It is a fact of life that running a life coach business requires selling coaching services and that can be difficult. And unfortunately most of the training courses do not do a good job of equipping potential coaches with the business / marketing skills they need to recruit clients in viable numbers to run a business.
A lot of very good coaches are stuck in the dilemma of providing a service that is highly valued by people that experience it, and yet the coaches themselves struggle to find enough clients.

Pause for a moment and reflect that coaching is a relatively new profession. Most people in the street will not know what it is or does regarding what the benefits of coaching are.
Would you buy something that you didn’t understand? Not likely.
So unless you have unlimited time and a large advertising budget, running ads, sending out announcements, simple networking, then many of the conventional ways of promotion are relatively ineffective.

Here’s an important lesson. Someone receiving a very good coaching experience will sell your coaching for you.
When you are building your Life coach business you will learn that it is ‘word of mouth’ from fulfilled and satisfied clients who will happily recommend your services to other people who may have an interest in the topic but may require assurances.
So the aftercare service of your coaching school fulfils the function of continuous looking after your clients but also serves as a potential recruiting sergeant for the future.

Life coaching is a new and admirable profession that has the power to really help people. And the market for coaching is very large and growing but you can’t succeed in the coaching business by simply being a good coach.
You have to get out there, think creatively about how to market to the highest number of people possible.
Be professional and always look to add genuine value to the clients experience and the client will act as your recruitment foot soldier.
Find the support you need to be great and strive to continue to develop as a coach and your business is likely to accumulate enough good word of mouth publicity to thrive and prosper in the future.

Filed under: Life Coach Business — Tags: — Carl Hewitt @ 8:22 am

April 27, 2010

Life Coaching Certification

Life coaching certification courses are increasingly being viewed by individuals as an ideal educational platform to launch a change of direction in their lives whether on a personal level or as an important learning aid to rigorously evaluating their current lifestyle and then making the appropriate changes with respect to work and career achievement.
The discipline of pursuing a certified course of education often ensures that these important decisions can be properly analysed and given the correct amount of consideration.

But type in Life coaching certification on Google and you will discover a multitude of organisations  offering a coaching service to the public. Depending on your level of familiarity with the subject – the choices may be quite confusing with so many different variations on the basic service being offered.
So before embarking on a course of study you should carefully envisage the qualification within your existing educational portfolio and then make a measured final decision based on its natural fit within it after thoroughly checking the credibility of the certification and validation procedures of the provider.

One such course which fulfils all the above criteria with regard to credibility is the Diploma in Life Coaching run by the Positive Success Group Scotland whose course is approved , accredited and validated by the Institute of Leadership & Management  ( ILM ).
The accreditation body is committed to a rigorous National Occupational standard  as appropriate to the group award scheme and the delivery of the course providers therefore the participants can be reassured that they are receiving an excellent qualification and fully respected identifiable professional recognition.
And every learner taking the Life Coach certification Diploma course receives continuing student support in the form of studying membership of both the Association of Coaches ( AC ) and the ILM.
This service is provided free of charge and provides each learner with a variety of qualification support, from reading lists and study guides to regular feedback on Life Coaching sector updates, helping the participants realise the extensive benefits from their PSG diploma course.

We fully understand  that selecting the correct life coaching certification programme is a difficult decision. There are a sizeable number of courses being offered in this expanding market but at present, no industry-wide validating body to formally set standards and set guarantees on consistency of product and quality.
We at the Positive Success Group Scotland are fully committed to remedying this situation working in tandem with other practitioners of long standing throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland to develop the highest possible standards for the coaching industry with an ethical code to guarantee quality of provision.
We are confident that our Life Coaching Certification diploma programmes contain all the important key elements which in future will be seen not only as robust and rigorous but also as delivering industry-wide best practice in our profession.

Filed under: Life Coaching Certification — Tags: , — Carl Hewitt @ 2:00 pm

April 22, 2010

Executive Coaching Training

The demand for Executive coaching training continues to grow and this expansion will continue apace because in this modern world –  it does its job and works. In recent years a large number of companies in the UK have adopted coaching at some level to develop their staff and improve levels of managerial leadership.

The Positive Success Group deliver courses in Executive coaching training that offer a diverse range of methods in which an individual can reach a sufficient professional level of expertise so that they are able to confidently impart knowledge to other managers thereby allowing them to coach successfully as part of their work to develop staff within the organization.

There are, then, several alternative ways and methods to build upon an otherwise successful career within organization. This could involve working within businesses to achieve performance or staffing outcomes ranging from sales performance, succession management, management of change and team coaching.
A qualified Executive Coach meanwhile will be working with senior managers and executives concentrating on personal performance and leadership issues. This will often focus on the individuals mental attributes and state rather than being restricted just to completion of tasks.

At this level of seniority – the focus will often be on strategic direction and the ability of the leaders and executives to motivate and engage with other senior figures and the PSG course will teach methodology and encourage detailed planning to assist the process.

The following check-list is a useful tool for clarifying the issues and allows for analysis of style and content of the senior levels of management progressing with their careers:

Preparation for Company Department

What are my strengths in my current role?

What could improvements be made?

Where and in what roles do I see my future?

What new knowledge and Skills will I require?

What level of support might I need from senior colleagues?

What difficulties or problems can I envisage?

What level of resources are available to my department?

What development plans do we need?

Planning and Professional Development

What Professional activities should I undertake?

Courses and conferences should I attend?

What levels of seniority and power can I realistically achieve?

Achievement and recognition within the Organisation?

Promotion to higher levels of authority?

Professional achievement in terms development and qualifications?

What level of Community and Political contribution can I make ?

The adoption of executive training courses has concentrated development on  relatively senior levels of staff within organisations and the PSG course offers a unique perspective on the participants career movements over time and then allows a projection of a desired future state. This method of biographical perspective often producing a rejuvenation in a career that otherwise may have easing to a conclusion. Such is the power of coaching.

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