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 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 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 6, 2010

Life Coach course:

Life coach course ?
What does a life coach course entail and what will I learn from it ?
Will it suit me and am I ready ?
By simply asking yourself those awkward questions an individual is taking a big step forward to making changes in their life.
A cautious personality may very well pause, and may need to address further considerations  such as

Who or what is really stopping me ?

If I am going to wait again –when will be exactly the right time ?

Who do I really know that I can trust, to talk about what I want to achieve ?

What could I do today to help me in my nagging desire to achieve more ?

Will the Life coach course  provide just the impetus I may need ?

What would I really like to achieve outside of work and who can help ?
But once decided — taking a Life coach course of learning will very quickly provide clients with feedback, new insights, and understanding from an outside vantage point.

The profession of coaching is sometimes mistakenly compared to counselling or even therapy. There are a few common elements on the fringes maybe but the difference is that coaching is an on-going equal partnership with the client built on going forward – and taking action. Such as the client

  • Getting more done than they would on their own
  • Weighing up options quickly – and getting decisions made
  • Taking a more positive attitude to getting things done
  • Reducing the self doubting within him/herself
  • Creating momentum and consistency
  • Focussing  their actions on the main things to get done

A life coach course is starting soon that embodies all of the above is the accredited Diploma in Life and Executive coaching  being offered by an organisation called the Positive Success Group Scotland and is set to start in the spring of this year.

The PSG  life coach course will contain seminar guidance that will be of great assistance when a person wants to make definitive decisions on things such as career transition, starting a new business, pause and reflect on current lifestyle choices, or simply looking for personal and professional improvements.
If you are an individual open to change and transition – your potential to improve is limitless.

Who would a life coach course most suit ? Could be anybody in fact. It may be people who want to self coach, leaders, entrepreneurs, trainers, counsellors, parents, retired folk looking for a new lease of life.
Anyone who has the required energy and fully understands  the need for continuing education and self development.

Why do people take a life coach course or hire a personal coach ? Because they want to improve their behaviours that lead to better outcomes for themselves and their families.
They want to learn new and flexible ways of thinking, develop new ways of approaching situations, new ways of analysing events in order to get better results for themselves.

They desire self improvement in being more organised and effective at work, gaining confidence in previously stressful situations, or they simply wish to relate and interact effectively in their relationships and interactions with other people.
Do you think you’re worth that investment ? Then contact Posus now!

March 26, 2010

Coaching certification

Coaching certification : What to take into account when choosing a  Coaching  course to enhance your CV

Coaching certification? You may have come across the term on the training options lists sent down by the Human Resource department each month for managers to consider for their staff.
Or you may have seen advertisements in personnel journals listing the benefits of completing a course of studies.

Your first instinct will be to try and place it within your existing training portfolio and make preliminary investigation of the qualifications framework and the validation process of the awarding body.

That is why we recommend that when considering coaching certification that you or your company thoroughly investigate that the provider is aligned to a National Occupation standard or other Professional body standards as appropriate to the group award schemes.
Also satisfy yourself that the accreditation has a portability that allows for   international recognition abroad as well as in Great Britain such as LBCAI, AC and/or ICF and the ILM.

We are proud to say that PSG Diploma in Life and Executive coaching certification robustly fulfils that basic criteria in that it is a nationally recognised qualification by FETAC and transfers its portability to the equivalent of a SQA Level 5 in Scotland and fully satisfies the membership criteria of the UK wide Association of Coaching ( AC ) in its length of syllabus learning, validation and quality assurance systems.

Obtaining coaching certification can be achieved in several ways but for the  person with a modern busy lifestyle, it could be a preference to chose a part time class room style mode of learning.
Developing your practitioner skills in the company of similarly well qualified individuals from similar type organisations  will be an environment of stimulating exchange of ideas and practises as you progress  through the syllabus over 7 weekends and 3 evenings as your knowledge base prospers from the modern and enlightened design principles of the Diploma in coaching.

Coaching certification will give you the important accreditation which enhances your CV and employment prospects and informs a potential employer / sponsor / lender that you have embarked and completed a rigorous Personal development course of study which qualifies you to professionally educate, advise and interact with people within all types of organisations.
It will underline and underpin your professional approach to both your personal and business life.

March 8, 2010

Life coach courses

Life coach courses are primarily for individuals who feel the time has come for them to step forward and create a successful future for themselves.
All manner of things may have prevented them from even asking the pointed questions about themselves and their position in the world  but by enlisting the assistance of a life coach – a positive and irreversible step has been taken.

The life coach is a practioner highly skilled in helping people to envisage the possibility of making radical improvements in their lives. If your life is comfortable , but you want it to be challenging, coaching is for you!

But what do life coach courses provide for the client ? Firstly, they are not psychoanalyst sessions, they are more than a consultancy. They are more than a friendly voice to give advice at a difficult time although undoubtedly they will contain time for you to air concerns and problems.
Your Life Coach is a skilled expert, fully qualified, experienced and ready to assist their clients in releasing the full capabilities of the individual.

What are you capable of at the moment ?
We think you’ll be even better with a coach !

How will attending life coach courses achieve the above ?  The practioner will partner with you in clearly outlining what YOU want, ask the powerful questions that enable you think clearly as regards important issues,  get to the core of your value system, encouraging you to take action thereby helping you to achieve measurable success.
Whether you want assistance in achieving a specific goal, settle on a satisfying career direction, or energising your  whole environment, a Life Coach can help you be better at doing those things.

Life coach courses are specifically designed as to give clients an action–orientated partnership enabling a release of the energy and potential that lies within all of us.
You’ve been subconsciously working below your potential – it’s time to unleash the amount you’ve been holding in reserve.

March 1, 2010

Coaching companies

Coaching companies has emerged as THE powerful device for assisting beleaguered management get through this part of the recession with  balance sheets if not on the canvas then barely still in the ring.
The usual tired  management method of taking a sword to process costs, cut everything in sight ( excepting their salary and bonuses of course ) get behind the barricades and pray that markets recover quickly, has been put aside in favour of something more proactive that has contributed to the prevention of the downsizing of employee numbers which had been predicted. Until now at least.

There has been a realisation that companies that stand still are doomed. Organisations that do not respond quickly to change are going to regress. All great companies have had to adapt to changing circumstances and acted proactively in seeking out their future markets.

In every sector we see Business in a state of transition, responding to changes in the conditions of their traditional markets, having to think and work globally, prosper in cyberspace and face the emergence of new vibrant competition at every turn. In other words, the leaders of modern Organisation have to face and cope with new challenges on a daily basis to enable their company to survive.

The timetable for coaching companies more than likely involves the business coach to be called in as a reactive response to a damaging occurrence  that the existing  management had previously ignored and the company has now been forced to confront. It may be the emergence of

global competition – operating under more favourable business conditions,

changes in technology,

changing demands of customers,

distribution difficulties, all sorts of threats.

The external coaches are summoned, given the brief and the authority and asked to identify how management can respond with what they already have at their disposal.

Coaching companies and their management in the initial phase at least, lends itself to the existing general culture being examined and a future central philosophy being agreed with senior management.
Something has usually being going wrong with the Balance sheet so there is usually a need for a generalised culture audit whereby the business coach contributes in full to drawing up a checklist for areas of potential coaching improvements with regard to

Organisational Objectives,

Recruitment and induction,

Performance Review

Employee Development,

Communications,

Advertising and Marketing

All these process areas make a significant contribution to what is being produced by the Company but the coaching audit should enable failing established practises within them , corporate hierarchies and out of date l methods to be vigorously challenged and debated,  encouraging and allowing new ideas from the bottom up to be planted and nurtured inside the managements mindset.
But underlying all the reviews and new thinking, is the requirement to put the organisations people at the very centre of all cultural changes that need to take place.

Coaching companies can by the very action of kickstarting a human resources process – can assist in ensuring that the skilled and sympathetic development of the organisations existing workforce – not radical costly redevelopment of its other processes — has the quickest and most durable effect on a company’s balance sheet. And that is a concept which will warm the heart of all the Organisations senior decision makers.

Filed under: Coaching companies — Tags: — Carl Hewitt @ 3:08 pm

February 25, 2010

Life coach certificate

The life coach certificate is in your possession so exactly what area of coaching do you concentrate on after you have successfully completed the Accredited Diploma?  You are now qualified to take your coaching skills into the outside world and professionally work with and help your clients achieve their goals in both their personal and professional lives. It will be very much an exciting voyage of discovery for yourself as an aspiring practitioner.

You will become conversant with the many areas with which a Life coach is able to provide a service to their clients – not only with their business skill-sets but also with supporting the clients personal aspirations and desire for change within their own lifestyle.

Acquiring the life coach certificate is only the start. You will undoubtedly gain practical experience as you practise and acquire and then transmit a library of knowledge to your future clients in an informative manner. But you will realise that to be an effective as a coach you must ask the pertinent questions that allows the client to find solutions by using their own thought processes. We are not looking for answers – we are seeking to improve the quality of thinking from the coachee which should manifest then itself in increasing the quality of both their actions and decisions.

So look forward to using your life coach certificate to launch your coaching career with confidence, relish the challenges ahead and prepare to learn a great deal about yourself as you marvel at your ability to equip people with the ways and means of moving forward more confidently and positively.  Job satisfaction at its best.

Filed under: Coaching Certification — Tags: — Carl Hewitt @ 4:18 pm
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