Blog – The Basics of Starting a Coaching Practice

  If you’re a coach, you believe everyone needs a coach. Part of this conviction comes from what you have experienced in your coach training. You have seen the impact and power of coaching in people’s lives. You have discovered a coaching conversation with even a little bit of skill can have some pretty amazing

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  Most coaches get into this business because they want to help others and enjoy doing so. But let’s face it, sometimes the joy leaks and coaching becomes a job. The main culprit? Like any professional service, coaching has its share of mundane tasks, meaningless matters, and otherwise maddening obstacles. The dark side of the

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  I talk to a lot of coaches and would-be coaches on a wide range of challenges in their coaching journey. Conversations occur in the classroom context, coaches reach out to me via email, and some start the conversation via a comment on the CAM blog. No matter the context, one concern that stands out

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Father Greg Boyle, founder of the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world, was asked to describe humbleness. He shared a story about a man who had asked him how to reach a hardened gang member. Boyle’s response astounded me. “For starters, stop trying to reach them. Can you be reached by them?”

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When you’re first learning to coach, we all learn that a good coach can coach a client on pretty much any topic.  The norm in coach training is that the coach will start the conversation with, “What would you like to talk about?” and then the client could come back with any variety of issues:

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“How much should I charge for coaching?” is a question I get every week. Here are my best answers. A rate that makes you slightly uncomfortable A rate that doesn’t vary A Rate that Makes You Slightly Uncomfortable If you charge (as of 2019) $25 or less, you are working for less than minimum wage.

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