I love being asked this question. I have a response that gets right to the core of this question. Here’s my response:
- Would you ever consider going to a dentist that had never been trained?
- Would allow someone that had only read a book on open heart surgery actually operate on a family member?
- Absolutely not!
It’s the same with a coach. You want to work with a coach that is masterful. Select a coach that has received feedback and has really honed the coaching skillset.
It’s not enough to read a book about coaching or simply hang up a shingle and call yourself a coach.
There is a specific skillset and perspective involved in coaching. Practice, supervision and more practice are needed. The skills need to be honed.
I recommend that if you want to incorporate coaching into your local ministry setting, or become a full-time coach, that you receive training from an accredited coach training organization. Look for the International Coach Federation (ICF) accreditation logo.