The 3 Most Valuable Coaching Practices I’ve Learned To Coach Anyone
This month marks 18 years since I first started coaching people!
And, maybe, just maybe, I think I can share what I've learned that can help you coach others too!
18 years ago:
Jeff: "I'm a professional coach"
Joe: “Coaching? Do you coach football?”
I think Joe must have looked at my size or something and just assumed it must be football. No one ever mentioned gymnastics or long-distance running! When asked “What do you do?” and I explain I am an author and a coach, I would almost invariably hear the question: “What sport?”
But that’s not the case as often anymore. Today, people throughout the world have recognized life, career, finances, and business and inserted the category _______. Coaching is a profession that’s here to stay.
When I left pastoring and leading a non-profit in 2001, there were roughly 3000 coaches in the US. (ICF said 2100 in 1999)
NOW: According to the ICF (International Coaching Federation) Global Coaching Study, there were approximately 47,500 professional coaches in business worldwide with a cumulative annual revenue of close to $2 billion. The forecast by IBISWorld Market Research is that the coaching industry will grow to over $4 billion by 2020.
And I think coaching has the potential, almost more than any other profession or skill, to change the world for good. Be a catalyst to help people change themselves and change their environments.
However: I believe there are many, many more coaches both because so many do it on the side AND, as I want to share because ..YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL COACH TO COACH PEOPLE.
If coaching is all about developing people to their full potential and helping them and their teams fulfill their dreams or get from where they are to where they need to go, then consider others who can benefit from coaching skills and principles.