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You present a very interesting question. A quick look on the internet is going to show you a number of certification programs for life coaches. These will provide you with specialized training.
I can see that's true
That's why I can't believe the number of places that profess to be training associations
some 6 weeks, some 6 months
However, you can hang out a shingle any time. There is no national certification and so anyone can call themselves a life coach whether they have training or not.
Do you think the training would be beneficial?
Yes...there are a ton of choices out there for training.
How do I know which one is legitimate - or is it a "crap shoot"
It depends on what you feel you know and the type of client you decide to work with.
I think it's a crap shoot because of the lack of standards and national licensing/certification.
I have no one special at the present time; none set - what is a life coach?
Is it just someone to help you with life choices?
A life coach works individually with a "client" to set goals and hold the client accountable to those goals.
Yes...help with life choices...
Like the sports coach we are all familiar with...the life coach approaches clients in a similar fashion.
Well, I guess there's not much more to say - I imagine if you go to a "school", they might help with your "shingle" so to speak.
Oh - interesting
Well, thank you
What they will do is to "teach" you their method...provide you with their blueprint/plan...they will have specific tools for you to use. (forms, tests, etc.). In that respect, you will be getting a "product" and then you can decide if you want to use these materials, adapt them, or find your own.
Some of the schools will put you in their "network" so that you have access to clients/customers who call in looking for someone trained in their method.
Similar to what we did in our matchmaking service. There were a lot of "Institutions" wanting to take thousands of dollars from us but we ended up doing it our way
Ok - Dr. Levang - this is a great way to get an answer - having the chat
Yes...so you have been down this road before and know what pitfalls to avoid!
I like your style!
Well, I didn't spend $ks - and I don't know if we would have been better off - -- but it was our choice
Anyway - I have a better handle on this - thanks again
And...yes..this is a great way to pose a question, talk to someone with knowledge, and chat back and forth until you get a satisfactory answer!
Really almost a relief - to go back and forth like this.
Have a nice evening
Yes...you are getting a real time answer!
You have a great evening too! Glad I was able to help you this evening.