351 Days to Be A Master Coach? (Part 1)

“There are a few people who will change your life forever. Find those people.”
>One of those people is your coach.<

How to become a Master Coach. There’s a new tested and proven framework, created by highly skilled and experienced professionals who have already achieved what you want to achieve and who’ll take you by the hand and lovingly walk you through the exact process of how to become a Master Coach. More on that shortly.

And when it comes to becoming a Master Coach you probably have lots of questions, such as:

Should I get certified?
Where should I get certified?
How much training do I need?
What should I charge for services?
Will coaching support me financially?
What do I need to do to get noticed and stand out in the industry?

The first Master Coach Certification Program from the International Coach Federation (ICF) has these requirements to become a Master Coach, or Master Certified Coach to use the ICF acronym MCC.

The IFC Master Certified Coach credential is a level of skill and experience shared by only 4 percent of coaches worldwide.

(1) You must have 2,500 hours of direct coaching experience and 2,250 of those hours must be paid. That’s about 321 days of work at 7 hours a day (and no weekends). So realistically over a year of paid coaching experience.

(2) You must attend 200 hours (another 29 days) of coach-specific training. These are paid training programs.

(3) You must engage in 10 hours of mentor coaching.

(4) Your performance in taped coaching conversations must be evaluated. ( approximately 18 weeks for review)

(5) You must pass the Coach Knowledge Assessment if you have not previously passed it.

Add that all up and it’s about 351 solid days and that does not include the time it took before you applied to become a Master Coach. This is for certification by the ICF. Coaching mastery is not a destination, but a journey toward expertise. One thing is for sure, if you have clocked in 2,250 hours) of paid coaching work you have Mastered perseverance and dedication.

In addition to the Master Certified Coach credential, the International Coach Federation also offers the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials.

In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. Where did the 10,000 hours come from? (10K hours is approximately 1430 days 7 hours a day, or about 4 years ) There is a direct statistical relationship between hours of practice and achievement. Similar reports on number of hours of expertise are listed in The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, published in 2006. The elite Master Coaches are in love with what they do.

What is a Master?

“One who has attained great skill, person of rank or high learning, one who has become adept, an expert, an original whom others aspire to be like, one who has reached a level of excellence, one who is qualified to teach apprentices, a professional or artist who is regarded as great.”

Back to the new Master Coach Training mentioned at the start.  This “new” training combines the self-proclaimed best strategies, frameworks, tools and systems of Master Coaches. It is a self-paced training program for aspiring coaches that will allow you to start your new successful, prosperous and fulfilling coaching practice with confidence and joy at the affordable price of under $600; just three payments of $199. This Master Coach program is a sub-division of the Mind Valley academy. They call it Master Coach Training and they offer coach training that in their own words enables you to get world-class results and business framework specifically designed for new coaches to get clients. Be aware, the name of this program, Master Coach Training, seems more of a marketing ploy with a put your business on auto-pilot approach and less about coaching and coaching mastery.

Back in 2009, Mike Kennedy came up with his own personal definition of a Master Coach. First and foremost a master coach has an exceptional skill in asking questions that unleash people’ knowledge, creativity, solutions and inner genius.

A Master Coach has such life experience and empathy with people that they instinctively know where to start digging with their questions.

Master Coaches have an impressive array of skills, they are fluent in and work with an array of models, even though they are not dependent on those models to generate the amazing results from their clients. They can do everything by simply asking the right questions about the right things at the right time.

Master Coaches are incredibly intuitive and are able to tune into people’s needs and frequencies at will.

Master Coaches work on themselves daily, they have impeccable integrity, they are humble, mostly invisible and, they never brag about what they do or who they are.

Master Coaches are master visualisers, master manifesters and highly disciplined. They are master communicators, great leaders and compassionate beings.

A Master Coach’s life is in a constant state of becoming and being.

A Master Coach’s respect for their clients equals their respect for God, the infinite and the unlimited.

A Master Coach’s focus is laser like, their concentration complete. That wraps up Mikes definition.


End part 1
Part 2 coming soon: “351 Days to Be A Master Coach (Part 2)”

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