What Are The Best Ways To Practice Coaching?

So you want to become an amazingly effective coach. There’s only one way to get there – practice! The trick is in practicing the right things. I’ll show you the best ways to practice coaching. 

What Are The Best Ways To Practice Coaching?

Coaching is a skill. Actually, it’s a set of skills all used at the same time. Learning to coach effectively is like learning any skill, you’ve got to practice.

The hard part is you’ve got to practice the right things. If you practice mistakes, those mistakes will become

The #1 Barrier To Nonprofit Effectiveness

The other day I heard Jason Fried, the CEO of project software Basecamp, talk about productivity. He said, “Your company needs to be your best product, because it is the product that makes everything else.” As a result, he is spending the majority of his time working on his organization, not it’s products. This challenges me! 

The #1 Barrier to Nonprofit Effectiveness

The organization, to me, is a tool to create, launch, and manage our products and services (our training and resources). I want to spend as little time and energy as possible working on

An Up-To-Date Picture Of Professional Coaches [Infographic]

What does a professional coach do? This infographic breaks down types of coaches and specialties, how their time is spent, and additional services coach practitioners offer, according to a recent study by the International Coach Federation.

An Up-to-date Picture of Professional Coaches [Infographic]

The 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study, based on a 2015 survey commissioned by ICF and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, uses information and insights from

How To Become An ICF Certified Coach

Coaches with specialized training and a top-level coaching certification will be more effective coaches and more easily attract clients. The gold-standard in coach certifications are from the International Coach Federation (ICF). While famous coaches and schools can and do create their own coach certifications, the ICF, as the world’s largest coaching association, sets the bar high. I’ll share my insider knowledge of how you can become an ICF certified coach.

How To Become An ICF Certified Coach

Coach certifications are confusing to many people. After 8 years on two ICF chapter board of directors, including a period as President of the ICF Washington State Chapter, I’ve fielded a lot of questions about coach training programs and certifications. 

3 Essential Practices of Effective Coaching Training

Coaching gets results. Leaders are looking for the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to increase their coaching skills. I’ll share the 3 essential practices of effective coaching training. Using these guidelines you can sort through the many choices to find your pathway to coaching excellence. 

3 Essential Practices of Effective Coaching Training

If you’re confused by conflicting messages about coaching, you’re not alone! Coaching is an unregulated field. Anyone can call himself or herself a “coach” and lead “How To Coach” workshops.

All coaching training is not the same. Every month, I hear from people who have invested in coaching courses only to find out later

What It Really Means To Be A Coach

A friend of mine met a woman at a party who said she was a Life Coach. My friend ask her, “Where did you train to be a Life Coach?” She answered, “Well, in life!” As a Professional Certified Coach and coach instructor, I groan when I hear this response. 

What It Really Means To Be A Coach

There’s a lot of buzz out there about the fantastic results of coaching. At the same time, there’s a lot of confusion about what exactly coaching is and how to become an effective coach.

I’ll clear up what a professional coach is and introduce 3 “sets” to define coaching.

Why More Information Won’t Solve It

Many of us are convinced that we would solve our problems and reach our goals if we had the right information. The truth is, a lack of information is usually not the problem. I’ll show you 5 reasons why more information won’t solve it and what to do instead. 

Why More Information Won't Solve It

Information Rich and Solution Blind

I’ve noticed a pattern in many leaders I’ve coached. Whether they are trying to solve a problem or reach a goal, most are looking for

How To Grow Your Business By Pruning

My intuitive way to grow my coaching training organization was to add programs and locations. As a result, our revenue increased, but our expenses outpaced it. After wearing ourselves out trying to grow by expanding, I discovered how to grow by pruning. 

How To Grow Your Business By Pruning

Learning From Fruit Tree Farmers

Organizations grow like fruit trees. We plant a product or service that grows into