|Should coaches specialise?
In coaching do thinks itís best to specialise in one coaching model, or alternatively, to be a bit of a magpie of ideas? Julie Hewson, who runs a coaching diploma course, says itís important to specialise if you want to take your coaching to the next level. Liz Scott went to meet up with her in Exeter.
Whatís your coaching style?
There is a saying that if you become Jack of all trades then youíll be master of none. Is this true of coaching? Coaching training will often introduce coaches to a variety of styles and models. This means trainee coaches will often have tasters of areas like NLP, Gestalt, CBT and/or Transactional Analysis. However, trainees are unlikely (on completion of their coaching diploma) to have an in-depth knowledge of any specific area.
Taking your coaching to the next level
Is it ok to keep dabbling in different models and theories as a coach, or are you selling yourself short? Once youíve qualified is it worth seeking out a model that you feel most comfortable with and then specialising. You might then become an NLP coach Ė or an EFT coach Ė or a TA coach. Is this the way to give yourself an edge as a coach and to take your coaching to the next level?
Coaching and CPD
Julie Hewson is the Director of the Iron Mill Institue and also a senior partner of Elliot Griffiths; she trains coaches. She says that if you want to really develop yourself as a coach, then itís important to develop yourself personally and to specialise. This is how you can take your coaching to the next level.
Magpie or specialist?
Is it best to be a magpie coach? In other words one who uses various models to inform their practice? Or, like Julie suggests, should you specialise in a particular area in order to take your coaching to the next level?
Two excellent events from Coaching Connect coming soon: "Taking your coaching to the next level". If you want to discover ways of finding new clients, listen to world class speakers and connect and collaborate with fellow coaches, this is the event for you.