This post answers the basic questions about coach training. I’d love to work with you in an upcoming cohort.
What is Coach Training?
Coach Training explains and explores the coaching paradigm. Bridges Coaching goes even deeper. When I took coach training I felt a couple things were missing so I designed my own interactive curriculum including the experience of being coached as well as practicing real coaching in a supported environment.
What do you actually do in Coach Training?
The course kicks off with a group class and sometimes even a course workshop. Then each week you will meet weekly with your peer partner and your coach training facilitator to do some of the following: interact with the material, be coached, and/or practice your coaching skills with an actual “client”.
There is a text included that is chock full of real life stories and practical application and a community of growth is formed in the cohort online discussion group. Personal projects round out the real life application of learning.
The midcourse class and coaching celebration include the entire cohort and friendships are made with others all across America (and occasionally beyond).
Do I need to travel?
All Bridges Coaching peer meetings and classes are hosted online. (If you and your peer partner happen to live nearby you are welcome to meet in person, but this is not the norm.)
Who should take Coach Training?
I love this question because the answer is so varied. Coach Training is not just for budding professional coaches or vocational ministers! Check out my thoughts on this here: “Why Hermits Don’t Need Coach Training and Five Reasons Others Love It!” (I will admit working with ministers is my favorite though – helping care givers of any kind understand the value and have the tools to help people engage with God’s best for their life is a game changer!)
Last year my pastor became a Bridges Coaching certified Life Coach. Here’s what he said when he finished up.
Pastor Josh Finley on Coach Training (stick it out for his “high tech” ending, it will be worth the laugh)
If you are a minister or a mom, whether you work as a business leader or in a non-profit, if you have any kind of a role where you interact with others, coaching will give you tools and enhance your skills to do that better!
Just a couple more questions for the curious:
How long is it? 12 weeks
Can I choose my peer partner? If you want to register with a peer partner in mind you will be scheduled with each other. If you don’t have a peer partner in mind you will be paired with someone else in need of a partner. Occasionally there are trio made.
How much time will this take each week? The peer meetings are an hour and a half each week and then there is a video teaching, a reading, personal application projects and participation in an online discussion. All in all probably about 4 hours a week.
When/how are the peer sessions scheduled? Cindy will directly facilitate most sessions settled during business hours. They are scheduled first come first served according to availability. There may be a possibility of Cindy hosting and after hours peer pair or two on a week night or weekend morning. However, other facilitators are available as well.
Feel free to contact Cindy directly if you need more info or have other questions OR if your church or org would like to host a closed cohort that can be arranged with a group of a least 6 for a discounted price.