Learning to Be a Coach
The Coaching With Excellence Conference was designed to help the 38 participants learn about the business of setting up a coaching practice. Everyone had a different focus; there were leadership coaches, career coaches, physical fitness coaches and happiness coaches just to name a few. My focus is on coaching woman through transitional points in their lives.
Dan's whole family participates in the conference, even his grandchildren make an appearance. In the picture above, you can see his daughter, Ashley, teaching us about the DISC personality profile.
In typical Miller style, there were lots of opportunities to network and connect with everyone. Lunch and dinner were delicious social affairs on the porch, catered by local restaurants. Conversations could be heard all around as participants from around the country outlined their dreams and goals for making a difference in the world. It was a caring, compassionate group focused on profit and service, two things that often seem at odds with each other but that Dan blends beautifully into one.
Speaker and coach Kent Julian arrived after lunch on Friday to talk about his journey and to inspire everyone. Kent has turned a passion for mentoring youth into an extremely successful speaking and coaching business. He offers a terrific boot camp for aspiring speakers that I have attended twice.
Five Important Concepts I Learned at the Conference
It would be impossible to summarize the information learned in two days in just a few points. I'm still processing and digesting it myself. However, here are a few key concepts:
- Coaching differs from counseling in that coaching is active rather than empathic listening with a focus on where the client wants to be rather than where they have been.
- The number one thing that people want is not "the answer" but rather someone who actively listens, clarifies and guides them along the journey. Thanks to Dallas Demmitt from Arizona, fellow coaching participant, for great illustrations of this!
- You don't have to have everything figured out in your own life to help someone else figure out where they are going. You do have to be actively searching and working a plan however.
- Identify your area of specialty--don't be a generalist. The more you can narrow down who your target audience is and where your sweet spot of expertise is the better.
- Connection and building relationships is key to any business but especially the coaching business, this is after all a business about people not data. Get to know other coaches, get involved in organizations, attend conferences, network, network, network.
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