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Mentor coaching is a valuable process that helps you become a better, more effective life coach. Receiving mentor coaching is also part of the ICF’s requirements for certification. All of our trainers use Marshall Goldsmith’s framework of feedforward, rather than feedback, in mentoring sessions with coaches. It is focusing attention and energy on what you can do better in the future, rather than focusing on past mistakes. It puts Carol Dweck’s concept of growth mindset into practice.
Benefits of Mentor Coaching
- You get to listen to yourself coach. Just listening to yourself coach will make a difference in providing you insights. You will have to listen to your recording ahead of time and mark the times of certain places in your coaching session. (More on that below.)
- You get to listen to yourself with your trainer also there offering feedback. Often beginning coaches are way too hard on themselves. Here is a chance for you to listen to yourself with a supportive trainer. It might not be the most pleasant to hear yourself on a recording. But seeing what you’re doing right, and getting tangible ideas for what to do better, is priceless. You will leave the life coach session overviews with action steps to make you a better coach, which feels great.
- You get to include your feedback in your next client session. When you include the feedback in your next client session and hear the difference that the feedback makes and yourself improve as a coach, it gives you a boost. You can actually chart your progress, and especially shared with your trainer, it’s a cause to celebrate and gain confidence in your life coaching skills.
Formats for Mentor Coaching
Mentor coaching is a valuable part of the coach training process and required for certification. In order to become a certified coach with the ICF, you will need to complete a total of 10 mentor coaching hours. Coach Training EDU offers you the opportunity to complete these mentor coaching hours in two ways.
One-to-one Mentor Coaching
All of Coach Training EDU’s 1.0 and 2.0 Training Programs include 3 hours of one-on-one mentor coaching. These are also known as your coach-client overviews. You will schedule these throughout your training, with your lead trainer. Your coach trainer will review your call according to the core competencies set out by the ICF, and you will receive feedback to incorporate into your next coaching sessions. These one-to-one mentor coaching sessions set the stage for group mentor coaching.
Group Mentor Coaching
Mentor coaching is also offered in small groups. Group sizes range between 4 to 8 coaches, and a new mentor coaching group starts approximately 4 times a year. Most coaches start group mentor coaching within a few months of finishing their initial training. Groups meet once a week, for one hour to review coach-client calls. One of the biggest benefits is being able to listen to other coaches work. Group mentor coaching is designed to look at both specific coaching skills as well as look at different styles of coaching.
For tuition information on Group Mentor Coaching, please visit the pricing page.
Again, the process of mentor coaching can seem daunting. You have to record yourself working with a client and then listen to that recording with someone else, or multiple other people, and listen to that other person, or those other people, give you critical feedback on everything you did wrong. However, the feedback you receive throughout your mentor coaching experience will mostly be forward-focused and concentrate on the things that you can do better moving forward.
For more information about how to prepare for mentor coaching and what to expect, click here.