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1.0 Essential Coach Training

Course Description 

The 1.0 Essential Coach Training Course is a 26-session program and is ideal for those seeking a straightforward experience of core coaching skills. This 1.0 Essential Coach Training prepares you to coach anyone, on any topic, at any time. Yet, the course assumes you know your client base best and empowers you to design your own unique coaching exercises to use with your clients. 

Throughout your training, you will: 

  • Learn foundational coaching skills, presented in a framework that allows flexibility for working in your niche 
  • Discover ways to identify your niche audience and develop a trusted brand 
  • Develop the confidence you need to become an effective and valuable coach 

Course Format

The class will meet once a week for two hours, at your designated class time. Each class is broken into three main parts:

  1. Discussion: The first third of class includes an open discussion on the chapter you read to prepare for the course. Your trainer will answer questions and provide additional insight. 
  2. Demonstration: Your trainer will demonstrate how to use the tool or skill being discussed with a volunteer client from class. 
  3. Practice: The last portion of class is reserved for practice time, and you will be broken into pairs to practice the coaching tool or skill with a classmate. This section concludes with a reflection. 

Textbooks/PDFs Included

  • Essential Life Coach 1.0 Training Guide (1 hard copy provided as part of your training.) 
  • Optional: Build Your Life’s Work(digital book) by John Andrew Williams and Amois Marie Williams (May be purchased by emailing support@coachtrainingedu.com

Additional Courses 

  1. Group Mentor Coaching: Group Mentor coaching is an 8-week course where you will receive direct feedback from a coach mentor and a group of peer coaches. This course completes the certification of the 1.0 program and, along with the three overview hours, satisfies the ICF requirement for ten coach mentor hours.
  2. 2.0 Advanced Coach Training: This course is packed with advanced coaching tools and skills and provides a plethora of research to help coaches build their credibility. This newly updated program is designed to enhance your coach training and bolster your coaching practice.  

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Week 3 Sample:  Coach the Client, Not the Problem


● Read Chapter 5 in the 1.0 Essential Coach Training Guide 4th Edition 

● Listen to the recording Two Kinds of Agendas: Coach the Client, Not the Problem (6:10)

● Listen to the recording Hold the Client’s Agenda (4:35)

● Listen to the recording Clearing (2:03)

● Listen to the recording Intuition (4:56)


What would you like to acknowledge about yourself this past week? 


Practice Coaching 

The points to address for today’s one-to-one work are: 

  • Generate an agenda. 
  • Clarify the smaller agenda (the details, actual action steps) versus the larger agenda (what your client is learning about him or herself; your client’s personal growth).
  • Help your client make a distinction between the larger agenda and the smaller agenda. 
  • Ask powerful questions about your client's topic.
  • Design an action step that makes sense given what you coached around. 

Simple, curious questions to use in your practice session: 

  • What do you want to focus on today? 
  • What has been on your mind lately? 
  • What are you learning about yourself in this situation? 
  • What do you hope to learn? 
  • What strengths are you discovering? 
  • What strengths do you want to discover? 
  • What’s most important to you about this? 



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