8 things to ask when choosing a Kids Life Coach Training service provider
Jul 11, 2020
In the recent weeks I have had such great questions from people wanting to enrol in my Kids Life Coach Training
that I decided to create this post to help you do the same!
I'm assuming that since you are reading this, you have been doing your homework on Kids Life Coaching
because you have a big heart for children and you are passionate about making a difference?
I also guess that you have already found a few options or spoken to a few people, but perhaps you don't know how to choose the best fit for you? *(disclaimer: we have a screening process and not everybody is a 'good fit' for our programme and we do not accept everybody in)
So these are the 8 questions you should ask a service provider when you are considering joining their Kids Life Coach Tr
My recommendation when researching is to choose a training service provider who offers a robust system that is able to measure success.
How do you know who is a good fit for you?
1. Ask about the background of the teachers...have the people who are training you, actually coached or worked with children themselves or are they simply adult coaches or parents who have decided to train others to coach children because they identified a need. Who will you be learning from and what positions them as experts? I need to get clear here...it is easy to get into a magazine or onto Television or radio and to self promote and have a huge social media following...what really counts is what has happened behind closed doors....don't get lured into the shiny syndrome of "social media" influencers. They aren't always there because of true expert status...they may just be better at marketing and they are good at 'selling'....So get clear on the values and qualities that you are looking for in your teacher...
2. Ask if they have validation and testimonials.
Have they been part of a validated University research
study? Do they have client testimonials
visible on their website? Are there videos
showing client feedback? Or do they simply "blow their own horn" and make claims which cannot be validated? Or are other people speaking about them and referring you to them because of a good track record?
3. Ask if there is personal mentorship to guide you through the things you can’t learn in textbooks. Any organisation that only offers online training at a 'low cost' entry level doesn't really want to take accountability for results. When choosing a training provider, if they are serious about helping children, they would be willing to mentor you through the learning journey. This may cost more...so be sure to compare apples with apples.
4. Ask how their training programme is structured.
Does the training programme include only theoretical aspects. Or is there also a practical application so that you can successfully apply the techniques and get results coaching children? Are there assignments to complete for the theory and case studies for the practical side? How will you be held accountable for your results? Is there a certificate? A particular pass mark? Is there personal feedback or is it all automated? Is there a set time frame for completion? Is there ongoing mentorship and support and what does this look like? Our Level 2 Kids Life Coach Training
for instance, takes 90 days. We do this because our structure is aimed at getting you sustainable results so that you can start earning an income coaching children quickly.
5. Ask if the coaches they train are full time career coaches
using their methods or part-time dabblers using a mish mash of a variety of methods? Don't get me wrong....coaching part-time is okay...after all, that is how I started
when I was teaching. But... if the service provider can't reassure you that their methods will ensure you can leave your current full-time career at least within 12 months...then I would think again.
6. Ask the year of their inception. Entry to market date is important as many people have simply jumped on the bandwagon on a popular new niche. Kids Life Coaching is becoming popular and there are lots of "new kids on the block" who genuinely want to help but sometimes they haven't yet refined their systems. Some new training service providers simply see opportunity but don't have a track record to back up their claims. Go with somebody who has shown they are in it for the long haul.
7. Ask if their approach is based on proven Scientific and Psychological principles. This is very important! You don't want to be using a coaching model that is based on irrelevant adult coaching techniques or on what I call "wishy washy" esoteric notions. If it can't be backed by Science and Psychology....stay away!
8. Last and most importantly!!! Ask who the founder is and what they have done to support children's mental health globally. Perhaps they are fully involved in the running of the organisation or they take more of a back seat...either way...their vision should be clear. They need to be a voice for children and the training they provide should show this!
If you ask these 8 questions, and you are satisfied with the answers then you are one step closer to choosing the right Kids Life Coach Training service provider for you!
But...there is one thing that you should never ignore....even if you ask all of these questions and you get all of the answers you want to hear....what does your 'gut feel' and 'intuition' tell you? Listen to your little inner voice...and don't ignore any niggles that come up. Rather do your homework properly and make sure that you know what you are getting into!
I am so excited that Kids Life Coaching is gaining traction...it is a dream come true and I have been striving for this since 2003...but more than anything, I want to raise the profile of this industry and hold people to high standards.
Wishing you well as a change maker for children!
Regards with Zeal,
Kids Life Studio & Kids Life Coach Academy Founder