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Coaching, Certification, Volunteer – Be the Best Coach You Can Be

Updated on June 5, 2015

Coaching Certification Volunteer

Coaching certification volunteer is the keyword phrase of the day. It an effort to get anyone looking for anything to do with coaching, keywords matter, and for this article we have come up with “coaching certification volunteer.” A bit ponderous perhaps, but there is a method to the madness, as you will see.

How Do the Words Coaching, Certification, Volunteer Go Together?

If you're a coach, you already know how important it is to have a certification, or perhaps two or three certifications. Yes, it is possible to be a coach without being certified. Yes, you can call yourself a coach, hang out a sign that says you are a coach, and plaster your face all over the Internet with the word 'coach” next to it.

However, the coaching profession is maturing and becoming more competitive. It started out like the wild, wild west, with no regulations. But as the industry matures, and as more potential clients seek out certifications and accreditation as ways of identifying the best coaches, there will certainly be a push for regulation, and a desire for clients to work with only those coaches who have the right training, certifications, and accreditation.

Of course, in all this, I haven't answered the question: “How do the words coaching, certification, volunteer all go together?

Coaching, Certification, Volunteering – The Best You Can Be

You have already chosen to become a coach – one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You get to help others achieve their goals and dreams while you make achieve yours and make a darn good living – it's the ultimate win/win situation.

To make yourself the best coach you can be, and do your best to obtain and retain clients, you need to pursue a continuous education. Certification will certainly come with this education. By getting certified, you are showing clients that you are doing your best to obtain the knowledge and skills to be the best coach you can be.

Once you have established yourself as a coach, and you have earned the right certifications, what more can you do to be a better coach? How about doing some volunteer coaching?

Should You Give Away Your Coaching Services For Free

Though the worth that coaches, and most business people, attribute to themselves is directly linked to the fees they charge, it is important to think about giving away your services for free...sometimes. This is the “volunteer” part of the words, “coaching certification volunteer.”

There are two main reasons to give away your coaching services

  1. To help others who may not be able to afford your services – charity.
  2. To help spread the word about your coaching services – promotion.

You can give your services away as a volunteer to help others. Many coaches do this – to help their community or a certain segment of the population. This type of pro bono work is an important component of any professional's services, and is greatly needed in almost any community.

You can also give away your knowledge or services to promote your own practice. You want to give something valuable for free, so potential clients think your services are worthwhile, but you don't want to give away too much for free. Finding the balance may take some time, but it is definitely worth the effort, as giving away free services or knowledge often leads to paying clients.

Giving away your coaching services for free – help others while you help yourself. Another win/win situation.

If you are offering coaching services, remember the words, “coaching, certification, volunteer.” These will help you build up a practice that is sustainable, profitable, and admired. It also makes you the best coach you can be!

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