Mentor coaching has been a great tool for many new professionals who want to get into the coaching field. Countless life coaches, executive coaches, and business coaches have hired a mentor to help them get into the field and learn the ropes. There are plenty of strategies and techniques that mentors use to get the most out of their mentees, and the coaching field is no different. Here are some tools that mentor coaches use to get the most out of the new coaches that they work with.
Getting the credentials
This part is absolutely critical. Getting the proper credentials is key if you want to be a coach, and mentor coaches need to impart this on the new coaches that they are working with. Typically, new coaches already are certified before they get started, but if a mentor coach is working with someone without the right credentials, they need to steer them towards certification right away. Certified coaches get more financial opportunities and more networking options, but most important of all, they have the necessary skills and talents to help their clients reach their goals and maximize their abilities.
Developing new skills, enhancing old ones
Mentor coaches evaluate their mentees and figure out what their best skills are. They will highlight those skills, and in the process can figure out what’s the best career option for a new coach. Perhaps having majored in business in college could give a new coach particular insight into business coaching, or perhaps knowledge of psychology could help in the life coaching field. Mentor coaches help new coaches to build upon these skills to develop a foundation for their career. Nobody becomes a professional already carrying all of the tools for immediate success. Mentor coaches are also key when it comes to highlighting areas for improvement and then developing those areas. Perhaps a new coach isn’t as good a communicator as they can be, or perhaps they have problems staying organized. A mentor coach can help rectify those issues.
Improve your business acumen
When it comes to becoming a coach, sometimes we only think about working with individuals and businesses that are trying to maximize themselves and reach their goals. We don’t always think about how we need to improve our own business skills. The new coaches must learn about how to market themselves, both in person and online. That can mean learning how social media, websites, and search engine optimization work, something that can be foreign for those that aren’t plugged into the world of online marketing. Mentor coaches who have been in the business for a while can help new coaches improve their marketability.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.