So how come I’m telling you about what is involved in becoming a professional life coach rather than promoting myself as your coach?
Well after a 25 year career in coaching and helping people plan and achieve their goals and mentoring new coaches, it was time for a new game.
My background is in journalism, feature writing, teaching and small business and I've always loved to simplify information and educate others in a user friendly way.
Life Coaching Professionally is about simplifying the journey into this fascinating profession and doing my best to inform with integrity from my own coaching experience and the experiences of those I respect.
My own career background includes:
Mentoring new coaches, building their
confidence and helping them through the challenges of working with their first clients was and still is one of my favourite things.
As one of the earliest members of the International Coach Foundation (ICF) chapter
in Australia in 1999 I held the then advisory position of Coach Credentialing Leader.
Over the years, with my interest in personal growth, I've participated in many seminars – far too many to mention!
I am still coaching a few clients (hard to give up what I love completely) as you can see from my website www.wendybuckingham.com
My major coach training and certification was via distance learning with Coach U in 1998 to 2000. This was the original life coaching school in America, founded by Thomas Leonard who founded the concept of life coaching as a profession.
I also became a Teleclass Leader with CoachU. (This was before Skype and Zoom)
Even though I had a lot of personal growth education in my background, what impressed me was the Coach U's personal foundation training which taught me some fantastic processes that I had not come across before. These have been magic to use with my clients.
We had to experience these processes as part of our training, rather than just learn about them, which was invaluable for our own growth.
Our training included:
This last point is a vital skill to develop as you grow as a coach. It means to not get flustered and stuck if your client bursts into tears, gets angry, acts like a baby, wants to give it all away, or comes to the session a total mess. And yes, this can happen even in business and corporate situations.
My training taught me how to gently take the client deeper and life coach them through whatever issue, work related or personal, that was causing the challenge. We also learned when coaching was not the right path for the client and when to recommend them to a therapist.
My other training was with Results Coaching Systems whose founder David Rock has become an authority on the workings of the brain in coaching.
The Results coach training I took with David was focused mainly on goal achievement and had a format of the client committing to a fixed number of sessions - usually 12 with an introductory free session. It was far more linear and process focused than CoachU in its approach.
I found the combination of the two formats really useful in enabling me to coach with personal depth and, at the same time, present a very marketable structure to prospective clients.
I also conducted mentoring groups for new results coaches as well as one on one mentoring.
David Rock has written and co-authored several books which have become very popular with coaches and related professions.
I also took several courses covering team and group coaching which have been really valuable in allowing me to broaden my client base.
I believe that our highest purpose and challenge is simply to discover the wonder of who we really are and be the best we can be at whatever we choose to do.
Life has been my greatest teacher in coming to realise that it is better to run and stumble and hurt yourself, than to regret never having tried to run at all.
My stumbling has included “learning” marriages until I met Paul and we married in 1990 Between us we have four terrific daughters.
Highlights in my personal life (apart from marriages, divorces
and births) include:
I’m looking forward to more adventures in my work and my life. The best is yet to come!
Enough already! This isn't meant to be all about Wendy Buckingham so take some
time to look around this site and discover all you can about life
I find an excellent place to start is at Becoming a Life Coach, so good hunting!
All the best