Some Tips, Tools and Resources to Get You Started

We’ve been training coaches since 2001 and know for sure that it’s the coaches such as yourself, who invest their time in self discovery and development and then plan ahead, who are the most likely to succeed.

To get you started and add value to your one on one session, we’re sharing some resources and live classes, taken directly from our ACTP coach training curriculum.

– Robyn Logan (CEO), International Coach Academy

We'll Look at What Niche Fits With Your Interests

ICA's Coaching Labs are a great way to discover or develop a coaching niche.  There's 4 broad Specialist Streams and each lab has an assigned topic which provides a framework for the learning and discussion.

In these practice based classes, our enrolled students have an opportunity to explore topics, practice coaching and develop their coaching portfolio.  This includes a short 10 minute coaching role play, where our students take on the role of coach and client.  As a visitor to this class you are welcome to just observe, or participate by asking questions, joining in the discussion or taking on the role of the client.

Real classes, with real student coaches, and coach training faculty

What coaching specialties are there, and which ones fit with how you plan to use coaching?

book now


We'll Talk About Your Coaching Model

Your Coaching Model must be Unique to You

Most coach training schools tend to teach or promote a coaching model that is  based on the personal philosophy, passion or coaching model of the founder. A popular model is the GROW model.

But, at ICA we highly recommend you develop your own coaching model and in your one on one session, we'll look at what this could be. We'll look at your background, how it intersects with coaching and how it can be blended with coaching. We'll also look at your interests and who you think will be your ideal client.

Our Graduates have produced over 680 Different Coaching Models - all showcasing their uniqueness as a coach

The Possibilities for Coaching are Endless...

Americas

Americas

Americas

Americas

Americas


Coaching Tips

March - Coaching Is Not The Goal

The overall goal of coaching (at least the way I do it and teach it) is to support the client and help them find the idea, thought, or belief that holds everything in the stuck place. The solution then is a by-product of having someone think differently, gain a new perspective, and take action on it automatically.

June - Intent in Coaching

Imagine a world where you decided to create an intent that was always about honoring other people. How would an intent like this play out in your behaviors?

Having such an intent would drive your actions, your attitudes and your approach. It is clear to see why intent is a critical aspect of coaching. But we don’t always know what our intent is So how do we find out?

March - It’s all about the Question – Appreciative Inquiry

Coaching is a strengths-based way of bringing about change and growth. In this way, it has a strong alignment and connection to the field of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Appreciative Inquiry encourages us to notice and specifically identify what is working and what is strong in ourselves and in our organizations. It does not deny negative data or information, but chooses to notice it and move on.

April - How To Stay In Observation and Away From Judgement

Understanding the differences between judgement and observation is key to masterful coaching. Easier said than done as we often don’t realize we are in judgement. Letting go of our opinion and being more observant are practices that can greatly enhance your ability to effectively coach.

April - Bring Your Experience With You

With Blended Coaching you don’t have to disregard everything you did before you came to coaching. You can take that experience to help you understand what a particular niche wants. A Blended Coach has an unique value proposition. The coach bringing a combination of coaching and consulting, which can accelerate success for a client.

May - Are all clients coachable?

Are all clients coachable?  Fact is not everyone is prepared for the often challenging process involved in making a change. Clients need to be open and self aware. They need to embrace New Perspectives and the need to commit to change in order to be engaged in the coaching process. If these factors are not present, it can be a challenge to achieve outcomes for the client.

Self Awareness

Self-awareness is a powerful tool to help you live the life you’ve always wanted rather than settling for whatever comes your way. Self-awareness is the foundation of personal growth and success and is essential to leadership, self management and professional success which in turn helps you live a happier, more fulfilling and genuine life.

May - How to Give Effective Feedback

When it comes to effective feedback, most of us think it is more blessed to give than to receive. We have maybe a natural hesitancy about receiving feedback. However as a coaching competency it is a very powerful way of helping our clients move forward.

Coaches give feedback for one reason only - to help their client to move forward. So it is neither positive nor negative. In coaching we look for effective feedback.

Our library is full of amazing content created by ICA coaches. Find information about getting certified as a coach, or watch video tips on advanced coaching skills.

  • Coach Stories

    Find out how ICA Coaches are using coaching, and blending it with existing professions.
    Find out more.

  • Coach Stories

    Find out how ICA Coaches are using coaching, and blending it with existing professions.
    Find out more.

  • Coach Street Podcast

    Robyn Logan and Andrea Lee talk about all things coaching.
    Find out more

  • Coaching Tips

    A collection of tips and resources from our Accredited Coach Training Curriculum Find Out More

  • Graduate Portfolios

    ICA Graduate Coaching Models, Power Tools, Research Papers.
    Find out more.

  • Coaching Tips

    A collection of tips and resources from our Accredited Coach Training Curriculum Find Out More

Previous topics

March - Why Ethics Matters!

As a coach I always cringe when I see a life coach represented on TV or in a movie. I know that the coach will probably be vacuous, lacking substance and full of sh*&t.  This stereo type stems from the fact that coaching is an unregulated profession. Even though there are many reputable peak bodies and professional associations (like the ICF) there is no government sanctioned accreditation for coaches, either globally or country specific. Lets explore further why ethics matter...


Creating Structure - Don't Fence Me In !

Structure is not the kind of structure that makes you feel confined or limited. It’s the kind of structure, like the walls in your house, that allow you to stay free of the elements. It’s your TO DO list which help you make your commitment a reality. Structures really help us in those areas where we find it difficult to stay on track.


How to be Confident, When You Are Not yet Competent

For new coaches, one of the biggest blocks to confidence is doubt in oneself. We might worry that we do not have enough experience or education. We might feel like a fraud. I mean, what if, at some point in the session, we don’t have an answer, or don’t know what to say?

Listen to the Coaching Tip


Gratitude Is A State Of Being

Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life. In fact, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. and may also play a major role in overcoming challenging life events. Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the toughest times of your life – fosters resilience.

Listen to Coaching Tip


Fallacy vs Fairness

If you believe that the world is fair or unfair, then this is going to be like a frame or set of glasses that you are looking through and every experience you see will be interpreted by this framework.  But, it is possible to change those glasses and change the way you view the world.  This is where the coaching skill of being able to reframe a perspective is so valuable.

 Listen to Coaching Tip


Tips for the Mindful Coach

When clients come to a coaching session, they often start with lots of details about what happened, with who, what she said etc. Coaching helps clients dig deep to discover an awareness around what is underneath the story, the emotion that is holding the challenge in place or the reason the client brought this to the coaching session.

 Listen to Coaching Tip

  • Day in the Life...

    Video Interviews with Graduate Coaches with a diverse range of niches.
    Find out more.

  • Coach Stories

    Find out how ICA Coaches are using coaching, and blending it with existing professions.  Find Out More

  • Coach Street Podcast

    Robyn Logan and Andrea Lee talk about all things coaching.
    Find out more
  • Research Papers

    Coaching research conducted by ICA Graduates
    Find out more.
  • Graduate Portfolios

    ICA Graduate Coaching Models, Power Tools, Research Papers.
    Find out more.

  • ICA Publications

    Monthly and annual coaching publications including our graduate yearbooks Find out more.

Search the ICA Library