Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Life Coaching?
How Life Coaching works and the benefits!
Life coaching is a process in which a trained professional works with individuals to help them identify and achieve their personal and professional goals. The primary objective of life coaching is to assist individuals in developing their potential and achieving success in various aspects of their lives. This can include career goals, personal relationships, health and wellness, and other areas where individuals may feel stuck or in need of guidance.
The process of life coaching typically begins with an initial consultation, during which the coach and client discuss the client’s goals and aspirations. From there, the coach works with the client to develop a plan of action that will help the client achieve their desired outcomes. The coach provides ongoing support and guidance, helping the client to stay on track and navigate any obstacles that may arise along the way.
One of the primary benefits of life coaching is the personalized attention and support that clients receive. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all solution, life coaching is tailored to each client’s unique needs and circumstances. This can help clients to identify and address specific areas where they may be struggling or feel stuck, allowing them to make meaningful progress and achieve their goals more effectively.
Another benefit of life coaching is that it provides a framework for accountability. The coach and client work together to establish specific goals and milestones, and the coach helps the client stay on track and measure their progress. This can be especially helpful for individuals who struggle with motivation or have a hard time staying focused on their goals.
In addition to providing guidance and support, life coaching can also help clients develop important skills and tools for success. This can include things like time management, goal setting, communication, and problem-solving skills. By working with a coach, clients can develop these skills in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, which can help them to be more successful in all areas of their lives.
Another key benefit of life coaching is that it can help individuals overcome limiting beliefs and self-doubt. Many people struggle with negative self-talk or have beliefs that hold them back from achieving their full potential. By working with a coach, clients can identify and address these limiting beliefs, replacing them with more positive and empowering thoughts and behaviours.
Overall, life coaching can be an incredibly valuable tool for anyone who wants to improve their personal or professional life. By providing personalized support, accountability, and guidance, life coaching can help individuals achieve their goals, develop important skills, and overcome obstacles that may be holding them back. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, improve your relationships, or simply feel more fulfilled and purposeful in your life, working with a life coach can be a powerful way to make meaningful progress and achieve your desired outcomes.
Why Do People Use Life Coaches?
Absolutely everybody can benefit from Life Coaching! People use Life Coaching to help them stay on track in all areas of life. Life Coaching is very empowering for anyone at any level who really wants to bring about significant change. Life Coaching is designed to help you develop the holistic skills necessary to help clients create balance in all aspects of their life.
What Can I Expect From The Classes?
Training to be an accredited life coach is exciting, challenging, fun and fulfilling. During your time as a student at Mindstream you will work hand in hand with the facilitators to develop your skills.
Each module will be thoroughly explained and we encourage all our students to ask questions and explore the boundaries of coaching. The classes consist of formal lectures combined with small discussion groups, practical exercises and role-play. The emphasis is on learning by doing, and for each module you attend, you will be asked to practice the techniques involved.
Is There Much Work to be Done Outside of the Class?
Over the period of the course, students will be expected to recruit and coach - on a pro bono basis - as many individuals as possible and to receive coaching from other students – usually done on the phone, Skype or Zoom. In addition there will be some reading and projects to undertake along with research and written assignments.
How is the Assessment for the Diploma Carried Out?
Each student will be assessed on an on-going basis. The majority of the assessment is based on observations of your practical work in the classroom. In addition there will be a written assignment to evaluate your knowledge of the subject and there will also be one or more formal observation to test your practical coaching skills. You will also be asked to provide a recorded coaching session for additional assessment. Also In order to achieve your Life Coaching Diploma you will also need to complete the course in full.
Does The Course Have Accreditation?
Mindstream is fully accredited with the International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring. IAPC&M. They provide two types of accreditation, one for the coach-practitioner (you), and one for coach-training providers (Mindstream). It is essential to study through an approved training company, which has obtained accreditation from a reputable and genuinely independent external body. On successful completion of the course, it is up to the individual graduate to then seek their own personal accreditation from the accreditation body of their choice. We highly reccomend the IAPC&M.
Why Use Mindstream For My Life Coach Training? A: We only use facilitators who are both professional coaches and accredited trainers.
Training Coaches is our passion, we have trained many thousands of Life Coaches since 2002 and we are Ireland’s longest established coach-training provider. We have the experience. When you attend a Mindstream Coaching Course you will find yourself in the company of inspiring people who love what they do. However, being great at what you do does not necessarily mean that you will be great facilitator. All Mindstream’s courses are run by professionally accredited trainers and coaches who are not only successful life coaches in their own right but are also professional trainers with registered ‘Train the Trainer" qualification.
If I Decide Not To Work As A Coach, Will The Course Be Of Any Benefit To Me?
Absolutely yes. The course is aimed at developing strong self-empowerment and personal growth in the participants. These techniques will be of enormous benefit to anyone interested in self-growth and the techniques can be used in one’s personal situation.
If I Work As A Self-Employed Life Coach, Will I Get Assistance In Setting Up A Practice?
While not all students want to set up in a business of their own, Mindstream recognises that marketing skills are an important aspect of the Life Coaching profession and we have a dedicated module on this subject to help you garner clients.
Can Anyone Be A Life Coach?
Mindstream offers a professional and comprehensive Life coach training programme to assist you to become a qualified, professional Life Coach in an achievable format. While we encourage everyone who has an interest in Life Coaching to talk to us about their aspirations, we believe it takes a special type of person to be an effective coach. We believe the most important qualification you need to be a life coach is the ability to communicate and, even more importantly, the ability to listen and to ask powerful questions.
The Mindstream course will help you to build on these techniques as well as giving you the tools designed to help your client find powerful solutions for their issues and goals. Entry to the diploma life coaching course is by completion of the weekend Certificate course and this allows us and you to determine if you wish to proceed further. All Mindstream Certificate graduates must complete and achieve an 80% pass-rate or more for entry to the full life coaching diploma. If for whatever reason we do not believe you would enjoy coaching, we will take the time to talk to you about other areas, which may better utilise your talents.
What Assistance Is Available After I Graduate?
At Mindstream we’re committed to your success. We provide unlimited telephone/Zoom support for to all graduates. You may also re-attend any similar Mindstream course free-of-charge at any time in the future.