Knowing a lot about a particular field does not make a person a coach in that field. If you’re a coach who has successfully reached your clients and produced good results for them, you’ve done something of great value that not everyone can manage. You can teach this skill to others and help them spread their own valuable knowledge by becoming a mentor coach.
Most of the job is evaluating your client’s current approach to coaching and suggesting ways they might improve it. This is done by making sure to demonstrate what you mean with concrete examples. You also might show them an example of your own coaching. A quick practice session, video, or discussion about what you’re doing as you do it are good examples. Your clients will be prepared for what the job requires and to offer better services to their own future clients. There’s no need to try to make your clients conform to your style exactly, though. Part of what makes coaching such a great experience for clients is the personal touch inherent in every coaching session. Excessive standardization ruins that appeal, so you want to make sure you are developing your clients’ technique while encouraging them to be cautiously experimental and true to themselves.
Mentor coaching is considered a vital part of ensuring the future of the coaching industry, and as such, it is taken very seriously.
To be a mentor coach, you should have several years’ worth of proven coaching experience. It doesn’t matter what specialties you’ve practiced in. However, some clients might prefer the extra bit of tailored knowledge you can offer them if your expertise matches up with their own.
Ideally, you should also have taken some mentor coaching courses from a program like MentorCoach, the International Coach Federation’s accredited mentor coaching affiliate. This may seem unnecessary given that you know your trade inside and out, but you may not realize that you can’t fully break down each part of what you do until you’ve seen someone else show you how to do it. You don’t want to fall into the same teaching troubles that your clients are struggling with.