Coaching Essentials is a two-day workshop where you'll learn core coaching skills that you can start using right away. Coaching Essentials is the introductory module to our signature Coaching for Transformation certification program, so you will benefit from cutting edge curriculum designed around a holistic approach to coaching that is currently used by hundreds of Coaching for Transformation certified coaches.
Coaching Essentials is a highly experiential training experience, packed with activities, demonstrations and plenty of practice. This program provides an ideal opportunity to study and learn the application of foundational coaching skills without the commitment of a full certification program. If you decide to pursue certification, you can apply both your Coaching Essentials training hours and tuition toward the Coaching for Transformation certification program.
- Embody the mindset of coaching
- Ask empowering questions that create clarity, possibility and new learning
- Differentiate between three levels of listening
- Structure coaching sessions using the GROW model
- Hold attention on what is important and leave responsibility for action to the client
Who Should Attend
Coaching Essentials is an ideal choice if you are curious about pursuing a coaching career. Coaching Essentials can be a first step toward becoming a Certified Professional Coach, giving you the opportunity to "test drive" the training before deciding if you want to continue with the full certification training.
Coaching Essentials is also a valuable investment in your personal and professional development. You will renew your confidence as a change agent as you invite people to take action that reflects their power, creativity and authenticity.
- Overview of Coaching and Empowering Questions
- Listening and Self Management
- Coaching Skills
- Structuring your Sessions
- What Motivates Clients?
- Strategy, Goals and Action Steps
Belma González, PCC has been providing assets-based, culturally aware coaching to nonprofit and social justice activists since 2004. She works with diverse, multi-generational clients on leadership enhancement, change management, work/life transitions, balance and fulfillment. Belma has coached participants of thirteen leadership development programs to date; all with an eye to strengthening the nonprofit sector and social justice movement. Belma is a co-founder of Prism Coaching, a group of coaches of color who consider the identification, understanding and use of cultural influences as assets.
Damon Gbuduala Azali is a life coach, a community organizer, and a priest in the Yoruba spiritual tradition of Ifa. He has over fifteen years of experience in social and racial justice movements addressing state and community violence and promoting healing. What excites Damon is how coaching can be used to both enhance social movements and deepen individual spirituality.
What graduates of the Coaching for Transformation Certification Program are saying...
“I’ve attended some dry academic coaching courses in the past, but what instinctively called me to Coaching for Transformation was its edgy feel, and its values of creativity and social justice. The program has been the single most important learning experience I’ve had in over a decade. CFT helped me remember my core values, quirky strengths, and love for community and connection. The program enabled me to trust my intuition and take creative risks, and in turn, it provided me with the tools to help clients do the same.” – Jessica Balboni ('13)
“Coaching for Transformation was a major factor in self-discovery. I reinvented myself - empowered, free and transforming others. Part of the best year of my life...so far. CFT introduced a new community of empowered and impactful people who are agents of positive change. The friendships I developed are priceless.” – Michael Palumbo ('13)
“The course is absolutely fantastic. It has deepened my NVC practice and my ability to really support people when connecting with their deepest values, dreams and goals. I have never in my life experienced learning as so empowering, joyful, rewarding and life changing. I have started with clients and the training helps me to be more competent, not a "rent a friend" person, but a real coach. One that also, when necessary is outspoken with the client in order to support them in leaving their comfort zone and moving towards what they really need and value. The course is the best thing that has happened to me in years and worth every penny!” – Daniela Herzog ('12)
Co-sponsored by Liberty Hill Foundation