1) Certification: Not all people who call themselves a life coach are certified by an accredited professional school, nor are they even legitimate coaches. In fact, most self-declared life coaches are neither. Certification is essential because life coaching is a profession that requires very specific skills, conduct standards, and a foundation of training that is only taught in qualified schools. Regardless of what some may try to tell you, life experience and other types of experience or training are simply not enough. Would you hire a medical doctor who didn't have formal training or board certification?
Keyuri is certified by one of the most highly acclaimed coach training institutions in the United States, iPEC Coaching. iPEC was one of the first 12 schools worldwide to have their coach training fully accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The ICF is the organization that sets and regulates the international standards for professional coaching ethics, training and practices.
iPEC certification requirements include over 350 hours of rigorous training, including approximately 100 hours of live training. Face-to-face live training is essential to truly grasp and practice the fundamentals of in-depth, breakthrough coaching. Some thumbs upschools train strictly by telephone and most others offer only a minimal amount of actual coaching practice. iPEC uses telephone training and coach mentoring in addition to the live training, and most importantly, iPEC requires extensive firsthand coaching experience from each potential coach before they can even apply for certification.
2) References: An effective coach will have happy and satisfied clients who, after contracting the services of the coach, have made meaningful changes in their lives. When asking for references make sure the coach has actually coached the people. Some people give references of friends or people that they have worked with in some unrelated manner.
Keyuri has references available upon request. In addition, she has a link to “success stories” which is readily available on this site.
3) A Good Match: A personal “connection” is important in selecting the coach who is best for you. good fitIt is very important that you feel comfortable with your coach to develop the deep trust necessary for personal discovery and progress. Think of this as a hiring process - do a background check to confirm ICF certification, conduct interviews, and once you have narrowed down the final candidate(s), ask for a sample session. Your experience during that session will be the best indicator of whether or not this coach is the one for you.
Keyuri offers potential new clients a complimentary consultation so you can see for yourself what coaching is all about and to find out if you have a good match. She is eager to answer and questions or address any concerns. Contact Keyuri for additional information.