Mentor coaching is an intentional relationship where you receive coaching ON your coaching from a credentialed coach, who has been where you are and wants to help you get there!
The International Coach Federation requires mentor coaching to earn any of the three credentials (Associate Certified Coach, Professional Certified Coach, or Master Certified Coach). You must complete at least ten hours of mentor coaching for each credential level. Seven of those hours can be in a group setting, and a minimum of three must be one-on-one.
By the way, the topics we work on in mentor coaching are up to you…but they have to connect to your coaching skills. So, thinking about strategies to get more clients or grow your business are off the table. Topics that connect directly to the ICF competencies are what we’re after! As long as we can make a competency connection, you’re all set!
This practice ensures that every credential-seeker has experienced what it’s like to be coached by a someone who has earned the credential you are pursuing. The 11 ICF Core Coaching Competencies (updating to a streamlined list of 8 on January 1, 2021) form the working concepts against which coaching conversations are evaluated.
I’m an experienced mentor coach who has helped almost 100 coaches earn their credential. I’m one of less than 1000 coaches in the world who hold the Master Certified Coach credential. I’m also a Registered ICF Mentor Coach. I can help you earn YOUR credential!
Mentor coaching relationships typically operate in group settings. You’ll join with a group of up to six other coaches who are pursuing their credential. Each participant works on their skills in this group setting, with every participant getting a minimum of one group gathering to drive the agenda.
In our one-on-one mentor coaching, you’ll have a number of options: you might coach me, or have me coach you. In this case, we’ll split the session between coaching time and debrief time where we deconstruct what went well and what needs some attention. Another option is to send me a recording of an actual coaching session (a week before our scheduled time), and I’ll listen to it. During our session, we’ll debrief your actual work in coaching a client. Again we’ll focus on what went well and what needs some additional work. The final option is to work through the ICF competencies so that you have the deepest possible understanding of what it takes at the level of the credential you want to earn. You can sign up for one-on-one mentor coaching for ten hours if you prefer that option.
Mentor coaching is a lot of fun, and I hope we get a chance to work together. Every coach I’ve mentored has improved, and every coach that has applied has gotten their credential. Are you ready to get started?
I book all my mentor coaching groups through CoachNet. You can find the details and dates at this link.