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A Tale of Three Leaders: The Power of Coaching in the Local Church

“Isn’t coaching for people who have problems?” ministry leaders often ask. Recently, I found myself thinking about this question, its answer, and the implications--the potential and promise coaching holds for the local church. The truth is coaching isn't about healing; it is about growth. To illustrate the benefits of coaching and what it looks like [...]

By |2016-07-14T06:02:38-05:00July 14th, 2016|Articles|

Marketing for Introverts

What if you hosted a party and nobody came? You cleaned house, cooked for days, and baked a magnificent cake. But no one was there to enjoy the fun. That’s exactly what many coaches are doing online. They spend months building a website, weeks composing clever words, days choosing just the right images, and hours [...]

By |2016-06-16T06:38:45-05:00June 16th, 2016|Articles|

The Top 10 Talents that Define Successful Entrepreneurs

An article featured in the September 2014 issue of Inc. Magazine, "Inside the Mind of the Entrepreneur,” reveals groundbreaking research that shows what sets apart successful entrepreneurs from the pack. According to Gallup, who conducted the study, successful entrepreneurs scored “high” on 10 entrepreneurial talents — risk-taking, business focus, determination, delegator, knowledge seeker, creative thinker, [...]

By |2016-05-26T05:07:27-05:00May 26th, 2016|Articles|

A Coach Approach to Developing Church Leaders

Coaching continues to extend its reach with more and more churches exploring the ways in which coaching can serve the mission of the church, especially with regards to leadership development. In a culture rife with change, a new breed of leader is rising to the top —one that is culturally aware and not afraid to [...]

By |2016-04-28T06:45:49-05:00April 28th, 2016|Articles|

What is Professional Christian Coaching?

Are you a professional Christian coach? Do you sometimes struggle to find the right words to answer potential clients' questions? What is coaching? What makes it professional-grade coaching? What is distinctly Christian coaching? Let’s parse out all three parts of that phrase—Professional Christian Coaching—and examine each of them. What is Coaching? The “ICF (International Coach Federation) [...]

By |2015-10-23T11:37:26-05:00October 23rd, 2015|Articles|

Professional Christian Coaching TODAY Podcast Launches Today!

We are so excited to share with you a brand new professional Christian coaching podcast that launches today. Whether you're a professional coach, a pastor, church leader, or someone interested in learning more about coaching, the new Profesional Christian Coaching TODAY podcast is for you! Professional Christian Coaching TODAY is a podcast dedicated to informing, inspiring, [...]

By |2015-10-20T10:59:38-05:00October 20th, 2015|Articles|

Top 5 Mistakes New Coaches Make Launching Their Coaching Business

Congratulations! You’ve finished your coach training, received your certification, and you’re ready for business. But there’s just one problem — the phone isn't ringing and no clients are coming in. What gives? Don't Make These Mistakes Launching Your Coaching Business Chances are you may be making one of these five common mistakes: You wait for [...]

By |2015-10-16T12:08:35-05:00October 16th, 2015|Articles|

Extend Your Influence and Reach More Clients

Are you looking for ways to reach more people and tell them about your coaching services? Building your platform could help. Platform building is simply another way of saying "extending your influence," or marketing your services to reach more people for maximum impact. Join Platform University's Influence and Impact Summit, October 6-13, 2015 for free. [...]

By |2015-10-06T10:40:43-05:00October 6th, 2015|Articles|

5 Ways to End Well: When A Client Discontinues Coaching

Life is a series of beginnings and endings, and nowhere is this more evident than in the work we, as professional coaches, do. While the average coaching relationship can last anywhere from 3 to 18 months, the reality is we deal with endings more often than most. So, for the sake of our clients, and [...]

By |2015-09-30T15:49:28-05:00September 30th, 2015|Articles|

A 5-Stage Process of How We CHANGE and LEARN

“Coaches are change agents.” We sometimes use this phrase when explaining professional coaching to those who are unfamiliar with it. Although change is core to what we do as professional coaches, many of us don’t fully understand and apply the research and models available to us today. Benjamin Bloom, an educational psychologist, along with a [...]

By |2015-09-28T12:44:59-05:00September 28th, 2015|Articles|