It is not unusual to find a coach listing several traditional niche areas such as “coach, consultant, trainer, mentor, and clinical counselor” as part of their practice; or a coach listing where a coach provides “business coaching, executive coaching, life coaching, career coaching, health coaching.” One coaching commentator speculated that coaches are doing ‘keyword’ searches on Google, finding the problems people experience that have the most frequent hits, and then adding those key words into their scope of practice descriptions.
The use of multiple or unique niche areas, rather than acting as a catalyst for helping people, has more likely resulted in a type of skepticism or cynicism about coaching. Rather than attracting clients, these two niche approaches may be seen by consumers as a form of desperation or lack of professional stature.Download Article 1K Club
December 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm
Fabulous article. As a 20+ year organization development professional schooled in the NTL methods, I’ve been, well, disgusted, to see work taken from my plate by “coaches.” Where I would have listened, offered (not required), and helped with feedback on various approaches for setting and achieving goals (or not goals), I’ve been told I can’t “coach” in some Federal Agencies because I’m not “ICF certified.” Meanwhile, some of the folks I’ve met in the “coaching profession” seem woefully unbalanced and bereft of use-of-self skill. What a mess, and you captured it. Thank you.