There. I said it.
In fact, the most profitable coaches I know are not credentialed. And by “coaches” I mean professionals who attended a legitimate coaching school.
And by “most profitable,” I’m talking about multiple 6-figure revenues, and up.
So am I saying don’t bother with credentialing?
Be advised that letters after your name are not the magic bullet to sustainable profitability in your coaching business.
That said, I am actually an advocate of credentialing. The sheer rigor and discipline of pursuing the credentialing path says a lot about your commitment to the standards of our profession, and to your mastery of coaching skills.
One of the most self affirming things I have done professionally was to become certified as a coach. Simply assembling the application packet helped me give myself credit for my coaching journey in a way I had not done before.
But being credentialed won’t make you rich. At least, not by itself.
So what will it give you?
1) Gaining a coaching credential can help you give yourself credibility as a coach.
2) This in turn can give your confidence a boost, which can contribute to your attractiveness in the market.
3) Having a coaching credential is becoming increasingly required in some markets. Arguably, a credential may give you access you might not otherwise have to some prospective clients.
But, Lyn – you may ask – if a coaching credential can boost my credibility, confidence and marketability, how can it NOT make a difference in my profitability?
I am so glad you asked.
The short answer: Because credentials alone do not take you where you may need to go within yourself .
Watch this space over the coming week for more on on this and related threads.
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