In March I will begin iPEC’s 9-month intensive coach training program.
I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know how much work it will be. I don’t know what kinds of shifts are going to happen. I don’t know if I’ll like it. I don’t even know if I want to be a coach. This is a big commitment. What am I getting myself into?
But I’m excited because here’s what I do know:
I know that the people who come out of this program impress me.
The few people I know who have gone through it are a noticeable mix of grounded and visionary. They’re credible and awake. They’re curious and they produce results. They’re the kind of people I’d trust with big projects and sensitive personal explorations. They’re the kind of people I want to be around and be.
I know that iPEC feels good to me.
I’ve had a few one-on-one conversations with Bruce D Schneider, the founder of iPEC and author of Energy Leadership, and this guy is a rare breed. Remarkably intuitive, articulate, insightful and kind. He told me that one of iPEC’s missions is to become the “highest resonating company on earth.” In other words, iPEC is on a mission to be the best-feeling organization to work for, participate in, collaborate with, and even learn about from a far… in the world. How epic is that?
The way a company feels to work with is usually closely aligned with the way it feels to interact with their products or services. I just finished writing Get Out of Your Way (my ebook) in partnership with iPEC so I got an up-close-and-personal peek behind the scenes. Everyone is pleased as punch. I don’t know how many times I heard someone mention feeling lucky to be able to work their dream job. Plus they’re all solid and practical. I worked directly with Michael, their head of marketing, on producing the ebook and the best word that comes to mind to describe Michael and the whole process is this: effective. Clear communication. Practical, simple, supportive, done. I don’t know much about their training program but I know that the people who work for this company feel good.
I know that there is certainly some relevance here for me.
Based on the reflections I’ve been getting from friends lately, becoming some sort of coach or facilitator is something I will probably start moving into. My friend Darian recently reached out to me and said this:
“So I fully believe that you have created a market for yourself. That you could do a lot for the people who follow you just by offering consulting or life coaching, spirit guidance, etc. Whatever it may be. Someone – right now – needs your advice/help.”
More and more I’ve been getting requests or suggestions from people about co-leading retreats, hosting events, public speaking, consulting with teams, and helping folks one-on-one with whatever they’re dealing with. I’m looking forward to having the confidence and the skills to be able to say yes to these things.
I know that I’ll love being part of an international community.
My friend Claire will be going through the same program at the same time but in the UK. I love the idea of being part of this global program filled with people who are developing themselves in a specific way. I love knowing I’ll be able to talk to Claire and share insights and collaborate and scheme—knowing we’re on the same page despite being on different continents.
I know that it might be confronting and triggering.
My friend Mark who is now finishing the program recently told me this story about his first day: He walked into the room, looked around, and literally walked right back out. He had to give himself a pep talk in the hallway to get himself to walk back in. He said at the end of that module he knew he was in exactly the right spot. I love that. I love finding stuff that reveals hidden tension or resistance in myself. Because, like Mark, I know that if I go toward whatever feels triggering or confronting, I’ll grow in a way that’s important to me.
I know that whether or not I become a coach, these skills matter.
Do you notice how some people are like mirrors to be with? They reflect back to you your own brilliance and blockages and light and darkness, without much projection about what it means or what to do next or whether it’s good or bad. These are my favorite people to spend time with. Around them I feel free to be authentic and honest. Around them I can count on learning something about myself or about something that matters to me. These are the kinds of people I would want to build a business with or start a project. They add value and momentum and clarity to my life. And whether or not they’re operating like a coach, these are usually people who have developed their skills as a coach, and are therefore more effective communicators and collaborators.
I know something bigger than a coaching certification happens in there.
I’ve talked to a lot of people— program participants and iPEC employees— and from what I understand this is not just a coaching program. Not at all. But I’ll let you know what really goes down in that program once I start. What am I getting myself into? Wish me luck 😉
For the next 10 months, I will be writing 10-20 essays about my experience going through iPEC’s coach training program. I will tag these essays “iPEC” so you can find them all in the same place.
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