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Q1: What makes the CORE COMPETENCY CALLS different from all the other core competency calls out there?

A: Great question. These calls are completely interactive and encourage participation from all coaches attending. It’s not just a place where one can go and listen to a coach talk about what they know or think about our coaching, it’s where coaches from all over, of all levels of experience gather to share wisdom, thoughts, insights and questions. Going beyond a single training or school, it’s like tapping into all the coaching schools and training out there to create a collective exploration of our coaching skills.

Q2: Why are you doing this?

A: Very simply, although the training curriculum in most coaching schools are quite extensive and very powerful, there is only so much time that the instructors and leaders can devote to the teaching of each skill. Also, although the definitions of these skills are quite simple, the understanding and application can be vast and complex. This is not meant to replace any Coach training, but to be used as a tool to enhance and strengthen your comprehension and ability to effectively utilize these skills with your clients for even greater results.

Q3: Who are the people on the call?

A: All the coaches involved are from a wide range of training and experience. There are some who are just beginning their training and the learning of these skills, while others have been coaching successfully for years. Any and every coach is welcome to participate, because in the forum design, we all get to learn from each other’s brilliance.

Q4: Can I participate?

A: Of course. But remember, this is not meant to replace the training that you’ll get in Coaching schools. And don’t worry about your level of experience. If you’re new at this, you’ll be able to provide great insight to all of us who have forgotten the basics. And if you’ve been at it for some time, you just might learn something as well as pass on your deep wisdom. All are invited. Be advised that the list of skills comes directly from the ICF so there may be some terminology and jargon involved. However, it’s pretty simple to interpret.

Q5: Is there a charge for any of this?

A: Nope. The calls are free for all who want to jump in and play. However, if you’re wanting to receive CCEU credit, there will be a small processing fee.

Q6: Can I get any coaching credit for these calls?

A: YES!!! We are approved by the ICF to issue 1.0 CCEU (Continued Coach Education Unit) credit under “Core Competencies” (which can be a hard credit to find so easily). All you have to do is participate (or listen to the archived recording of the call) and fill out the appropriate paperwork.

Q7: Wait, can I also get credit for any of the archived recordings?

A: You Certainly can! In fact, of the 40 required credits necessary to renew our credentials every three years, ICF allows up to 16 of them to be “self-study” credits, so you can pick your favorite 16 and get credit for listening to those archived recordings. This limit was established to prevent coaches from just passively listening to a recording while doing email or something else and then claiming tons of credits without having really learned anything. The whole purpose for the renewal process is to call coaches forth to continually grow and deepen our coaching skills and development. So instead of looking at this as a “live” and “recorded” call conversation, let’s look at it as an Active and Passive Listening experience. So my only request (as I would have if you were on the actual call) is that you “actively listen” to the recordings, instead of popping them on and then mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, or other activities that would distract you from the informative content. This way, recorded or live, you’re growing your coaching powerfully.

And please remember, that while you can only get credit for 16 archived and recorded calls, you can acquire as many live call credits as you want. So please make sure you’re able to be on the call to give you the greatest number of possible credits.

Q8: Can I get credit for listening to different calls of the same topic?

A: Yes

Q9: But that doesn’t make sense. That means I’m getting multiple credits for the same learning.

A: On the contrary. Due to the nature of the forum, there are different people on the call, each contributing different information. Different questions are asked. And even with the same questions, because there is such a vast range and depth in our coaching skills, the answers are invariably different. So really, even though the topic is the same, the content of the calls are very different.

Q10: I can’t listen to them now, but I want to later. Can I save them to my computer or MP3 player?

A: That, as well, is quite simple. Of course, you can just go back to the top of this page and click on whatever skill you’d like to listen to and a new window will open and start playing the file. You can also “right click” the skill and choose the option to “Save As” and then you can download it right to your desktop.

Q11: These calls are absolutely wonderful…

A: Thank you. I think so, too. And they are truly wonderful because coaches just like you participate and make each and every call rich with amazing insight to our coaching skills. I truly believe that these calls are an invaluable resource to any coach, no matter what level of experience. So thank you for your participation.

Q12: You’re welcome, but that wasn’t my question.

A: Oh, sorry. I’m just so proud of these calls. I think they’re some of the most amazingly consistent coach development calls available. What was your final question?