Lessons from the Certifiers


Valuable Sections of the IAC Masteries E-Book
by Natalie Tucker Miller, MMC

Two of the often overlooked sections of the IAC Masteries E-Book contain truly precious content that can deepen, and shift your understanding of a particular Mastery or coaching approach. They are (drum roll please…)

“Common Mistakes Coaches Make”
“Indicators the Coach Understands the Mastery”

One of the reasons these are important tools in helping to further coaching mastery, is that they were written based on certifier experience of coach certification submissions. They highlight specific areas of how coaches demonstrate skill at a master level, and how a coach might miss opportunities for coaching more skillfully.

An example of a mistake or missed opportunity for demonstrating Mastery #2, for instance, states:
Measuring or expressing the client’s value or potential only in terms, actions and accomplishments, rather than by who the client is being or is capable of being.

Conversely, an example of indicators of understanding for the same Mastery states:
The client begins recognizing and accepting his or her own greatness and what might be possible.

Whether a new or seasoned coach, these sections provide valuable, measurable, and actionable steps that can help you align your coaching with the Masteries in a way that will enhance your coaching relationships. They can provide more support for what to listen for in your own coaching, or that of your coaching partners through triads, study groups, or a practicum format.

This month, we’ve included the “Mistakes and Indicators” as a stand-alone document, which you can find in the member section here, though it is most useful when combining it with the notecard. Or, of course, you can just use the Masteries E-Book, where all the components reside in one handy reference.

(Note: Unfortunately, we do not currently have this stand-alone available in languages other than English. We will let you know when there are other languages available. In the meantime, please refer to the Masteries E-Book in your language, where you can find these sections).

Do you have a question that you’d like to ask the certifiers? Submit your questions here: http://certifiedcoachblog.typepad.com/blog/ask-the-certifiers.html.


Natalie Tucker Miller, MMC, is the Lead Certifier and a certifying examiner at the IAC, as well as Past-President. Natalie is founder of Ageless-Sages.com Publishing (www.ageless-sages.com), and creator of the literary genre, Picture Books for Elders™.


Please send your questions on the IAC Coaching Masteries® and the certification process to certification@certifiedcoach.org.

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