December 2018

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A Strong Finish to 2018

I can’t believe we’ve only a few short days left in 2018. It has been a fantastic year full of growth, team building, refinements and trying new things, all with an eye towards continuous improvement. Through it all, our vision remains the same:

What if EVERYONE had 
Our VISION is that they will.

We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to learn coaching skills and we were busy this year in adding resources and enhancements to better support you along your journey. As a reminder, here are a few things we have done to meet that objective.

  • We offer six programs that teach everything from the fundamentals to advanced skills and preparation for the ICF CKA exam. These programs teach practical coaching skills whether you are an internal coach, external coach or manager / leader.
  • We are continually enhancing the delivery of our Fast Track to ICF Credential to make it the most convenient and best value when it comes to fulfilling the requirements to become an ACC.
  • We offer day and evening virtual courses multiple times throughout the year to make participation as convenient as possible.
  • We are continually adding free resources to support you along your coaching journey. If you haven’t taken advantage of any of these resources, I urge you to look at what is offered. View the resources below or on our website;

Resources Overview

Find the many resources on our website under Coaching Resources. We are continually updating this section so check back often.

  • Coaching guides
  • Webinar recordings
  • Testimonials
  • Educational videos
  • Newsletter
  • Blog articles

Under Coaching Tools are 8 Guides covering the following topics;

  • The Business of Coaching
  • Coaching in Healthcare
  • Coaching in Organizations
  • Certification
  • Advanced skills
  • Results with coaching

Under Webinars you will find 22 recorded webinars spanning 6 topics;

  • Certification (3)
  • The Business of Coaching (3)
  • Coaching Skills (6)
  • Leveraging Your Coaching Skills (2)
  • Coaching in Healthcare (3)
  • Coaching in Organizations (5)

Under Testimonials you can view dozens of participant comments organized by program.

  • Fast Track to ICF Credential
  • 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™
  • Coaching Fundamentals Program™
  • Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™
  • Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum
  • Train the Trainer for 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™
  • Healthcare

Under Coaching Videos view dozens of Educational Videos;

  • About COTBx
  • About our programs
  • Coaching Demonstrations
  • Testimonials

Under Newsletter find our monthly email organized chronologically;

  • Feature articles on a wide variety of trending topics
  • Schedule of upcoming programs
  • Updated List of Resources
  • Inspirational quotes

Under Blog find over 100 Articles Covering Dozens of Coaching and Leadership Topics;

  • Trends in Coaching and Leadership
  • Overcoming Coaching Challenges
  • Tips for Coaching Success
  • Coaching Skills
  • Certification
  • Starting Your Coaching Business
  • Leveraging Your Coaching Skills
  • And much more

Under Virtual Classroom Videos find video clips from real classes to see how the virtual classroom works and the amount of interaction that possible.

Last but certainly not least – our Program Advisor, Sandra Angers is resource for you. If you have questions about us, our programs, the ICF and more, Sandra is available to assist.

What is Next?

I hope your year has been full of growth, and you are wrapping up the year with a feeling of well-being and job well done. Take some time to reflect on all that you have accomplished this past year.

I also want to challenge you when you set your coaching / leadership goals for 2019. There has never been a better time to be a coach or a leader who knows how to use the coach approach. The outlook for coaching was recently discussed in an article published on the ICF website. The article highlights findings from a recent study: Executive Coaching for Results. According to the author, “perhaps most encouraging trend for the industry that has emerged from this study is that the use of coaching, in all its various forms (e.g., group coaching, team coaching, internal coaching, etc.), is generally predicted to increase over the next five years.” These are indeed exciting times. What will YOU do with this opportunity?


Education and Training Courses


Build Core Competencies


Coaching Fundamentals™

ICF Core Competency Hours: 15

Coaching is catching on. More and more people are turning to coaching because coaching produces results. The performance of individuals, teams and organizations are being transformed when coaching skills are developed, used and become part of the culture. If you are intrigued by what is happening with coaching and want to learn core coaching skills, this fundamentals class is for you.

This is a hands-on class that includes practical techniques for trust building, focused listening, evocative questioning, planning and goal setting. The course includes practice sessions that are reviewed by a professional coach who provides feedback on coaching skills and comprehension of the competencies. You will learn the skills and gain the confidence needed to use them. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Coaching Fundamentals™ - Starts December 4

Testimonial: Coaching Fundamentals was essential to my growth as a human resources professional. I feel like I have the tools I need to have powerful conversations with the people I work with.



5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™

ICF Core Competency Hours: 12

If your goals include starting a coaching business or using coaching to lead within an organization, you won't want to miss our 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™.

During this course participants learn advanced questioning, multidimensional listening and framing skills. Through the simple, intuitive and highly transferable 5/5/5 Coaching Skills™ framework, participants acquire tools to ask powerful questions, listen in a new way, build trust and provide productive feedback. These skills help coaches guide their coachees to new insights, discoveries and breakthroughs that will help them become self-reliant problem solvers and goal achievers. Join over 18,000 participants who have gone through this transformational program. Click on the title below to learn more and register.

5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ - Starts January 7

Testimonial: I got so much more from the 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program than expected. I thought it would be more theoretical about the basics of coaching, but we delved right into the depth of the most important skills and used them together in a practical way. I gained so much confidence in a short period of time through role playing and receiving feedback from my peers. This was a very inspiring course that has given me new life skills. – Robin R.


Advance Your Skills


Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum

ICF Core Competency Hours: 12

Are you looking to enhance your coaching skills? Take your coaching to the next level? Or maybe you are looking for tools to help you with your biggest coaching challenges. If any of these apply, check out our Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum.

Participants of this program will refine their coaching skills by coaching others and hearing others coach in a virtual classroom overseen and critiqued by an ICF certified professional coach. The environment fosters real-time learning for those doing the coaching and for those observing. Participants in this course;

  • Gain confidence in their ability to coach
  • Hear a variety of styles and methods by hearing others coach
  • Get immediate feedback on their coaching and use of the core coaching skills by an ICF Certified Coach
  • Are challenged to coach at a whole new and higher level in a fun and supportive way
  • Receive coaching tips, techniques and demonstrations from an ICF Certified Coach

Click on the course title to learn more and register.

Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum - Starts January 31, 2019

Testimonial: Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum is an action-packed class where you learn coaching by coaching. The facilitator creates a unique and supportive environment where everyone's improve their coaching skills receiving constructive feedback. ACSP gives you the confidence needed to start building the coaching hours for certification. – Caroline P.


Personal Groundwork for Coaching™

ICF Core Competency Hours: 20

Are you looking to enhance your coaching skills or take your coaching to the next level? Or maybe you need to obtain CCE credits to renew your ICF credential or add to your coach specific training hours. If any of these apply, check out our Personal Groundwork for Coaching™.



In this course you will learn advanced coaching skills to help highlight and explore areas that are often at the source of where a coachee becomes stuck, self-defeating or demotivated. You will also learn how to use the accompanying Personal Groundwork for Coaching Assessment™ Workbook, a widely-used tool to help coaches move their clients past daily symptoms and into the deeper source of what is getting in their way and preventing them from reaching their goals.

This is a hands-on class. Each week you will work (outside of the classroom) with a different learning partner to coach one another around the concepts covered in the class. Click on the course name to learn more and register.

Personal Groundwork for Coaching™ - starts January 8, 2019

Testimonial: This program exceeded my expectations! I walked away with a toolbox of coaching strategies and personally made changes and grew in my own life. It was excellent. - Karen R.


Take the Fast Track to Your ICF Credential


Fast Track to ICF Credential

Fulfils the educational requirements for obtaining the ICF ACC credential

Develop the skills and set yourself apart by jumping on the Fast Track. Coaching is becoming more and more competitive and yet many coaches have no credential and minimal training. One of the best ways to set yourself apart is to complete the training and earn a coaching credential.

But pursuing your ICF Credential is a big step and commitment. That is why we created the Fast Track to ICF Credential - to streamline the process and make it as convenient as possible.

Benefits of the Fast Track to ICF Credential include;

 FAST TRACK: Takes only 6 months to complete (other programs may take as long as 18 months).

 ROBUST, DISTANCE-BASED LEARNING: We use cutting-edge technology to create an in-person, interactive classroom experience while you participate remotely.

 TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING: You get world-class instruction from expert coaches with experience in both coaching and teaching.

 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE: We offer day and evening classes for your convenience, and new classes start throughout the year.

 AFFORDABLE: This program is priced to fit into your budget. Save $495 US / $595 CDN when you register for the package option. Don’t need the package option? You also have the choice of taking separate modules a la carte. We even have a payment plan.

Our next program (day classes) starts January 7. Click here to view the schedule

Testimonial: Coaching Out of the Box® gave me much more than what I expected. After the first couple sessions of FastTrack I was thinking, wow I've learned so much already and was really excited about what I would know by the end of the program. It didn't disappoint, I feel I'm a much better coach and understand coaching in a way that I never imagined I would. Excited about moving people forward with my new found understanding. - Brad W.


Become a Coaching Educator


Train the Trainer for 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™

ICF Core Competency Hours: 12

You've done the training, developed your coaching skills and now you are ready to leverage your expertise. But where do you go from here? If you want to expand your reach, add a new tool to your toolkit and a new source of revenue, this course may be just what you are looking for.




This course prepares you to become licensed to deliver the 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™. As you go through the course you will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced coaching skills and learn to use your skills in a new and expanded role.

Train the Trainer for 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Program™ – Starts February 5, 2019

Testimonial: I really enjoyed the small group training in the Train the Trainer Program. It was a safe space to get questions answered about presenting the 5/5/5 content to others. The teach backs were fun and gave everyone more confidence to get started training. – Carol H.


Inspiration Station

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. 
Explore. Dream. Discover
– Mark Twain

“Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. 
– Henry Ford


Did you know?

COTBx offers Immersive Coaching Skills Development Programs 
for Organizations

These programs, delivered specifically for your organization, are designed to accelerate learning and uptake. Programs are offered in on-site, virtual and blended formats. Contact us to learn more.




If you have questions about coaching, certification, courses or more, we'd love to hear from you. Click here to schedule 1:1 time with Alison Hendren, CEO and Founder, or fill out our contact form!



We would love to connect with you! Reach out to our team here or call Toll Free, 
1-888-4A-COACH (1-888-422-6224).