Some time ago I announced the coaching and training program I was developing for the industry. The program is now in place and we have our first set of students undergoing the course, currently in week 5. Lessons are delivered weekly via email over a 10 week period, and the students return their homework via email. We have fortnightly online classroom sessions where students can chat with each other, and ask questions of the past couple of weeks’ lessons, etc. We also have a student forum that has been set up for use by present and past students (as time passes) to discuss things they’ve learned and have fun exploring the industry in general. Those who would like to do the course can sign up anytime – they don’t have to wait for the ‘next intake’ as the next intake is when someone signs up. I decided to set it up this way so that those wanting to do VA training could do it when they were ready – not when the course was ready to take on more students. They can join in the fortnightly classroom sessions at any time and meet the other students.
Some might not feel they need to do a course to learn about being a VA, but perhaps they feel a need for a mentor or personal VA coach. This is also available and sessions can be run by email, phone, Skype or the online classroom, one-on-one.
Although I’ve been training and educating upcoming VAs for many years, I thought it was time I formalised what I was doing through developing this program and also recently became a member of the International Coaching Federation which has been great for two reasons: 1. it assists me to learn from other coaches so I can keep honing my coaching skills, and 2. it’s allowed me to show the coaches how VAs can help them. Some already know about VAs but most of them don’t and since two of my own major clients are business coaches, I’m in an excellent position to explain to them how we can help.
If you have any questions I would love to hear from you – either via the comments section on this blog, or via direct email. KMT