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Down The Rabbit Hole Looking For A Life Coaching School

I never thought researching Life Coaching Schools would be like trying to get a straight answer from a CIA agent!!!  It’s so confusing, so frustrating, and absolutely crazy making!  Between modules this, and packages that, fast track, advanced, experiential learning, cycle-to-cycle and city-to-city, pods, face-to-face, teleclasses, telephone, webcasts, virtual classrooms, online, in-person, or any combination of the above, it’s more complicated than ordering a coffee drink at Starbucks!!!

I thought, “OK, maybe if I ask very specific questions, that will work.”  I must admit, some schools actually answered my questions but then there was “Watch the video.”  “Check the website.”  “You must have a free coaching-consultation session.”  A free coaching consultation?  Are you kidding me? I can’t take it anymore!!  Please, Coaching Schools, do yourselves a favor, make it simple and easy, or your prospective students will go elsewhere!  I finally did find a school that was actually easy to understand, so I didn’t feel like I had to take a class to find a class.  It turns out, it was the best deal of them all!

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Guest Blog by Denise McCanles, Goal Imagery Institute Graduate and Certified ICF Coach Helping Professionals Find Their Creative Outlet to Preserve Their Sanity!


Promises, promises…

So many coaches and coaching schools promise and even guarantee results. Does it mean that a coach is willing to take responsibility for what his /her clients do or not do? Does it mean that a coach training school is taking responsibility how someone would coach and build their coaching business? Is this in integrity? Is this an authentic promise? Even medical doctors don’t guarantee results. Do some coaches have a God Complex? I mean, who could take that type of responsibility for another human being? And coach training schools that promise that you’ll have a blossoming coaching practice as soon as you graduate — are you kidding me? It takes a bit more than that… Your thoughts?


Introducing The Only Comprehensive Coach Training Program Approved by ICF & IACT: Holistic Life, Career and Executive Coach Training

If you are considering a career in coaching, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the almost endless number of coaching schools and programs… 

  • Are you contemplating which school of thought in coaching is the best choice for you?
  • Are you interested in Brain-Based Coaching? Ontological Coaching? Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Coaching? NLP Coaching? Positive Psychology Coaching? Hypnotic Coaching? Or are you interested in exploring them all?
  • Would you like to learn holistic coaching techniques or traditional coaching methods? Or would you rather learn both?
  • What are you looking for in your instructor? An experienced and inspiring teacher or a successful coach with insider’s understanding of the industry? Or the best aspects of both?
  • Are you looking for a school that, in addition to providing excellent coaching skills, integrates authentic marketing approach from day one in teaching you how to attract clients and build your coaching practice with ease and joy?
  • Are you looking for a well-rounded training that offers the right amount of balance between theory and practice?
  • Are you interested in a program that is content-rich, yet allows you to fully integrate your personal interests and prior professional training into your own individual approach to coaching?
  • Are you looking for a world-class training program that offers small classes and personalized training that suits your individual learning style?
  • Are you looking to get your ICF Credentialing stress-free?
  • And last, but not least: Are you looking for a program that will fit your budget with no-fee payment plans and scholarships?


Goal Imagery Institute Offers a Truly Comprehensive, ICF-Approved Coach Training Program that covers all of the above and much more!

With Goal Imagery® Holistic Life/Career/Executive Coach Training You will Learn:

  • How to coach anyone on any topic with traditional AND holistic techniques
  • Practical application of ICF Core Competencies
  • Positive Psychology approach
  • Brain-Based Coaching (Neuroscience) & Ontological Coaching
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Coaching
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) & Hypnotic Coaching
  • Underpinnings of coaching that lie in adult learning theories, change theories, and behavioral sciences
  • And much more…

You will Benefit from:

  • Live, 100% hands-on and 100% supervised training
  • Participating in small classes for optimal learning experience via convenient Internet and/or phone connection
  • Integrating your new coaching skills with your current professional experience
  • Growing personally and professionally by being coached throughout this course
  • Working with real coaching clients
  • Receiving the templates and forms you need for a turn-key coaching business
  • All the support and resources you need to build and grow your coaching practice, including marketing templates and an on-going alumni support forum

And You will Enjoy Fun & Friendly Expert Instruction from Marianna Lead, MCCNew York University Coaching Curriculum Adjunct Professor, first expert to introduce life coaching at the Smithsonian Institution, active leader of the coaching community (past president of award-winning ICF-NYC Chapter & creator of Life Coach TV show on Manhattan Cable) and ICF Credentialing Assessor since 2008.

Email info@goalimagery.com to arrange for a free personal consultation to see if this training is right for you OR call at 917-371-9713. Marianna Lead, MCC personally teaches all Goal Imagery Institute coaching courses.

Receive a free copy of “Finding the Right Coach Training Program for You” published by ICF.



“Marianna brings to the table advanced insight, wisdom and expertise. As a colleague, and recipient of her coaching, she has enabled me to bring to the surface thinking and solutions that were stuck deep in my mind and otherwise consumed by “day to day” life. Dr. Lead speaks with purpose and clarity, with each and every word counting towards navigating the client through their thoughts, which is the ultimate spirit of coaching. Her questions are pivotal, and she has found a way to translate this talent into an outstanding class modality. As an experienced coach and OD practitioner I would put both my personal and professional reputation behind this class.”
– Jennifer F. Muccioli, MBA, Director, Development Coach, Ernst & Young


“You truly are an amazing Teacher/Therapist/Coach and I feel very honored and blessed to have experienced your energy, enthusiasm, style and effectiveness. Our Coaching Sessions were very powerful and I enjoyed the virtual format. It enhanced my listening skills in a whole new way. By having the training “virtually”, gave us all the opportunity to attune our senses to a different channel… and feel confident that it is very do-able. The fact that you got us a real case to work with was also incredibly helpful. Your Coaching Course is one of the most exciting things I did in my life. I looked forward to every class.”
– Maria-Jose Starkey, Reiki Master and Spiritual Counselor


“A passionate teacher, Marianna inspires her students to help transform the lives of their clients through coaching. She is inventive, insightful, and dedicated to her students. She also makes the learning process fun.”
– Nancy Ancowitz, Business Communication Coach and Author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®


“Marianna creates a warm, friendly, nurturing environment for her coaching classes.  In a short time you cover a lot of diverse material, and Marianna makes that all manageable.  She explains things clearly and thoroughly.  A big part of the class is practicing sessions and you want as much experience as you can get, even if at first you feel hesitant and unsure.  Marianna moves you into the process gradually and with lots of encouragement and instruction so that everything is workable and enjoyable.  Marianna has a wonderful sense of humor and an ability to roll with whatever students need in the moment.  The teleconference class format worked well for me.  I much prefer being on my couch listening and learning than traveling and then sitting on a hard classroom chair.  If you want to enter the coaching profession, Marianna provides an excellent way to achieve that goal.”
– Carol Mischke, Spiritual Counselor & Hypnotist

Email info@goalimagery.com to arrange for a free personal consultation to see if this training is right for you OR call us at 917-371-9713.

See the upcoming class dates (please scroll down on that page) and sign up to receive a free comparison grid of ICF-Approved Online Coach Training Schools here: http://www.goalimagery.com/professional-coach-training/ 


Ways of Teaching: Rules or Anarchy?

When people register for trainings -whether it’s hypnotherapy, coaching or any other modality – they expect a solid set of rules they can follow. I always believed that rules are the spine of any teaching. However, as important as they are, we should be allowed to swerve from the rules upon our judgment.  Especially in trainings that are not based on strictly analytical thinking and math, feeling that you can be innovative and creative is a necessary ingredient and one of the rules in itself. As Carl Jung once put it, “It’s almost a rule that I don’t want to make too many rules.”

From the very beginning, from the very first class – no matter what training you are signing up with me for – I tell my students that we must be flexible to some degree about applying the rules and that rules are created for our benefit. I warn against putting yourself in a proverbial practitioner’s prison of rules to follow. Go ahead and change them! My only request, if you want to change a rule, do it consciously and be able to explain your rational behind it. This way, we are not encouraging anarchy, but we are encouraging independent thinking, imagination, and creativity. All of which may contribute to creating a new rule or maybe even a new theory! Most important, it warrants great learning.

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Does Universe Mirror Your Challenges in Clients Who Hire You?

This keeps happening to me over and over again… As soon as I got back to work after a really bad car accident about 20 years ago, my first client was someone who wanted to overcome their fear of driving via hypnosis. Was that ironic or what? And now, here we go again. As I’m trying to get fit for this summer, a woman hired me to hypnotize her to lose weight. I see the same pattern with my coaching clients and students. When I supervise my students coaching each other in my coach training and coach mentoring classes, over and over we encounter this weird phenomena. When someone has doubts on how to build their coaching business, they are asked to coach someone with this exact dilemma. When someone wants to become more assertive, they attract a client who wants to work on being more assertive as well. And so on… Do you have similar experiences? What do you think causes this to happen? Is this the Law of Attraction at work, a simple coincidence, or something else?


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