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A Coach Needs a Coach, But Why? (Kate Steinbacher)

  • Episode #7

Episode summary: Why would you want to invest in coaching if you’re already a coach? One compelling reason has to do with the power of integrity—you can’t exactly ask your clients to do something that you haven’t done or are not willing to do yourself. If you’re a coach who’s never invested in coaching, “you’re not walking your talk,” as Melinda puts it. And believe it or not, this problem is more common than you might think.

In this fun episode filled with wisdom, Melinda talks with KateSteinbacher, co-founder of The Coaches Console. Over the past 17 years, Kate has helped thousands of coaches to get out of their own way and succeed in building a Coaching Business beyond their wildest dreams. Melinda and Kate emphasize the importance of having a coach if you want to be credible and grow your coaching skills, and also address the potential consequences of not having one.

In this episode we discuss:

  • You don’t have to reinvent the wheel and struggle. There’s a smart way to do almost anything as a coach.
  • How you become a better coach when you have one yourself, and how to communicate it to your clients.
  • The need for transparency when someone asks why YOU should be hired.
  • The dangers of not having a coach yourself.
  • The main reasons why a coach doesn’t have a coach.
  • How to know when you’ve outgrown your coach, and why that’s great.

Having your own coach is a rite of passage.”

To have a coach, as a coach, allows you to feel like a professional, and confident in your skills and knowledge that you have support if necessary.”

Kate Steinbacher

Guest Bio: Kate Steinbacher has been helping thousands of coaches to get out of their own way and succeed in building a Coaching Business beyond their wildest dreams for over 17 years. She’s the founder, along with Melinda Cohan, of The Coaches Console, the premier software and business building system for Coaches and service-based business owners. She’s an extraordinary expert at getting in her own way AND finding the way out as well! 

Kate is considered to be a fierce accountability partner who sees you as bigger than you can see yourself and a powerful listener. She’s a coach with a corporate and International background who has coached executives, leadership teams, and business owners (small and large) for years.

She has a diverse and ranging background: she drove trucks for UPS and worked her way up to HR manager; she traveled the world as Cruise Director on luxury 100-passenger cruise ships; and she created her own special interest travel company, taking small groups around the world for art and music. 

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  • Guest – Kate Steinbacher
  • Host – Melinda Cohan
  • Producer – Cynthia Lamb 
  • Executive producer – Danny Iny
  • Writer – Michi Lantz, Melinda Cohan, Cynthia Lamb
  • Assembled by – Geoff Govertsen
  • Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
  • Audio Post Production by Post Office Sound
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely

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Just Between Coaches

This show is like Oprah’s couch, where conversations cut straight to the heart of the topic, but... it’s only for coaches! Melinda Cohan of the Coaches Console explores the tough questions coaches face on a regular basis. With a new guest host each episode, Melinda provides tactical advice and strategies to address issues like “How do I deal with price resistance?” and “Should I fire my client?”