The Top Three Resources for Those Looking to Become a Professional Coach

A book, a video series, and a podcast to cover different learning styles

David Kingsbury
The Startup

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My background is in marketing and design, but my passion for personal development led me to coaching and mentoring a few years back. Initially, I mentored other designers and marketers. But, once I understood the power of coaching, I decided to focus on becoming a coach, so I spent a couple of years getting qualified before finally starting to work with clients.

Many people have misconceptions about what coaching is. I certainly did before I began my journey. I saw coaching and mentoring as essentially the same thing, despite them having distinct differences. Indeed, I have seen plenty of people marketing themselves as coaches when what they actually do is mentoring or even just straight-up being an advisor.

I get it. The principles and nuances of coaching are not always obvious to the observer. It was only once I began my formal training that I really understood how and why coaching works. As well as working with skilled tutors and guinea pig clients, I used a ton of resources to help me go from coaching noob to qualified practitioner. Some of those resources were helpful in the early stages of my journey, while others still refer to today.

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David Kingsbury
The Startup

Ex-coach turned Copywriter | Words in Start It Up, Mind Cafe, The Ascent, P.S. I Love You + more | Want me to write your emails or web content? DM me here/on X