What made you sign up?
"I got into coaching last year and I knew that I wanted to get a qualification.
I did look at other programs, but when I had the consultation with you I realized everything I was looking for is all blended in your course and I thought it was the right thing for me to do.
On the course, I literally come out of every session thinking "wow lightbulb moment". It's been so great because I've discovered a lot about myself. I am not only learning tools about how to help other people. I'm learning tools to help myself. When I need some self-coaching I can definitely do that and every week I learned something new for me to add.
It is helping me a lot from my previous business when I was coaching with no tools. Now I have more tools in my bag than I could ever ask for."
What would you say to someone considering signing up?
"If you're looking for something that's not going to just only help your clients, but help you as well, I would definitely sign up for it. It's helped me in more ways than one, in terms of all the different tools that we're learning different methods that we’re learning.
I'm self-coaching myself every day and I'm finding that I'm actually becoming a better person by using the tools from the course that I'm learning.
I love the Community. If you want just more than a course, more than a community, then definitely sign up."
Nonie Leonard, Vision Board Life Coach and founder of the Highly Favoured Woman Community.
"I decided to take the qualification as I respect Ruth as a coach and specifically wanted to learn from her. I was looking to expand my skill set.
I have decided to focus more on coaching in my business, having learned to use these skills confidently and the value of coaching. I really enjoyed the weekly peer coaching and the relationships working in the group.
Coaching is a great, effective tool but there is a huge difference between having good training and just winging it. I love winging it in life but the foundations need to be there first! Ruth offers a really fantastic foundation and has brought out the value of honing this skill and offering this service."
Helen Johnson, Coach
What made you sign up to the professional coach diploma?
"My background in education, and I still am very much involved in that sector and it's a professional industry. And they want professional qualifications and professional experience and I think credibility is really really important.
I wholeheartedly trust everything that you could use and provide I think first and foremost you were the person who encouraged me to sign up and not because you knew that and because you told me to sign up just because I know how awesome you are and I know how serious you take coaching.
The second reason why was because of the professional nature of it. I wanted to go into corporate. I wanted to go into schools and for them to know that I'd taken my learning and my profession seriously and I wanted that to kind of be behind me as well.
It's everything that I thought it would be actually but probably, even more, I love the flexibility around it. I also would say that I've met some amazing people.
The people that I've met her just so lovely also very passionate about coaching at different stages of their career as well and the massive things for me is the practice, being able to actually practice with someone and to get feedback.
I love a bit of feedback and I think that's so important because when you do qualify you could tend to be just alone and you don't have to be alone, but you can tend to be alone and it's nice to have someone to listen to you and give you you know, little bits of advice and also motivate and boost you to say, you know, you're doing a good job."
What would you say to somebody thinking about joining in February?
"I would say if you're considering coaching. I would definitely book a call and I would also say that if you're considering it to speak to either someone like me or you know, all the other wonderful people that have part of the program.
I love it. I love the fact that I can go into Kajabi and I can access the resources and they're all nicely filed there just for me and also the community."
What was your experience when you came to coaching?
"I’m a chartered accountant with over 16 years of corporate finance and audit experience in some of the biggest businesses in the UK. While I enjoyed my day job, I particularly loved the people elements - helping other people achieve their best.
So for 2020, I decided to focus more on people and become a coach. I was convinced my natural skills were enough and I didn’t need specific coach training. By March I’d left my job, had some clients, and was getting into the swing of networking. Then the world changed and my plan spluttered and stalled. Come the summer, I decided to reset, do a course, get qualified, and validate my skills."
What made you think this coach training was for you?
"I hunted around and picked Kudzi Coach Academy because I liked the breadth and depth of the training.
I love that it not only shows the power of pure coaching, it also demonstrates a bunch of tools and techniques you can use too.
I like the idea of finding my own natural coaching style, rather than following a regimented path, and to lean into what this means for my business. This training helps with all of this.
After I signed up, I sought more clients to relaunch with. I was open about my training and encouraged clients to join me to journey together, and it’s been great. They have loved being on that journey, and benefiting from launch customer pricing, and seeing how my skills are quickly developing.
I’m honestly shocked by how useful this training has been. I really didn't think I needed it, but I’ve totally changed my mind on that now. It was exactly what I need and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to maximise their coaching potential."
"I can 110% recommend Ruth's coach training. It came at a perfect time for me as I was looking to branch out with the services I offered clients and it has worked out really well.
The sessions were well-timed and well-paced, with the right amount of support and feedback. I was part of a fantastic cohort of women I found the online format engaging and convenient. With lots of opportunities to work with Ruth and others on the course, as well as mentoring sessions, we were able to learn a huge amount over the seven-month duration.
If you are looking for a coaching course that really delivers and a trainer who cares, this is it!"
Natalie Trice, The Visibility Duchess
Confidence Coach and PR Mentor for Media Professionals and Small Business Owners
What has your experience been so far?
"I When I was introduced to The Kudzi Coaching Academy & what was on offer, it was a must do moment! Since stepping into the learning arena, the diploma course & all that’s on offer, has far exceeded any expectations! The support is immense, the culture created is truly unique. The skills I'm learning is exactly what I needed!"
How are you hoping to use the course?
"I know this training will give me the foundational understanding & subsequent skill sets to excel as a coach, combined with the broad range of disciplines that will further serve my clients. To me the accreditation is a seal of dedication to help my clients create the life they so desire."
What would you say to anyone considering the course?
"Over the coming years there’s going to be a shift in the Coaching landscape, that being, it will become the norm & expected that if you operate as a coach you must be qualified & accredited, to be taken seriously & to be able to build a sustainable coaching practice. My advice to anyone thinking about whether to do this training is, don’t think it, just do it! Your investment will be returned back to you many times over, in so many ways. You will absolutely love what you will discover!"
Martin Miller, weareovertheedge.com
"The work I was doing was mentoring but I really wanted to get into coaching. I knew a qualification was going to really unlock things for me. And it has massively. I was a good coach before, now I know I am a fierce coach.
Being coached every week has meant I have learned so much about myself and it has been a massive support and incredibly powerful. And I've loved looking at the different ways that we could coach. And the different frameworks we could use, rather than it just being, "This is the way," and it's a tick-box exercise, which it absolutely wasn't.
I have really discovered my style of coaching, which I can say is fierce because I do ask the challenging questions but with compassion and support. Another takeaway was some really deep work that I'm able to do with other people. So Lucy has a great line (who delivered the transactional analysis training) ."You can only meet people as far as you've met yourself." The biggest thing is for me doing the work myself so that I can then help other people do the work."
Anita Phagura, Coach and Founder of Fierce Project Management
"When I started the program I had been working as a coach formally for more than a year and in over 20+ years as a pharmacist. During all of that time I had been using coaching and training and I really wanted to use it properly and be top of my game with it. I was lacking knowledge and confidence to go deeper with people.
The course has given me a deeper understanding of what coaching is and how I can get the best results for my clients. It has shown me this whole world that I want to explore and do even more in. The biggest thing is the confidence that I now have in terms of being able to deliver for my clients.
It is amazing how my business has developed and changed over the last six months with the help of the course and working through the challenges, thoughts and ideas with such a range of coaches has been hugely beneficial. I have really shifted to a corporate client base and it is a really interesting shift for me.
I think if you want to be a coach, work as a coach, be successful as a coach, be confident as a coach, then this is the course for you. It's unlike any training that I've ever done before, it's just great. I never worry about coaching someone now. I feel like I always know where to go. I can respond and I don't go in thinking what I am going to ask them. I can be completely curious and open to what they want to do in the session and it works: it is so much better for them and I just love it. I'm so happy to take the full joy out of it."
Francesca Aaen, Business and Performance Coach
"I trained as a coach many years ago with an ICF accredited program, the coaching world has progressed a great deal since then, so I wanted to refresh and up level my skills. Ruth’s training is inspiring, fast paced, interesting, varied and energetic. There’s ample opportunity to practise coaching, to be coached and participate in small group discussions.
It has increased my confidence tenfold and I am now an even better coach with the new techniques, learnings, reflections and regular feedback obtained from this training. I’m enjoying putting everything I’ve learnt into practise with my existing and new 1:1 clients and witnessing the results they are getting in their personal and work life, is what makes my heart sing.
If you want to become an accredited coach and considering joining Ruth’s course, then I’d say go for it! If you are someone who takes their time to make decisions like me, and would like to talk to someone who has just completed the course and paperwork, then get in touch."
Donna Edwards, Life and Connection Coach
"This coach training has been transformational for me, not just because of the amount of coaching I've received from the other incredible coaches on the course, but also the amount of coaching practice that we had. I thought I was a pretty good coach before, but I KNOW that I am an incredibly powerful coach now.
This course has done so much for me in terms of building my confidence not just in my knowledge of the different coaching models, tools and approaches, but also in the practical application of them. For me, as an experiential learner, that has been invaluable. I feel empowered to deal with whatever comes up during sessions with my clients. Confident in my ability to draw on an extensive coaching toolkit, so that I can hold the space and support my clients with whatever they need.
If anyone is considering a coach training and is struggling to decide on which course to do, I would highly recommend the Kudzi Coach Academy. This covers the broadest number of coaching methodologies, models & approaches and you get an opportunity to try them all out. You can read all the books and understand the theory, but without the practical application, it's hard to get a feel for what fits.
During this course, you get an opportunity to try different things & figure out what works for you. You can develop your own coaching style in a safe space & get feedback on it.
Observing coaching sessions from your peers is also an incredible learning opportunity, to notice the different styles and ways of being that each coach brings to a session, helps you to develop your own coaching style. That in itself is priceless"
Sarah Atkins, Creative Life and Business Coach and Founder of The Creative Coaching Studio Membership
"I have 25 years experience in business and coaching experience when I started the course because I wanted to have this nice, unique hybrid approach where I bring my experience, the accreditation, the training and then the qualification as well. You can only bring your own knowledge and your own experience and your own things to it, and I was well aware that there was more out there. I wanted to be able to bring the coaching aspect to it some more to help my clients go even further.
I have two biggest takeaways from the training one personally and one for my business. For my business, it's given me a real deep understanding of different tools, techniques and resources that I can just pull out when my client's facing certain things. And for me, personally, it is the coaching and the breakthroughs I have got from being coached every week.
I love it and I think anybody who's thinking about it should just run and do it because it's amazing. It's an amazing journey, I think the more you go all in, the more you get out of it in terms of these things that can help you with both personally with your business and your life and everything. I think it really helps you clarify in your mind as well what kind of coach you are and want to be, who you want to coach. You get so much clarity on narrowing that down and understanding your strengths, what you'd like to work on some more, fully understanding your business model and where you're going to take it and how exactly you can help your clients. It helps you go to an even greater depth than you've ever been before by having this really stringent training.
My journey has been one with quite a lot of twists and turns. I started out exclusively working with food businesses, mentoring and consulting them. Then I widened that to working with product-based businesses. But then when I really looked at my clientele and looked at the place that I wanted to work, and I work with attraction to my intuition it was women who wanted more and women who wanted to play bigger and I am looking forward to expanding into this more.
I joined Ruth’s Coaching Training this year as I wanted to add to my skills as a coach and get my ICF accreditation so I can further grow my business. The course has been nothing short of brilliant; the other coaches, the training, the tools and techniques I now have and the broader range of skills I’ve developed. I wasn’t expecting the deep personal growth I also got through being coached every week too. I highly recommend this course, it’s like nothing else I’ve undertaken. I am looking forward to expanding the reach and creating a bigger impact with my business having gone through this training.
If you are considering the training I would say go for it both personally and for your business."
Claire Brumby, Award-Winning High-Performance Business Coach, Channel Swimmer, Dragon Slayer and Best-Selling Author
"I decided to take this qualification so that I could legitimately and confidently say that I was a professional coach. I have learned that not only are there numerous approaches and countless tools that can be used to coach clients but the real skill is learning how and when to use them on a client by client basis.
I have met and I train with 8 amazing women and we learn so much from each other. The course is intensive and demanding but the camaraderie and practice make it hugely enjoyable.
I would strongly recommend this course for anyone who is serious about coaching. By this, I mean someone who is willing to fully engage and commit to 6-8 months of intensive training with Ruth who has so much experience as well as the prerequisite qualifications to provide such an in-depth course."
Professor Maxine Robertson
What made you sign up to the coach training?
"When I was looking for coach training there was a lot out there to choose from. I felt overwhelmed looking at all of the programs and didn't know what to go for. After speaking to someone who knew you, recommended you and us having a call, I immediately felt that you were the right choice - as I felt that you were invested in me and my success."
What's your experience been like so far in the program?
"When I joined the course I was a beginner and I have grown so much already in such a short space of time. I think this is down to the training and the support you get on the course; For example my amazing mentor Sandra, the sessions and the community. I can't sing your praises highly enough! The course is absolute value for money and I believe it is life-changing.
It is the sort of thing which works whether you are a beginner or more experienced: I see people on the course who have been coaching for years and want to upscale. It great to see the variety of backgrounds and experience."
What made you think the coach training was for you?
"So it's something I had wanted to do for years. Over the last six or seven years, I dipped out, in and out of so many different tastes and weekends and different kind of sample afternoons. I just never quite found one that felt right and I was always so conscious that I was going to just feel like I was one of hundreds in a cohort.
Over the summer decided okay, this is something that I'm going to look into seriously now I've got the time, why not let's do it. The course has a balance of coaching, of psychology and neuroscience which is something that I really wanted. I'm not one of hundreds, as you say, it has a really personal element to it. I feel really supported in it as well every step of the way. I now have coaching clients which is brilliant."
What is next for Amy?
"I have decided that I'm going to go into confidence and mindset coaching and am looking forward to working on that deeper level and looking at what makes people tick. It is super exciting."
What made you sign up to the coach training?
"I was actually signed up with another training provider when your advert popped up, I think from the coaching Community about the training. And the more I looked at the content that your course provided the more I was convinced I’d signed up with the wrong one.
It includes things on positive Psychology and Neuroscience, but also the practical business element side because it's not great learning to be a fantastic coach, if you don't actually know how to market yourself and then run and sustain a business.
Then I was hooked. I cancelled the other training and hopped on board with you for the October cohort."
What's your experience been like so far in the program?
"Fantastic right from the start, right from that sort of first initial contact. It's been exciting getting books through the post, and those books have quite literally changed my life. They are at the top of my reading list now.
And then the course content is really thorough. The trainers are just great people, and they're all there to help.
One of the things that I really love the most is how much coaching practice we do as part of the training. Then we are ready to take that out into real life and it doesn't feel scary. It doesn't feel daunting. It just feels natural because we're practising so much of it through the sessions which I think is really important.
We go into these Triad groups and we formed such lovely relationships across those groups that it's really nice.
I should probably mention how amazing everyone that's in the cohort is. It's nice to go and see them every week and to watch people progress.
It’s also really nice having that blend of people at different levels."
What about the mentoring sessions?
"Oh my goodness. How could I not mention my mentor? I have Lucy Power and oh my goodness! I feel so lucky to have Lucy as my mentor because she's just an incredible woman. When you look at her bio and her career it’s inspirational, it really is and when you spend time in those mentoring sessions with her it unlocks so much.
What's going on for you business-wise?
"So I have set up my business, which is coaching personal and professional development and I work with leaders right from future leaders into emerging leaders and also those semi-established leaders.
This has just been incredible for me. Because it gives me the skills, the knowledge, and the confidence I need. I've been on an incredible journey myself throughout this coach training that I think if I wasn't on, I wouldn't be able to serve my clients anywhere near as well as I do which is really powerful, really great."
What would you say to somebody he was thinking to sign up for February?
"Let's start with whether I sign up with Ruth or do I sign it with someone else? Do your research and I will be shocked if your research throws up something that looks better than Ruth’s course because I did a lot of research!"
So in terms of should I be trained or should I not be trained?
"It's something that I actually feel quite strongly about. Now before signing up with you (because I was thinking about moving to coaching), I'd probably read a good six to eight books about coaching but it's still nothing like the training and also the training allows you to become accredited.
It allows you to become insured which is really really important. It helps to elevate the status of the industry. We've invested the time and the money in ourselves in preparing ourselves better and to be able to serve our clients properly.
I would just say go for it. Honestly, you won't regret it. It's such a diverse curriculum. It's a really supportive environment. You can get access to the coaching Hub as well, which is full of incredible resources to make use of. You know, that in itself is invaluable.
So Go for it. What have you got to lose?"