1. Will the Certified Mental Coach program give me the skills to individualize a program according to the needs and goals of a specific athlete / business person ?
Yes, and no. Mental Coaching is a very broad and deep field. There is a lot to learn. Any online course that says it will teach you everything there is to know about mental training in a few weeks is probably lying.
However, Certified Mental Coach has been designed by one of the leading sports psychologist researchers in the world, so it contains the latest research and the key skills that have been researched and proven to be used by almost all elite and professional athletes AND shown to have the greatest impact on performance.
This is a massive bonus for you. Just knowing which skills to teach is probably the most difficult part of mental training. We've made the most difficult part of mental training easy for you by putting the most important skills into an easy to learn format.
4. I am neither an athletic coach nor psychologist by education - I have worked for some multinational corporations in their sales departments. I have been interested in psychology and personal development for a long time and I want to start new career.
However psychotherapy is not my focus - I prefer to work with healthy people and supporting them in going above their "norm" . Given this information about my background do you think that I am qualified to participate in the CMC program?
Very much so! One of the key points about mental coaching is that it is for 'normal' people who want to become extraordinary.
Mental training is not for sub-normal psychological states or those suffering from psychopathology or mental disorders. These conditions require the attention of a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Mental training for athletes is essentially peak performance training. The mental skills of an elite athlete are similar to the mental skills of top performers in all areas. Sales is very much a performance based area that requires strong mental skills. The same is true of any business role - having certain skills is essential to optimum performance. If you have the skills, you succeed. If you don't have the skills, you struggle.
6. Do you think that I can start training people right after completing your program or I will need additional preparation?
You can start training after completing the course. Like everything, as you get more experience, you will improve. But the course will give you a very strong foundation in the key mental skills and how to train them.
Obviously you will not know everything about mental training from one course, but you will have plenty to get you started training performers with quality skills.
7. This is more a business question : I will train more business and professional people than athletes, at least in the beginning.
Do you think that I can use the Certified Mental Coach training as the base of my business training and start to train professionals right after completing the course or I will need additional qualifications considering my target groups?
You can definately start training immediately after the course. As mentioned, the skills you learn as a mental coach can be applied across multiple disciplines in multiple domains.
As an example, many of our student athletes report improved performance in their academics as a result of their 'athletic' mental training.
Mental skills are not for athletic endeavors only. The skills are transferable, and this is one of the major benefits of this training for young adults - it gives them mental poise, self-awareness, thought control, emotion control and goal setting skills.
All these skills are fundamental life skills that many children and adults are never taught.
9. More or less similar question : there are many types of training in the market today which sometimes don't differ much . Does mental training as a concept and CMC have unique " face " and differentiate itself from other training covering topics as leadership , stress management , sales training?
As you can see in the course outline, mental coaching has some similarities and differences from traditional training. Also remember while reading the course outline that it really includes two main parts - teaching the coach how to teach mental skills, and the actual mental skills themselves.
While the Certified Mental Coach course does include some of the typical performance subjects such as leadership, it includes subjects that are omitted from most performance training such as arousal control, emotion/thought control, confidence, concentration and visualization.
10. Could you provide me any scientific studies proving the effectiveness of mental training?
According to Robert Weinberg, longtime editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, writer of the Certified Mental Coach course and a Mental Training Inc board member, there are plenty of studies showing some correlation between psychological interventions and improved performance, but relatively few that demonstrate a convincing causal link.
Here is an example of one such study showing a link between mental skills (visualization in this case) and performance improvements.