The EFT world has definitely changed since Gary Craig first introduced EFT to the world. People weren’t walking around with smart phones. The internet wasn’t available in every country across the globe. Online classrooms weren’t yet invented. And Social Media still meant meeting up with your friends face to face and chatting!
While some of the technology evolution hasn’t been completely positive, thankfully a lot of it has. I am a self-confessed geek! I love technology and the fact that I can now have a 100% global online training business just by utilising the latest technology that everyone is already using. Geek’d out!
But our style doesn’t suit everyone.
With the endless technology improvements that are released daily we have more choices than ever before as to how we learn, the style of learning and even the topics we learn.
There is 100% online EFT Practitioner training, like we offer. There is 100% offline training, which means the traditional live classroom learning environment. Then there are the trainers that offer something in between. Each one has its benefits and its drawbacks so it’s important that you enrol in a school that offers the best learning style for you, and one that fits around your lifestyle too.
- Do you learn best in a classroom with other people?
- Does the mere thought of studying a course on a computer terrify you?
- Are you ok waiting for training to come to a location near you?
- Are you happy to pay the travel/accommodation costs to study away from home?
- Do you enjoy studying at a time that suits your lifestyle?
- How about joining live online video calls with people from around the world?
These are the sort of questions I think you should consider before you decide which the best kind of learning style for you is, and therefore the right school for you.
Let’s start with what each course has in common.
- A curriculum for teaching the techniques of EFT-Tapping
- A framework that allows you to practice your new skills and receive feedback
- Opportunity to gain accreditation/certification in EFT to allow you to work with your own clients.
Now let’s look at each learning style to help you to decide what will work best for you.
Live face to face training
This is the traditional method of EFT training that has been around since EFT training began. It is held in a classroom over several consecutive days, atleast 3. You will usually have one teacher deliver the entire training. After the live training you will be required to fulfil your assessment criteria on your own. This will include a specified number of hours you will need to practice with clients. It should include some form of written assessment to ensure you understand EFT. It will also include paid-by-you mentoring calls back to your teacher for your assessment.
- You spend 3-4days immersed in EFT with other students
- You can make connections with other students
- You practice your new EFT skills during your training and get feedback from your teacher
- Your training manual is provided for you
- The number of mentoring calls required for your assessment are based on the skills you have developed since your training. Your mentor will decide how many you need, at a cost to you
- You must wait for a training course to come to a venue near you
- You might have additional travel/accommodation costs depending on how close the training is to your home
- If minimum students’ numbers are not reached, your class could be cancelled
- You need to take 3-4 consecutive days out of your schedule to attend this training
- You could feel isolated after the course, unless a strong online community has been established that you can access
- You need to develop a level of confidence to reach out to ask for help
If you aren’t willing to embrace technology, live training may suit you best
100% online training
After listening to feedback from prospective students, this is the style of training that we now offer at Australian Tapping Institute. I am a self-confessed geek and I just love the advancements in technology that have allowed me to successfully replicate the traditional method of EFT Training in an online space. We utilise a dedicated learning platform for hosting all lecture/workbooks, as well as accessing online meeting rooms for the various training calls available throughout the month. There are a couple of other 100% online EFT training courses that I found while I was researching this Guide. They also utilise technology and provide video lectures, some pre-recorded, some live.
- You start your training the day you enrol
- You study at your own pace at times that suits you
- Your lectures are available 24/7, across multiple devices
- You can watch the recorded content multiple times, and stop/start when you want
- You gain competence/familiarity with working online increasing your confidence to work with clients online, giving you a global business
- You must print your own workbooks
- You will need to be willing to have or develop a level of competency with technology to access your classes.
- You could feel isolated after the course, unless a strong online community has been established that you can access
- You need to develop a level of confidence to reach to ask for help
If you are comfortable with the online space and will embrace technology, then this style of training may be for you.
Enrol in a reputable school that offers training in a style that will suit you and your lifestyle. Above we described the styles of training that are available, globally. Google searching will provide you with the details of a range of schools across the globe all doing things a little different.
Be sure you are comparing apples to apples and have considered what you’ll need to build the business and lifestyle you want. The depth of training offered should be reflected in the full price of your tuition. We think these are the minimum questions you should be asking of yourself, and your potential school.
Research each school to ensure you know:
- Costs: Find out ALL the costs upfront before you enrol. If cost is a determining factor for you, you want to be comparing apples to apples when doing your research. Make sure that all training components are included in your tuition costs or at least are known. Don’t get caught out paying fees for mentoring, or supervision or assessment that you haven’t known of at the outset. Or having to enrol in another course after graduation to know how to market and build your new business. Know exactly what the costs will be to complete your entire training – upfront. Nothing worse than unexpected costs spoiling your training experience. Some trainers will also charge you an annual fee to hold the accreditation, so be sure to ask about that too.
- Delivery: Do you prefer 100% online training with instant enrolment, to study at your pace at times that suit you? Do you prefer to wait for a live training near you to be in a classroom absorbing all your training over a short couple of days? Find out how the entire training is delivered and how this will fit into your lifestyle. Know how you like to learn too. Are you a self-paced learner or do you need a teacher directing you?
- Skill development: Some EFT Practitioner trainings only teach you Emotional Freedom Techniques. Our experience has proven that you need more than just EFT to become a highly sought-after Practitioner. The highest paid Practitioners help their clients at the deepest level with the most complex of issues. To do this they have a range of effective coaching skills, an understanding of human behaviours, and many tools and techniques. Be sure to find out what other coaching skills, and advanced human behaviour tools and techniques will be included in your training. You want to graduate highly skilled and trained so you are ready to work with high paying clients straight away. I also think business skills are a must too particularly if you’ve never had your own successful business before.
- Duration: Find out how long you will have to complete your training. Many EFT courses have a time frame for completion. Once this time lapses you lose access to any materials and/or support without paying additional tuition fees.
- Support: There will be times during your training that you will want to reach out for support. Whether that’s to ask a question, get feedback on an idea, get cheered for a win, or just reassurance that you are on the right path. You will also want feedback on how you’re progressing and growing your skills as a Practitioner too. Be sure there is a good support system in place for you that will you have access to throughout the course, how you get access to it and if the cost of that support is included in your tuition fees.
- Study time commitment: Know how many hours per week you will need to dedicate to your training, so you can maintain a work/life/study balance too. Your training journey should be fun and enjoyable, not a stressful chore. You also need to know how soon you can graduate if you want to fast-track.
- Developing your new business: You are investing your time and money into Practitioner training to start an EFT business or add EFT to your existing business. You want to ensure that your training will include modules on how to market yourself and your business to help grow your client base, fast. You want to be comfortable with what to charge clients, how to maximise your time and how to increase your rates as your skillset and reputation develops. Without paying clients – you won’t make any money. Without money you can’t sustain your message of helping others.
- Your Assessment: Make sure the assessment process is skills based, and not just time lapsed. You want to graduate with Certification from a reputable source, internationally recognised, that only graduates people who demonstrate a high standard of competence. It’s the difference between Graduating with Honours from a private school vs a Leaving Certificate issued by the local secondary school. You want your assessment to include a good mix of practical application of your skills, evidence of completion of compulsory learning units and opportunities to receive feedback to make sure you are on the right path.
You are investing your time and money into a new business venture or adding to a current career and only high-quality training and support will give you the skills, confidence and competence you need to be a success in this business.
Whichever EFT Practitioner school you enrol in, you need to ensure you are confident that once you graduate you will have the skills, tools and techniques to create a lifestyle and business that you desire.
There are several different schools of thought on the depth and breadth of training that you will need to create a successful business. I started my EFT training when I already had a thriving coaching practice. I graduated out of my Life Coach training academy several years earlier. A core component of that training included business and marketing education.
Some schools will offer the standard techniques from the traditional Level 1 and 2 in EFT. Others will include the standard EFT techniques of the traditional Level 1 and 2 and provide you with some additional coaching skills. Some schools will either leave you to find the business and marketing tools on your own or offer this at an additional cost after graduation. Our school is almost a Business in a Box. Our course includes all the traditional Level 1 and 2 EFT techniques, comprehensive life coaching tools and techniques, business and marketing modules plus a learning stream focused on your personal development.
The varying depth of training and knowledge offered by each school will be reflected in the tuition price and duration of the course. Check out the curriculum and learning modules for each of the schools you’re considering so you know what’s included and what else you’ll need after graduation.
While I wrote this Guide to take the hard work out of your decision on what kind of EFT training is for you, ultimately you will need to make your own decision on what your level of investment is, what time you have available in your schedule and what your outcome is for undertaking EFT Practitioner training.
Our students graduate with Level 1 and 2 EFT practitioner skills, a life coaching kit full of tools, having worked on their own blocks, limits and confidence as well as gaining a wealth of knowledge on how to market their new business.
But ultimately it is going to be the mindset of the student as to how they approach their new business. The ownership you take for ensuring you have the adequate skills and training is paramount as well as having built a strong coaching muscle during your training. You take on these 3 things and you’ll be in a great position to create the lifestyle and business you want, regardless of what school you enrol in.
Let me end this section with a warning: Ensure the certification you gain at graduation provides you eligibility to suitable business insurance once you graduate.
When I was first starting out as a Life Coach, there was a company who offered live workshop trainings here in Sydney. A couple of months after the completion of a workshop, a participant suicided, and her family successfully sued the business. They didn’t have appropriate business insurance. They lost everything. While my wish for you is for this to never happen – to me, it’s not worth the risk of running a business such as an EFT Practice without having yourself covered. In Australia, public liability and professional indemnity insurance is the minimum insurance we would seek to cover us in these instances.
Your Practitioner training will be broken down into several components.
- The theory (videos/lectures/text books/training) that you will need to study and make notes from
- Practical application of the skills (test driving your new skills as a beginner)
- Practice time with clients to build your coaching muscle
- Undergoing an assessment of your skills for graduation
The amount of time required to undertake EFT training will vary from school to school. At present we have more than 60 hours of content in our library. Not all of this is compulsory, but our live calls are. We say about 2-3 hours per week of study time, most weeks, will have you completing the course within the 12 months. This could vary with your school if it has live training i.e. a weekend training, where the bulk of your theory takes place. On the weeks where your school has additional live training, like our monthly live calls, you should allocate time to attend those calls.
Practice sessions with clients is where you will want to ensure you allocate some time, whether that is with family/friends or perhaps other volunteers, like your fellow students. At the beginning of your training you might not allocate much time to clients, but as you progress in your training you will want to make sure you make time to focus on this. This is where your coaching muscle will be built! In the “doing” of the work – not in the study!
In my early coach training days, I held down a full-time corporate career, as well as being married and raising two sons. I had a calendar of my week so I could see what my commitments were and where I had space. I would use this calendar to write in study time, my family commitments and then later I would schedule in client time. I saw clients either at 6pm or 7.30pm two nights a week and I had time allocated for clients on a Saturday too.
I wasn’t one for knowing the names of all the techniques that I was learning, but I did develop great skills in the application of all the techniques. I built my coaching muscle hard and fast! Your clients won’t be interested in the name of the technique, they just want transformation, they want their thing that isn’t working in their life to be working again. Build your coaching muscle!
Practicing your new skills is paramount to being an awesome coach and practitioner. However, lack of people to practice on is such a common problem for anyone who is starting out. Our family and friends can be supportive but draw the line at stepping up to be a guinea pig. Sometimes that is because they just don’t understand what it is we are doing, therefore a fear can sit behind their refusal. Their primary fear will usually centre around what you will uncover about them or what private details they will need to share. To overcome this, we created a number of “mock” topics that we use in our beginners coaching sessions. This removed the stress of anyone needing to find a topic they are comfortable sharing and maintained the topics within the skillset of the new practitioner. In one of my earliest Practitioner trainings a student brought her grief from her suicided partner as a topic for her fellow new coach to work on during the training. Needless to say, the new coach was somewhat traumatised from this event. Developing a list of “neutral topics” and asking a family member or friend to practice with that topic removes this stress. It’s kind of like role-play and the session becomes about you practicing your skills, rather than any real “therapy” session for them. We include topics such as “I scratched my car and I’m mad at myself” and “I’m a loser because I didn’t get the promotion”.
No text book learning can replace connecting with an individual and talking with them. It’s in that space that you will do your best work and build your coaching muscle the fastest. We have found students who have been great at the theory, then baulk when they must work with a client. If this happens to you, seek out your own practitioner, or friend-in-training to work on this. We have a saying in our school, “leave your ego at the door”. The hesitation that you might feel around your first few sessions can be relieved when you leave your ego at the door, which means, you leave any thoughts of self, any concerns about “will I get it right” or “will I say the right thing” outside of the room, and you totally focus on your client, 100%.
Depending on the school you enrol in, they will have different ways of helping you to get practice students. Here’s a couple of ways that work for our students that you could try.
- Meetup group: We access our online Meetup group to offer practice sessions to the general public for our students. These volunteers know these are students-in-training. They are generally offered 3-4 sessions free of charge and we ask the client to provide a testimonial at the end of the time.
- Social Media: A well-crafted post on your social media channel seeking volunteers to experience EFT and allow you to work your magic with them. Ask your friends to share your post. Find groups to share your post on too.
- Private Facebook Group: Connect with other students in your course to practice with. Chances are you will all have some limiting beliefs around your new status as a coach AND what fees you will charge to work on.
- Family & Friends: Develop your list of neutral topics and frame your request as them helping you, rather than any “therapy” for them.
When we were shifting from traditional classroom style EFT training to online training, one of the primary concerns was the retention of community. That feeling of connectedness and belonging for us humans is paramount to our survival. As Author, Brene Brown quotes, “It is as essential to our survival as water and food.” The market had asked us and asked us for 100% online training, but we weren’t prepared to create it if it jeopardised the sense of community we had already established.
Being in any sort of training environment, whether it’s live or online, is awesome while you are all connected in the same space. However, it’s what happens after the live training has finished or the online classroom closes that the importance of community is highlighted.
On those days when you “just don’t get it”, or you feel like it’s all too hard. Or even if you worked with a client and it was challenging or overwhelming, you want to have a safe place where you can debrief about this. A place to get support and to know that someone else feels the same or has been through the same. You want a tribe to connect with.
Community for us is also a place where you can “give”. As you proceed through your training, there will always be “newbies” enrolling after you. As your skills and knowledge increase, an online school community will allow you to offer support and guidance to other students too. We have found in our community, that live-long friendships develop.
It is also the place to share your “wins”. A place where people will cheer you on for your first paying client, or when you launch a program or product.
It’s your tribe.
It’s your place to belong.
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