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The Risks of Untrained Business Mentors and Coaches

How to avoid the risks and disappointment from engaging untrained, non-qualified or experienced business mentors and coaches to protect you and your business.

The allure of becoming a business mentor or coach by promising to help others achieve their dreams and the flexibility of their own business, it's no wonder that many individuals are drawn to this profession like a moth to a flame.

However, amidst the surge of aspiring coaches, there lies a significant risk – engaging untrained and non-qualified mentors and coaches.

The truth is, anyone can call themselves a coach, regardless of whether they have received proper training or not.

This lack of regulation within the industry means that individuals can start offering coaching services without any qualifications or continuing professional development. While this may seem appealing to those looking to break into the field, it poses a considerable risk to both clients and coaches alike.

Here in Australia, general mentoring and coaching is not regulated, except for health or mental health coaching and counselling services.

This means that many individuals who lack the necessary skills and experience are entering the market, offering advice and guidance without the proper credentials. As a result, clients may find themselves disappointed, disillusioned, and even financially harmed by engaging with unqualified coaches.

One of the biggest challenges is the influx of enthusiastic social marketers who, while lacking in business experience and qualifications, excel at marketing themselves. These individuals often leverage social media to promote their services, using controversial statements and high energy to attract clients.

Despite their lack of expertise, they can quickly outstrip and outsell more qualified and experienced coaches, leaving clients vulnerable to subpar guidance, advice and sometimes to the detriment of their business.

The coaching and mentoring segment in Australia is booming, with more people than ever seeking the services of a life coach or mentor.

However, the proliferation of untrained coaches poses significant legal risks. Many coaches fail to meet their clients' expectations or provide services that result in loss or damage.

Without the proper insurances, such as professional indemnity or liability insurance, both coaches and clients are left vulnerable to legal disputes and financial harm.

Furthermore, many untrained coaches make unfounded claims or offer unsubstantiated business advice based solely on their intuition rather than proven experience. This can lead to clients making uninformed decisions that ultimately harm their business or personal development.


It's not uncommon to hear stories of individuals quitting stable jobs to pursue a career as a life coach or mentor, lured by the promise of helping others achieve their dreams.

However, without the proper training, experience, and credentials, these individuals are ill-equipped to provide the guidance and support that clients need.

Avoiding the Risks!

To avoid the risks and disappointment associated with engaging untrained and non-qualified business mentors and coaches, it's essential to do your due diligence.

Before hiring a coach, ask about their qualifications or industry experience they may hold. Additionally, ensure that they have the necessary insurances in place to protect both parties in the event of a dispute.

By taking the time to research and vet potential coaches, you can protect yourself and your business from the risks associated with engaging untrained individuals.

Remember, the right coach can make a significant difference in your personal and professional development, but only if they have the skills, experience, and qualifications to back up their claims.

Choosing a Mentor or Coach Checklist

How to choose the RIGHT Business Mentor or Coach using our tips and checklist.

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Robert Durrant

High-Performance Mentor & Coach

(with 30 years business experience)


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