In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Vancouver Island Coaches Association | Check out the Find a Coach link for a list of coaching businesses in BC.
International Association of Coaching (IAC) | The IAC is an independent, global coach certifying body.
International Coach Federation (ICF) | The International Coach Federation (ICF) seeks to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching. Check out the Research Portal.
Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) | An international organization dedicated exclusively to the business coaching industry. Check out the Regulation, Standards, & Research section.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
Choice Magazine | The magazine of professional coaching. Available in digital or print format. Published quarterly.
Coaching World Online | An online source for blog posts and articles posted by the International Coach Federation. Articles and posts are full of insightful videos, case studies, and research that will inform coaching practices, inspire new ideas, and offer tools that can be implemented immediately.
The Growth Coach Blog | A frequently updated blog run by the Growth Coach business and sales coaching company. It focuses more on resources for clients, but still offers some good insight into the coaching business.
A Daring Adventure | Online life coaching blog maintained by Tim Brownson, an experienced life coach. Include posts on online life coaching advice as well as sales and business advice.
Top Consultant Forum | Top-Consultant.com's forum is an excellent place to discuss various aspects of a consultant's life and career, with active numerous and varied discussion topics.
The Coaching and Mentoring Network | A UK based forum that you must sign up to, to gain access.
MarketWatch - Industry AnalyzerThe Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Firsthand | A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research growing industries and best industries by major, and Company Rankings and Profiles to find news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.