Coaches Training

"Being heard is more than a basic human need. It's the key to connecting with our inner greatness and unleashing our full potential."

— Sandy Blackard

Sandy Blackard Listening to Children on Playground

Have you fallen in love with the Language of Listening® coaching model, tried it, and can't stop sharing it with others? 

If you have a burning desire to learn all you can about Language of Listening® and want to help us take it to the world as an Authorized Language of Listening® Coach, I can't wait to meet you!

In 2023, I'll be launching a new version of my Coaches Training, It will incorporate all of the elements from our previous 2-year training program (described below) with a new set of prerequisites that will allow you to start your training at a deeper level and spend more time on the transformative aspects of LoL and self-coaching in the Coaching Group and Licensee Training classes that follow.

Our new training will be unveiled soon. Meanwhile, if becoming part of our Language of Listening® Coaches Network speaks to you, please read the previous course description below for a general idea of what we will cover, then Contact Me to be added to the early notification list for our next Coaches Training starting in January 2023.

Sandy Blackard, Founder

P.S. If you don't want to become a coach yourself but do want to deepen your Language of Listening skills, you can contact one of our Authorized Language of Listening® Coaches for private coaching, join their private Facebook communities, take their classes, and/or follow them on social media.

Or, if you know you are ready to jump in, you can start by completing your prerequisites now!

2023 Prerequisites (Allow 6 months for completion):

    • Complete the online Basic Coaching Skills Course and submit the Study Guide & Clock Hours form for my review. (Study Guide & Clock Hours form is available as a downloadable .pdf in the course.)
    • Complete the Landmark Forum (Live online transformative leadership training)


Level I: 12-Month Coaching Group

My Coaching Group is a distance learning program designed for parents, teachers, coaches, bloggers, or other professionals around the world who are dedicated to using my simple coaching model to bring out the greatness in children and their parents so they can enjoy being right here and right now together. Coaching skills learned in this group also apply to personal and professional adult relationships and team management.

How does this Coaching Group Work?

The Coaching Group is the foundation block of our two-year Coaches Training Program. Participation in the Coaching Group requires no classwork, no homework. Instead, you will get to spend a full year talking with me and the other group members (max. 12) in 2 video conference calls per month and in a private discussion group. A private coaching call with me will replace the final group call and wrap up the year.

We will use my coaching model exclusively to guide all of our interactions with each other. This kind of immersion organically supports your growth and development as a future Language of Listening® trainer and coach. Since you will already have some experience with my coaching model either from using it with your own child or in a professional setting, the discussions and the coaching I provide will be guided by your interests, curiosity, and concerns—the exact same way your future coaching sessions will be guided by your clients' interests, curiosity, and concerns.

My coaching approach is based on a deep trust in the client's inner wisdom. I model that in the Coaching Group by following your lead. That guarantees that the coaching and instruction you receive throughout the year will start from right where you are, remain relevant and practical, and help you create the results you want.

What results can I expect?

In our live group coaching calls and private discussion group, your interests, curiosity, and challenges guide the discussions and my coaching responses. By using only Language of Listening coaching skills with each other in the discussion group and on the calls, you will be creating an extraordinary atmosphere of warmth, support, and encouragement that builds strong connection, facilitates exploration, and accelerates personal growth.

As you experience my coaching model in action, not only will your unique strengths unfold and your coaching skills flourish, but you will gain the proof you need to fully trust the Language of Listening coaching model and the premises behind it. It's one thing to understand it, but completely another to experience it yourself.

Your specific results will, of course, be determined by your individual goals and how you apply what you learn. The more you use the coaching model during the two weeks between calls in your life and in the discussion group, the quicker you will attain your goals. 

Coaching group members consistently report complete satisfaction with the results they achieved. Previous group members have shared that they got everything they wanted and more, which is why most continued into Level II and beyond. (See testimonials below). 

Personal Gains: Coaching group members gain greater confidence in their coaching abilities, feel a deeper connection with their children, and have major breakthroughs in their own personal growth. Spouses are often so impressed, they start using the coaching skills themselves. But the best part is that the children pick up the coaching skills, too, and begin to interact more respectfully with their siblings, friends, and parents! After all, our children do what we do.

Professional Gains: Coaching Group members are welcome to contribute guest posts to my blog, and those with their own blogs are encouraged to begin writing Language of Listening-based posts of their own. By the end of the first year, group members are capable of designing their own licensed introductory training programs under my supervision. 

Leading Language of Listening classes, developing advanced training programs, and providing authorized coaching services are reserved for graduates of Level II. Authorization is governed by license agreements. Active Authorized Language of Listening Coaches are listed here. Our coaches have designed licensed Language of Listening parent training programs of their own, have authored licensed publications for sale, speak in parenting conferences, offer private coaching services and live trainings, and host parent discussion groups. Generally, our license agreements require no up-front annual license fee, and royalty rates are set at 10% to help ensure your and our success.

What is the time and financial commitment?

The time commitment for the Coaching Group is approx. 4 to 6 hrs/week for one full year.

Your Level 1 year of personalized training includes:

      • participation in 2 live video conference group calls per month (approx. 90 min. each) led by me
      • two private coaching sessions with me (the second in lieu of the final group call)
      • email coaching with me or my coaching assistants as needed
      • self-directed, supervised participation in the Facebook member discussion group.

Calls will be recorded but are not meant to substitute for live attendance. You will be asked to sign a release form.

Call time: TBD (We'll set the day and time together between 10 AM - 10 PM Central Time)

Coaching Group membership: TBD (Estimated $6300 for 2023)

Contact Sandy to be added to the early notification list and receive updates about our next Coaching Group starting in January 2023. (Significant changes will be made in the 2-year curriculum to reflect the advanced starting level of participants who have completed the Mastery Class and Landmark Forum prerequisites.)

Level II: 12-Month Licensee Training

2022 Licensee Training Course Description:

Licensee Training takes you through all of my classes and ensures mastery of all facets of Language of Listening coaching, including the core principles behind the premises. Classes include Language of Listening Mastery Classes I & II for coaching children and our YOU Classes I & II for self-coaching. 

You will take these classes as a participant so you can master the skills yourself. At the same time, you will be given behind the scenes tips and materials and assistance to help you lead these classes or design your own for parents in the future.

Meanwhile, you will continue to use my coaching model exclusively to guide all of your interactions in the Facebook Group and facilitate each other's and your own breakthroughs using the coaching tools you will be learning in my classes.

PrerequisiteLevel I: 12-month Coaching Group

What is the time and financial commitment?

The time commitment for the 2022 12-Month Licensee Training is approx. 4 to 6 hrs./week for one full year.

Your Level 2 year of personalized training includes:

      • participation in 2 live video conference group calls per month (approx. 90 min. each) led by me
      • two private coaching sessions with me (the second in lieu of the final group call)
      • email coaching with me or my coaching assistants as needed
      • self-directed, supervised participation in the Facebook member discussion group.

Calls will be recorded but are not meant to substitute for live attendance. You will be asked to sign a release form.

2022 Schedule:

Call time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM Central Time

Call days: 2nd & 4th Fridays with the following exceptions:

Jan3rd & 5th Fri

(Possibly July3rd & 5th Fri)

Nov1st & 3rd Fri

Dec1st Fri

2022 Licensee Training Fee: $267/mo. (2023 TBD)

Beyond Level II: Advanced Options for Our Graduates

Private Language of Listening® Coaches Network Community:

When you complete your Level II training, you will be invited to join our free Language of Listening® Coaches Network Community on Facebook. Like our previous FB discussion groups, you can use this group to provide coaching support for each other as you share your successes, challenges, insights, and breakthroughs in parenting, personal growth, and your professional growth as an authorized LoL coach, if you've taken that step.

You do not have to be active as an LoL coach to participate in this group. Active LoL coaches are welcome to share challenging client situations (keeping your clients anonymous) as well as testimonials since those will challenge and inspire us all.

You are also welcome to discuss your LoL business challenges, tips, and successes since each success increases the value of the LoL brand which benefits us all. You can also brainstorm new LoL projects and find other LoL coaches with similar interests who may want to partner with you. Since the group will include coaches with a wide range of experience, together we can find a way to make any dream possible! That's the gift of the LoL Coaches Network.

Prerequisite: Graduate of our Coaches Training or previous Instructors Training Program

REGISTER for Coaches Network Call Series:

If you would like to continue exploring Language of Listening® concepts and applications live with a focus on our Core Principles, you can register for our Coaches Network Call Series. 

      • one video conference group call per month (approx 1.25 hours) led by me
      • 1st Series: January through June (6 months)
      • 2nd Series: July through October (4 months)
      • calls will be recorded and shared with group members
      • call time: TBD
      • $67/month

Prerequisite: Graduate of our Coaches Training (or our previous Instructors Training Program)


Coaches Network Call Series for graduates of our Coaches Training 

1st Series: January through June (6 months)

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2nd Series: July through October (4 months)

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These are the kinds of results working with me helps you produce:

Rachel Macy Stafford"Sandy, I have been so pleased with my ability to respond to readers lately with the insights you have taught me [via email correspondence]. I wouldn’t have known what to say a year ago, but you have empowered me. One mom wrote back saying that she cried so hard by reading my coaching and thought I was right. I had helped her see herself in a new way. I cannot thank you enough for equipping me to help people even more!"—Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times Bestselling author of the Hands Free Mama book series and

Tracy Cutchlow, Parent Coach"I spent hundreds of hours researching brain development, child psychology, and positive parenting for my evidence-based parenting book. When I came across Language of Listening, I was amazed by how simply it encapsulated so much of that research. I started practicing it immediately with my 3-year-old. Language of Listening was so effective at ending power struggles with my child—just for starters—that I edited my book to include it. Later, I jumped at the chance to become a licensed coach. When I speak about Language of Listening at conferences, people say it's their favorite session. When parents and teachers ask me for advice, they say they're encouraged and inspired. Best of all, they get results. If you coach parents or teach children, you're already making the world a better place. You won't find a more powerful program to help you do it."—Tracy Cutchlow, author of the international bestseller Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science and

Lauren Tamm, Parent Coach"I talk about you and my Language of Listening training all the time in a small tribe of 5 bloggers. I was so CRAZY excited when one of them told me they signed up for a coaching session with you that I gushed about you for a good 10 minutes. I realized how often I talk about you, but that I don't really tell you directly: you are one of the most influential people in my life. I often contemplate if you are the MOST influential person to-date. Language of Listening is the framework for my life, and it's woven into everything I do. I think about it always. The words I frequently use to describe you and this program are pure gold and genius. I'm so thankful I found you!"—Lauren Tamm, author of

Rachel Norman, Parent Coach"I've only been in the Coaching Group two months and already know that I want to do Level II next year. My husband won't even stop talking about Language of Listening, and I'm not blowing smoke about that. He really sees how it's made a big difference with us, and it even resonates with him as an adult. He feels so validated and works really hard to do it with our kids even though it doesn't come natural."—Rachel Norman, author of

Angelika Wetter, Parent Coach"I feel how much I have grown with my kids in this relatively short time, and it just feels great! All of this would never have been possible without your powerful guidance and support! I´m deeply thankful for all of this! The experience of working with you and the wonderful people in the Coaching Group has given me a deeper confidence and more stability when things get challenging. Thanks to all of you, I have experienced that we can work it out, and I don´t have to get stuck again."—Angelika Wetter, Argentina

Julia Kurskaya, Parent Coach"Taking part in the 2-year Coaches Training program was a life-changing experience! It was so good to feel heard and understood! I saw such deep changes in the relationship with my kids as we went through the Mastery I & II class (Playtime and Play Patterns)! The YOU class and working with likes, wants and rules has led to some huge aha moments for me. Now I am much more aware of who I am and what I believe. I have gained a new look at my life, and I am fascinated to see so many possibilities in front of me!"—Julia Kurskaya, Russia

Zuzana Macková, Parent Coach"Before I started the two year Coaching Training with Sandy, little I knew of what a huge impact it would have not only on my own life, but the life of my whole family and all the relationships I am creating each and every day.


To be honest, I was only searching for some tips on how to approach my sons in a loving and respectful way during challenging moments. What I found throughout those two years of Sandy`s genuine leading and a huge support of the small closed group of amazing, wise human beings is, that even in challenging moments one can be respectful to the self and the other, that it is possible to hold the space for fulfilling your own needs and at the same time the needs of your loved ones.


Through all those conversations we had, all thoughts we shared and exercises we did, I was coming closer and closer to my center, true self. Acting from my centered self allows me to listen without judgment and respond instead of react. I can step out from my learned reactions, skip all the assumptions and truly listen with an opened heart and mind.


What left me in awe was the fact that through my changed communication and listening, my husband was changing his communication and listening without me even telling him.


I recommend this training to all parents, teachers and coaches who wish to create deep, respectful and meaningful relationships. Who are willing to reach another level of listening, being and understanding. To all of you who have the courage to look deep inside yourself and reconnect with your true, powerful, centered self. This training creates a space for you to make a difference in your life and the life of the community you live in."—Zuzana Macková, author of

Contact Sandy now for more information or to be notified when registration for the 2021 Coaching Group opens on September 1, 2020.