People learn better and are more engaged and motivated when supported by regular quality coaching. Here are some tips to help you become a better coach

1. Ask what they want

The best starting point for successful coaching is discussing what the person hopes to achieve. Find that out first, then help them to strive towards that.

2. Know your limits

Coaching is not psychology, a help line or specialist training. If you feel the coachee needs something you can't provide, refer them to someone who can, or encourage them to seek appropriate help for themselves.

3. Value the person

The purpose of coaching is to enhance the person's abilities. If you always think in terms of correcting things that are wrong, then you can only hope for minor successes. If you think in terms of bringing out the best of a person's potential, the sky's the limit.

4. Value coaching

Sometimes it may seem as though there really isn't time to pause to bring somebody on. If you give the impression that this is something you're rushing through to get it done, the person may feel debased. If you want them to feel enthused and give of their best, recognise that coaching is a valuable use of time. Arrive in good time, proceed in a relaxed way, and make it clear that this time is for them.

5. Have high expectations

If you think you can't, you probably can't. If you're sure you can, you're well on the way. When coaching, stretch them. They need to think beyond what they can easily gain. Discuss the next step after the next one, and further, to what they can eventually achieve.

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Hi!, I'm Phil LaViolette, Founder and Owner of evalu8d. I created resourcily to share hints, tips and resources I've collected over 20 years of training and coaching, across lots of industries and at all levels. I hope that, even in a small way, you gain from the tools I share!