Giving advice can be a complete waste of your time. Here's why ...
When training clients, we should be looking to create individuals who think for themselves, rather than ones that just do as they’re told. Offering ideas and options might sound useful - and they will guide people's actions - BUT you run the risk of making them dependant on you for the answers!
Telling only really works as a short-term solution. No matter how many times you tell someone to use their mirrors before changing speed and direction when driving, you will need to repeat, repeat, repeat, your instructions until you’re blue in the face or the penny drops. There has to be a quicker way to enable someone to change their behaviour, wouldn't you agree?
Telling someone what to do, especially when it falls on deaf ears, is a waste of your time. If people rely on you for the answers, they will lose motivation to think for themselves. What's the solution?
It has to be coaching!
It's quite simple really, if we want to influence a change of behaviour, and you want to stimulate someone's thinking, then telling negates the ability for someone to think for themselves.
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