As the coach we need to maintain the focus on what is important to the client and not shift towards our own agendas, by making sure the client is taking responsibility for their learning. When we set tasks for the client, the task must clearly help them work towards achieving their goal. At the beginning of each session it is helpful to ask the client what actions they have taken since the last session which have helped them towards achieving their goal. We should be able to acknowledge the client's achievement since the last session but also discuss what they have not done and what has stopped them achieving their task.
During each training session we can help the client reflect upon what they have been learning and prepare them for the next task during the lesson. We can also follow up between lessons on how they are doing towards their agreed action plans. This helps the client stay on track which encourages them and shows them that you are actively supporting their learning journey - and this also helps them become better prepared for each new training session. Clients gain self-discipline and also become accountable for their training and learning outcomes. As the coach, it helps when we hold the big picture in our own head so as we can move back and forth where necessary between where they are currently are and where they want to be.
Ultimately, we are developing the client's responsibility to make decisions for themselves by being able to overcome any setbacks and develop themselves through the use of feedback/reflection so that they are determining the their own priorities and pace of learning and can use these experiences to become safe and competent drivers. It is essential that we positively confront the client if they have not taken agreed actions to help them achieve their goals.
You are tracking their progress through the use of coaching conversations and in the process helping the client take responsibility for their learning.
When I look back at this series of emails I can see that without the ability to continually improve our own communication skills of Rapport, Feedback, Listening, Questioning and Intuition being a coach is challenging and we all need help in developing our own interpersonal skills from time to time.
If you feel that you would like help improving and developing your coaching skills then contact Tri-Coaching Partnership now and we will help you upgrade your skills.
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