Coaching is a technology itself. It should be thoroughly understood by both the coach and the coachee before starting any commitment.
Good coaching can make the difference between getting excellent results or not be getting anything from the process.
In order to help you to do the best possibly can as far as being a coach is concerned, below you will find 4 points that I consider primordial to any successful coaching session.
Coach with a purpose
Have a goal when you are coaching someone; be purposeful in working toward obtaining a result clear to spot. Whenever you are interacting with the coachee whether through questioning, drills or even listening, just don’t do it for no reason. Have the purpose in mind and stay focused.
Why is it important? The answer is the next point.
Coach with reality
Be realistic in your coaching. When you give a feedback or an instruction to a coachee, do it under the real conditions and circumstances that the situation happened in. Do not call or use any experiences from your past to coach with. It is not about you. It is not in the past. Be there and inventive in the present. What can be done now? What is better according to what we have here?
What if there is no better? Check next point.
Coach with an intention
Behind all your coaching should be your intention that by the end of the session or activity the coachee will be aware that he is doing better at the end of it than he did at the beginning. The coachee must have the feeling that he accomplished something in his session, no matter how small it is. It is your intention and always should be while coaching, that the coachee will be a more able person and have a greater understanding of that on which he is being coached.
How do we assure that? The answer is the next point.
Coach – take up one thing at a time
Always coach one thing at a time, never two or more at a time. Make sure that the coachee does each thing you coach him/her on correctly before going on to the next step. The better a coachee gets at a particular matter, you should demand, as a coach, a higher ability. This does not mean that you should never be satisfied. It does mean that a person can always get better, and once you have reached a certain level of ability, then work toward a new plateau.
Let me know your thoughts, whether you agree or not. Or have another point to add.