Overview of coaching

Thinking back to my first forays into coaching back in 2010, I discovered and read the final report from the HERMES Project (High impact approach for Enhancing Road safety through More Effective communication Skills).

I read books, attended presentations, and attended training days. Each time I engaged in activities I became enthused, invigorated, and keen to apply my new knowledge and skills. My enthusiasm ended up being short lived as I found it extremely difficult to make sustained change and eventually drifted back into instruction.

This course is designed to help you to integrate coaching into your everyday working life in such a way as to not only make it sustainable, but enjoyable for both you and your students. If we can make it work for you, it will mean it will take less time for students to reach the required standard, generate more interest in your coaching offering, which in turn, resulting in high demand which will mean waiting lists and of course price increases. That’s the plan at any rate.

The course will be modules in this form but there will be zoom sessions to answer any questions you have as well as practical exercises that you should find to help you make simple changes that does not disrupt your working day too much.

We will tackle the age-old problems of dealing with the ubiquitous “I don’t know” answer to our “what do you want to do today?” questions and look at how to engage better with the shoulder-shruggers. We will work with what skills and knowledge you have already and not throw all of that away; we also want to work in ways that don’t change who you are, so it needs to be real world skills that are able to be adapted to suit both you and your learners.

In short, we will build on what you have already and enhance it.

There is much debate and often confusion about what coaching is and what it isn’t. So, the next section will deal with coaching in terms of what it is and what it is not.