This week on Wednesday we learnt about coaching. And more precisely we learnt about the problems that can often be associated with coaching, and why it can be difficult. There are a number of requirements for a coach to be successful, and to bring out the best from the person that they are coaching, whoever they may be. A coach needs mutual respect with the person. It is not possible to coach someone to improve without the coach being respected by the "student", as the student will not listen to everything that the coach says, and the coach must respect the student, because if they do not, they will not treat the student in a way that is likely to be received well. A coach must never give direct orders, using words like "you must" or "you can't", because these words are often not received well, and it is more important that the coach can use words like "should", as this will encourage the student to think for themselves when making a decision, but the coaching will be remembered when making these decisions as well. In this way, the coach must not be autocratic in their teaching, but must look to inspire the learning of the individual. A coach should use their experience to lead and teach a student, because if a student sees that the coach has been through similar problems, it will be more likely that the student will listen to the coach and take on their knowledge.
there were a large number of problems that we had to consider coaching, such as time management, confidence issues, communication problems. It was the job of the coach to be able to handle all of the problems that a student could possibly have, and this is another problem for a coach, as he will not have experience in all different matters. I will try to think of a way to combat this problem, and attach it to this blog!