Thinking about becoming a coach? It’s a big commitment so make sure that you are set up for success. Many trainees aren’t quite sure what to expect. Here are 5 recommendations to help you best access your learning.
Embrace presence. Create space for this new endeavor. Make sure you have the time, energy and passion to commit to your new learning. Being present means being focused, aware and fully engaged in the moment without judgment.
Take your training seriously. Before you start, understand the expectations needed for success. Do your homework. Work with members of your cohort outside of class. Review homework assignments together. Practice your coaching on one another. Brainstorm ideas and compare notes. (We have tools to help you stay on track with your coach training)
Be brave. This is especially true when you record yourself with a client. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, as they are part of learning. As you become more competent with coaching skills, you will feel more confident.
Beware of your inner critic. “Our internal world influences our external world.” This is a wise quote from Teri-E Belf, MCC. The gremlin on your shoulder, which judges you harshly, can narrow your vision and keep you from reaching your full potential as a coach. Take on a learner’s mindset and be curious about how you can improve. There is a lot to learn so be kind to yourself.
Be persistent. Some days might be challenging but don’t give up. Keep a checklist of what you want to accomplish in coaching each week. Break these intentions into small steps and check them off as you complete them. Practice on real people.
Coaching is not about perfection
It’s about listening to your clients, supporting them as they discover more about themselves, and creating a safe environment for the coaching process. Coaching is not easy. It takes passion, commitment and hard work. Entrust yourself to the learning process and keep an open mindset about what you will discover.
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Guest post by Jo Ann Skinner, ACAC, PCC, BCC Jo Ann is coach trainer and mentor on the JST Faculty and a past member of the Fairfax County Public Schools Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities. She is a member of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) and the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), and the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia. www.joannskinner.com