Coaching is a skill geared towards directly influencing the thoughts and actions of an individual without necessarily telling them what to do or say. A high level of consciousness is required as you have to employ your skills to enable another individual to learn. Below are some guidelines on effective coaching skills.
The ability to listen is the first coaching skill you ought to have. It is fundamental that you have great listening skills if you want to be a great coach. As a coach you not only need to listen to what the learner is saying to you but also to everything else that he or she doesn’t say to you when having a conversation. It is also important that you understand your student’s way of communication and always be sharp to identify and relate the situations created for you from the analogies used.
The second important skill you ought to have and perfect is asking of questions. Questions are very important tools in the coaching process as the reaction you get form your student gives you a better answer than the premeditated answer they give verbally. Conversations are made of questions and answers and keep in mind that questions are not one way and you ought to have appropriate answers to any questions your students may ask. Closed and inquisitive questions are the best to use when you are in search of information from your students. It is also a wise step that you develop a set of questions facilitates your coaching skills.
Winning the trust of your students is very important as a coach, and this can only be made possible if you develop effective rapport building skills. Maintaining good rapport from the moment you begin coaching a student to the moment you accomplish your objectives defines your success as a coach. Good rapport enables the individuals being coached to feel comfortable opening up on their deep sentiments such as fear and other personal barriers giving the coach an opportunity to understand and be of assistance to the individual. Developing a great rapport with the individuals you coach also enables you to ask more sensitive questions as their coach.
The ability to identify and unlock the limiting beliefs of the individuals you are coaching is also a skill you ought to have for effective coaching. You also need to be very empathetic, non-judgmental and open-minded a judging your students will only ruin your rapport and also effective communication. With the above skills you will able to support and challenge the students you are coaching to be the best of themselves.