Where Should You Start? – Part I

Where Should You Start? – Part I

The Bigger Picture

When setting out on your own coaching journey, you’ll want to have an idea of what type of coach you’d like to be, that just makes sense. Most responses from coaches when asked what type of coach they’re interested in becoming includes a response something to the effect: ‘I want to be the best coach possible’, and certainly no problem there. One of the challenges with that idea, is that in order to be the best you can be, you have to bring your own style of coaching to the table which will inevitably end up with quite a few trials and errors.

 

The question then becomes, is there a systematic method of ‘coaching self discovery’ I can use to minimize the chances of many of my trials becoming ‘errors’? Here’s where I hope to save you some time by sharing what I wish I had known 24 years ago about coaching and how to structure my coaching journey. What should I learn first?  Where should I place my focus?

 

The following diagram is an attempt to illustrate how I view the coaching hierarchy of skills as they apply to the ultimate goal of providing a workable solution for each and every one of your athletes’ goals.  That is, in a fitness class setting, you are not coaching one class…you are coaching 16 individuals at the same time and you’ll have to be a different coach for each person.

 

Although not an all encompassing philosophy of coaching, the diagram provides you with somewhat of a roadmap that illustrates how each skill set builds on the previous skill set and how the sum total of all skills will maximize the probability that you will be able to help your athlete reach their goals in a safe sustainable fashion.  In this series of posts, I’ll provide a brief overview of each of the sections and how they’ll help you to become the coach that your clients need you to be. A coach that has the needs of every single individual as their top priority.

 

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