Great Players Don’t Always Make Great Coaches

Just because you do something extremely well, doesn’t mean you’ll be a great Coach.

Often when we are extremely skilled at something we have devoted many hours to perfecting this skill, detail by detail or we have a natural gift or intuition about how to do something. Along the way these minute details become entrenched and automatic. This means that we can take this attribute for granted and assume it is easy.

The secret to then converting this skill and becoming the trainer of this skill or the coach is that you must cover every little detail, one at a time and in the correct order for the trainees, students or clients to absorb and learn themselves.

The coach who can go back to the beginning and guide the client through the basics while building knowledge into the logical program will become the greatest coach but not before learning how to implement and apply human psychology. The one’s that have forgotten what it is like to be a complete beginner, will be doing everyone an injustice and therefore be ineffective.

On occasion I have seen people really flounder when, just because they could do something extremely well thought this gave them automatic qualifications to be a coach. In most cases they got frustrated angry and usually ended up doing the job themselves and never ended up training their trainee.

Great coaching is more than someone who can give great demonstrations. Humans have different personalities and with such require understanding in order to bring out the best in their clients. A great coach needs to have a great amount of knowledge of the area and if possible experience in at least related areas to be successful. A great coach establishes a strong commitment, the starting level, works out what drives and gets the best responses from their clients and uses all their skills to transform their clients into hungry enthusiastic empowered success stories. Perfect examples of this are successful football coaches.

Along the way, they are balancing enthusiasm and corrections. They will often have rules or goals to be met by set deadlines to keep their clients accountable. They clarify what is expected and reward success. It also helps the client have a realistic idea of what they should expect from themselves. They are aware of the pace of learning so that the client is challenged but not overwhelmed by moving too fast. The client must be the one to do the work, to gain confidence and their own experience.

A great coach is not a lecturer although they need to speak and inspire, nor are they always great at every part of business or sport, however they are skilled at breaking down often complex tasks to bite sized sections for selected individuals to learn, absorb and perfect for success, along the way instilling confidence, courage and control.