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How to Coach Learners Better: The Importance of a Coach’s Mindset

September 5, 2022

Would you say you’re an effective trainer, mentor, and guide for your learners? Skills coaching requires more than just knowing the right things. It involves putting our mindsets and actions in check to ensure that we are giving the best support to our learners. As a result, they flourish instead of just surviving through training. If you’re ready to upgrade your coaching skills, keep reading for some insights on how to coach learners better.

A skills coach’s mindset is critical to coaching effectiveness

When coaching learners, we need to remember that may not be the expert. It’s helpful to understand concepts, but we shouldn’t necessarily be telling learners how to apply them. Instead, we need to create an environment where they can explore, experiment, and discover solutions to their problems on their own.

When we coach with an expert mindset, we might step in too much or give solutions that don’t apply to the learner. When we coach with a learner’s mindset, we are able to help our learners truly apply the concepts and make discoveries. This is powerful because coaching with a learner’s mindset is one of the best ways to accelerate learning and development.

Skills Coaches build confidence before asking learners to take risks

If you’re coaching learners, you might have to ask them to try something new. Maybe you want them to speak up in a meeting or try using a new tool on their own. Before you ask them to take a risk, you need to build their confidence. You can do that by having them try a smaller risk first: If you want them to try speaking up in a meeting, suggest that they volunteer to go first when the meeting starts. If you want them to use a new tool, recommend that they use it to help with a small project they’re working on now.

These smaller tasks let learners practice before taking a risk in a bigger situation. Additionally, learners build confidence when they succeed at something smaller. As a result, they are more likely to succeed when they use the skill again later.

Skills Coaches help learners set stretch goals and celebrate small wins

As a coach, you can help learners set goals that challenge them to grow. However, you should also help them set stretch goals that are challenging but still achievable. Stretch goals can help learners grow in ways they might not have anticipated. However, you should also help learners celebrate the small wins they have along the way. Celebrating these successes can help learners stay motivated when things get tough. It’s also a way for peers to support each other.

When coaches help learners set stretch goals and celebrate small wins, learners feel more empowered to keep going even when things are challenging. As a result, they are more likely to achieve their long-term goals.

Skills Coaches are objective when deciding if a learner is ready to take risk

Sometimes, you might have to help learners take risks. For example, you might ask them to try something new during training or they might want to try applying a new skill to their job. Before you ask them to take action, you need to be objective and decide if they’re ready. There are many ways you can do this. One way is to help the learner identify their next move based on their skill level. Another way is to help them identify the risks they want to take and decide when they are ready to take those risks.

Being objective when deciding if a learner is ready to take action can help you coach more effectively. It can also reduce the likelihood that learners will feel pressured to take risks before they are ready.

Skills Coaches have a relentless focus on helping their learners be resilient

Learners don’t just need to learn; they need to apply what they’ve learned. To do this, they need to be resilient. What does it mean to be resilient? Resilient learners are able to stay motivated and confident even when things get tough. They have strategies for dealing with challenges and recovering from mistakes.

Coaches can help learners become more resilient by asking them to reflect on their challenges and victories. You can also challenge learners to explore how they would respond if they were in similar situations in the future. When coaches have a relentless focus on helping learners become resilient, learners are more likely to apply what they’ve learned and succeed in the long term. As a result, they are also more likely to stay engaged in the learning process and keep growing on a continuous basis.

There’s more!

There are many benefits of coaching. When learners feel supported, they feel more confident and motivated to try new things. They are also more likely to apply what they’ve learned and experience success. Coaching is also a great way to develop relationships and help your learners grow. To coach effectively, remember to coach with a learner’s mindset. When you do this, you’re more likely to help learners succeed and experience the benefits of coaching.

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