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Coaching Skills: 6 Leadership Tips for Effective Instruction, Teaching, Training and Mentoring

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 122

Sometimes the thing that makes a lesson really stick is not the information, but the person teaching it. Think back to your favourite teachers, coaches and trainers, and consider how much they helped you with their effective teaching style. Would you have absorbed their messages if they hadn't been great communicators? Read below to take a leaf or two from their book, whether you are leading a class, training a group of new employees, or coaching a subordinate who has recently been promoted. These coaching skills will make you more effective.

1. It may seem pretty obvious, but one of the best things you can do to be an effective instructor or coach is to know what you are talking about. Not only does this make you sound more professional in a structured presentation, but it will allow you to comfortably approach the subject matter from several angles to help different types of learners understand your message.

2. Focus your language, examples and approach to your audience, whether you are coaching one person or an entire group. You're looking for listeners to personally relate to what you are talking about. You're going to take a different approach when speaking to children, seniors, teenagers and all other sorts of groups.

3. Remember that some people learn through listening and some learn through seeing. Your formal or informal presentation should always address both. Visual aids are never a bad idea, just don't overdo it or you'll have everyone looking at them instead of paying attention to what your lips are saying.

4. Follow some logical sequence - that doesn't necessarily mean "Part 1 Section 1, Division 1, Item A," etc. It may in fact be a time line, a geographic tour of your assembly line, sales districts or student home towns, or a 'drill down' tour of equipment, software or procedure. The basic point is to follow an order that makes sense to you and to the learner(s). If you are a storyteller, you might also want to use a visual chart, schema or map to keep you on track after you deviate.

5. Distribute your time on the basis of the importance of the individual parts of the material, but be flexible enough to enlarge on areas of minor interest or concern.

6. Be interested in the material (excited is probably a stretch for most subjects). That interest will transfer to your listeners, and help them absorb your message.

The coaching skills you develop throughout your career will not only help you become a better speaker and employee, but will help your proteges as well. When you think back to your favourite instructors, do you not thank them for their exceptional coaching skills? Ensure that your own students remember you with the same fondness!

Delva Rebin is part of a family of professional speakers. Collectively, Norm, Delva and Niki Rebin have spoken to, trained or coached over one million people. The biggest question they are asked is: "How can I control my public speaking fears?" To get the answer, visit here: http://www.calmingpublicspeakingnerves.com/sq/7199-50-tips-for-calming-your-public-speaking-nerves.

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