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For skills coaching the delegates are required to give clear instructions to their team members to get them to demonstrate a specific skill.

They are also required to develop the performance of their team members by coaching on behaviours and performance.
The course is for inexperienced coaches and I am trying to make it practical rather than focussing too much on theory.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Colette Johnson
Colette Johnson

5 Responses

  1. Being good
    Try getting the ‘coaches in training’ to coach each other on a skill they’re good at. Make it a non-business skill so that the pressure is off.

    By picking something that the coach is good at, they feel confident, and can be quite passionate about coaching this skill for others.

    We’ve had people demostrating how to make a swan out of a napkin, how to write their name in calligraphy script, counting to 10 in Russian and even how to balance a spoon on the end of their nose (it was a slow day).

    Doing this exercise early in the programme really helps with bonding as you learn lots about your fellow participants and so breaks down barriers. It’s also good to reflect later in the programme on what worked and what didn’t in coaching terms and because the activities were fun and low risk people are happy to talk about areas where they could improve.

    Good Luck


  2. Simple is best

    You could cut down the theory and concentrate on the experience, in triads. Gower has a good skills & activity pack. Input could be as brief as the para below!

    There are three principal instruments of coaching:
    * questions
    * challenge, and
    * silence.

    Kind regards

    Nick McBain

  3. activities for coaches
    I use an excellent resource by Gower which is 32 activities on coaching and mentoring by Whittaker and Cartwright – there is one in these that is particularly good at distinguishing the difference between instruction and coaching.
    Good luck
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  4. Peter Honey Coaching
    Hi Colette,
    I ran a Coaching for Managers series last year (4 workshops) in total from the Coaching for Managers pack produced by Peter Honey it’s a fantsatic pack containing trainers notes, OHP’s, handouts, exercises, timings etc and you can pick and chose the parts that you want to use – retails for about £250 but well worth it, I use it all the time.

    Good luck

  5. Make it real

    I ask the delegates to break into triads (One coach, one coachee and one observer)and coach each other on something which is real. It could be a difficult individual they are dealing with currently back in the workplace; some delegates choose a personal organisation issue; sometimes its coaching them to break a personal habit.

    The beauty of it is that the coachee behaves realistically rather than ‘playing the role’ so often encountered in a role play.



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