There are many ways that one can become a better coach, though one of the areas that is just beginning to open up and people are beginning to take more notice of, is in the understanding of people and their behaviours, and up until about the last 5 years, it would be fair to say, would be a highly ignored area of coaching development.
For now a days it becomes quite simple:
If one wants to be an average run of the mill coach, purely focus on the skills, techniques and tactics
If one wants to become a better coach and keep improving, one’s primary focus will become on understanding Human Behaviour and how we work with all the different types of people to create a desired outcome.
Because ultimately, there are only 4 types of skills applicable to sport
And to become a better coach, like any good magician, what people physically see one does, does not hold any correlation to what people know, for the more that people know, the better that people can work the techniques that they learn, without appearing to do to much.
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And it’s not in understanding the people who want to learn, where one’s biggest advantage will come in, in learning to become a better coach, the biggest advances will come in understanding the people and behaviours of those who have the potential of being the biggest disruptive force to any learning environment.
There are some truly exciting things which are happening to help people become a better coach and it’s in understanding people and their behaviours and how to work with them is where the biggest advances are coming