"Coaching without practice is like planting seeds and not watering them, all the fruit dies on the vine. Remember, it's what people do after your coaching session that matters the most.
Practice has to be focused. It has to be focused on specific fundamentals. Here's an example. You don't practice making a presentation - that's too broad. You practice on the fundamentals that make the presentation work.
The best way to focus their practice is by setting specific practice goals. Let's say the fundamental you're coaching is how to begin a presentation. A goal might be to put that technique into practice four times over the next month. But before they put the technique into practice, they should visualize the mental picture you've coached them on.
Remember that mental picture includes things they should notice, expect, remember, and do. Encourage people to mentally rehearse different variations of that mental picture. The more they mentally rehearse the fundamentals, the more effective they're going to be. Then find them a practice partner, someone working on a similar fundamental.
They can practice with one another and provide each other real-time feedback. That's a good way to build teamwork, and they can hold each other accountable.
Each coaching session should end with a practice plan. Help them focus on a practice goal, identifY the ways they put the skill into practice, visualize and rehearse in advance, and pair them with a practice partner.
Remember, practice doesn't make perfect, but purposeful practice makes incremental progress, and that's your goal as the coach."
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