We all make mistakes, even leaders and coaches. But if you want a coaching session to be successful, it's essential to stay present and do your best. That means sometimes playing the bad guy and pushing players to their limits. To help you become a training ninja, here are seven common mistakes that coaches should avoid.
First, don't treat coaching as a hobby. It's a profession, and the coaching business is as serious as any other business. When creating a training program, make sure it has a clear outline. As an experienced coach, I've made many mistakes when I was new to the industry, but these have taught me important lessons that I now apply in my training practice.
Second, don't let distractions, whether internal or external, get the best of you. Always stay focused on the task at hand and be mindful of your client's needs. Third, don't forget to market your program. You need to make sure people know about it and understand its value.
Fourth, don't be afraid to ask for help. If you need assistance with something, don't hesitate to reach out to someone who can provide it. Fifth, don't forget to set boundaries. You need to be clear about what is expected from both you and your client.
Sixth, don't be afraid to say no. If something doesn't feel right or isn't in line with your values, don't hesitate to turn it down. Finally, don't forget to take care of yourself. Coaching can be emotionally draining, so make sure you take time for yourself.
The fewer mistakes you make in your coaching business, the more effective the sessions will be and that will contribute to a better public image of yourself as a coach. By avoiding these seven common errors, you'll be well on your way to becoming the great coach you're meant to be.