The portrait of an effective coach consists of different components:
To learn something, you need to know something about it. It’s not enough to be a bright personality, it’s important to really be a professional in your field.
Personality of the trainer
In the segment of trainings for personal growth, people often come not for training, but for the coach. A successful trainer brings to the training not only his professional techniques, skills and experience, but also all himself - his personality. A strong personality attracts, inspires with his example. See →
Image of the coach
Interest in the personality of the coach can be overshadowed by the unprocessed image of the coach. Image is a broad concept that includes both style (the way a trainer dresses, his appearance) and the image itself (as the coach submits internally). It is not necessary to be superstylish, but neat coach must be - this is a mandatory requirement in working with people. Accurate haircut, grooming - all this increases the trust of participants, and, consequently - the effectiveness of the coach. The image of the coach can be very different, adequate both for the personality of the coach, and for the training topics and the characteristics of the audience. In a solid business-classroom, the coach is obliged (at least at first) to behave respectably, more free options are allowed in personal trainings, and a strict jacket is inappropriate.
Initially, training is a psychological product. Well, when sales training leads a first-class seller, but it is doubly good when this person has a corresponding psychology.
A professional coach should be not only bright, but also be able to quickly get used to various roles. Being able to be different is also important for the coach, as well as the ability to feel the group.
To the trainer, experiencing an acute financial need, people will hardly go to learn to earn and grow rich.
A coach who, as a leader, is incompetent, is unlikely to become a model for those who want to improve their leadership skills. Participants are primarily interested in the success of the coach, and only then the training program.
If the coach leads the group and goes strictly according to plan, not allowing himself to deviate from him a step, then maybe he is a good instructor who knows the methods of group work well. A professional coach also has a plan, but, unlike an instructor, he is able to tune in to a group and, if necessary, depart from the plan. Empathy in the group distinguishes the coach effectively. A professional coach leads the group to the result, rather than stupidly follows the plan.
A good coach not only teaches, but he is also able to learn - becoming a student. An effective coach teaches what he himself owns. Not only is able to show in words, but also to show in deeds.
Communicative skills, openness, goodwill, involvement - without this the coach is not a coach.
The coach should be able to express himself in simple words. The skills of public speaking are compulsory. A pleasant timbre of voice is a big plus. Benevolent confidence as a manner of communication can be more important than the baggage of knowledge.