Want to become a performance coach?
Great, but first you have to know what that means.
High-performance coaching is actually about helping any individual reach their complete potential, in any area of their life that they desire. This generally means that as their performance coach, you will have to help them and work with them to enhance their productivity in work, studies or otherwise.
What could it involve?
Honestly, being a performance coach puts you in a very wide situation that could be diverse according to your clients. You may have to be involved with working with people within an organisation, collaborate with managers, groom leaders, or just train everybody in general.
What approaches should you know about?
There are quite a few approaches that you should be aware of, most of which have been borrowed from the sports and military arenas. These are both key areas, where having great performance is optimal. As a performance coach, your conversations will usually begin with finding out where the starting points of your clients are; their visions and ambitions, for example. Next, you can proceed on to explore the various avenues in which they need to move, in order to make those visions come true for them. You will also advise them on the steps that they need to take for this.
Which areas should you be ready to tackle?
- Long range career and life planning support – some people may not necessarily like to have a life plan, but others look for this organisation, and evidence shows that such people, generally tend to have more success.
- Assistance with navigating career changes – some people have a rough time dealing with career changes even if they are not negative. For example, an individual who was a manager may be identified as a leader as part of a career change and it could be disorienting them. In such cases, you will need to offer cohesive guidance and genuine inspiration for them to handle these changes well.
- Help in making fundamental changes to behaviour or performance – this could essentially involve helping people break away from bad habits that impact them negatively, and help them develop even the most basic skills, in the right way, for example helping an athlete recover from steroid abuse and gain their skills the right way.
- Help people handle major life setbacks – people may have an especially hard time dealing with big curve balls that life throws at them. It could be a setback that is personal or business associated. Your assistance could help people deal with work and life imbalances, stressful episodes and avoid burning out.
What do you need to become a performance coach?
You’re going to need a few tools in your shed, if you want to be successful at what you do. Some of these include;
- The ability to be honest
- Integrity on your end
- The capacity to remain unbiased and impartial
- Being a good and active listener
- Being a great motivational speaker
- Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
- The ability to stand your ground and think clearly in stressful situations
- Effective communication
- The right qualifications to be a performance coach
This last point is a must have and is an asset to your career. Gaining the right educational and professional qualifications can help you really bring up your standards and offer quality services. Our accredited programmes on coaching for better performance can help you in this. Even if you are not exactly a performance coach, but want to help your team work better, this programme could still prove useful. For more information contact us on [email protected]