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Five Principles of Coaching

a. Gathering Information
A good coach knows how to get information from the learner without making the individual feel he or she is interrogated.
Information is important to make decisions and to help to identify skills deficiencies. It is also about finding out what interests and aspirations are in order to help you the coach to stimulate performance.
b. Listening
Asking the right questions will mean nothing if you do not listen to the replies of an individual.
A good coach is able to listen, pay attention to the nonverbal signals and body language of a speaker.
At the same time the coach is able to know how to use body language to communicate interest in what the learner is saying.
Being aware of what’s happening around you
A coach you should frequently talk to learners to see if there are moral problems or other causes of distress that could influence performance and learning ability.
c. Instructing learners
A good coach knows how to teach, train and develop learners individually or in groups. It is important to conduct a training needs assessment to determine gaps in knowledge that must be filled.
d. Giving feedback
A good coach knows how important feedback is in improving performance. There is not such thing as too little time to provide positive feedback and to praise for a project/assignment well done.
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