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I’ve spoken in length before about the key attributes that many high performing coaches have. Without question, I have found that most, if not all, have an infectious energy behind their coaching.
Coaches with 'energy' are more engaging, more compelling and more ‘present.’
You can feel, hear and see a coaches energy right from the start. They have a ‘presence’ which commands attention and focus. They have a much greater chance of sustaining their athletes concentration, and in return are far better motivators and engineers of the environment which they are working in.
If you don’t have energy, you can’t share it.
This skill, this ‘quality’ is what can separate good and great coaches.
There are an abundance of coaches who have sound technical knowledge of the sport. It’s easily accessible, quick to learn and relatively simple to adopt. Changing coaching habits and behaviour however, requires self awareness, drive and action to be taken.
Just take a comedian’s ability to use and manipulate language and body language to make the unfunny absolutely hilarious. It’s not the words themselves, but their expert ability to deliver the message in a compelling, engaging and humorous manner that magnetises the audience. This is energy and engagement.
Firstly, let’s look at some key factors that could be used to identify a coach with low energy and engagement with their athletes: (please note that this is not an exhaustive list, neither do the attributes listed below necessarily suggest poor coaching or bad practice)
In contrast are the following qualities that a compelling coach with a high level of energy and engagement could demonstrate:
Owning the energy in the gym (or wherever) will ensure you command the attention and motivation of your athletes. If you can identify an area to improve looking at one of the above lists, perhaps try an alternative approach within a training session and evaluate the impact it has on your results!
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