How Coaching Can Help You Forge Better Connections with Your Students
Many people believe that you should only pursue coach training if you want to become an entrepreneurial life or business coach. But, that’s simply not the case.
Any professional can benefit from coach training.
In essence, coaching is the practice of helping individuals achieve their goals. A good coach not only helps people go from where they are now to where they want to go… he or she empowers people to be the leader of their own lives.
There’s no rule that this transformative process can only occur in a traditional client-coach manner. Whether you have a team of employees, lead interdepartmental projects, or work individually with people, you can benefit from learning coaching philosophies.
And, if you’re one of the millions of professionals working with students of all levels, coach training can be a game changer for your career.
• Work in academia and interact with students on a regular basis
• Lead or facilitate career services
• Work in residential life
• Support LGBTQ students
• Work with minority students and families
• Interact with or support students who are bullied
• Are a high school guidance counselor
• Develop IEP (Individualized Education Program) plans for students
• Strive to create safe, trusting, and comforting environments for your students
• Want to better connect and impact lasting changes with your students
...then you’re already in a great position to apply coaching skills to what you do.
Here are a few ways that coach training can give you new tools to bring to your current role, and help you make an even bigger difference in the lives of the students and families you support:
You’ll be better equipped to address sensitive situations.
When you’re working with students, finding a place to start can be daunting. You want to support the student, but you also don’t want them to feel pressured, singled-out, or alienated. Through coach training, you’ll learn new tools and techniques to help you approach the tough conversations. Sometimes that means asking a question from a different perspective, or giving students a visioning exercise to work through their struggles. To get the ball rolling, think outside the box.
You’ll become a better listener.
Ultimately as a resource for students and their families, your best technique is to be a present and open-minded listener. Listening is the bread-and-butter of coaching. It’s how you form stronger connections and make real progress with students. Through listening, you open a space for the students to be genuine. They can express whatever they’re thinking or feeling. Having that space can help them to move forward.
You’ll learn when to pause.
One of the best tools in a coach’s toolkit is the pause. Imagine you’re working with a student, the conversation is flowing well, and then everything comes to a grinding halt. It can be tempting to keep prodding, to fill the space with conversation. But remember that the student is processing the discussion and probably making connections on their own. Waiting for them to continue on is a simple and effective way to help them delve deeper into an issue and work through it. Pausing can be powerful.
You’ll show students how to recognize their emotional responses.
Another obstacle in working with students is relating to them on their level. It might seem like students are being difficult or overreacting, but to them, their problems are the toughest thing they have ever faced. Working through their problems with them involves helping them see beyond their emotional responses, so they can find clarity and focus.
For example, if a student is worried about grades or picking a major for college, they might be thinking that whatever they choose is going to define their whole future. Helping them keep an open mind and discover alternative possibilities is essential, but it also needs to be done with care. Coach training can help you empower students to take control, rather than simply offering solutions they may or may not dismiss.
You’ll help students break through their limiting beliefs.
Students often have their worlds shaped by their family and friends. That can set them up for a bright future, but it can also hold them back at times. Different habits and beliefs can make students closed off to new ideas. As a resource for them, you can use your coach training to help them think beyond the world they know—the one shaped by their immediate surroundings—and consider a future that fits their talents and goals.
Coach training is a powerful way to forge deeper connections with students and families. Empowering students to be the leaders of their own lives is not only life changing for them, but it’s also more fulfilling and rewarding for yourself.
Curious and want to find out if iPEC coach training can benefit your role or organization? Schedule a free one-on-one session with an Admissions Coach who can help you gain clarity around your specific situation.