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Michaela
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Have you had a prior experience with coaching? What has your predominant experience with coaching been? Have you been the recipient of great coaching?

 

Create a post in which you respond to the following:

  1. Describe your past experience working with a coach, either formally or informally. What specifically did the person do to coach you? What did you find most helpful in that instance?
  2. Describe your experience with trying to coach others. What parts of coaching have you found challenging? In what areas do you hope to improve your coaching performance?
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Posted : 29/04/2020 8:46 pm
ElkieFreeman
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When I started my job I had to learn a particular style of note writing. It was unlike any writing that I had done prior to this position, so I needed direct and specific coaching in order to understand how to write my notes correctly. A few of the more senior team members were tasked with the responsibility of teaching me how to write notes, but one team member in particular took the time to create a template for me. She and I sat down together and she explained her method, and explained ways that I could incorporate my own personal style into the template. This was so helpful for me as I was able to understand how to do this part of my job the way that it was required of me, while still adding my own individual touch. She showed me how to do my job while still being myself.

I enjoy coaching others. My greatest challenge is not sharing too much and overwhelming the person I am coaching. I tend to find myself getting excited about helping the individual and noticed that I may give them too much information at one time. My goal is to give them what they need and to find out what they would like to learn more about. I think by taking this approach I will reduce the amount of overwhelm the person feels, and they will be able to digest the information better.

 

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Posted : 29/04/2020 10:05 pm
Nmattiassi80
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When I first got into the pest control business, I was assigned a mentor. After a week of training with my mentor I was given my own truck and route. My mentor taught me the basics and encouraged me to talk to other techs to see different styles. This helped me make my own style of running a route and problem solving. I felt empowered by my mentor and had the freedom to work on my own without anyone looking over my shoulder.

After about 10 years of pest control experience under my belt I myself became a mentor to some of the new techs. I trained the new techs on the basics of pest control. Always kept it simple so I didnt overwhelm the trainee. Once they had their own routes I gave them ideas on how to run the route, but I also told them they had the freedom to do what works best for them. I also encouraged them to talk to other tech s to help them form there own style. Some of the challenges I faced with them was time management. I had to lead them to always think ahead and stay consistent. Too many times techs would try go home early and not get their work done.. I told them to prepare for the worse by getting ahead so when bad days happen you have a cushion. One thing that I learned was that obviously everyone's different and I would need to shift my training style to suit them.

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Posted : 04/05/2020 4:10 pm
Cindyasoto
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I few years ago I decided to run my first half marathon. This was something I have always wanted to do and knew it would be very challengingapproached a good friend of mine from church with the idea of her training me since she herself had ran many marathons. The first thing I notice when she agreed to coach me was her excitement for me to try something so challengingRight off the bat that encouraged and motivated me to finish the race even if I had to craw past the finish line. She took and extreme amount of time to educate me on how my body would react in the training process and developed a training plan from where I was in that moment physically to where I needed to be on race day. She ran with me on the weekends as I trained during the week. Through the entire process she checked in with me daily, which was very helpful. She encouraged me when every step, which lead me not to want to quit. She took time out of her schedule to meet me and train together. That made me feel valued. And on race day she was right at my side. That was an amazing coaching experience I will always be grateful for. 

Being a manager, I coach my employee's through the hiring and training process to be confident employee's and leaders within the departmentThe thing I find most challenging while coaching in this instance is when the pressure is on, I tend to handle the more difficult tasks myself. I am improving on this to train my employee's with confidence to handle these situations which will in turn alleviate some stress from myself and free me up to do more managerial tasks.  

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Posted : 05/05/2020 9:59 am
Heyjude
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How do you put in words the freedom of moving past your struggles, the peace you get from letting go of your worries, the joy from feeling totally lost, the thrill you get when you know you’re ready to jump, and you do! And you wake up every morning excited cause it’s another joyous day ahead...and you know all that happened because of Terri Ann and her amazing love and support. She came into my life when I needed hope. Meeting Terri Ann, my personal life coach and friend changed my life. With her genuine personality and sense of humor I instantly connected with her. She believed in me when I was doubting every action and feelings I had and gave me the tools and courage to open my heart to explore new goals and dreams. She made it easy to communicate openly and provided guidance, support, encouragement, enthusiasm, trust, and patience to help me gain self awareness. Today I am a better person, focused and positive because of her. 

I find as I’m leading the Next Step team…  I am coaching them by demonstrating good listening skills, being interested and respectful, keeping an open mind and not judgmental. It’s challenging when people aren’t focused, have short attention spans and are overly talkative. 

I want to become a stronger leader and help coach people to maximize their potentials where they are now to where they need to be. 

 

 

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Posted : 06/05/2020 12:01 am
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Mrshutchrp
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Chris and I had a successful experience with a financial coach. She was referred to us by close friends. She was very patient and understanding to our  situation. She listened intensely never interrupting but always repeating back what she thought she heard from us. Our first meeting was a bit tense but she was warm and personable but also very professional. She never made us feel like it was about her making a profit. She helped us clearly understand our financial needs based the information we gave her. She then provided us with invaluable information and tools. With her help we were able to put a financial plan in place which helped us get out of debt. She had placed the responsibility on us. Making us feel empowered. The most powerful words she said were that we had to decide what we wanted our financial future to look like. Because she didn't want us to waking up in the middle of the night saying,  "What have we done and Ora's plan didn't work !"  This was powerful for me. It definitely put the responsibility on us. I use saying when I'm coaching/ discipling. I giving the appropriate information, tools and encouragement so the person can make decisions based on what I've given them. As a business owner I enjoy coaching others. It is very challenging at times when the recipient doesn't utilize what you have given them. But it is all for God's Glory !!

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Posted : 06/05/2020 2:23 pm
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Brother Hutch
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-My Answer to # 1: I have been blessed with some really good coaches in my life. When I was younger in middle school, high school and college I had excellent soccer, track and conditioning coaches.
Three stand out in my mind as well as a host of Jr., Olympic coaches I had at a special camp they hosted when I was 16. My high school coaches in soccer, Steve Stover and JoJo Saunders and my strength and conditioning coach in college, who’s name escapes me at the moment. (Junior College). They taught me more than the game, they taught me about life. They taught me that how you do things and approach things matters in the end, regardless of winning or losing. To never give up and always give 100%. That it matters what your doing even when nobody is watching. That the effort I put into things will directly result in what I produce from myself.
The most important thing they did was lead by example and put time into me and the other players. I saw they’re sacrifices of time and effort and it made me do the same. They didn’t just teach me the sport, they taught me how what I was learning mimicked real life and how it applied to everyday life no matter what I was doing or what I was applying my time and effort to. They taught me not to cheat time or cut corners.
They all taught me discipline in their won ways but especially at the Junior Olympic Soccer Camp I attended at 16 years of age. It was 2 weeks of intense coaching and training and our coaches were young men from the Olympic soccer team and program. Effort and accountability to them, ourselves and our teammates was top of the list or part of it anyway. Up early, learn and practice off and on all day and always give 100 percent, always. That was an awesome learning experience that I still apply what I learned today.

2.The answer to the second question comes when I was a Paramedic in Alameda County, Oakland. I was a Paramedic Preceptor in the county, meaning I taught new paramedics just out of school and hospital clinicals. I was there to help them hone their knowledge and skills and help them to learn how to practically apply all they learned in school and hospital clinicals to emergency medicine in the streets. I was their coach basically. I taught them to apply their learned classroom skills and knowledge to the streets. Street medicine is much different than the classroom or in the hospital settings. The streets is not a controlled environment and I was there to guide and help them learn to apply their learned skills in the public and unpredictable environement. But I was not there to do it for them. So, I took what I learned from my sports coaches and applied it in the ambulance 911 setting.

I found it was important to coach them with patience and understanding. I almost never yelled and tried never to humiliate or embarrass. I was old school but with a smile and hug, rather than trying to intimidate. They knew they could ask questions and that I would lead them to the correct answer but without doing it for them. I tried to create an environment that they could make a mistake but not fear the correction. I didn’t want them nervous all the time. Learning should be a positive experience, where questions are welcomed and that failure or mistakes were not met with furious fire and humiliation which was sometimes the case with some preceptors. I never wanted them to learn and do their work in fear. That is not a good learning environment. They always responded well and they respected me, partly because I respected them. 

Anyway, I taught how I was taught by a few teachers and coaches I was blessed to have growing up. They taught and led me with trust, love and excitement with what they were teaching and I tried to do the same with my students. Those coaches and teachers invested in me and made me want to succeed and make them proud of me. I believe the medics I taught, felt the same way. 🙂 

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Posted : 11/05/2020 6:02 pm
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Harlie Cruickshank
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I had a mentor in college that I would consider a coach. She genuinely cared about where I would go in life and made sure to give me all the resources necessary to get there. She definitely gave me the freedom of expression and provided a safe space where I could confide in her and she would proactively listen and then give sound advice. 

I have been a coach for my past students. I found it challenging when they were not engaged or just wanted a quick answer rather than exploring the process of finding out the answer themselves. I hope to improve my coaching skills by listening with more curiosity. Often when I ask questions I am thinking about how to relate to the person rather than just listening intently and genuinely. I'd like to be able to guide people more rather than just giving away the answer of what I think is best. 

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Posted : 14/05/2020 5:18 pm
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Lawrence Buot 3
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I help teach and coach grade school-age kids at the school that I work at. It's really important to give them clear instructions and also be consistent with those instructions. Once you deviate from what you said, they will immediately call you out on it. It's also key to make sure they know that you will keep them in check, especially when they test what they can do during class. 

I've had really good coaches throughout my life. My basketball coach in high school was a Christian man and influenced me a lot in how to play basketball while representing Christ. I met my basketball coach at church when I first moved to Petaluma from the Philippines. I did not know he was the basketball coach at the high school when I first met him. My dad mentioned that I love basketball and he immediately asked me to try out. He told me that if I can jump and run then I should try out. He looked out for me during tryouts and guided me how to play the sport, the American way instead of the Filipino streetball style. He was very patient with me and trusted me from the start which placed confidence in myself. 

I brought what I learned from him in my teaching and coaching at the school. The most challenging part of coaching is being able to find strengths to improve on and weaknesses to fine-tune. I hope to improve my patience when I coach and also be more clear and firm when I coach. 

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Posted : 19/05/2020 3:38 pm
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Scott Cruciskhank
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I was blessed to have an excellent superior at one of jobs. She was extremely caring and you could tell she genuinely wanted me to succeed. She was always willing to explain things to me when I had questions and made sure I truly understood the solution. One of the biggest things she did for me is to believe in my skills, she allowed me to take on more responsibility and learn how to make decisions on my own. Her coaching was so valuable that eventually there came a point where I was asked if I wanted to do her job but in a different office within the company. She was humble enough to allow me to stay at the office where I felt more comfortable and closer to home while she took the position at the other office and even went as far as to train me in the transition process. 

My personal skills as a leader have certainly improved with the knowledge that I have received from CULC. Two major things that I have struggled with as a leader are, giving constructive criticism and allowing whoever I may be "coaching" to do the task even when I could do it faster. Now I can see how detrimental that can be to an individual's growth, it is okay to let them know where they need help. And doing it yourself is the only true way that a person can be self sufficient.   

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Posted : 21/05/2020 8:34 am
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candelasangie
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  1. Describe your past experience working with a coach, either formally or informally. What specifically did the person do to coach you? What did you find most helpful in that instance?
  2. Describe your experience with trying to coach others. What parts of coaching have you found challenging? In what areas do you hope to improve your coaching performance?

One of my experience is when I went to get my certification to be a barista. I found really helpful that he went to a lot of question from the public and also had a lot of patience with all of the students. He always encorage us to do better every time we tried to do latte art etc. He also let us know base on his expirience things that he did wrong in his carrier of barista. 

One of the times I tried to coach/train someone is at my old job being QA. It was pretty challenging for me to keep people engage and I feel that is an area I can improve all the time, trying to find a way to get the people engage and curios of what I try to coach. 

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Posted : 22/05/2020 10:02 pm
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Maggie Naivalu
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Situation where I worked with a coach was at my workplace, would be when My Supervisor was coaching me on my job role.
One experience that I learnt was that through my supervisor I picked quickly on my role as he was very clear with the job objective and description. Not only this, but he also capitalize on my potentials that I was able to multi-task with other added responsibility….

On of the added responsibility was to coach new Staff that were hired for the same Job Role..

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One of the challenges I faced with Coaching is when a new staff tends to be Older than you / an elder..
For me I found it challenging is highly because of my cultural background which we pay emphasis respect on an older or elderly person which is not solely the case in a working environment, especially when we have to point out areas of improvement to the person Iam coaching.That was something that I kept on separating my Job role and my cultural background.

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Posted : 22/05/2020 10:37 pm
Mikee Macarandang
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For me I consider my Parents and Sister Cathy i have learned a lot from them. About how to deal with people and how to be a decent person. Actually having a hard time to answer this forum I cannot remember anyone invested a lot to me and their the only person i remember kinda invested in me. I’m thankful for sister cathy because of the wisdom she has in serving in the church that really helps me a lot

Coaching to other people is kinda new to me also. Because before i just fooled around with them(friends/younger friends). I remember in college i was regular never had a failed subject from start until I graduated. And I tell my friends some tips and they make their own strategy. I see that after those tips they didn’t fail any subject  just be friends with teacher and look at them in the eye it worked for me. It worked for them also 

 

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Posted : 23/05/2020 2:22 pm
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kiranmohanraj
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My first experience with a coach was back in school, I had 2 coaches one in school and the other outside school, I was selected by my school athletic coach to participate in the inter-school athletics meets initially. My first coach did everything he could to get us to the next level. He had a lot of patience with us. Then seeing my performance I was selected from a 4*100 track event by an athletic club who was my second coach. I would train every day after school, my coach would make us jog 3-4 miles each day, he would follow us on his motorbike and if anyone was really tired he would make them sit on his motorbike. No water during the jogs it would only be after. It improved my performance also self-discipline. Both my coaches would motivate us and keep us on the move.

I would mentor a friend in bible college, he was a new Hindu convert who came from a tribal “Adivasi” background called the “Bhils”  I would take him out every weekend mostly on Saturdays, first, we would meet my local pastor get prayed then go out to hospitals and pray for the sick, then we would visit houses and do house meetings at times. Since he was from a poor family and no special foods in bible college I would take him out for lunch which he really appreciated. Practical training on how to pray in different situations, laying on of hands, exhorting. Sometimes when he kept repeating the same mistakes it used to be frustrating and would lose patience at times which I am making an effort to improve.

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Posted : 25/05/2020 12:31 pm
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hannahwho
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Most of my past experience working with a coach were informally with my basketball coaches from middle school to high school.  Being coached in a basketball team was a great experience in building values such as discipline, honor, respect, and consistency.  Playing in my past school's basketball team also taught me how to work with a team and showed me how a team follows a leader, which in this case was our coach.  The most helpful lesson I learned was trusting someone who has experience to guide and train you towards success.  

My own experience with trying to coach others is more on playing drums.  So far I've experienced teaching/coaching 10 students in playing drums.  The most challenging for me is translating the different levels of the skill.  When the student is learning fast I tend to teach more material than I probably should. And when the student is learning slow, it is difficult to have more patience and keep going. I hope to improve my style of coaching and be more organized with the material I am trying to teach to the students.

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Posted : 26/05/2020 10:28 pm
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