When I teach education courses, workshops or conduct mentoring sessions, I am often reminded of the journey to become a trainer. Over the last year I've done a lot of work on me - who I am, what beliefs I have that are not serving me and what practises I need to put in place to create the change I desire.
Becoming a great trainer - it's no different!! It takes listening to the words you say to a client, the tone, volume, speed, visual cues or more direct speech, noticing if they responded, listened or didn't understand. It also is listening to what the client is saying back to you - through their words, their body and facial expressions.
No different to me looking at who I am, especially my self talk. What is the little voice saying to me, he one that I really don't want to be listening to... The devilish one that is negative, the one that one I listen to it, I've generally goes astray.!
What exercises / movements to give to the client ? What are their needs on the day? When they do them, what happens? Making the choice of move can be a hard decision - we look from the outside, we don't know what's going on inside for the client. Regardless of movement choice, how do they feel in the move? And if it's not "good" what do we need to do to change ?
Same as looking into self - are my beliefs ones that are serving me or not? What evidence do I have that these beliefs are 'real' - and if I have none, why do I keep believing it? Is it a move that is benefiting me -if not why keep doing it!?
With a client, it is not only about what they do in the session - it is about their awareness out of the session - how they are sitting, walking, moving if they do other training. An hour session brings awareness, but unless they practise what they learn about themselves, the habits return. It's what they do outside the session that matters.
Learning about myself - I know the beliefs that serve me no good, unless I do something different I'll always listen to that belief. Practise practise practise - what do I need to practise to stop that belief coming to the forefront of my thoughts? How do I notice when that voice is loud and what do I do to turn it down?. It's the same as body awareness - it's the on-going practise that makes the difference.
It took me a while to really appreciate these similarities. If I can do it in one domain, I can put it in place in another whether it is for myself or with a client.
As for becoming a trainer - there is always something to learn, about yourself as a trainer, about the body, about the body in front of you. It is such an interesting career and now I've added coaching skills to it, I take my skills to a different level. As for being a coach - there is always something to learn!! About myself as a coach and about myself as who I am.
For trainers and coaches on this path - read, watch, listen, have a mentor, attend classes, have coaching, go to workshops and never stop learning...