While working on a webinar for new coaches, the idea for this article popped to my head. It came together quickly too – because it’s a mix of the holes I see coaches falling into time and again, and advice which I’ve been told has really helped over the years.
As I looked back on what I had written, these pieces of guidance seemed to separate out into these five key areas:
- Client Care
- Client Goals
- Client Base
Hope you find them useful.
20 Pieces of Advice for the New Coach
- #1: Make your clients feel better, not worse, after every session.
- #2: Make your clients feel good in general.
- #3: Put your clients first…
- #4: …but make sure you can do that sustainably.
- #5: Don’t assume that every client’s main movement goal is skill acquisition.
- #6: Don’t assume that every client’s main conditioning goal is to “get beasted”.
- #7: Don’t assume that every client’s main strength goal is one-rep maxes.
- #8: Build it and they won’t come. Build them and it will come.
- #9: Clients will come in abundance when you stop being desperate for them (it shows).
- #10: Clients will stay when you stop being scared about them leaving (it shows).
- #11: Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you.
- #12: Put yourself in front of those you respect and ask to learn from them.
- #13: Don’t look to find the answers. Look to find the right questions.
- #14: Find someone to teach you how to be a more effective communicator.
- #15: Learn to properly assess movement.
- #16: Be prepared to travel for meaningful education.
- #17: Be prepared to intern, for free.
- #18: Be the change you want to see in the world.
- #19: Take account of your own stuff – not just in your head, but to yourself, your family, and your clients
- #20: Back yourself. Be yourself. And better yourself. Each day and always.
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