It's been said that firing a rocket into the air is complicated, but bringing up a new-born is complex.
Complex is where coaching sits because we are dealing with human beings. It's what makes the job fascinating, infuriating, challenging and rewarding all at the same time.
There is no 'one size fits all' solution to a problem. We all learn at different speeds, in different ways, at different times and for different motivating factors. A singular approach will work for some students, but the skilled coach will learn to dance between authoritative and enabling coaching styles and everything in between.
Here are come coaching styles that have recently been presented to LTA Level 4 SPC candidates in a recent module on this year's course, split evenly between 'authoritative' (in italics) and 'enabling'.
Prescriptive - intention is to direct the learner
Informative - intention is to give the learner more choice
Confronting - intention is to raise learner's awareness
Catalytic - intention is to encourage learner to problem-solve for themselves
Cathartic - intention is to release feelings that are holding back a learner's progress
Supportive - intention is to affirm learner's self-worth