In this blog series a variety of styles are described with examples for coaching each. Because each person is a combination of personality styles and learning styles, there is typically overlap in how to coach.
For coaches, identifying which styles are preferred is vital for understanding, establishing rapport, and communicating effectively. Goals and strategies are influenced by personal preferences and tendencies, so a coach must understand each. Coaches learn to identify preferences in the moment because people do use different styles at different times. The coach develops the skill of being present to the client, and to when and how the client switches between styles.
In working with each client, a coach flexes to the client’s preferred pace, types of words, and focus. By adjusting to the client, the coach effectively establishes rapport and enhances open communication. When using similar words with the client, the coach enhances understanding. Identifying the focus and priorities of the client ensures the coach is supporting the client’s interests and needs.
Developing skill in recognizing differences starts with a quality coach training program, and is enhanced with practice and application. When researching training, learn about the content of the program. When looking for a coach, ask about their training and experience.