Reflectionon Coaching Session
Reflectionon Coaching Session
Oneof the best approaches to addressing an issue, problem or behavior isthrough a coaching session. Silliman(2016) arguesthat there are several factors that determine the success a coachingsession of the trainee. These include establishing a profoundrelationship between the trainer and coachee. Other aspects that playa crucial role include achieving the set goals and objectives. Inthis regard, two frameworks are applicable to address the aspect ofgoal setting which are SMART and GROW models. These two are acronymsof (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time) and (Goal,Reality, Options and What) respectively. As their initials indicate,they are used to identify the objectives of addressing a certainissue, developing strategies on how to achieve these goals and thetime taken to accomplish these aims among other aspects. Thiscoaching plan reflects on addressing the challenge of publicspeaking.
Severalchallenges characterize public speaking and especially among theyouths. These are affiliated with the issues of self-esteem andcourage to stand before a large audience. Survey shows that majorissues associated with public speaking include anxiousness and fear(Silliman, 2016). As a result, most people end up confusing what theyare to say and giving a poor speech. To the innovators and businesspersonnel, the results transcend to losing funding and contracts.There is, therefore, need to develop a coaching session that willenhance the aspect of public speaking and especially to the youngindividuals.
Cookand Sarah (2009) suggest that the goals and objectives of a coachingsession should be SMART based. As noted above, this implies that theyshould address the issues of being specific, measurable, attainable,realistic and time. At the same time, there is an aspect of GROWmodel where two of the crucial elements in this regard are goal andreality checking of these objectives (Eldridge & Dembkowski,2013). The goals and objectives of this session are to achieve acredit in public speaking within the duration of eight weeks acrossvarious realms and capacities of the audience. The target of audiencecapacity will be five hundred people at the end of eight weeks.Considering reality checking, it entails averting the challenges offear and anxiousness in public speaking.
Toachieve the desired end of this meeting, it is important to establishthe primary requirements which are the person to be trained and thetrainer. We will also require writing materials for taking notes.There will be two practical approaches. Vital skills that I requireto complete this training include good communication, management, andeffective relationship development.
Theapproach to this session will include both theoretical and practicalapproaches. In the theoretical approach, it will comprise of severalsessions in a class setup where I will develop a theoreticalframework about the topic. This will include identifying the specificareas of weaknesses and using the developed materials to devise atheoretical knowledge. Notably, the theoretical sessions will includethe first two weeks. The second phase is the practical approach whichas indicated above will include two strategies. These will involvethe video sessions where we will learn from the current materials onpublic speaking. The next phase will be putting the learned theoryinto practice. This will entail ten people at the start and later onincrease the number strategically until we attain the target of 500.This will take place in the next six weeks. Monitoring and evaluationare vital aspects in training sessions (Tanveer, Lin & Hoque,2015). Therefore, I will evaluate my trainee on the acquired skills.Specific questions at the end of the session will include is thecoachee comfortable addressing a public gathering at ease? Have weattained the set goals within the set time? What are the specificareas that need further attention?
Thecoaching session was indeed a success from the start till end. Indeedall the goals were attained although there are still areas thatrequire further attention. It is apparent that there are severalaspects required for a successful coaching session. These includeestablishing a good relationship between the trainer and coachee. Inoticed that to achieve this the relationship should be mutual. Thisimplies that while the trainee is struggling to achieve the setgoals, there is also need for the coach to encourage and motivate thestudent (Tanveer, Lin & Hoque, 2015). This will not only aid inachieving the set goals but also acquire other aspects that were notin the objectives. For instance, beside my trainer becoming aprofound public speaker, he also realized that he has humor and canbe a motivational speaker. It is also imperative to prepare for theunexpected and flaws in the coaching session. In our training, thiswas manifested in the inability of my trainee to speak to aged peopleeffectively. This implies that there is need to consider diversity inthe different aspects one intends to train such as age, ethnicity,and gender.
Otheraspects that I learned in the entire exercise were that everyone is astudent and we should be flexible for new ideas. Apparently, I didnot realize that when speaking to a group of older people, onerequires another speaker who is in the same age as the audience. Thisaids in acquiring their attention. Another aspect I ascertainedaccording to Tanveer, Lin & Hoque (2015) is that evaluating atrainee should be done regularly. This aids in identifying specificareas that require enhancement and how to approach them. I alsolearned that eighty percent of the training sessions should bepractical and the rest theoretical. Further, personal self-drive ofthe trainee plays a crucial role in achieving the desired goals. Thisis reflected in the commitment by the trainee to achieve the realityaspect of the goals. These are also the aspects that I shouldconsider in my future training sessions, regular evaluation, embarkon more practical sessions and consider diversity.
Inevery training session, key elements that should be put intoconsideration include setting SMART goals and following the GROWmodel. Further, there is need to ensure the profound relationshipbetween the trainer and coachee which aids in achieving the requiredgoals. Another crucial aspect is conducting regular monitoring andevaluation of the trainee progress. This aids in identifying specificareas that require improvement and how to approach it. The abovediscussion is a reflection on the training session to enhance thepublic speaking of a young person. The time frame was eight weeks,and the set audience capacity was five hundred individuals. Inregards to reality checking, which entailed engaging the goals andemotions of the trainee, the session was aimed at averting the issuesof fear and anxiousness in public speaking. Indeed the session was asuccess although future considerations should be based on morepractical approach and regular evaluation of the trainee’sprogress.
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