What an exciting week we have lined up! Throughout the next few days we will be publishing some extracts from our newly published book ‘Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor’. Our first is on solution-focused coaching, an essential technique worth adapting for those of you who are aspiring personal tutors! Thank you to the co-writer Andrew Stork for providing this exclusive and exciting insight.
5 key characteristics of using solution-focused coaching with learners
The following 5 key characteristics help you focus the way you view and use solution-focused coaching in your day to day conversations with learners:
- Positive change can occur
Solution-focused coaching works on the assumption that positive change can occur with your learners and that this change can happen quickly.
- Clear goals and self-directed action
You should work with each learner to define specific goals, however, it’s worth noting a good coaching conversation doesn’t stop when it stops. Set a clear expectation that the learner must be self-directed and take the responsibility to implement actions to achieve their goals outside of the coaching conversations.
- Develop solutions and focus on the future; not dwelling on problems within the past or present
Ensure you listen to any issues or problems to communicate empathy and develop rapport with your learners. However, swiftly move the conversation on to exploring future goals, past successes and what skills, knowledge and abilities they have.
- Using the learner’s experience, expertise and resources
A solution-focused coach is an enabler and facilitator. There is a belief that the learner is likely to already have the answers and the ability to take themselves forward and as their teacher or personal tutor, it is your role to help them notice this.
When learners feel they have worked something out for themselves, there is a greater chance that they will ask themselves these questions in the future and coach themselves. The best coaches in some ways become invisible.
- Reframing the learner’s perspective and help them to notice positives
Possibilities include reframing and helping them to notice:
- a distant possibility as a near possibility;
- a weakness as a strength;
- a problem as an opportunity.
If this already strikes your fancy then please go to our website for more details on the book, or stick around for the next couple of days for more exclusive extracts!