My transparent coaching model
Most years I have the pleasure of teaching about 100 seminars throughout Australasia, the USA and the UK. Though it’s hard being on the road, living out of a suitcase and being away from my family, it is very rewarding work. I get to meet great people and have the chance to further refine and hone my teaching skills. Each and every time I do a seminar, it is a unique experience. Not only do I tailor the seminar to the client (making every seminar different) I am continually trying out new ways of saying old things, new ways of training and drilling techniques and concepts, a new ways of breaking things down and imparting them to others.
I am pretty much booked solid through the year; and am trying to keep my visits to the USA and to Europe down to once a year only, even though I receive regular invites. Work with the military and some other policing organizations has filled out my calendar to the very edges but I am doing my best to maintain my regular circuit with those hard-core BJJ afficionadoes around Australia and New Zealand.
People often ask me how our organization has grown so dynamically over the last decade – the short answer – my seminar circuit. People need to put in the time, they need to practice – but they need to practice the right things in the right way and with the right mindset. When teaching at other people’s schools, I do my best to instil new and interesting coaching ideas as well. In fact, of late (the last few years) I use a transparent coaching model whereby I tell the students WHY I teach the way I do. I explain the process of TEACHING and COACHING as well as the process of DOING. Many people in my classes have gone on to coaching/teaching roles themselves – and knowing this is the case, I use the opportunity, most time I conduct seminars, to add COACHING VALUE to the lesson.
I have found that by employing my transparent coaching model, most of the students present gain a better understanding of techniques and processes I am trying to deliver. I seem to get great feedback from coaches and students alike when I use this ‘train the trainer’ approach to my teaching style.
It does ‘expose’ me to some degree – as like Penn and Teller, I always try to show my students the ‘trick’ to my coaching methods – but I really think it is appreciated. The results certainly speak for themselves – and as I am so very ‘outcome oriented’ – this suits me down to the ground. No Pun intended.
I hope to see some of you on my next circuit.