One of my passions is motorcycling; to the degree that I took advanced riding lessons and passed an advanced riding exam. One of the benefits of this experience was having someone coach me. I wasn’t directly being told what was wrong or right.

My coach would listen to what I thought of the ride and how I’d felt I’d done. The coach would be looking to identify how much understanding and awareness I had. The coach would have in their mind what parts they hoped I’d notice and would want to do differently but it would always begin with my interpretation of what was around me, not them downloading their view of the experience. I learnt that that was are far more effective way to help me understand what I was learning more than just being told: do this, don’t do that. They listened to my version of events, fed back their agreement or alternatives to consider. The coaching was focused around the person and not imposed by the coach. This method of engagement allowed the rider to progress at their pace.

As I progressed through, I began coaching the new riders; keen to bring their skills to an improved level. My passion was such that not soon after I was coaching the coaches. One of the key elements of changing into a different class of rider was the motivation had to come from themselves. The coaching principle was clear in that a rider needed to be willing to take the necessary steps to engage with change of their riding. The responsibility was always on the shoulders of the student. The training was most effective and long-lasting when the rider was committed to change.