Trainer Tip : 3 Words That Will Make You A Better Coach

Trainer Tip : 3 Words That Will Make You A Better Coach

I love coaching.

I love being a coach.

I think it’s one of the most under rated jobs in the world.

If you look at the most successful people in all areas, sports, business, entertainment they all have coaches.

A great coach is not determined by the programs you write, or your knowledge of information, but more so by the words you chose to give people confidence and believing in them, and in term making them believe in themselves.

When I think about what it means to be a coach as a job description the best one I ever heard was “My job is to bring out the best in people”.

In my job bringing out the best in people you have to use your words wisely and one of the best phrases I have ever heard to being a better coach are these three words.

Praise – Correct – Praise

Let’s put it in use.

Say you are a trainer and you are showing your client how to do a squat and they are not doing a very good job.

Your first reaction might be something like

“No, you should do it this way”


“Not bad but you have to improve more”

or anything along those lines.

You have to be VERY CAREFUL when coaching someone as your words can be very powerful.  I have learned that some clients remember everything you say and IF something is taken the wrong way this can be a big set back for you and your client and your relationship so chose your words wisely.

Let’s take the client with a not so great squat, a simple way to approach this with the “Praise – Correct – Praise” is as follows.

For this let’s pretend Mary is my client.

“Hey Mary (always use the clients first name this is key), you are doing a great job on your squat so far, do you mind if I show you something to make it a bit better?” (Praise)

Notice how I asked if I could show her instead of just showing her.  If they don’t want your help my guess is they are in the wrong place as we always want people who are coach-able.

Mary’s reply “Sure that would be great”.

“Awesome, you are doing a great job with your squat, but if just sat back a little bit more instead of jsut bending your knees your squat would be a lot better.  Give it a try” (Correct)

Mary then does a better job squatting.

“Excellent job Mary, that squat was much better than your last one, you catch on very fast.  Great Job!” (Praise).

No matter what you are dealing with Praise – Correct – Praise will work.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you.


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