Performance coaching is all about creating awareness

Coaching should be a cornerstone of your skill set. A key element of coaching is creating awareness. Let’s look at this in more detail.

Our minds can only process a limited amount of information at the same time. We have a mechanism in our brain that filters all incoming signals and only those considered important come through. It would be impossible to function without it.

This selection process takes place automatically without any conscious effort. You don’t have to do anything. You can however feed your brain better input and influence the importance given to certain inputs. By being aware – or in other words by tuning your senses and engaging your brain – you are in control of the quality of input that your brain receives and the importance it is given.

So how does this relate to coaching?

Performance coaching aims to increase performance – the output. The output increases when there’s better input. And you improve input through awareness.

So if you can help your coachee to increase awareness and thereby collect help to collect better input, you dramatically increase the possibility of increased output. As a coach, you cannot tell someone to become aware. It’s up to the coachee to direct and engage his brain through focus. By asking the right questions however, you can facilitate this process.