Meg’s Gearing-Up!

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Meg is a young lady who was convinced she couldn’t steer – then went on to amaze me for almost 50 minutes. A local young lady,

Meg chose to do her lessons in Alsager, where her local knowledge could make a valid contribution to her learning process. At Tristar, we

strongly believe in our client-centred approach to driving lessons and to driver training in general. We have no tailor-made solutions – no “off the shelf” packages -we believe that all our pupils are important individuals who accordingly, deserve individual attention. we are still asked the perennial question “how many lessons before I take my test “and  the answer is always the same, “when we both agree you are ready.”

We feel it is important to prepare pupils like Meg, for a lifetime of safe driving and not just to equip them with the basic knowledge, to enable them to pass attest lasting 38 – 42 minutes. Our Coaching methods explore and challenge opinions and beliefs in order to increase a pupil’s awareness

Training, simply put, is where those with knowledge, experience and expertise in a certain field instruct and teach individual(s) who have less knowledge, experience or expertise in that field. Some examples of Training might be: Instruction on how to perform a task in the workplace:

A wine tasting course or Language classes

Training is directive – Meaning the trainer is the expert in the area of learning. He/she will tell, direct and instruct those they are training what to learn and how to learn it, so as to promote enhanced performances.

Coaching, in its simplest form, is where a coach facilitates enhanced performance learning and development in the individual whom they are coaching.

The coach achieves this, not by imparting knowledge, but through coaching methods that create awareness in the individual being coached of their own skills, their own knowledge and expertise and their own possibilities. The coach then motivates the individual to both, effectively and efficiently, use all skills, knowledge and expertise available to them to be who they want to be, have what they want to have and do what they want to do.

Coaching is non-directive – Meaning the coach does not tell or instruct. The coach elicits expertise and resources already present in the person(s) they are coaching, so they can choose their own direction and best way forward to enhanced performance.

Coaching is a discipline somewhat misunderstood. This confusion is understandable as quite often coaching is associated with sports coaches who give training to players or athletes. However if we consider the two techniques, training and coaching, we can see that sports coaches probably incorporate both. For example, Sports coaches:

Train– give instruction on what to learn and how to learn it so that the athletes or players learn from the sports coach’s expertise and in doing so turn in enhanced performances

Coach – elicit the skills, expertise and potential already present within their athletes, players before motivating and providing them with the confidence to produce enhanced performances




About the Author:

Mike Dawson founded TRISTAR Driving and is a qualified driving instructor who has trained many driving instructors as well as pupils.

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