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How to get your Coaching Program to Carnegie Hall

By Randy Sabourin

There’s an old joke that goes like this: a pedestrian in Manhattan stopped Jascha Heifetz, a famous and incredibly talented violinist and, in the mid-1950’s, a household name.

“Excuse me, ” the pedestrian inquired. “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?”

“Yes,” said Heifetz. “Practice, practice, practice!” Jascha_Heifetz

I think everyone would agree with the premise that if you practice something you will get better at it. Seems simple enough, but there are a few challenges in the execution of practice that deserve more exploration. How you deliver practice makes all the difference to whether you remember what you’ve been taught and how you turn that knowledge into a skill. You can read a book about how to play the violin but it takes a lot of practice to perform at Carnegie Hall. The same is true for coaching. Delivering or understanding a coaching process is not a particularly difficult task, and can be achieved by eLearning, a traditional workshop, or even reading a book. However, actually becoming a coach is much more difficult, and practice is the tool of choice.

There has been significant research about how to practice more effectively. Cementing new learning in long-term memory requires a process known as consolidation, in which memory traces Continue reading

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