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Craig Blain
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Behaviour Bitesize Blog: 4.3 Positive

This series explores each of the identified coaching behaviours alongside the Principles of Great Coaching. In this blog, Craig Blain discusses providing relevant and constructive feedback to the people you coach. Positive feedback can help people recognise their achievements

Sharing effective feedback with someone is a fundamental part of great coaching. It certainly isn’t a case of one size fits all, as for feedback to resonate with an individual in the way we intend there is a lot to think about. 

I have coached a recreational running group for the past 9 years. It’s a relatively stable group of people – none of which would tell you they were ‘a runner’ – although many of them in that time have made some huge strides forwards. In my time working with them I have been able to build a strong coaching relationship, of which I feel sharing feedback has played a strong part.

Developing as a runner – the same in any sport I am sure – is more than just the physical. Yes, one potential outcome is that you will get a new personal best (time) but there are many hidden personal bests within that.

Examples include:

  • “My legs didn’t ache for as long this time”
  • “I found it easier – or possible – to breathe whilst I was running”
  • “I learned that I am more confident that I first thought”. 

To keep things simple, I consider those steps forwards to be either physical, psychological or skill-based. What is more, I see my role – or at least one of them - as the leader of the group to be highlighting those steps as people take them. 

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Craig Blain