How do you know you have the “Coach” material in you? The simple answer to this big question is when you enjoy being with people or have a way with them.
Let us understand the first one – enjoy being with people. People who enjoy being with others are essentially people persons. A large part of their lives involves doing things with people. They are keen on activities that center around people such as reunions, birthday parties, community projects, or business-related networking events. They are comfortable with people and vice versa. They have a good time because they connect quickly with the crowd. People are drawn to them too. Within a short time, you will notice they are engaged in active conversations with everyone, be they strangers or friends.
Do not mistake these “coaches” for sales people who are highly sociable. And neither are they party animals who love fun and social chatters.
They are also not extroverts. In fact, many coaches are introverts. They may be the quiet type but they speak up when they have to. I call them “measured” conversationalist. They are unlike “loose cannons” who speak profusely without knowing when to stop. Generally, they like to listen more. This is because they have high respect for others.
Humility is one of their traits, projected by their openness to accept people’s views and opinions without arguing to have theirs heard. Yet they stand tall and are well-assured. All these make them “attractive” to people.
Now, let us understand the other aspect – they have a way with people.
By this, I mean they have some form of personal power. They are natural influencers – they either have a calming effect on people or are adept in convincing them.
They also communicate well and that creates harmony in people around them. They are persuasive and can make people open up to them or draw them out of their security or comfort zone.
Due to these abilities, people often seek their advice. They can enlighten people, which is evidenced by the many appreciation messages they get from others for having touched their lives.
People with the “coach” material usually have a calling or realisation that they are good with people. The urge to do something for others increases over time. This makes them more curious, even impatient to do something about it. They yearn to get more meaning as they have found their purpose in life, that is, to make a difference or leave a mark in someone’s life.
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