Siddharth Lall

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The Client-Coach Relationship: Communication is the key

Dieting Psychology
As a client, you enrol with a Coach with certain expectations in mind. But as a Fittr Coach, we too have certain things we expect our clients to do.

Imagine this: you’ve enrolled with a Coach and he/she has asked you for certain information about your health history. There’s a certain detail that you feel embarrassed to share with the Coach. What do you do? You decide that you’re going to lie to your coach or perhaps tell a half-truth and withhold necessary information. You might be surprised to learn how it could backfire on you! TELL THE TRUTH Have you considered the importance of sharing complete & accurate information about yourself with the Coach? It could be various things such as diet history, medical conditions, compliance to the routine and let me tell you that each of them holds a significant place in your progress. A coach can prepare an effective & productive routine only by relying on the accurate information provided by the clients. Effective coaching depends on bidirectional communication. Then why do such miscommunications emerge in the client- coach relationship? Unfortunately, both the client and the coach are often challenged by simple communication barriers. Clients should never give twisted and blurred information which could be crucial to achieve effective progress and then in return they expect empathetic care from the coach. BRIDGE THE COMMUNICATION GAP A client & a coach should bond up as a team or partners in the program, encouraging each other for an open exchange of information. Medium of communication: Virtual or electronic communication might be challenging for some and therefore it is important for you to communicate this issue to the coach. Vocal or face-to-face interactions can establish a strong bond and sense of trust between the two thus making communication better. Stay in regular touch: It is important for the coach to check for any omission or unresponsiveness from the client. Shyness, insecurity, privacy, fear of being judged are some common reasons why clients hide information and it can be solved by efforts from both ends. Empathy, compassion, cheerfulness & sincerity are mutual qualities required of both the client and the coach. You can never hold a rope straight by only one hand. Be honest: Conveyance of false information could also occur because of the self beliefs of the client, where he/she considers it to be harmless or not important. This lack of awareness and self-assumptions can lead to negative outcomes.Remember, that there should be no room for any “White lies” (considered harmless or insignificant). Honest information about diet compliance, workout compliance, sleep quality, water intake or any other parameters needs to be shared with the coach. Any failure to do so will only create a pressure of incompetence on the coach as well, resulting in unfavorable decisions. It could make the coach question his/her own plans. All of this, just because you assumed that sharing valuable information is insignificant. Ego ideal behavior: A part of our mind could impose concepts of ideal behavior developed pertaining to social standards. Don’t try to appear perfect before your coach but share your weaknesses such as the foods you don’t like, your bad habits like smoking /drinking/ hormonal or habit related issues. It is okay to be vulnerable to your coach because it's him or her who can set things right for you. You have enrolled with them only because you lack perfection and hence there is no reason to shy away from your flaws. In summary, lying or withholding information won’t help you one bit. Learn to establish a relationship of trust with your Coach. Coaching is a partnership which stands on the pillars of faith, trust & communication. It will always be one step less from perfection & you can improve it together. itotoimimimprovimtogether. - Siddharth Lall

Pooja Vichare Shetye

getting good coach is a luck I feel. sending just one msg a week to update progress is really sufficient especially client is saying she is feeling demotivated that case coach only sending msg a week " how are you" "pl update your progress" will it serve the purpose. instead coach should show some empathy. should pick up a phone and should talk to client and motivat the person. isn't it comes under coach responsibility??

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