I spent some time in Switzerland last week with two guys who have mastered coaching people. I call them my 'Yodas' after the wise teacher in Star Wars.
One of their major sayings is:
"coach the intention; rather than the action".
What happens to people when they are coached to concentrate on specific (and often multiple) movements and actions?
Do people become more fluent or more 'clunky' in their movements?
Do you see the body move as one (like in a David Gower back foot drive or a KP clip through midwicket) or do we see the player move in separate parts, screw up their face and speak in words of discomfort?
I know the look of a player who I have given actions too as I have done that most of my career, it's a common look, trust me!
So over the last year or so, as I have connected more with the approaches of my two 'Yodas' and noticed a shift in each players movement patterns. I see less screwed up faces and sense that the players are developing faster than at any other time in my coaching lifetime.
So how does it work?