Dealing With a "Difficult" Student
As coaches, we have all had those moments – a student won’t listen, is argumentative, or just won’t do what we ask. One of the biggest elements separating good coaching from adequate or bad coaching is the instructor’s ability to communicate. A ‘difficult’ student is a quick and clear litmus test for the coach’s ability to communicate effectively.
Last week I spoke with CrossFit LA’s Michael Stanwyck about the elements of good coaching. He comes from a unique perspective being both a fitness coach and a life coach. This week he and I discussed how best to handle those stressful, challenging moments in coaching. Michael shared his thoughts on the hardest situation to deal with: