1. Build Rapport
What do I need to do to do well here:
- Build Rapport
All of the essential coaching skills listed above go a long way towards establishing Rapport. Indeed all the skills already outlined in this chapter come to the fore to develop rapport as we aim to create a climate that encourages our pupils to be curious and inquisitive in their nature. The building of trust on an equal level creates opportunities for learners to explore their understanding of risk, their beliefs, attitudes and emotional responses to driving, without fear of being judged by the teacher. In return, this climate allows the instructor insight into the beliefs, attitudes and motivations of the client which will form their driving behaviour post-test. Once rapport is established it is essential for the instructor to remain non-judgmental on any opinions offered by the client as this will only serve to break down the rapport and encourage the pupil to build up barriers. Instead, we must remain inquisitive and find time, in suitable locations, to allow the learner to explore these beliefs for themselves and perhaps consider whether these opinions match up to their own values. To consider the impact such beliefs and opinions may have on their driving and determine what potential consequences this behaviour could have for themselves and their social climate.