Coaching for Managers training course newsletter – Writing effective coaching notes

“A masterful coach is someone who is a vision builder and value shaper, not just a technician who helps people reach their goals. A masterful coach is someone who engages and enters into the learning system of a person, business or social institution with the intent of improving it so as to impact people’s ability to perform.”

Robert Hargrove ‘The Four Compass Points of Masterful Coaching

The modern manager knows that coaching is a key element of team development. No longer is management about telling people what to do; effective leaders understand how coaching and development is vital to business success.

Our ‘Coaching for Managers’ one-day training course will show delegates tried and tested methods about 1-2-1 training; executive coaching and how to develop people in order to improve productivity and motivation. We explain through discussion, role-play and case study how to coach staff to achieve the impossible in terms of team development and business performance.

It will also show them how to plan, prepare and implement a coaching programme for induction courses and how to evaluate its success. It also looks at the relationship between coaching, mentoring and training.

Becoming an effective coach is not just a set skills, but a belief that staff development is an integral part of building confidence, trust and motivation in the workplace.

The modern manager needs to know how to develop people. This course shows how to plan, prepare and implement coaching and how to evaluate its success. It also looks at the relationship between coaching, mentoring and training.

Writing notes for coaching sessions

When writing materials to support a learning event there are some basic principles that must be followed:

•        Do not write too much information on any one sheet of paper

•        Do not just use the information given in your training, you can expand on it

•        Do not use abbreviations or jargon in your support material if your delegates are not already familiar with it

•        Do space out key-points so that it is easy for eyes to recognise them

•        Do mix your script with diagrams to break up the text

•        Do list any further sources of information the delegate could go to

•        Do highlight or box any headings


It is important to use notes when giving a  training session. Notes help to guide you through your planned structure, ensuring that all information is covered in the intended, logical order and that you do not wander off on a tangent.  They reassure you, and jog your memory should you lose yourself. However, it is difficult to find your place or use notes if they are not written in a manner that you can best use.

In order to remain calm and appear professional when presenting information, your own notes need to be:

CLEAR                             So you know what to cover

CONCISE                         So that you can pick out the main points easily rather than struggling to find them amongst lots of script

EASY TO READ              So that if you are standing whilst giving the training session you can still read them. You may like to write your notes in larger writing than perhaps you would normally do

HIGHLIGHTED              So that your eyes are drawn to the key points each time you refer to your notes

DETAILED                       So that you know you have covered all the information you need your trainee to learn

LOGICAL                         So that you can follow them, and so the information will also appear logical to your trainee

EASY TO USE                  So that you can easily find your place again if you are distracted.  For example, are the pages numbered or stapled together?

There are no hard and fast rules about what your session notes should look like, only that you need to be able to work with them. Your notes are your personal instructions.

Coaching For Managers Open Courses

Since 1995 we have run open courses throughout the year. Our courses are informative, challenging, thought-provoking and fun.


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Who will benefit from the course?

Our coaching training seminars enable delegates to understand the processes which will make them more effective and increase their confidence and sense of achievement. This will benefit anyone who needs to master the principles and practices of an effective coach; including senior/junior managers, supervisors, training/hr managers, directors, administrative and technical staff.

This course had been designed to enable you to understand the basic fundamentals of strategy and motivation in team building. You will benefit by learning tips and techniques which will increase your competence and confidence when managing, influencing and leading teams.

Course aims

Total Success recognise the need for training that gives real business benefits for both delegates and their organisations. We are able to offer solutions, not only to individual trainees but also to training professionals who need to show value for money for their training.

Coaching for Managers Course Agenda

Morning – 9.30-1.00

  • An introduction to coaching
  • Relationship of coaching, training and managing
  • Coaching overview of coaching
  • Spotting coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • Questionnaire-Coaching style analysis
  • Coaching overview
  • Recognise the need/challenge
  • Assess the opportunities

Afternoon – 2.00-5.30

  • Empowerment and influence
  • Identifying fall-back factors
  • Review and evaluate
  • Planning the next step
  • One to one training
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Role-play and critique
  • Coaching evaluation

Our training is carried out in a risk free environment which encourages delegates to practice the skills needed for successful appraisals. We use a number of training methods including role-play, video, audio, workshops and group exercises to enhance the learning process.

Why choose Total Success for your training?

  • our lead trainers have over 18 years experience in training
  • a maximum of 8 delegates means more time spent on individual needs
  • we guarantee to run the course and will never cancel at the last moment
  • free subscription to our monthly training newsletter

All open courses are trained in Central London at the St Giles Hotel.

Each delegate receives a comprehensive training workbook that doubles as an open course manual. Courses run from 9.30-5.30 with lunch and refreshments provided.

In-Company Courses

Total Success have developed a series of in-house training modules. These are designed so that an organisation can pick the training which is more applicable to its own needs and budget. Please call us to discuss your specific requirements