Coaching versus Evaluation
There are a few key distinctions between coaching and evaluation.
While evaluation tends to provide feedback relative to some established standard, coaching focuses on the recipient of feedback and their developmental needs. It is customer-centric rather than standard-centric.
Coaching tends toward pragmatism. What is the one thing for which feedback could make a big difference? How can one best deliver it so the recipient benefits? In contrast, evaluation tends to be about form, and often provides a number of points.
In practice, evaluation highlights the evaluator. Coaching deliberately focuses in the recipient. It’s to deliver value, not a speech.
Note: Good coaching also seeks to teach the other members through feedback to an individual.
Lead Coach: Focus on Coaching the Coaches so all can hone their skills, then provide the highest value suggestions for the meeting and community.
Coaches: Before speaking, answer two questions.
What is the highest value feedback I can provide?
How best to deliver it so it is received? A single comment? Critique woven into praise? The sandwich approach? Only praise that builds up on progress?
Grammarian: Rather than counting items, focus on where and how language brings great benefit, or undermines the speaker, or the membership.
Videographer: Coach the club on how to get the best value from recordings, or how to stage for the benefit of better quality recording.
Timer: Give only highlights on timing, but focus on how to make the very best use of time, which could include examples from the meeting.