That’s an easy question to answer. Taking a life of experience in all types of motorcycling, a love of what you do (ride motorcycles) then taking that passion, love and the skills you have learned along the way to others who share or want to share that same love of riding.
Being a coach isn’t being a teacher. A coach supports through watching, listening to what you want to be better at and then help you get there. Coaching is guiding you through things you think you can’t do and then you finding that you can…the “AH HA” moment! The greatest joy in a coaches life is to see that great big grin inside someone’s helmet when they have the “AH HA” moment…”I get it , I felt it…that was great!!”
The “AH HA” moment is where the fun and the work begins. Take that new found skill and confidence and work on it. As all coaches will say “there is only one thing better than practice and that’s more practice”.
Coaching is truly based on encouragement. Finding your strengths and build on those and then find certain skills that need improvement and build those up. A motorcycle coach also brings new skills to you, a skill you didn’t know of or think about but becomes important in your regular riding. Think about it this way, you can’t use a skill you don’t have.
Coaches learn through you as much as you learn through them. Coaches learn to understand your learning type, everybody is different and the way we all learn is different. This a challenge for coaches and always a growing point. From there a coach will spend time designing and practicing (coaches practice a lot!!) what works for you. You are why coaches do what they do. It’s the love of motorcycles, motorcycling and motorcyclists.
Back to the original question, Why be a coach? Because those of us that do love motorcycling want more of us riding everyday, and we want everyone to ride safer and have more fun riding. It’s the greatest job in the whole wide world.
Oh and by the way, I always wear my hat when standing in a parking lot and my hat says it it all…My job is the Happiest Place on Earth.
Ride safe, ride far and I’ll see you on the road.