Game, Set, Match! From a Subpar Tennis Lesson to an Improved Business Coaching Approach



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Hello, dear readers! I’ve been pounding the tennis courts at Coombe Wood Tennis Club, and honestly? I started off… well, let’s just be kind and say it wasn’t Wimbledon-level play. My tennis escapades, riddled with more blunders than brilliant serves, unexpectedly gave me deeper insights into my business coaching methods. Grab a cuppa, and let’s dive into how the world of tennis parallels the universe of business coaching.

  • 1. Starting at the Baseline: In tennis, everything starts at the baseline. It’s where you serve, return, and sometimes, if you’re me, trip over your own feet in an “elegant” dance. Similarly, in business coaching, we start at the basics. Understanding your mission, values, and goals are akin to getting your baseline shots right. Without these, you’re just running around the court aimlessly, much like my initial attempts at chasing the ball.
  • 2. Serve and Strategy: My tennis coach always says, “Your serve sets the tone of the game.” Likewise, the initial strategy in business coaching sets the pace. A well-thought-out business plan can be the difference between reacting to market changes or being proactive and ready. And trust me, a weak serve in tennis? It’s a free invitation for your opponent to slam it back, just as competitors in the business world will capitalize on weak strategies.
  • 3. Reading the Opponent: In tennis, watching and predicting your opponent’s moves is crucial. By my fifth lesson, I could somewhat anticipate where the next shot was going. In business, understanding the market, competitors, and customer behavior is equally vital. With effective coaching, we aim to predict trends, ensuring businesses are always a step ahead.
  • 4. Consistency is the Key: Initially, my tennis shots were all over the place. Consistency was a foreign concept. But with practice, I got better. The same goes for business decisions and strategies. Consistency in effort, branding, and customer engagement often leads to reliable and sustainable growth.
  • 5. Continuous Learning: Tennis has a steep learning curve. One lesson I’m mastering the forehand, the next I’m floundering with the backhand. Business, too, has its evolving challenges. Through coaching, I emphasize the need for continuous learning and adaptation. The market evolves, just like my tennis game. Hopefully, in a more upward trajectory!
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Reflecting on my, shall we say, “adventurous” tennis lessons, it’s amusing how it mirrors the business world. Each serve, volley, and rally offers lessons, just as each business decision, strategy, and feedback does. By the end of it, both are about growth, learning, and sometimes, just having a good laugh at your own mishaps.

Wrapping up as I dust off my tennis shoes, I’m struck by the similarities between my time at Coombe Wood and my coaching sessions. Both are about growth, adaptation, and enjoying the journey. If you’re ever around Coombe Wood, you might catch me trying to perfect that elusive serve or perhaps in deep contemplation about my next coaching strategy. Either way, don’t hesitate to shout a hello! πŸŽΎπŸ’ΌπŸ˜‚

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