What Do You Want From A Poker Coach? (Coaches Listen Up)
This comes out a recent bad experience (not horrible) with a "Wannabe" Poker Coach that I did not learn a thing from - except be careful who I give my money to. In reality all it was was a hand review (tournaments).
But it was not a bit useful to get comments like "this was a stupid play" without some sort of reasoning on why it was stupid and what would be correct AND why. I don't mind the straight forward, "You're being an idiot" approach, but you need to go beyond that. Extend yourself and work at it - I'm paying for it. The experience was pretty disappointing.
So anyway, I thought I'd start this thread of what "we" would want in a poker coach.
#1 - Assess my playing style. Tell me what works about and what doesn't work about it. Really get into it then transition to the discussion of whether it is going to work in the long haul. Capitalize on my strengths and expose my weakness. DO NOT immediately try to make me a clone of you - at least not before this step.
#2 - Identify what needs work (leaks?). Let me walk away with something I can use right away. I don't expect ALL of them wrapped up in a neat little package. I understand it's a long term thing - but it's tough to go away from any coaching session with nothing specific to work on. I'm a student - give me homework. Otherwise I feel like it's probably not worth coming back. It will probably help your retention of pupils when each time they get something to work on that makes them better - instead of just getting another form of a book being thrown at me that I have to sort through the information.
Gotta jump on a call - somebody feel free to jump in here.
Why do I have the feeling a thread is going to start from the other end - "What a Poker Coach Wants From His Students". It's only fair.
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OH, BTW, the "offending" coach (as far as I know) has no relationship or membership w Cardschat. Found him somewhere else.