We all communicate using our preferred style. Some of us are auditory communicators, we love to talk, we love to listen. Some are kinesthetic, we love to feel, touch and be touched. While the rest of us depend on our vision to receive most of our communication. We as coaches need to be proficient in all of these modalities in order to increase the likelihood that we are communicating in a way that reaches each of our students.
Most of the participants in a cycling class primarily depend on visual communication to receive their data. Have you ever noticed that some of your students follow your every move? If you reach for the resistance knob on your bike, the visual communicators will reach for their resistance knob as well. The need to see you so they will position their bike so they can get the best view of what you are doing on the bike. To them, your actions definitely speak louder than your words.
We can also identify the visual communicator by their tendency to use visual words when they speak to you. For example, they will say, "Nice to see you today." When coaching visual communicators, incorporate more visual terminology into your coaching cues. Use words like witness, visualize, observe and see will help your visual communicators understand more of your cues.
The auditory communicators listen to your every word. They say things like, "I hear what you're saying." Consider using words or phrases such as "listen to your body" or "hear your bike as you pedal."
Finally, the kinesthetic communicator will do best when they can feel what they are doing. Using words or phrases like "grab the resistance knob and add resistance", feel, hold and other words that indicate touch.
Communication is more than words and you need to identify which ones work best for you to reach as many of your participants as possible.