Many new and aspiring table tennis coaches talk to me about improving their coaching skills. I feel that the most important aspect is developing credibility early on.
So how do you establish credibility if you aren’t the best table tennis player or coach, and haven’t coached any elite students yet? You quote.
Quoting world class table tennis players, world class table tennis coaches, and showing pertinent videos to your students, will help them see you in that level of the sport. For example, if you recently read a coaching article by Liu Guoliang about the forehand drop shot, then consider teaching your students that stroke. At the end of the lesson, you can read the article to them and possibly show them a video of some top table tennis players performing the forehand drop shot. Your students will be able to see that you yourself can properly convey the information while validating your sources.
As your students begin to trust you more and more, then you won’t need to quote quite as often. Just remember that quoting gives you credibility while showing that you are up-to-date with teaching the best table tennis techniques in the world.