[V] Coaching Hypothetical Scenarios

Hypothetical Learning Scenarios for Coaching

When embarking on a big, new project with a new volunteer we often use the GROW model as a reference – the group leader or other experienced volunteers will talk with the newcomer about the project: We set a (specific) goal, assert the (current) reality, talk about the options (or Obstacles) and find the way forward.

As a result, the volunteer will feel ready to take on the newly established project, but with the other volunteers’ expertise to back it up.

The volunteers will more easily complete projects successfully giving the stakeholders a good experience and the confidence to pursue other ambitious projects.

A group of new volunteers wanted to make a one-day music festival, and so they sat down with two experienced volunteers to map the following:
Goal: Making a one-day music festival
Reality: We have a venue, time available, shared expertise, but no money.
Options: The group discussed options with a brainstorming session, discussing the possibility of seeking funding, which kind of bands to hire, entrance fees etc.
Way Forward: A final vision of the festival was established, and small work groups formed who would seek funding, find and hire bands, do the set-up, clean-up etc.
In the end they made a wonderful one-day festival that is now a two-day event and an established part of Studenterhus Aarhus.
During the process the experienced volunteers always gave the new volunteers time to speak, time to think, and made sure to ask open questions. They also came with inputs, and helped establish the reality, but in the end, the project was mainly born from the three newcomers.


As a volunteer you can use your own life experiences to help your participants. In some cases, you’ll get to know your participants very well and when they get stuck in their learning process, or on a personal level, they may want to share it with you. If you talk to them, listen and try to formulate what is wrong, they will trust you.

People, who feel safe, dare to say more.

Share your own experience without imposing it on the other person. They can choose how to use your knowledge and find comfort in the fact that other people experience the same problems.

Creative courses often elicit a lot of feelings. Some volunteers share their own insecurities to let the other person feel ‘normal’ and at ease.


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