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5.4.1 Communication

Think about what, where and how you are communicating to your riders. It’s important to come across as confident and calm, while also showing that you’re having fun.

When talking to your riders, gather them around you in a semi-circle so they can all see you. Make good eye contact with them, if appropriate (some riders may not like being directly looked at and it can make them feel uneasy). 

Give your riders simple, clear instructions and use language that is suitable for their age. But aim to get them practising as soon as possible so that they learn by doing, not just listening. 

Remember to use positive body language and to smile often: if you are clearly enjoying teaching them, they are more likely to enjoy learning.