Coaching is fundamentally a practical art, that happens in the moment through paying attention, listening and questioning
Understanding the theories and studying with experienced teachers is important too. Finding people who will question, test and strengthen your learning. Just as happens in any coaching situation. The best sort of challenge
Ultimately whatever you learn or discover from other people, really only has value once you add your own personal magic. Any coaching session is the combined attention of two people, creating together different approaches because they are working together.
For the last 10 years of my career my primary focus has been coaching conversations in the work place and individually. This and my varied career to date make my coaching style what it is, direct, perceptive, challenging and supportive.
I have a deep personal interest in this area and love keeping up to date with the latest ideas and theories as well as looking to the past. It something I just do.
Relevant formal qualifications/ training
- I am a master NLP practitioner
- A qualified NLP trainer – NLPU at University of California Santa Cruz
- Appreciative Inquiry facilitator
- Fierce Conversations practitioner
- Realise2 Strengths certified strengths practitioner
- LAB Profile
- Timeline Therapy
Additionally as part of my NLP training and continuing development I focussed on Ericksonian Hypnosis and the power of metaphor. I have an active interest in the developments in Positive Psychology, particularly as this applies to significant career/life transitions and transformation.
Amongst others I have chosen to train with:
Robert Dilts, Judith De Lozier, Fran Burgess, Derek Jackson, Yvonne Dolan, Steve Gilligan, John McWhirter, David Gordon, Shelle Rose Charvet, Suzi Smith, Andy Smith, James Lawley and Penny Tompkins, Bill O’Hanlon
Musician on the quiet:
In other news, I am a musician. My playing may not be great but music is very important to me. I believe that the listening skills developed through my love of music really helps when coaching . I listen and I hear.
Just a little bit Animal Mad
Cats, dogs and horses are the animals I understand best. Being still and observing animals noticing how they are feeling and how they behave is endlessly fascinating. They make me laugh every day
It is a life long learning quest. 🙂 LALALALALA