Coaching demo? Yes, please. I love, love, love them. Demos have been absolutely pivotal in my coaching career. It’s always a huge value whenever I have the opportunity to watch someone else practice this craft. Here’s why.
I’m one of those apparently rare individuals who enjoy following instruction manuals. You will never see me assemble a set of shelves without first gathering the necessary tools, sorting the various parts, spreading them all out on the floor and coordinating each piece with the (usually confusing) set of directions.
I persevere until the job is done, following every bullet point and diagram on the page. Exhausted, but triumphant!
But, there is one thing I love even more than a detailed plan. The how-to video.
Show me how to do a thing and boy-oh-boy does that speed up the process.
I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said,
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
That’s why I was oh-so-thrilled to receive a link in my inbox today to a coaching demo by Dr. David Drake.
If you’ve been following my recent posts, you will know that he is the author of the book Narrative Coaching and he will be offering a full Narrative Coaching program with WBECS later this month.
I attended Dr. Drake’s free webinar last week and I learned a ton. I was reminded of the importance of being aware of our triggers and how they lead to reactive responses. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has had the occasional meltdown or crisis of confidence after a misstep.
When I work with new coaches, they often find themselves getting ‘hooked’ into the emotion of their client’s stories. This emotional trigger can compel them to give unsolicited advice or try to talk their clients out of their feelings to avoid discomfort. It’s happened to the best of us.
That’s where Dr. Drake’s work can be of real assistance to us as coaches. He encourages us to take the complexity out of our listening. To simply be in the moment and get to the heart of the matter without overthinking the process.
If that sounds like a refreshing perspective, you’ll want to settle back and listen in to this real coaching demonstration by Dr. Drake. I am sure you will find it as instructive as I do.
In the meantime, if you are interested in attending the free webinar that I mentioned earlier in this post. There are a couple of dates still available.
To register, simply click one of the links below and choose the session that suits your schedule:
March 12th, 2019
10 am ET
Register for the session here
March 13th, 2019
6 pm EST
Register for the session here
If you want to expand your coaching knowledge and skills without getting stuck in strict, linear methodologies, I’m convinced you’re going to love this training.
In the workshop, David shares his insights into a holistic, experiential coaching process that helps you to uncover, understand and change what drives human behavior.
You will see how to work with your clients in a deeper, more meaningful way and how to create change that lasts far beyond your coaching session.
Author: Cathy Shaughnessy
Cathy Shaughnessy is a PRISM award winning ICF Master Certified Coach and author of the book series The Really Competent Coach. Cathy coaches senior leaders, mentors credentialed coaches, trains fledgling coaches and helps organizations build strong coaching cultures.
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