How does the coaching process work?
While I tailor my approach and methods to each client, all engagements follow a similar four step process, as outlined below.
What do we “do” in coaching?
It’s difficult to predict exactly what we will do together; that largely depends on your goals for coaching and what you bring to the table. A healthy part of the coaching process is organic and “in the moment”. That said, I have also developed general roadmaps, grounded in theory and evidence, to help provide direction to the journey when needed. Some examples are below.
Understanding and Building on Your Strengths
Many, but not necessarily all, clients may benefit from gaining a more nuanced view of their strengths as they seek to clarify and undertake their change goals. Learn more about my use of the Strengths Profile assessment here.
Integrating Meditation with Coaching
Meditation is positively associated with a variety of desirable outcomes relevant to professionals, such as: managing negative emotions, focusing attention, and supporting healthy relations with others. What’s more, research indicates meditation has more pronounced and lasting effects than relaxation techniques, or simply relaxing, for instance by quietly reading a book. There is even evidence linking meditation to changes in the structure of the brain.
For those with an interest, I integrate meditation into the coaching collaboration. This can involve helping you to learn meditation techniques that you practice on your own, or by using meditation during a session as a means of exploring a particular topic of interest.
I am a certified teacher of IREST, which is a meditation practice rooted in the ancient yoga nidra tradition that has been updated for modern life. IREST is used in a wide variety of settings, from yoga studios to veterans’ groups, conference rooms to homeless shelters.
Curious? — try it for yourself. Below is a sample of a short meditation emphasizing body and breath awareness. The benefits of this practice include building focus, increasing mindful presence, and relaxation. If you are new to meditation, you may also find the brief introduction helpful. Enjoy!