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Mindfulness & coaching to enhance resilience, creativity & wellbeing
In this session, Liz Hall will share some preliminary findings from her Mindfulness in Coaching survey and some of the extensive research and thinking on how mindfulness can help us embrace and enable change, and enhance resilience, creativity and wellbeing. She will lead some mindfulness practices, which we can use for ourselves as coaches, and with clients to help them flourish in these challenging times. And there will be an exploration with the group of how we can use mindfulness in our coaching and introduce it to clients (some of the Mindfulness in Coaching survey results touch on this).
The current economic and social context offers both challenges and opportunities for people in a business setting. From a coaching perspectivea developmental approach can be insightful and helpful when working with coachees in the workplace on issues such as managing change and transitions. Common coaching topics relate to the effective negotiation of professional, personal and career themes covering areas such as values, meaning, identity, purpose and choice. During this session we will explore ways we can use coaching to work towards positive growth and with the developmental potential of key transitions and milestones.
Workshop 2: Cultivating Trust through an Embodied Presence Eunice Aquilina
We are living in a rapidly changing environment that is increasingly complex. In order to navigate this uncertainty, more and more leaders are turning to a coach to help them develop their ability to be more adaptive. Cultivating trust is core to building an effective coaching relationship and has a direct impact on our capacity to support the client to engage in the process.
As humans, we have an innate understanding of trust and our clients are continually assessing the level of trust they feel exists. When trust is lost or absent, this can disable the coaching relationship. Once trust is present, it cannot be taken for granted and needs to be regenerated constantly. So, as coaches, how do we develop our capacity and capability to build trust? Trust lives in the body as an instinctual source of information and we are able to cultivate trust through the quality of our presence. This presence can be observed in the congruence between our mood, emotions, thoughts and actions. By becoming aware of our own patterns of emotional/physical response and interpretation and with practice we can learn how to deepen the quality of our presence. As we embody an authentic presence, we can listen more deeply and support our clients more effectively.
Workshop 3a: Fee negotiations: using coaching skills to be more confident and creative: Ori Weiner
Many of the skills distinguishing great from poor negotiators are also core coaching skills, yet many coaches would admit to either cringing in fear and trepidation when contemplating their next fee negotiation or to giving in all too easily. The session will explore the inner saboteurs that hold too many coaches back from achieving excellence in an area critical to building a sustainable practice. It will also explore key attributes of a constructive approach to negotiation and will demonstrate how a well handled negotiation actually improves and contributes to the quality of the coaching relationship and certainly the personal wellbeing of the coach.
The highly interactive session will challenge commonly held misconceptions about fee negotiations and will provide immediately actionable insights that will allow participants to improve their fee negotiation performance using their core coaching skills, raise their resilience and take a more creative and positive approach to this topic.
Workshop 3b: Health and wellness coaching: a psychological approach: Professor Stephen Palmer
Health and wellness coaching has become an established area of practice in the UK, Australia and USA. Health coaching has even been offered as a free service within some Primary Care Trusts in the UK. Professional bodies such as the Association for Coaching recognise health coaching as a specialism. Motivational Interviewing is a mainstay of health-related interventions theoretically underpinned by the Transtheoretical Model of Change. Psychological coaching can help with behaviour change, enhance health goal achievement and also assist in relapse prevention.
This skills based workshop will include a definition of health coaching; typical goals set by clients in health coaching; a brief introduction to the Transtheoretical Model of Change; developing health enhancing behaviours; recognising health inhibiting thinking (HITs) and developing health enhancing thinking (HETs) using cognitive coaching skills. The cognitive-behavioural approach will provide a framework and underpin the psychological model of health coaching covered in this workshop.
Workshop 4b: Developing Resilience: Working with Narrative: Carole Pemberton
To be resilient is to be able to be adaptive in response to changing demands,constraints and pressures. It is no surprise that the
concept has gained currency in recent years. Coaches are witness to the loss of resilience, in their work with clients. So how
can we work with our clients to help them identify what in their resilience repertoire is being impacted, so that we can scope our
In this session, Carole Pemberton will share what we can learn from the research literature on resilience, and introduce the idea
of working with narrative as a way of enabling both the client and coach to formulate where the focus of attention needs to be,
and how that can be addressed.
The session will be participative, and will invite you to draw on your own experience of loss of resilience as the basis for
expanding your understanding of the concept and how it can be worked with.
Workshop 4b: Using metaphor for creativity & wellbeing in coaching: Katherine Long
This session explores how coaches and clients can surface and sensualise data from their whole body-mind system as a means of supporting holistic and transformational change. We will be looking at:
· The pre-conditions for working more holistically with clients, and how this supports their enhanced well-being
· Why metaphor is a powerful approach to working with stuckness
· How to make the gear shift in client sessions to enable creative use of metaphor
· The safety needs of the client, and the need to respect their process
The session will be run interactively, with demonstration and opportunity for peer practice.
See programme for more details.