Educating & Supporting Great Wellness Coaches!
Awareness, Mindfulness and Coaching - Really great coaching takes place when the experience of coaching and being coached is rich, fulfilling, grounded in the present moment and yielding movement towards growth. It is easy for the beginning coach to be so concerned about following a process or procedure, that they have and provide an experience that is a lot less than what was hoped for. Let’s take a look at how the coach can be more aware of themselves, their client and the coaching process/interaction to yield the successful and satisfying coaching experiences we’re all looking for.
Awareness of Self
Awareness of Client
Awareness of Process
Awareness of Self: Coaching From The Inside Out
Call it what you will, self-awareness, consciousness, mindfulness. Despite all the hair-splitting distinctions we are talking about the degree to which you, the coach, are aware not only of your client and your surroundings, but of what is going on inside your own skin. "Reality is nothing but the sum of all awareness as you experience it here and now" (Perls 1969). Coaching from the inside out is about being cognizant of: 1)your bodily sensations, 2) thoughts, 3) feelings, 4) intentions. Let’s look at them one at a time, even though we experience them simultaneously and all three are affecting one another all the time.
Coaching begins with self-awareness but quickly moves into awareness of your client on many levels. Here your own powers of observation need to be honed. The first challenge is just to observe, to notice, and just to notice. Once again don’t play detective looking for the “real meaning” of those arms folded across your client’s chest. This is about listening with your whole person, not just your ears. Notice your client’s nonverbal signals (even the vocal ones that come through on a telephone) and rather than interpret either file them away for future reference, or feed them back to your client. “I notice that each time you’ve referred to your boss today your voice gets louder and sharper.” You’ll also find that when you “just notice” without judgment, or trying hard to figure it all out, you naturally are less critical and your client feels more supported.
Awareness of The Coaching Process/Interaction
This is about being aware of the dance, as you are dancing with your partner, your client. This is where you tap into your “third person observer” and take a look over your own shoulder. Bring your consciousness to the interaction that is taking place between you and your client. What patterns are you observing? What feelings are coming up for you about the interaction? Is your client showing up regularly and on time? Are they prepared for the appointment, perhaps having filled out a “prep form”? Are they succeeding at tracking their behavior where they’ve committed to do so?
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2010 Autumn Certification Schedule Wellness Mapping 360 "Wellness Coach" Certification - 20 hours
- October 12th - November 11th - 12pm - 2pm (T/TH) early registration date 9/3
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- November 16th - December 9th - 7-9pm est (T/TH) (skip Thanksgiving week)
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Following Dr. Michael around the Globe!
October 3-6 Dr. Arloski will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil addressing the 10th Annual Congress of the Brazilian Association for the Quality of Life (ABVQ). His plenary speech will be on “Challenges and New Trends In Behavior Change.” He will also be presenting an introductory workshop on wellness coaching as a pre-conference, two-day, eight-hour program. These students will then have the option to enroll in a follow-up webinar to complete certification as Wellness Mapping 360°Wellness Coaches.
October 20-23 Dr. Arloski will be the keynote speaker at the International Congress of Sport and Physical Activity of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores Islands. The Azores Islands are a two hours by jet west of Portugal. He will also be delivering a workshop there on “Wellness Coaching Conversations”.