My experience at a Las Vegas coaching conference... and the audience's response.
Experience my enthusiasm and passion for coaching.
Sometimes improvisation comes in handy...I'm never sure what to expect at a session, so my advice is: keep it simple - less is more.
David Matthew Prior, MCC
P.O. Box 639
Saddle River, New Jersey
David Matthew Prior @dmprior
Myth, Dream or Destiny?
Over the past 5 years, I have delivered scores of week-long offsite training sessions in multiple countries at the 'manager of others' level. During the course, we spend one day focused on coaching – what it is, what it’s not; when to coach and when not to; how to and how not to. Of all the sessions offered during the week, coaching has consistently been the highest-rated by all of the participants. I don’t sell coaching to them; the coaching experience sells itself.
Over time, I have carefully watched the quality of relationship connection that evolves when these managers, many never having met each other before, coach one another. They genuinely and generously listen with respect while partnering to find an optimized solution for a real-time organizational or business problem, challenge or opportunity.
At the end of the week, the managers look at me with mixed jubilation in their eyes as they ask: “David, I really like coaching, and I could see using it with my direct reports and even practicing it with my peer group, but the person who really needs coaching the most is my boss. How do I coach up?”
There’s nothing like a powerful question to get us started.
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Recently I decided it was time to look at what I do, and how I communicate and undertake a bit of a "refresh" of my digital presence.
This started with my website. If you've visited my site before, you're going to see some new additions. I've integrated some great media so that visitors can get to know me a little better, and hear in my own words how I approach what I do.
And of course, I've added a new layer...social media.
I'm excited about having a blog space that lets me get some innovative ideas out there, but also allows me have some great conversations and interactions with others in our industry. I'm also going to be using Twitter to share quick thoughts and stories while I'm on the road...which is a lot!
Over the next few weeks I'll be posting my first "coaching focused" blog, so I hope you'll follow and engage with me..