I’ve been amazed in the last two or three weeks how many coaches have made twitter comments and blogs about using “Mindfulness” practice to make you healthier, calmer, more creative, successful etc. However, there is so little written by anyone about how they as a coach are using “Mindfulness” apart from signposting their clients towards mindful practice.
So in this blog I wanted to share a few “Mindfulness” coaching ideas that I use as a coach when I am working with my own clients:
- Preparing for a coaching session, either on your own, or with your client as they arrive for a session, particularly if they are stressed and fraught. A few minutes mindful breathing or a short meditation is a wonderful way to start off your time together.
- Maintaining your focus in a mindful manner in the coaching session and being aware of what is going on for the client. Giving them some of the “unbelievably beautiful attention” that Nancy Kline writes about in “Time to Think”.
- Remaining emotionally detached and not allowing your emotional empathy to take over. “Mindfulness” practice enables you to pause mentally and decide what emotions to embrace or not when working with your client.
- Using positive psychology techniques in a mindful way:
- Strengths cards or questionnaires
- “Savouring” exercises
- Going outside for a walk whilst you coach and appreciate the great beauty of the world
- Recognising positive emotions in voice tone,words and body language and pointing these out to your client
- Meditation and visualisation techniques
- Auto-biographical memory exercises, remembering events/times when the client was at their best and what it felt like.
These are some of the great ideas you can use as a coach. Do you have other ideas you would like to share?