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Present Moment Coaching

On Thursday 21st April I attended a “Life Coaching” Meet Up called “Present Moment Coaching” hosted above The Engineer Pub in Primrose Hill, London. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it was an interesting evening.

What happened?

There were around 12 attendees at the Meet Up. A mixture of Professional Coaches, Students studying Coaching and even a fellow Software Tester.

To kick off we went around the group to share “What is coaching to you?”

In my previous blog posts i’ve explained that i’m exploring deeper into my understanding of Coaching so it was good to hear thoughts from a varied group of people. Answers included “Helping unlock an individuals potential”, “Thinking from the heart not mind”, “Not giving advice or your opinion”. During the early discussion we also explored the difference between counselling and coaching which we talked as; Coaching = Looking at the future vs Counselling = Looking at the past.

Present Moment Coaching

Following introductions we did the first exercise.

“In this Meet Up we will learn the art of Present Moment Coaching.  Present Moment Coaching is a a very simple method to help clients  to take back possession of their life as well as being a remarkable and effective way to  self coach.”

In the exercise we all practiced being “Present” for a few minutes. Dan, the meet up organiser talked us though some techniques. Once time was up we shared experiences amongst the group. These included:

  1. Became more comfortable with surroundings

  2. Focus on your breathing helped

  3. Became more aware of body

  4. Let things be – e.g Noise in the room. Acceptance.

  5. More aware of tiredness

  6. Noise of the pub reminded some of their childhood

  7. Overhwleming sense of joy and happiness

Coaching in Pairs

Following this exercise we moved onto the second part of the Meet Up where in pairs we had the opportunity to practice coaching and being coached.

This exercise was really valuable. It was good to be able to practice coaching in a safe environment.

My key take aways:

  1. My questioning skills in a coaching situation can be improved. I felt i was missing “Powerful Questions”

  2. My listening skill has improved recently. I’ve been studying the work of Nancy Kline and this has helped massively.

  3. I wasn’t sure when to offer solutions and ideas. Through the discussion after the coaching session we talked that as a coach we should avoid offering solutions.

My first experience of a “Life Coaching” Meet Up was pretty interesting. The opportunity to practice coaching and get other perspectives with other Coaches was really good.

See you at the next Meet Up?

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Present Moment Coaching

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 PM

The Engineer Pub 65, Gloucester Ave, Camden London, NW1 8JH, GB

17 Coaches Went

The Coaching Exchange is a place to meet and exchange coaching with others.Present Moment Coaching is exploring with your client what is happening for them in the present moment. Often we seek to ignore what is happening now because it means being with our discomfort.Our normal reaction is to judge our discomfort or do something so as we do not fe…

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