In this blog post Sally Bogle introduces her work and writes about her forthcoming webinar for The Performance Coach on coaching and mindfulness.
I am a coach and facilitator, working both as an associate of The Performance Coach and independently. I have been coaching for thirteen years and over the last few years have become increasingly involved with training other coaches. I have also had a mindfulness practice since 2009 and am involved in running mindfulness retreats in Dorset.
Some of the now much-discussed and written-about benefits of developing a mindful meditation practice speak directly to some of the biggest challenges that face us as coaches in serving our clients in the most helpful way, consistently. Benefits such as an enhanced ability to be present, calm and focused and having an increased sense of connection, empathy and compassion are, for me, at the core of good coaching. Since completing my coaching masters in 2005, developing a mindfulness practice has had more impact on my coaching and facilitation work than any other self-development I have done.
When you look at this list of benefits and add to it those connected with general health and wellbeing, it is also apparent that mindfulness can impact many aspects of your life. As such, it can also be hugely helpful to some clients, whether that’s in becoming more grounded and connected as a leader or in coping better with vast workloads and stress.
In our coaching and mindfulness webinar (on 7 April 2014) we will explore in more depth the benefits that becoming more mindful can bring to your coaching and also when and how you might introduce mindfulness to clients.
Most importantly, mindfulness is practice not theory and in order to really begin to understand what it is ‘to be mindful’, it is necessary to experience it not just talk (or read) about it. During the webinar I will talk you through some short mindfulness meditation practices, so please do make sure you have a comfortable, upright chair or firm cushions on the floor.
You can register for the webinar here.