It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
Last week, I started taking the free online course on Happiness offered by Yale University. Dr. Laurie Santos is an engaging teacher. Although I haven’t learned anything new (I just did the first of five sessions), I’m appreciating how she frames things and her explanations about what and what does not cause happiness. She also does a podcast on happiness in addition to her course. Of course, the main topic of conversation on all of our minds these days is the coronavirus.
This episode of the Dr. Santos’s podcast is about coaching yourself through a crisis. To quote from the introduction,
“We all need to keep a clear head at times of crisis – but that’s not always easy. So when strong emotions of fear and anxiety start to cloud your judgement, turn to an effective and reassuring voice of reason… you. Ethan Kross of the University of Michigan Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory gives us concrete strategies on how to coach yourself so you can approach upsetting problems in a calmer and more reasoned way.”
The NY Times interviewed a number of people working at different jobs and how the coronavirus is affecting their work. They each talk about living in a very changed world. Like the rest of us, they don’t know what life will hold for them in the future. I found it to be a fascinating cross section of people’s experiences around the country.
I came across an interesting short video about silence the other day that I thought would certainly benefit all coaches and anyone else who works in the helping professions. New coaches are often uncomfortable with silence. However, silence is your biggest ally in a coaching session. It gives the client and opportunity and the impetus to look within and do the inner work that is so beneficial to personal change. Most importantly, silence allows them to find their own powerful answers to questions without the coach intervening and deliberately or inadvertently imposing their point of view on the client.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,