The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
I’ve been coaching business leaders, solo practitioners, and individuals from all walks of life for 15 years. An extensive portion of these clients have been in the wireless and health care industry, and I’ve also coached leaders in the fields of accounting, call centers, engineering, entertainment, financial services, higher education, law, ministry, non-profit service, pharmaceuticals, and retail.
While my coaching helps individuals and organizations get better at critical skills such as leadership, management, communication, and strategy, equipping clients with mindfulness practices is fully integrated into my coaching approach.
Mindfulness is my core organizing and unifying practice for every moment and dimension of life–including self-care, family, friends, community, and professional work. In a nutshell, mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of and attentive to, without judgement, what’s taking place within and around you. Some of the most common mindfulness exercises include pausing before reacting or responding, sitting meditation, breath meditation, mindful eating, mindful walking, reciting mantras, visualization, and doing a body scan–but there are many more.
I’ll admit that mindfulness is tough to do without ongoing practice. Most of us are facing similar pain points that were already significant before the COVID-19 pandemic: nonstop change, accelerating economic and technological disruption, accelerating climate change, and the collective “noise” of information overload that grows louder each day. The impact of all of this, for so many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress.
Mindfulness can be your game-changer. There’s more research (such as this Forbes article) on the benefits of mindfulness than you or I can ever hope to read, but here’s the highlights of why mindfulness is worth doing:
- Reduced stress
- Increased focus and concentration
- Increased productivity
- Healthier relationships
- Increased happiness and inner peace
In addition to mindfulness practices, I also incorporate tools into my coaching sessions that include:
- The Enneagram
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
- The latest research from Neuroscience
Here’s a little more about my professional background. Regarding formal education, I’ve completed the following:
- Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course, University of Massachusetts Medical Center,
- Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
- Bachelor of Science, Communication, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Regarding professional certifications, I’ve earned the following:
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
- Professional Consulting (ATD)
- Professional in Human Resources (PHR), HRCI
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), The Myers-Briggs Company
- Situational Leadership II, The Ken Blanchard Companies
- Franklin Covey Learning Solutions
- Clifton Strengths Coach (Gallup)
If you’d like to schedule a complimentary coaching session for each of us to determine whether we’re a fit for a coaching partnership, please contact me here.
Finally, for a deeper dive on what coaching is, and how it’s differentiated from disciplines such as counseling and mentoring, check out this article.