In addition to my coaching practice, I offer customized training. This page is meant to give an idea of different possibilities, not to be a comprehensive menu.
Below are some areas in which I have had extensive training and practice facilitating. In all areas, emphasis is on application rather than theory. All trainings are interactive, including exercises, breakout sessions, and discussion.
Coaching is partnering with people in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their potential. Coaching skills can be used in any relationship. Some of the most important skills include:
Presence ( awareness, deep listening, non-judgmental attitude )
Consciously creating relationships
Transforming limiting beliefs
Example course: “Expectations vs Agreements – How expectations are ruining your relationships, and how agreements can save them”
When I worked at Google, I became certified by The Energy Project to facilitate their course “Managing Your Energy.” This course is backed by rigorous research. The basis is that managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance. There are four main principles:
To sustain performance we must balance the expenditure of energy with intermittent energy renewal
We experience four different energy states but only one – high positive – is optimal for performance
To take control of our energy, we must invest it intentionally rather than reactively
To manage our energy more efficiently, we must build positive rituals – highly specific behaviors that become automatic over time
These principles are nested within four types of energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. This course contains enough content to fill four work days, but ideas are presented in 60-90 minute chunks, which can serve as workshops in and of themselves to suit your organization.
Example course: “Take control of your life: Creating sustainable rituals”
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way of interacting with ourselves, others, and society, which fosters love instead of violence. The primary components of NVC are:
Communicating actual Observations, not evaluations
Expressing our Feelings, not our thoughts
Tuning into our Needs, not our strategies for attaining them
Making Requests about what we want instead of demands
The purpose of communicating in this way is to a foster the quality of connection which makes meeting each other’s needs enjoyable and inevitable. Workshops can be made from pieces of the four above components, or from a more holistic approach.
Example course: “Mourning and Self-Forgiveness: How to practice compassion towards yourself”
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice which deals with energy, or Qi 氣. From a physical perspective, the core principles of Qigong are:
Move from the center
Move as a holistic unit
Though typically known as a form of physical exercise, Qigong can be applied to every aspect of life.
Ultimately, Qigong is about getting in touch with the subtle movements, intentions, and energies of your body. Every mental phenomenon has a physical component. Tuning into these sensations opens a deeper level of self-awareness.
Different mindsets have different feelings, different energies. Change your energy, change your mindset, and change your world.
I am a disciple of Qigong Master Zhao Jilong 趙冀龍, president of the Australia Kung Fu Culture Association and host of the popular Chinese show Experiencing Real Kung Fu. You can learn more about my time with Master Zhao in this documentary on my life in China: Beijing Drifter