Using Drawing in Coaching

On May 17th, not only did the members of the Resilient Minds coaching network celebrate Norway’s National Day, but we also had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partner with the incredible Sona Agopian and do some true generative work on using drawing in our coaching. Sona’s background in both coaching and as an artist makes her uniquely staged to explore this exciting area.

We met at the The Hive, in Thonglor, Bangkok, all of us excited as children for the workshop. I think many of us feel that we are not good at drawing, but as coaches we embrace change. Sona had us open up with a short inhibition-releasing exercise which got us all laughing and ready to go further.  Sona gave a short introduction about how drawing is a door-opener and told us a story of a client who was juggling many balls at the same time and afraid of dropping one.  Together we came up with:

“I feel like I am on a hamster wheel”

“I’m worried about time”

“My vision of the future”

“I’ve planted seeds and I need to water them”

“A box full of surprises”

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We made the connection between the use of metaphors, clean language and drawing. We learned about how most of our learning is visual which the use of drawing supports. We talked about how art and music can help the right-brain develop non-linear thinking, creativity and intuition. Doodling and drawing help keep people engaged as well as contributing to new solutions, new ideas and new perspectives. Drawing enhances listening. All of this is relevant and applicable in coaching. We talked about where we might use the simple drawing techniques in our coaching: individual coaching, team and group coaching and workshop facilitation.

We all left the workshop full of ideas and inspiration on how to both develop and use drawing in our coaching practices.  Besides Sona’s ability to connect her two passions, we have found inspiration in several places: Coach Masters Academy, the book “Picture Your Business Strategy” by Christine Chopyak,, Facebook pages Graphic Facilitation and several YouTube videos on graphic facilitation.

Thank you Sona from the entire Resilient Minds coaching network!


Clean Language

I’m preparing for a coaching session with a colleague to practice Clean Language. Sharing here a couple of write-ups on the topic.

Have you tried Clean Language? Tell me about your experience.

First Ever Bangkok Coach Bar

This evening the members of Resilient Minds participated in the first ever Bangkok Coach Bar, hosted by Fabienne Hansoul. Eight of us gathered together at an intimate cafe in Silom and furthered our own professional development. We sorted ourselves into triads and peer coached for 2 hours. The evening was rounded off with a plenary reflection session. Hoping for many more such fantastic evenings!

The Integrative Listening Model

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The Integrative Listening Model – a model for learning listening.

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This model can be used to learn to listen more effectively. You will recognise the points in Stage 2 from the HURIER model.

How and where can you work on your listening skills?

By a team at Alverno College: Kathleen Thompson, Pamela Leintz, Barbara Nevers & Susan Witowski.

If you are interested in learning more, the article I used for this blog is one chapter in this book:…/…/ref=reader_auth_dp

The Skills of Listening-Centered Communication

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With the understanding of the difference between hearing and listening arises a curiosity in how we actually listen. Some people are appreciated for their listening skills and some are criticised for their lack of listening skills. I find it interesting to reflect on what makes a good listener good.  Judi Brownell breaks down the listening process for us and offers the HURIER model for learning to listen.


Take a few minutes next time you are in a conversation or participating in a meeting and reflect on how you listen.  Do you recognise your own behaviour in the HURIER model?

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If you are interested in learning more, Judi Brownell has several books available on Amazon. The article I used for this blog is one chapter in this book: