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”
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, aboutlearning.dk, Facebook pages Graphic Facilitation and several YouTube videos on graphic facilitation.
Thank you Sona from the entire Resilient Minds coaching network!