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!


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:

Professional Devp: Group Coaching

Resilient Minds continues its professional development series. Today’s session was about Group Coaching.


We discussed the advantages and challenges of group coaching from both the client and the coach perspective. We reflected on the coaching process in a group, especially compared with individual coaching. We penetrated in detail the art of determining the agenda in group coaching. Above all, all the participants are thankful to Tatiana Skovoronskaya for sharing her expertise with us and inspiring us!


Here we are, already at part 5 of 7 in our blog mini-series on emotional intelligence. 

Welcome back! Have you been working on your emotional intelligence? What have you been doing differently? What results have you achieved? Please do share in the comments. I would love to hear.

In this post, we move from focusing on oneself to the Interpersonal realm. That is, emotional intelligence as it relates to interpersonal relationships. You could also call this area people skills. Someone with high interpersonal EQ is someone who understand, interact and relate well to others is various situations. They inspire trust and are good team players. The sub-areas of the Interpersonal realm are: interpersonal relationships, empathy and social responsibility. By the term interpersonal relationships is meant the ability to have mutually satisfying relationships where give and take is the norm. There is trust and compassion present. Empathy is meant the capability of being aware of, understanding and appreciating the feelings and thoughts of others. I would venture to say that the area of empathy is the area which many people think of as emotional intelligence. With social responsibility is meant the desire and ability to willingly contribute to society or the welfare of others. 

To better understand social responsibility, have a look at this video and reflect on the questions below:

– Write down 3-5 emotions you felt while watching the video clip.


– What does it mean to focus on something bigger than yourself?
– What is the value of caring about something bigger than yourself?
– How is that experience relevant for your day-to-day life?
– How does it feel to be altruistic and to express caring about others?
– Ideas for how you can be more socially responsible?

Please share your reflections on these questions. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Interpersonal realm and your own level of EQ, please contact Catherine.