From cavemen to cartoonists, human beings have understood the power of simple images to communicate big ideas. Each of us uses images to communicate every day; we text a photo to a friend, create a chart for a presentation, or draw a map on a napkin. We understand that using visual images allows us to communicate complex ideas quickly, compactly, and often without a language barrier.
Using sketches is another way of reflecting, summarizing, and bringing to life important coaching communications. Drawing images, metaphors and analogies allows the coach and client to co-create awareness and understanding. Our brains see patterns and make meaning from visual input within milliseconds; we often "see" what we mean before we can say what we mean. The result is greater awareness and insight into a topic which enables transformation. Clients often keep the visual notes as reminders and cues to turn their insights into actions.
In this workshop we will explore and practice several ways to incorporate images and visual elements into our coaching practice.
The program includes:
• an overview of visual coaching
• practice of basic drawing elements and templates that are relevant to coaching
• a coaching demonstration
Employing visual tools in our coaching can increase our range and proficiency in core coaching competencies as well. For example:
• Foundation: Coaching ethics and mindset are integrated into the visual coaching process.
• Co-creating the relationship: The coach facilitates establishing and maintaining agreements assisting clients as they gain a clear visual representation of present state, ideal future state, milestones and potential barriers. Trust and safety are cultivated as the client drives the experience. Coaching facilitates safe, supportive, and creative collaborative partnership. The coach maintains full presence with client throughout this coaching process both in the traditional sense and as together coach and client "see" what they mean.
• Communicates effectively: The coach communicates effectively by actively listening and evoking awareness both through dialogue and through flexibly and accurately capturing visual representations of the client and their world. This may result in profoundly evocative awareness.
• Cultivating learning and growth: Integrations of new thoughts, feeling and actions into clients' worldviews, paths forward, celebrations, and future planning can all be visually captured.
CCEUs will be available for this program: 1.5 Core Competencies
Carla Yetter is a Leadership Coach who combines her background as an engineer, attorney, and successful executive leader with uniquely perceptive artistic skills to help leaders bring their ideas to life.
Carla's unique approach to coaching comes from an understanding that when we translate complex thoughts into a visual metaphor or image, we gain insights that are not available through words alone. Her ability to simplify complexity to reveal the unsaid and unseen through images is powerful for her clients. Images can create a stirring of emotion, bring personal meaning, and connect us to unrealized or unspoken truths. It is a transformational process - when we see things differently, we can act differently.
Carla started her career as a process engineer, quickly moved to leadership, earned a law degree, and continued to lead people until she completed her coach training and left her corporate executive role to coach full-time. Her colleagues will tell you that she loves to color outside the lines and erase a few along the way.
Her greatest reward is when images create transformational 'aha' moments for her clients - when they suddenly 'see' the possibilities of a future of choice and begin designing the masterpiece that will be their life.