Sometimes it takes just a little longer to get the sparks to ignite.
Release date March 2017
Writing a book is a creative process. Writing time is perhaps not the best time to look too closely at the spelling or the grammar of what you are writing. Get the words down on paper, and edit them later (maybe). But how many creative writers also have those analytical, eagle-eye skills for catching spelling errors and grammatical bloopers? Not me, not much. Andrea is good at spotting errors. But there are soooo many.
With 200 pages to check, recheck and check again, we needed some support. It came in the form of a website.
In 2015, I made some notes about what to remember when coaching beyond the limitations of the cosy armchairs that can be found in most coaching rooms.
Now, in 2017, these ideas will be a book called "the Kama Sutra of Coaching" on Amazon.
As I write, I wonder how big the book is going to be. Not the length and breadth of the book, but the impact it will have on how we communicate in our education system.
The snail arrived from Amazon, with a box.
Presenting... the grand unboxing of ... Granny's Wishes
There has been a significant bump up in the quality of the ICF Core Skills Book. Collaborating is so much fun. And, for the sake of transparency, I have a small confession to make.
I received the much-awaited text from Andrea Robson for our ICF Core Coaching Skills book. This is a piece of work I started ten years ago, which is now coming to fruition.
My task today is to 'meld' the two texts, the two writers, the two perspectives into a coherent whole. Here is the ongoing FaceBook conversation about that task. Click the [f] to read more.
This book, which is very close to being published, started as an idea in 2006, just as I was learning to be a coach, and was a member (Chapter Host) of ICF Gothenburg.
The idea was that coaching benefits teachers and students. I sought to explore that idea by examining the ICF Core Skills from a teacher's point of view.
I published the brief texts as pages on a website and invited my (tiny) network to read what I had written. About 20-25 people did so.
In an effort to attract more people I recorded an audio course closely based on the texts. It had little effect on the number of visitors to the website.
Later, I moved on to writing books. When I realised that my first book "A Coaching Approach to Education" was helping me to become known around the world, I wanted to write a second book based on the ICF website. I soon discovered that I had moved on, and was no longer 'new to coaching' as my audience would be. So I asked the Universe to "send me an experienced teacher / headteacher, who is new to coaching". And 3 days later, I received an e-mail from Andrea Robson. The rest, as they say, is history. Or it will soon will be.
Stages of development and production
Written with the support of Elizabeth Nostedt
The story so far:
Gran, aged 90, has been taken by her youngest daughter to an overnight party cruise aboard an airship. An airship that floats on air like a sailing ship floats on water. The whole family is there, including her son and his wife to whom she was rude many years ago. Something that Gran regrets.
Gran has received an early birthday present, a mysterious box of chocolates with the instructions to 'eat only one'.
"I don't like chocolate. It gives me headaches - nasty ones" I told the shop assistant when I was buying hand-made chocolates for my wife and daughter. The shop assistant was so moved by my story that she packed two boxes in my bag, when I had ordered only one.
Now I find that I am writing a story that features chocolates. And an airship. And NLP Timelines.
I'm not an NLP Timeline expert, but I know someone who is. Elizabeth Nostedt.
I shared with Elizabeth the idea I had for writing about chocolates, timelines, airships and being 90 years old. It would be a complex story, simply told. The story rests upon the clarity of the instructions in the box of chocolates. Yes, instructions.
This idea was mentioned in an earlier post Timeline experiment
This is part of what Elizabeth sent me. Soon to be in a book, in a box of chocolates. Now there's a thought.
She was lying in bed, and decided to eat one the chocolates that her granddaughter had given her for her birthday. She popped one in her mouth, savoured its lovely chocolatieness and read the instructions on the box.
1) Think about the incident from the past that annoyed or upset you.
2) If there was a time line somewhere around you, where would the past be, and where would the present be? Visualize that time line.
Some years ago, when I was a member of the ICF, and Ambassador for the Gothenburg Chapter of ICF, I wrote about what coaching might look and sound like from an educator's point of view; and published my thoughts in an interactive website mostly for fun, but also with the hope that some educators would find the website and get in touch with coaching (and me?).
More recently, I was 'clearing out' my websites and realised that there was potentially a book contained in that website.
Re-reading the material I felt that it needed another person's perspective for the book to be more complete. So, I sent a request to the Universe (some call that prayer), asking for support from an experienced teacher or head teacher who is ICF certified and has their own company and wants to focus on coaching in education. It's always best to be clear when speaking to the Universe.
Three days after I sent out the request, Andrea Robson contacted me.
My name is Andrea Robson. I have been in primary education for 20 years, including Headship, and have recently taken part in Dr Clare Beckett’s CoachME programme. I am very close to being certified and hope to have completed the ICF accreditation by September of this year.
I have recently become self-employed here on the Costa del Sol in Spain. My dream is to work with children, families and teachers to use coaching to enable children and families to achieve goals, solve problems and reach their aspirations.
Thank you Universe.
In 2012, I put together some short texts about the ICF Core Coaching Skills and Educators on a website http://coachingskillsforeducators.weebly.com/ The idea was to enable teachers to learn about coaching in an educational context.
The audio was added later, because I like the sound of my own voice. Do you prefer to listen to the audio?
The idea of pulling the texts together to make a book (e-book or paperback) revealed the need for a second perspective. The current text is too much 'Martin'. So, when I connected with Andrea Robson, it was already in my mind to seek out a head teacher, a teacher, perhaps a parent to write the 'other half'.
Perhaps there's even a 'third half'?
The playlists of the videos associated with my mission to evolve the education system, one small step at the time.
The story from the start
I am a teacher, a business-owner, a public speaker, a coach and an author.