"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'?
Answer to one of Hetty's initial questions (May 2016)
"How do we develop the story around the Co-Active model?"
Do we start with the fundamentals and move on, as in the Co-Active course, first with Fulfillment, then Balance, Process and Synergy? Is this the right order for describing the stages of someone's school life? Hetty Brand Boswijk
Today, I created two websites for connecting and gathering information.
One for educators and one for Co-Active Coaches. Each website will provide source material for their respective e-books and webpages or websites.
The CAtE book (a Coaching Approach to Education) that I wrote in 2014 is only the first half. I have been summoning the energy to write the second half. Thank goodness it's been raining this summer (in Sweden).
Rough, and not ready for public viewing.
The idea is to find a way that the two halves of the recording can be made at different times and in different places - by the Interviewer and the Interviewee. Some questions can be prepared, (and pre-recorded) by the Interviewer, AND some questions chosen by the Interviewee, and post recorded by the Interviewer.
A work in progress.
The two videos (of me) are a first attempt at asking questions and answering them.
I am asking why. Just asking!
I'd love to know parents reasons. Maybe I should publish this on FB?
As a Brit I am attached to the Blue Peter expression "And here's one I made earlier" which always preceded the production of an almost-finished article on the make-it-yourself program for children.
You were watching, say, John Noakes making a space station from egg boxes, washing up liquid bottles and copious amounts of tin foil; and glue. In the middle of the mess he was making, John would reach under the desk and say "and here's one I made earlier", and produce that space station in perfect working order.
So, I was delighted when I pulled out from under my desk, a book entitled "Core Coaching Skills for Educators", all typed up and ready to print (almost).
I want to interview coaches about their journey to working in education. But how? They live in many different countries. Ah haaa. video. Or?
Since I aim to connect coaches around the world, I want to use an image that shows where we are and how we are connected. I prefer to use the most accurate and fairest description of what the world looks like.
The green map (Peterson Projection) shows the fairest description of the global land masses. The line map is the most common, (and untrue) description.
First stroke of brilliance - contact the CTI Education Niche
Second stroke of brilliance - re-engineer the C4E website
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