Humans tell stories. We have stories for everything and they are told in a particular way for a particular reason. So when a client or indeed any acquaintance tells you a story the invitation is to ask yourself these questions:
(1) What does this story [really] say?
(2) How and why was this story told?
(3) What am I, the coach, hearing in this story?
(4) What am I not hearing (gaps = liminal space)?
I have the privilege of being part of an amazing peer-support group that meets every two weeks with one purpose: “to support our development as coaches!”
And yet, as we grow as coaches, we are also called on to do an incredible amount of inner work. Our mission has thus evolved to be: “to support each other as humans and as friends!”
The accompanying content was developed to support this process and has served as inspiration. The hope is that this content may inspire other coaches to set up their own peer-support groups or that it may serve in some other fashion. It is not intended to be the last word on anything!