Using Everyday Gestures to Deepen Meaning in Coaching
Presented by Martha Lask, PCC
April 16, 2020
6 - 8:30 PM
The Inn at Villanova
2.0 Core Competency CCEUs and 0.5 Resource Development CCEUs
In the context of coaching, “gestures” people make when speaking about something meaningful to them can be an important source of information for coach and coachee; they are a window to the wisdom of the body.
In addition, because gesture often accompanies a strong feeling, it is a signal that the subject is significant to the person talking. Paying attention to gestures may help identify something new or deeper, something not yet brought to cognitive awareness.
Then, by using inquiry to explore the relationship between the gestures and the words, we might arrive at a deeper understanding. We can:
Explore the relationship between the gesture and the meaning
Change the meaning by changing the gesture
Change the story if that would be helpful
Pull apart the gesture and the words and possibly change a pattern
This interactive session will explore how, as coaches, to cultivate our observation of “gesture“ during the process of coaching. In this session we will explore “Spontaneous Gesture”: watching for the gesture that accompanies a story or description and exploring through questions and conversation why that particular gesture is connected to those words.
We will talk about and practice how to “listen” for gesture and ask questions when coaching on the phone, in the same way as described above.
About Our Speaker
Martha Lask has consulted and coached at local, regional and national levels, and with a range of organizations, from large pharmaceuticals to small nonprofits. She brings special expertise in executive coaching, peer coaching and in facilitating dialogue across organizations, departments and supervisory levels.
Martha is co-founder and co-director of MovingSystems, a company dedicated to compassionate, congruent and embodied dialogue by providing customized leadership development, coaching and consultation. Martha is adjunct faculty at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, (PCOM), OD and Leadership program (ODL) where she uses movement improvisation and contemplative practices to enhance and deepen coach awareness and skills in a course called, “Coaching for Leaders”.
Martha facilitates the Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project, (LEC), now in its 15th year. LEC develops leadership capacity and provides structured peer support and individual coaching for leaders of Child Advocacy Centers across the country.
Martha was trained in The LeaderCOACH Model by Perrone-Ambrose Associates, Inc and in ontological coaching by Integral Leadership and Coaching and has a PCC credential from ICF. She holds certificates in Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement and Social Presencing Theater and has an MS in Organization Development from American University, Washington DC.