‘Can I take a photo of these sketches, so I can recall our conversation in moments I feel down again?’
This is what my coachee asked last week when I coached him. He had a hard time regulating his emotions after a rather sudden break up with his partner with whom he had been in a relationship for a good seven years.
On the side, I don’t regularly coach people anymore nowadays, but in the past have been coaching and training people in their communication skills to help them shift their (partner) relationships to a different stage or experience. Every now and then I receive requests for support and as I love helping them SEE how they can stay in their power from a place of self-connection and trust, I gladly take the call.
Why I am pulling this experience into this blog is because it is about that piece ‘…helping them SEE…’ that I find worth sharing with you as a visual practitioner.
The setting in which I helped my client see what was going on what in a coaching setting, yet in the same way this may happen in any conversation (we a box of markers on the dining table!) or training setting. Supporting your conversation in a visual way has several advantages for you and for the person(s) you are speaking with.
When you communicate visually in your coaching sessions, your clients feel supported even after your session has finished.
7 benefits of visual expression that help you and you coaching client
BENEFIT 1 – YOU SHOW YOU ARE FULLY AVAILABLE TO YOUR CLIENT
BENEFIT 2 – YOU STAY FULLY PRESENT
BENEFIT 3 – YOUR CLIENT CAN RESPOND AND ADD TO WHAT YOU VISUALLY REFLECT AND PRESENT
BENEFIT 4 – YOU CAN VISUALLY REFER TO PARTS YOU HAVE ALREADY TOUCHED UPON
BENEFIT 5 – YOU HAVE A VISUAL TO GIVE AND TAKE HOME
BENEFIT 6 – YOU STIMULATE INTEGRATION
BENEFIT 7 – YOU INCREASE RETENTION
- 1 > You show you are fully available with your client
- 2 > You stay fully present
- 3 > Your client can respond and add to what you sketch
- 4 > You can visually refer to earlier parts of the conversation
- 5 > You have a visual to give and take home
- 6 > You stimulate integration
- 7 > You increase retention
Which of these advantages are beneficial to you and/or coachee?
Please share your reflection with me in the comments.
My name is Mireille van Bremen and I believe that with empathy, clarity and transparency, we experience more understanding, connection, inclusion, participation, leadership, creativity and trust in our relationships, communities and society.
My clients hire me to design infographics & visual summaries, and visual tools for training or workshop purposes. My participants join the online and live visual communication programs in my Online Training Platform. My programs enable people to express themselves visually and increase the impact of their communication.