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The starting point is what you connect with best

The best approaches engage all parts of the brain - conscious and unconscious, rational and emotional, mind and body. Good coaches start from what is easiest to engage with.  

 

Right brain / experiential methods are the most powerful in enabling change. They work directly with your unconscious limbic perception and physical sensory systems, eg via: 
- Work with images / pictures, drawing, visualisation, and story telling 
- ​Empty chair / two chair enactment (and other forms of "real play") 

- Observing (and using) the patterns of interaction between coach and client 
- Physical mapping of systems ​(eg with post-it notes, objects or even real people) 

Left brain / cognitive methods work with your conscious awareness, eg via:

- Listening with specific focus on, eg: emotions, assumptions, beliefs 

- Using maps and models which help provide a new focus or perspective 
  (simple 2x2 grids, NEO / MBTI / Centaur / DISC, Transactional Analysis etc) 

- Working with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based approaches ​

Ongoing regular practices increase your capacity to (self) observe and (self) reflect 

"I hear & forget, see & remember, do & understand" Lao Tzu