Mindfulness is a term that we all have been hearing more often recently. Living in a world where the dynamics change too quick, being surrounded by the crowd, technology, rushing businesses make us move out of the moment without noticing.
Using meditation and mindfulness techniques are useful to stay in the moment and focus on what we really experience at that moment. Many businesspeople, increasingly add these techniques into their daily life to manage stress, maintain strategic focus, enhance performance, promote emotional intelligence and improve interpersonal relationships.
Coaching is not an exception benefiting these techniques to use as a preparation tool and during the session. The coach can be enhanced through mindfulness techniques to stay in the moment for a better listening, have a blank mind during the session, for a non-judgmental open mind. Having a clear mind during coaching session increases the success of the coaching process as coach can easily track the emotions, understand what is going on in coachee’s (client-who benefits from a coaching session) mind and be one step further than him to be able to ask proper and stronger questions to open more space to help him think deeper with different perspectives.
On the other hand, the coachee-client benefits from mindfulness in managing the stress, thinking easier and contributing towards improved performance. When coachee experiences relaxing methods like controlling the breath and progressive muscle relaxation, he mentally and physiologically allows to work on mindset changes. Activating 5 senses during a short period causes the brain to work actively and the mind more open to see possibilities and ways to reach the target by planning strategies.
In addition to personal benefits, mindfulness and its usage in the coaching have various advantages in a workplace like enhancing a productive teamwork, helping leaders to overcome their limiting beliefs, identify interpersonal difficulties. Using mindfulness techniques at corporate coaching sessions help businesspeople develop new skill sets including the capacity to think more strategically and motivate others. Executive coaches using mindfulness help clients to identify core challenges, communicate more effectively across the organization, implement strategic plans for success, in addition to regular effects of mindfulness like maintaining a calm, steady presence.
As a result, simple mindfulness techniques are way beneficial than their easy applications. Coaches with who can use these techniques for themselves individually improve their coaching skills by staying in the time, deeper listening and seeing next step clearly. When these techniques are applied to coachee during session, outcome and awareness increase and relieving the stress help brings motivation, clear thinking and productivity.