I had the pleasure to meet one of the greatest coaches in the world, Michael Bungay Stanier. As the second greatest coach in the world, as per introduction & here, he used some spectacular techniques in facilitating the session with at least 200 people. I am sharing some of them here with you.
First of all, you wouldn’t find any presentation for his talk. There were only 6 or 7 titles written on a chart paper.
At the beginning of the sessions, he asked everyone to stand up and greet another person that they don’t know. Then he asked us to answer this question talking: “What cross roads are you at?”. At the end of the 5 minutes, he asked us to repeat our names once again. We have repeated this exercise after a while with a different person and question: “Talk about your high points in the last week”, on your foot!
- How much engaged and active you are going to be in this session?
- How much risk are you taking with me (Michael)?
- How much effort are you going to put in to know other people?
This helped me to align my thoughts with my goals in the session. It will be a great tool to use in the start of a meeting / session you are facilitating.
- Advice Monster: This is the reverse of Active Listening
- Advice Giving Maniacs: You can tell what that is, this isn’t something a good coach would do.
- The first thing that shows up is not the real challenge most of the time.
- The first answer they are giving is usually not the best answer.
- Coaching is to be lazy, curious and often!
- Nothing is more scary if there is there is only one option you got
- The person with the longest hair / longest feet / more hair / more colorful goes first