Ontological Coaching with Eric Larson

Ontological Coaching, Eric Larson, Yannick's Coaching Lab

Observe a live coaching demonstration followed by a discussion with coach & client and an opportunity to practice; experiment in triads.

About this Event

Welcome to Yannick’s Coaching Lab!

Every 1st Tuesday of the month we get together to observe a live coaching demo, followed by a debrief and discussion together with the coach and client, and a chance to practice and experiment in triads in breakout rooms afterwards. You’ll get to learn from interesting and experienced practitioners, connect with other coaches and generally have some fun and experiment in a safe and confidential environment.

Your host for the evening

Your host and facilitator is Yannick Jacob, professional coach, trainer and supervisor with over 10 years of experience. Yannick is a published coaching author, teaching faculty at The School of Life and former Programme Leader of the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London.

Featured Coach

This month we welcome Eric Larson to the Lab. Eric is a full-time coach and has been practicing since 2008. I love how Eric approaches coaching and appreciate his deep way of reflecting on his practice. I’m excited that he’s agreed to showcase his way of working for us followed by what will surely be an inspiring discussion.

About Eric:

Throughout his career Eric has helped thousands of clients – in more than 10,000 conversations – identify and free from themselves from internal and external barriers to create a life of greater purpose, fulfillment and meaning. As an advocate of excellence in the coaching profession, he also offers mentor coaching to executive, wellness and life coaches who are committed to improving their skills and/or pursuing ACC or PCC certification through the International Coaching Federation.

A message from Eric:

“Fellow Coaches: I am eager to be with you all next month. For 20 years, I have traveled tirelessly through myriad internal and external worlds, in light and shadow, collecting philosophies, methods, techniques, tools, totems, metaphors, poems, songs – anything at all that might help people free themselves from suffering.

I bring everything I am and everything I have into each coaching session. A splash of existential philosophy, here. A dash of Buddhist cosmology, there. Sprinkles of neurobiology, CBT, DBT, ACT, IFS, PERMA. Tears, laughter. A moment of silence – or a full hour. Together, in real time, the client and I co-create the context and the conversation.

We humble ourselves and make use of whatever the moment demands of us. It’s jazz. Or maybe gardening. Clients grab their instrument, they get on stage, and we play. Or, they grab their packet of seeds, their watering can, and we get down in the dirt together, dig in and get growing. When it’s all over (although it’s never over-over) it’s hard to say what has happened, exactly. But something, something magical; for we are both transformed. “

About the Lab:

Join us for an inside-look into the inner workings of coaching, find out how and why coaches make certain decisions and how they choose their interventions. You get to witness how the client is experiencing different coaching approaches and we hope you’ll get lots of inspiration for your own coaching practice.

After the fishbowl and discussion you’ll get a chance to work in triads (coach, client, observer) with the other attendees so that you can take your insights and ideas for a spin, experiment with some new tools and techniques or simply practice some coaching and get some valuable feedback on your work from fellow professional or curious lay clients. Talking about coaching in small groups and sharing our learning with the rest of the group afterward will help us all grow our understanding, knowledge and coaching skills.

Plan for the evening:

  • 6:30 Welcome and networking
  • 6:45 Live coaching session
  • 7:30 Debrief & group discussion
  • 8:15 Optional practice sessions in triads/breakout rooms
  • 9:00 Sharing Insights
  • 9:30 Finish

Session recordings – where coach and client give their permission for the session to be used for training purposes (they will have 1 week post-event to veto or request edits), recordings will be made available to members, ticket holders of the event as well as ticket holders of the following event. This also means that by participating in the Q&A and discussion you agree to be recorded.

More about the Coaching Labswatch this video to learn how it all started and how the Coaching Lab can you help you grow your practice.

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