The Colbert Questionnaire

It’s been an intense week teaching our very first cohort of coaching MSt students at Cambridge. Certainly inspiring to have such an experienced and diverse group of coaches coming together at such an institution. But I gotta say, my brain is fried!

So instead of one of the many, MANY Nuggets I could distil from this time, here’s what I made earlier:

Since the US writers strike began in early May, I’ve been on a daily/late show detox, but I have a secret fantasy to one day be invited to a conversation with Stephen Colbert (or Trevor Noah). Until that happens, here’s me leaning into that fantasy and answering the infamous Colbert Questionnaire, so that I may finally “be known” 😉

It goes:

What is the best sandwich?
Burger, well stacked, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, lettuce, topped with fondue cheese and Reggae Reggae Sauce, with a hint of chipotle mayo, in a proper bun!

What’s a thing you own you should really throw out?
7 broken snowboards

What’s the scariest animal?
Boar, at night, in the forest.

Apples or Oranges?
Oranges, freshly squeezed.

Have you ever asked someone for their autograph?
Maurizio Gaudino (Football player at Eintracht Frankfurt)

What do you think happens when we die?
Part of me wants to repeat the greatest answer ever given to this question (thank you, Keanu Reeves) and say: “the people who love us will be very sad”.

But I think, in terms of consciousness, I reckon it just goes black. Then our bodies decay and hopefully nourish something, as we reintegrate with the ecosystem. Maybe there’ll be something rather than nothing, but I highly doubt we’ll live happily ever after in some sort of paradise reunited with our loved ones. I think it’ll be over, and we’d better make the most of the time we’ve got in this body.

Favourite action movie?
From Dusk Till Dawn

Window or aisle?

Favourite smell?
Fresh spray can art

Least favourite smell?
That Scandinavian fish in a tin that you should only ever open underwater.

Most used app on your phone?

Cats or dogs?
100% Cats!

You only get to listen to one song for the rest of your life. What is it?
That’s an impossible choice, but perhaps…
There’s a 24 hour dj set by Mr Scrubbs. If that doesn’t count then:
Dj Swift No5 Classics mixtape. And if that doesn’t count…
Maybe “Don’t worry be happy” by Bobby McFerrin

What number am I thinking of?
Statistically, 7.

Describe the rest of your life in 5 words!
The whole spectrum of experiences!


New content: Talking about Coaching Episode 61


We’re back with new TaC episodes after a bit of a hiatus! For this one, Stephen had brought up the question around preparing for coaching sessions, and since it often comes up for coaches, we thought we’d discuss it. While it can be helpful to have a set of questions, tools or exercises on hand, it can also distract from being fully present. Moving beyond how to prepare yourself as a coach mentally for a session (see episode 19), in today’s session I sit down with my resident coaches Siawash and Nicki to chat through the benefits and pitfalls of preparing content and questions for your client.

You can watch or listen to this episode.