Yesterday was in the planning for many, many months – as a member of BACP’s Coaching Executive and Chair since January last year, I knew that this would mean my hosting the day.
This felt both a little daunting (80ish people expected – turned out, it was fully booked and, including us and staff, we had nearly 120!) and cheeky.
After all, Carolyn Mumby, our Chair Elect, did soooo much of the heavy lifting in taking the lead in organising the day and liaising with the speakers, along with BACP’s staff (who make the actual smooth running of events look so effortless).
The whole Coaching Executive – Sally Brown, Gill Fennings-Monkman MBE, Steve Page and Michele Down, spent days (we’re all volunteers) creating the format, briefing for presenters and helping fine tune content.
It came together beautifully.
When I did this Side Plank in the morning, burning off some stress hormones so I could better relax into presenting, I had NO idea I’d be teaching yoga in a dress later on – one of our speakers was ill so I did a little impromptu mindful breathing and chair yoga during some of what would have been her slot.
Introducing the event
The fantabulous Jackee Holder opened the day with a session on trees as metaphors and reflective writing
BACP Coaching Chair Elect, Carolyn Mumby‘s talk on working with young people inspired me to consider doing some additional training in this area
Sue Sutcliffe (typo on pic not here) made the case for preventative couples’ work (ie, working on our relationships sooner rather than waiting for things to go wrong and potentially implode).
Catherine Macadam talked about coaching for unpaid carers, pointing out just how many of us have or will be carers (or need care) at some point in our lives
David Britten spoke about coaching for recovery
I realised that this was exactly what I had done – I trained as a life coach when self-loathing was my default position. The coaching tools I learned and coaching I experienced helped me begin to overcome how I felt deep down and after years of coaching and adding other therapies, I felt ready to delve deeper and do the counselling training which I knew would involve personal therapy.
I am so glad that through David’s and others’ work, more people are benefitting from coaching and the building on resources that this can offer. Obviously, it makes sense to go to a coach with psychological training too but coaching alone can be a powerful support.
At this point, I no longer have pics as the lovely person photographing was then offering timer support to the speakers:
Katharine Collins was an inspiration. Her talk on ‘coaching through a queer lense’, and encouraging people to define their niches based on the changes we wish to see in the world is the best niching advice I’ve ever come across.
And Miranda Rock, talking about the journey between qualifying and working with executives and directors was a breath of fresh air.
Jackee then helped us ground the day and identify our own personal next steps. Being an integrative and expansive soul, my own next steps felt more like ‘find out more about x, y and z’ than narrowing down as so many of the speakers had inspired me but I know that I’m also drilling down to simplify my offerings.
This blog post represents my own experience of the day but the energy in the hotel was gorgeous and feedback so far has been incredibly positive.
People, passionate about counselling and coaching, wanting to learn more, to find out how to serve more people. It was a delight listening to the speakers, talking to delegates, catching up with the team (our last meeting had to be cancelled due to snow so it had been a while since we’d all met in person).
We’re already planning another Working With Coaching Day for York in November – if you’re a member of BACP Coaching or BACP and have ideas or feedback you’d like to share about yesterday and upcoming events, do email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
And feel free to comment below.