The most influential leaders are those who make it a practice to pause, reflect, and synthesize their knowledge and experiences.

This practice helps clarify decisions, break ineffective habits and thought patterns, and gain valuable new insights. It’s a critical strategy for achieving your goals…and for changing the world!

Explore this page to learn more about our confidential, individual coaching sessions as well as our small group workshops – both designed to meet specific client needs and objectives. And, don’t miss our FAQ section. If you have more questions, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out by phone or email.

Leadership Coaching

Work with us in one-on-one in confidential coaching sessions that will help you take control of your career, maximize your leadership potential, or identify and develop your professional brand. Coaching is  available in 60-minute sessions with a 3-session minimum, and delivered over a virtual platform, such as Teams or Zoom. Sessions are designed to meet your specific leadership development or professional goals and objectives.

Coaching Themes

Individual coaching sessions are ideal for:

  • Strengthening your leadership brand or reputation
  • Developing your executive presence
  • Clarifying difficult decisions
  • Managing stress & remaining composed under pressure
  • Reducing resistance to new or unpopular ideas
  • Improving self-confidence
Leadership Coaching

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Team & Small Group Workshops

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Team & Small Group Workshops

Equip your team or group with a variety of reflective writing techniques that will serve them well throughout their careers. The techniques we introduce are selected for specific outcomes and benefits, and will vary according to your group’s objectives. Workshops are delivered in 90-minute or half-day (3.5 hour) modules, for up to 8 participants, over a virtual platform like Teams or Zoom. Half-day workshops may be delivered in person.

Workshop Themes

Our workshops are ideal team-building and off-site experiences, and can be used to strengthen interactivity, cooperation and collaboration among all areas of your organization. Popular themes include:

  • Managing stress in times of change
  • Resolving conflicts and improving negotiation skills
  • Developing a professional brand
  • Aligning personal and corporate values
  • Creating the conditions for innovation and breakthrough thinking
  • Building resilience and courage in the workplace

FAQs

Why reflective writing?

Reflective writing is a guided process for tapping into our inner wisdom and nonconscious thoughts and ideas using a range of short, productive writing techniques. This type of writing leads to specific outcomes, clear action steps, and often, measurable results.

It doesn’t matter if you write in a notebook, a diary, or on a scrap of paper – this writing draws its power from a strong hand-brain connection. It is the ultimate transformation tool.

Even clients who say they hate to write tell us they appreciate the cathartic and reflective aspect of this guided journaling because there are no rules, there is no right or wrong, and there is no expectation to share anything you write.

Is reflective writing different from journaling?

While both are forms of writing, reflective writing is often considered to have a more structured approach. It is most effectively introduced by a Certified Journal Facilitator.

  • Journaling implies long-form, flow, or stream-of-consciousness writing. This can sometimes lead to “writing in circles,” and can overwhelm those who are not naturally drawn to writing.
  • Reflective writing techniques may be as short as 3 – 10 minutes and are carefully designed to tap into and process subconscious or nonconscious levels of thinking.
  • Every reflective writing technique is followed by a guided reflection step. This step is critical to processing, analyzing, and synthesizing disparate thoughts into a coherent whole. This is where true insights take shape.

How much do I have to write? Can I keyboard instead?

Research tells us that the longer we write, the deeper into our subconscious or unconscious thoughts we will go. However, we have found that writing for as little as 5-7 minutes can produce surprising insights for everyone – especially those who are not used to writing. We typically keep our writing experiences within the 3 -10 minute range.

We are often asked if you can write on your laptop or other electronic device. While any writing is better than not writing at all, there is increasing evidence supporting a strong hand/body-mind connection. For this reason, we recommend that our coaching clients and workshop participants write by hand whenever possible.

Confidentiality: Do I have to share what I write?

No, never. We include participant workbooks in our programs in which to capture thoughts and feelings that emerge through gently guided writing techniques. After trying a new technique, participants are invited to share their experience with the technique only if they would like to do so, and as time allows.

At My Journal Coach, we are committed to providing a safe, secure and nurturing environment. We hold confidentiality in the group setting to be our highest priority. We manage this with clearly communicated guidelines:

  • Participants may talk only about their own writing experience.
  • All opinions, styles and cultures are respected.
  • We hold each other’s work with compassion.
  • We offer only positive feedback, encouragement and wisdom.
  • If privacy of written material cannot be assured, participants are encouraged to respectfully destroy their writing after the program.

What can I expect in a workshop?

Our workshops are highly interactive and engaging. Reflective writing techniques are introduced by a Certified Journal Facilitator, and everyone has an opportunity to try them for themselves. Please see our Confidentiality section.

In our workshops, each writing activity is between 3-10 minutes long and involves our three-step process: Writing, Reflection, Action.

We encourage participants to draw on the techniques they learn anytime – when they want or need them – long after the program ends. It is not our intention, or expertise, to use these techniques for therapeutic reasons, but some participants may experience a beneficial therapeutic outcome. If you are under the care of a mental health professional, we encourage you to share your experience with them.

What’s the science behind reflective writing?

Certified Journal Facilitators have been excited about the power of self-reflection and reflective writing for decades. Now, the science and media is catching up! Here are some of our favorite research papers and articles: