Monday, June 11, 2012

What story is told by your actions?

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 by International Coach Federation

The plane is full.

We all stand in line and slowly crawl forward to our assigned seats.

There's always someone who takes forever to stow away their bag.  Just when they are all set, they remember that they need to take their book out….and have to start all over.

The flight attendants stand with that very special smile and say good morning a thousand times.

When you finally get to your seat, you glance quickly at the people with whom you will share the next few uncomfortable hours and wonder, which type will they be?

Will they talk your ear off?

Or will they pretend you don't even exist?

And you wonder, which one are you?

Do you give in to the craving for human connection, at the price of being bored to tears for hour after hour?

Or do you just dive in and you navigate the way of friendly banter alongside the distance that will allow you take a nap and not engage in conversation.

Inevitably, what compels us, what calls for our attention, what we crave for, is the story. 

We are always drawn into interaction with others because we long for a great story.

It is a basic human need; to hear stories and to have our stories heard.

As coaches, we have the great honor of being witness to others' stories.  We are blessed by the skills to provide a safe space for the telling of stories. 

It is not only a great ability, it is also a great responsibility.

To provide people the opportunity to tell their stories and be truly heard, is one of the greatest gifts that coaching can give.  When we can do this, we are offering the very best support.
Lisa Bloom, PCC

So next time you are travelling, tune in to the story, it will be worth your while!

Lisa Bloom, PCC is founder of Story Coach Inc. and the Certified Story Coach Program.  Download her ebook ‘Using Stories to Get Great Clients’ at

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