An Introduction to Transformational Coaching

Introduction to Transformational Coaching

The webinar Introduction to Transformational Coaching uses a demonstration, or role-play, to explore what transformational coaching is and how it can help you thrive.

As you look to improve your own skills, the interactions you have with other adults and students, and within the context of our schools and communities, transformational coaching is a model that can help you identify your beliefs, ways of being, and how you “show up” in your work and life. Bright Morning President, Elena Aguilar, and teammate Jessie Cordova discussed transformational coaching and demonstrated ways to have and experience how the model can help you “show up.”

Check out the recording here and read on for top takeaways!

Five Tips for Introduction to Transformational Coaching

As Jessie and Elena engaged in role-play demonstrations, a few key factors emerged.  There are so many ways to implement transformational coaching – in coaching, working with others, and being within schools and communities –  and the more we can hone our practice and see other coaches, the more skilled we’ll be.

  1. Be conscious of your body language and non-verbal cues. During the demonstration, Elena sighed deeply a number of times. Jessie picked up on these as more indicative of how Elena was feeling and being – and she focused on that breathing.  
  2. Shame! We can’t focus on anything powerful or meaningful for an individual – or for kids, families or schools – if we’re feeling shame about our own way of being. Brene Brown makes a distinction between guilt and shame and Jessie suggested Elena consider that for their practice.   
  3. Everyone needs to practice! When Jessie was holding that space for Elena, a space that is nonjudgmental and where the client can be herself, that is what practice can mean and be! Find your Jessie! 
  4. Don’t just put band-aids on gushing wounds! Be sure that when a client is overwhelmed, they can still go deeper and don’t just put out the fires that are immediate. That deeper discussion leads to better outcomes for everyone.
  5. If you have limited beliefs about yourself, you have limited beliefs! You can’t take new actions with old beliefs! This is especially true for children and learning. You have to continually learn and grow and explore your own beliefs. The edge of the cliff is where we do the most learning. Not safely behind or falling down.


After the demonstration, Elena and Jessie addressed how to best address a resistant teacher and discussed strategies and ideas. The two also discussed what to do when you revisit a teacher who had reverted back to their old practices.  

There’s no right way to do this – there’s just the way you do it and the way it happens! 

Ready to dive deeper into Transformational Coaching? 

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Taking place over two months from April 7 – May 28, the Coach’s Toolkit Virtual Summit provides 16 sessions focused on coaching tools, practice, opportunities for modeling, and more. It is relevant to anyone seeking to level up, as a coach, mentor, leader or educator. 


If you’re looking for intensive practice, on May 18 Elena is leading a virtual workshop – the Virtual Coaching Catapult. It is one day with lots of roleplays and feedback, demonstrations, and little bites of practice to help you level up as a coach. 


Our most extensive offering and one that is further down the road is the Art of Coaching Certification Program. This revamped program will be mostly virtual and provide a comprehensive learning experience to ensure you are working from a strong foundation and making every conversation count. Registration isn’t yet open but you can click here to tell us you’re interested in learning more – and you’ll be the first to know! 


Join us for a discussion with Lori and Janet on Mindfulness Minutes – ways to incorporate resilience into your life and practice. 

Mindfulness Minutes: April 8, 2020  

What is mindfulness? How can mindfulness serve as a tool for us in uncertain times?

Mindfulness—present-moment awareness of what is happening in our lives and the world around us—is a centuries-old tool practiced by philosophical, spiritual, and religious groups the world over. In the past two decades, mindfulness also has taken hold in our organizations—from schools to business—as a practice that helps everyone (from five-year-olds to corporate CEOs) connect with their breath, body, emotions, and thoughts so that they can remain present and respond appropriately to life as it is, whether through meditation practices, brain-based activities, or breathwork. In this webinar, Janet and Lori will invite participants to dive into this practice through guided meditation, techniques one can use within minutes, and habits that will support lifelong resilience.


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