I recently went on a seminar, I guess it was a personal development seminar, it was also a coaching seminar and that is one direction that I want to take my business in so thought it would be worthwhile.
It was a two and a half day 'free' seminar. I have to admit that the first evening was pretty confronting and I nearly didn't go back the next day. There were several reasons for this but one of them was if I am going to open up, do I want to do it publicly, in a room full of people and not only that but whole weekend was being filmed.
Another reason was, we were asked to introduce ourselves to others in the group - no problem with that - but not in any 'normal' kind of way. We had to think about the following question and introduce our selves as such with an explanation of why.
"If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be and why?"
What? I just don't get this kind of stuff. Do you? Like, I have no idea. To me it sounds like the type of question my nine (now 12) year old son would ask.
My brain doesn't think like that. I don't have the luxury of time to think about stuff like that. Should I dare to let my mind wander from work or kids homework or laundry, it usually returns quite quickly to, what should we have for dinner tonight?
Does this mean that I can't be personally developed or that I just will not succeed as a coach? Do my clients really need me to ask that question to help them with their health and wellbeing?
I don't have the answers, maybe I need to do a seminar to help me come to terms with this seminar.