Coaching World Issue 7: August 2013 - Page 27

it doesn’t come nicely wrapped up in sentences and action plans. The language of the right hemisphere is images, music, colors, emotions and metaphor. It’s vague, unfocused, imprecise and broad. Thus, it’s up to us to take these amorphous feelings, images and “gut reactions” and find a way to talk about and understand them. When we say, “I have a sense of something, but I don’t know how to describe it,” we are actually saying, “I have knowing in my right hemisphere, but I have not yet brought it into my left hemisphere through language so that it can be looked at specifically.” Accessing the right hemisphere and all of its intuitive information requires a relaxed, calm and open mind. When we focus and drive too hard, this softer connection gets lost. Intuition and Coaching Many experienced coaches say their intuition has strengthened over the years. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that practice gives us “expert” information, allowing powerful pattern recognition. Another is that the more we check in with our own bodily reactions and practice assigning language to right-hemisphere responses, the better we get at it. Through practice and repetition, we are building and strengthening neural pathways within our intuition system. ICF Business Partners knowledge in multiple ways. Know that these can all be developed with practice and coaching experience. Be aware that your intuition is telling you something and trust that information, while also knowing that your interpretation might be skewed by your own experiences and biases. Know that intuition is not strange at all, but a rational, explicable part of how our brain and body work. And everyone—and I mean everyone—has it! ICF partners with various groups through the ICF Media Partner and ICF Business Solutions Partner programs to offer discounts or special pricing to ICF members on goods and services. Learn more at icf.to/partners. Ann Betz, CPCC, is the cofou nder of BEabove Leadership, and an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching and human transformation. Ann serves as the neuroscience consultant to the Coaches Training Institute and is chair of the task force on neuroscience and coaching for the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO). She is a popular author on coaching and the brain as a contributor to “Choice” magazine, “Coaching at Work” and other coaching and HR publications. She is a frequent contributor to the ICF Blog and has her own blog at yourcoachingbrain. wordpress.com. Through BEabove Leadership, Ann developed and co-leads the popular training program for advanced coaches, “Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching,” currently offered in the U.S, Canada and the United Kingdom. Ann is committed to making the complexities of the brain and consciousness accessible to coaches and leaders, and is known for both her depth and humor. She lives in Minneapolis with her teenage son and two very enlightened cats. So, my advice to coaches? Know that you’re accessing below-conscious-processing Coaching World | August 2013 27