Monthly Archives: May 2018

Operation SuperCoach – Are You Asking Your Clients The Right Questions?

Posted on May 17, 2018

The right question is the question that the client understands, the question that the client knows the answer to. The right question is appropriate and timely. Let me give you an example of a wrong question I have been asked recently. I am at my dentist’s office. Elevator music soundtrack, and the receptionist is wearing

I Need A Bigger Jacket

Posted on February 7, 2018

One morning this week I was going through my closet, and collecting few items for the donation bin – hats I don’t wear, few arms sleeves that I have not used in years, cropped jacket that is just not comfortable. I pulled out a leather jacket that’s been hiding in the back of the closet,

Operation SuperCoach – Help ME Help YOU, And How To Be A Better Client

Posted on December 18, 2017

“I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok? Help me… help you. Help me, help you.” Remember this? I guarantee your coach feels that way sometimes. 😉 Help them

SOLO at 11:09 pm Dec 29
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Maria! I can definitely see how Google has done us a disservice in many ways. Information in itself is not helpful, if we do not also have the expertise that can help us determine what to do with this information!

5 Things I Learned From Meditating 30 Days In A Row, And 4 Meditation Apps You Should Try

Posted on February 28, 2017

A conversation between me and Italian. Me: I have meditated for 30 days in a row! Italian: That’s great! Me: Do I seem more enlightened? Italian: No. Me: No? (in disappointed tone) Italian: No. But when you fall asleep, you start to levitate. I have been running away from meditation for a very long time.

Operation SuperCoach – I Am Not One Thing

Posted on January 9, 2017

Once upon a time, a client refused to work with me after learning I was a yoga teacher (among many other things). Yoga teacher is one of many (many!) identities that I wear, and this particular rejection was surprisingly painful. Perhaps, because the rejection itself was surprising. Like that one time after a yoga class,

Operation SuperCoach – Are You The Proverbial Bull In A China Shop?

Posted on November 22, 2016

I remember thinking about the term “bull in a china shop”.I found a draft for a blog post about it from way back in 2014. Ever wondered where it comes from? I could not find the origin of the expression – there has been at least one instance of an actual bull in the actual china

Operation SuperCoach – How To Give The Best Compliments In The World

Posted on May 4, 2016

Why give compliments? Because we can. By giving someone a compliment, you are giving them an opportunity to engage in “self-enhancement”, a basic type of motivation that is associated with increased self-esteem, increased sense of control and all kinds of great things. That said, I think I have finally figured out the ultimate formula –

Operation SuperCoach – “That’s A Great Question” Is Not An Answer

Posted on October 19, 2014

“That’s a great question!” I hear this phrase frequently from clients. Usually said with both emphasis and fake enthusiasm. And every time I do, I feel impatient. I know it’s a great question. That’s the only kind I ask. 😉 However, chances are, you are not really complimenting me on my question-asking abilities. More often

[…] Ha. I almost said “that’s a great question”. […]

Why Are You Here? Ottawa Spartan Beast 2013 Race Recap

Posted on September 12, 2013

… or what I learned at the Ottawa Spartan Beast 2013 Consider all the things we tell ourselves and others at a race: I just want to finish. I am not racing today. I’m not really doing this for time. I don’t care about my time. I just do this for fun. I’m not feeling

[…] I couldn’t get into that race this year. I couldn’t answer the question why. […]

Tentanda Via – Attending TEDx At York University

Posted on March 27, 2013

Tentanda via means The way must be tried in Latin. It’s the motto of York University, one of my alma maters. Last week I was able to spend a whole day at TEDx @ YorkU, an independently organized TED event with that very theme. The way must be tried.

[…] attend TED conference – York TEDx [2013] […]

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