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Satu-Päivikki Lehtonen: An intensive week of emotionally intelligent coaching

The goal of the course was to increase the understanding of emotional intelligence and improve coaching skills for situations in which we are teaching, motivating and interacting with others. The course was based on the theory of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). NLP is a model of how the brain works: how we learn, think, communicate, make decisions and find motivation and how to achieve changes that we want.

I participated in the “Coaching and emotional intelligence” course organised by IFOM in Bologna in February. Our dream team consisted of our Italian trainer and seven enthusiastic course participants from Portugal, Romania, Germany, Slovakia and Finland.

The goal of the course was to increase the understanding of emotional intelligence and improve coaching skills for situations in which we are teaching, motivating and interacting with others. The course was based on the theory of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). NLP is a model of how the brain works: how we learn, think, communicate, make decisions and find motivation and how to achieve changes that we want. NLP teaches techniques for becoming aware of how you yourself and others perceive the world and, consequently, for increasing self-knowledge and improving interaction with different people.

Our trainer Cristina introduced the topic of the day by going through theory with the aid of interesting practical examples. The best part of the course was naturally functional exercises and insight-inducing group work and discussions. We trained coaching methods and tools in relation to various topics and situations: how to find a common language, how to motivate students in all kinds of difficult situations, how to give constructive feedback and encourage people and so on. Profound discussions inspired by the topic of the day continued during breaks and free time. As our accommodation was organised at the course centre and we had common programme in the evening, the week turned into a truly intensive course.

 In addition to networking and peer learning, we also got to the chance to practise our language skills: we had many discussions not only about the actual content of the course but also about our countries, cultures, politics and education systems. Among the course participants, there were teachers of philosophy, geography, economics and history, for instance, from different types of educational institutions, which always brought many interesting perspectives into our discussions. An important shared insight for us was to realise how similar we all fundamentally are despite cultural differences and state boundaries.

Satu-Päivikki LehtonenSivis Study Centre

This article is part of a series of articles about learning experiences in the field of adult education in European context. Our ERASMUS+ KA1 project is called “European Educational Know-how Supporting Civil Society”.

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