1st CPD – Let’s ‘EVOLVE’ and ‘RENEW’ together

Our first CPD day, aptly titled ‘Evolve’, was born as an idea over frothy coffee one frosty afternoon. How do we keep people who’ve come into contact with us – through our programmes and coaching –  connected with what we do? And how do we build a community of coaches who share our philosophy that coach development is a continual journey of self-discovery?

And so the idea of an Edinburgh Coaching Academy CPD day emerged. And what a day it turned out to be! This was never going to be a series of theoretical lectures from coaching ‘experts’. It was always going to be practical, dynamic, fun, with lots of pause for thought and collective learning.

We invited speakers who have been an inspiration to us and who share our philosophy of ‘who you are is how you coach’:

  • Professor Helen Francis, from Edinburgh Napier University opened the day, with an enlightening update on her research into Dialogue in the Workplace, delivered in a very practical way.
  • Juliette Lee – an experienced Executive Coach – followed with an intriguing insight into coaching your ‘shadow self’ with a live demo and some challenges around the way we see ourselves and our own blind spots.
  • An insight into Amanda Ridings’ work in ‘Leadership Embodiment’ got us all moving about, and recognising the physical reactions we feel when faced with challenge can help us in everyday situations.

Filled with group discussions with lots of time for networking and sharing of ideas, the energy, enthusiasm and passion of a highly interactive day was palpable! “A great day, we fitted in so much and still had time to think!” said one delegate, which echoed the positive feedback we had from so many people.

This year’s CPD Day promises to be just as fulfilling – with a slightly different focus around ‘Renew’. You will be inspired to think about how you continue you to coach ‘your way’, giving yourself enough space and time for personal reflection and growth. With interactive sessions on using Mindfulness, and Coach development, plus discussions, idea-generating sessions and a really nice lunch, we are looking forward to welcoming you on the 15th March for more inspiration!