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Solo narrative coaching training

Our ‘Flying Solo’ online narrative course will bring an exciting approach to your coaching practice.

Introducing our narrative course

This training is a powerful combination of theoretical and practical ways to work with story in coaching. It contains a blend of personal sessions with our course leaders, online learning modules and individual supervision. The set of modules offer full flexibility and comes with an online interactive portal.

Who is this narrative course for?

This course is for experienced coaches who run their own practices or internal coaches or L&OD specialists. It gives you more flexibly to structure your training to fit with your schedule. If you simply prefer working one-on-one with us, it provides an alternative means of personal coaching training that focuses directly on you and your practice.

What the training covers

We have selected a spread of fascinating ideas from the narrative world and synthesised them together in a highly accessible manner. They are explained and explored in a way they can be easily applied to coaching.

The course focuses on advanced coaching skills in three crucial areas:

  • Narrative literacy, sense making and purpose
  • Decision making, change and follow through
  • Addressing your client’s most pressing personal and business needs

This training pulls it all together and is designed to deepen and strengthen your ability to:

  • Explore and make better sense of your clients’ personal and organisational narratives
  • Implement new ways of catalysing transformational change in your clients’ lives
  • Ask thought-provoking questions that identify and open up hidden assumptions that your clients might be making
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your client’s inner landscape through stories both big and small, and achieve it faster than you would via general coaching
  • Envision different models and ways of working with clients’ metaphors and values, internal and external stories
  • Find effective ways, via a narrative approach, to move your clients forward – shifting negative patterns of thinking and behaving while replacing them with ways to develop different, more positive habits
  • Challenge and support clients to gain greater agency, resourcefulness, and a fresh sense of purpose
  • Work with your clients to re-story their lives rather than simply move to a default future

Transformational Narrative Coaching is a powerful approach. When you work with your clients in this way, they will gain more clarity of purpose and a greater sense of self-authorship.

The online modules

These explore the most important current theories around narrative and stories, and will introduce you to the key thought leaders in the field. These include the ideas of Dan McAdams, Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, Susan Greenfield, Ruthellen Josselson, Michael Bamberg and several others. We will be integrating Martin Buber’s concept of I-Thou dialogue and incorporating insights from Gestalt Psychology.

THE STORY SO FAR…

As part of the course you will be given the book ‘The Story So Far’ – An Introduction to Transformational Narrative Coaching by Nick Isbister and Jude Elliman.Nick and Jude are the Flying Solo Course creators, as well as the online module designers and presenters. They each have over 25 years of executive coaching experience and of using a narrative coaching approach in their business.

Their book covers the content of the training. It is a valuable resource to back-up the course, and the on-line training modules will extend your understanding and explore the ideas in greater depth.

COURSE FRAMEWORK

The Flying Solo course framework is:

  • Two 90-minute coaching sessions
  • Ten online modules – audio presentations that cover the course in detail, each 15-30 minutes long
  • Two 90-minute coaching sessions which take place afterwards
  • First-use coaching client supervision session

The training can be arranged throughout the year to suit the individual.

Meet our directors

Jude Elliman

Jude helps her clients to think clearly, strategically and practically. She supports her clients as they face big challenges and pressing, significant issues. Jude’s coaching approach is highly relational, organisationally savvy and results-orientated.

Work with Jude

Nick Isbister

For 26 years, Nick has been a trusted advisor to many leaders and emerging leaders. He focuses on working with senior executives, helping them negotiate the pressures they face at the top of their organisations.

Work with Nick

Meet our other coaches

‘These interactive modules from Listening Partnership bring to life Transformational Narrative Coaching in an accessible and stimulating way. We all need to connect with our story in these times of uncertainty, and this process helps us do that with real clarity.’

Tim Richardson
Director of Waverley Learning

The risk of single stories, and the value of balance

In the 1930s scientists began examining the cognitive effects of labeling. According to a hypothesis by the linguist Benjamin Whorf, the words we use to describe what we see aren't just random. They actually determine what we experience to a startling degree. And that can be dangerous.

The power of visual storytelling in a digital age

Michael and Jack Whitehall are an unlikely double-act - a father and son duo. In their talk-show, Backchat, and with their recent travel shows, Travels with my Father, they constantly, repeatedly miss each others’ point. Their humour is based on the fact that Michael aged 79 and Jack aged 29 live in the same world but also inhabit totally different worlds. Their assumptions, their beliefs, the things they value are at total variance with each other.

“These interactive modules from Listening Partnership bring to life Transformational Narrative Coaching in an accessible and stimulating way. We all need to connect with our story in these times of uncertainty, and this process helps us do that with real clarity.”

Tim Richardson
Director of Waverley Learning

“Tranformational Narrative Coaching has been an incredibly useful tool in my coaching practice. Although many of the concepts I have learned through Jude and Nick’s programmes are useful across many coaching situations, I find TNC especially and extremely impactful when working with people who are looking to clarify their professional direction.”

Julie Jessop
Leadership Coach

The risk of single stories, and the value of balance

In the 1930s scientists began examining the cognitive effects of labeling. According to a hypothesis by the linguist Benjamin Whorf, the words we use to describe what we see aren't just random. They actually determine what we experience to a startling degree. And that can be dangerous.

The power of visual storytelling in a digital age

Michael and Jack Whitehall are an unlikely double-act - a father and son duo. In their talk-show, Backchat, and with their recent travel shows, Travels with my Father, they constantly, repeatedly miss each others’ point. Their humour is based on the fact that Michael aged 79 and Jack aged 29 live in the same world but also inhabit totally different worlds. Their assumptions, their beliefs, the things they value are at total variance with each other.

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Introducing our narrative course

This training is a powerful combination of theoretical and practical ways to work with story in coaching. It contains a blend of personal sessions with our course leaders, online learning modules and individual supervision. The set of modules offer full flexibility and comes with an online interactive portal.

Who is this narrative course for?

This course is for experienced coaches who run their own practices or internal coaches or L&OD specialists. It gives you more flexibly to structure your training to fit with your schedule. If you simply prefer working one-on-one with us, it provides an alternative means of personal coaching training that focuses directly on you and your practice.

What the training covers

We have selected a spread of fascinating ideas from the narrative world and synthesised them together in a highly accessible manner. They are explained and explored in a way they can be easily applied to coaching.

The course focuses on advanced coaching skills in three crucial areas:

  • Narrative literacy, sense making and purpose
  • Decision making, change and follow through
  • Addressing your client’s most pressing personal and business needs

This training pulls it all together and is designed to deepen and strengthen your ability to:

  • Explore and make better sense of your clients’ personal and organisational narratives
  • Implement new ways of catalysing transformational change in your clients’ lives
  • Ask thought-provoking questions that identify and open up hidden assumptions that your clients might be making
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your client’s inner landscape through stories both big and small, and achieve it faster than you would via general coaching
  • Envision different models and ways of working with clients’ metaphors and values, internal and external stories
  • Find effective ways, via a narrative approach, to move your clients forward – shifting negative patterns of thinking and behaving while replacing them with ways to develop different, more positive habits
  • Challenge and support clients to gain greater agency, resourcefulness, and a fresh sense of purpose
  • Work with your clients to re-story their lives rather than simply move to a default future

Transformational Narrative Coaching is a powerful approach. When you work with your clients in this way, they will gain more clarity of purpose and a greater sense of self-authorship.

The online modules

These explore the most important current theories around narrative and stories, and will introduce you to the key thought leaders in the field. These include the ideas of Dan McAdams, Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, Susan Greenfield, Ruthellen Josselson, Michael Bamberg and several others. We will be integrating Martin Buber’s concept of I-Thou dialogue and incorporating insights from Gestalt Psychology.

THE STORY SO FAR…

As part of the course you will be given the book ‘The Story So Far’ – An Introduction to Transformational Narrative Coaching by Nick Isbister and Jude Elliman.Nick and Jude are the Flying Solo Course creators, as well as the online module designers and presenters. They each have over 25 years of executive coaching experience and of using a narrative coaching approach in their business.

Their book covers the content of the training. It is a valuable resource to back-up the course, and the on-line training modules will extend your understanding and explore the ideas in greater depth.

COURSE FRAMEWORK

The Flying Solo course framework is:

  • Two 90-minute coaching sessions
  • Ten online modules – audio presentations that cover the course in detail, each 15-30 minutes long
  • Two 90-minute coaching sessions which take place afterwards
  • First-use coaching client supervision session

The training can be arranged throughout the year to suit the individual.

Meet our directors

Jude Elliman

Jude helps her clients to think clearly, strategically and practically. She supports her clients as they face big challenges and pressing, significant issues. Jude’s coaching approach is highly relational, organisationally savvy and results-orientated.

Work with Jude

Nick Isbister

For 26 years, Nick has been a trusted advisor to many leaders and emerging leaders. He focuses on working with senior executives, helping them negotiate the pressures they face at the top of their organisations.

Work with Nick

Meet our other coaches

‘These interactive modules from Listening Partnership bring to life Transformational Narrative Coaching in an accessible and stimulating way. We all need to connect with our story in these times of uncertainty, and this process helps us do that with real clarity.’

Tim Richardson
Director of Waverley Learning

The risk of single stories, and the value of balance

In the 1930s scientists began examining the cognitive effects of labeling. According to a hypothesis by the linguist Benjamin Whorf, the words we use to describe what we see aren't just random. They actually determine what we experience to a startling degree. And that can be dangerous.

The power of visual storytelling in a digital age

Michael and Jack Whitehall are an unlikely double-act - a father and son duo. In their talk-show, Backchat, and with their recent travel shows, Travels with my Father, they constantly, repeatedly miss each others’ point. Their humour is based on the fact that Michael aged 79 and Jack aged 29 live in the same world but also inhabit totally different worlds. Their assumptions, their beliefs, the things they value are at total variance with each other.

“These interactive modules from Listening Partnership bring to life Transformational Narrative Coaching in an accessible and stimulating way. We all need to connect with our story in these times of uncertainty, and this process helps us do that with real clarity.”

Tim Richardson
Director of Waverley Learning

“Tranformational Narrative Coaching has been an incredibly useful tool in my coaching practice. Although many of the concepts I have learned through Jude and Nick’s programmes are useful across many coaching situations, I find TNC especially and extremely impactful when working with people who are looking to clarify their professional direction.”

Julie Jessop
Leadership Coach

Meet our directors

Jude Elliman

Jude helps her clients to think clearly, strategically and practically. She supports her clients as they face big challenges and pressing, significant issues. Jude’s coaching approach is highly relational, organisationally savvy and results-orientated.

Work with Jude

Nick Isbister

For 26 years, Nick has been a trusted advisor to many leaders and emerging leaders. He focuses on working with senior executives, helping them negotiate the pressures they face at the top of their organisations.

Work with Nick

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The risk of single stories, and the value of balance

In the 1930s scientists began examining the cognitive effects of labeling. According to a hypothesis by the linguist Benjamin Whorf, the words we use to describe what we see aren't just random. They actually determine what we experience to a startling degree. And that can be dangerous.

The power of visual storytelling in a digital age

Michael and Jack Whitehall are an unlikely double-act - a father and son duo. In their talk-show, Backchat, and with their recent travel shows, Travels with my Father, they constantly, repeatedly miss each others’ point. Their humour is based on the fact that Michael aged 79 and Jack aged 29 live in the same world but also inhabit totally different worlds. Their assumptions, their beliefs, the things they value are at total variance with each other.