What are you most thankful for this past year in terms of your motivational interviewing and health coaching experience?
It has been a wonderful year. A year full of motivational interviewing trainings and health coach sessions. I have traveled to Ireland, throughout the USA and extensively throughout Iowa. I have had the privilege to work with so many of you on the front lines of health. Day in and day out you are impacting individuals, families, communities and organizations in real and life changing ways. As I reflect back to all the trainings and coaching conversations I have had with you all in 2017, the first thought that comes to mind is gratitude. Gratitude to you for being “all in” during the trainings and the coaching sessions. Thank you!
Thank you for sharing your success stories and your challenges with me and your fellow colleagues.
Thank you for being vulnerable to try new conversations, new ways to shift the conversation to be more engaging, more patient/client centered.
Thank you for being willing to take a risk and coach “out loud” with role play and real play scenarios.
Thank you for asking questions.
Thank you for honoring and respecting others in the training sessions who may learn differently than you.
Thank you for taking the information, the skills, and “spirit” of patient/client centered care and trying it with your patients, clients, colleagues, families, staff and team.
Shifts with You
- What “shifts in conversation” have you noticed in yourself? Are you asking more open, engaging questions? Questions such as:
- What is working well since the last time we met?
- Why is this important to you?
- Describe what you need to move forward?
- Tell me what you think you are able to commit to?
- What’s your plan?
Perhaps you have noticed more space, more pauses in your conversation. You are getting more comfortable with silence. You see the power of the pause and find yourself slower to fill in the silence with your talk.
Maybe you have noticed less pressure or stress to “motivate people to change”. You have found that we can’t “make” people change. We want the best for them and want to help facilitate and support the change process however we can’t make people do it. We have a better understanding of the change process: what it is and what it is not.
Shifts with Our Patients/Clients
What “shifts in conversation” have you noticed in yourself and with those you serve: patients, clients, families, and other individuals? Are you having richer conversations with your patients? Have you found that some of your patients are more open, more engaging and telling you more information about their situation?
Know that this is the beginning. Keeping our skills fresh and flowing is a lifelong process. Be gentle with yourself and keep practicing. I encourage you to continue to learn, continue to go to MI trainings lead by someone recognized as in the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT member). Practice with colleagues. Keep focusing on what is going well and build on that.
If you are interested in bringing me to your organization for a refresh training or coming to a public training, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a comment or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of others, perhaps your leadership team or a friend, who would be interested in learning more or receiving this and other blog posts, please feel free to forward to those individuals.
Thank you again for a terrific 2017. I look forward to working with you in 2018.