That’s what friends are for!

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”conversation
― Ernest Hemingway

Tonight, I was reminded how great it is to have a conversation with a true friend.  In recent posts, I have discussed facilitation of conversations that are more about the learning and growth of others (teachers, principals, etc).  Don’t forget that conversations can also benefit your own growth and learning.

More importantly, these conversations can often be good for your own well being. Coaching, like any job in education, is hard work.  It can be mentally, spiritually, and even physically demanding.  An honest conversation can help to ease these demands.

My advice to you: find that one friend to have the toughest conversations, perhaps a colleague with experience in coaching .  Remember that these conversations must have balance between speaking and listening.  Be there for your friend, as they are there for you. These relationships are an essential part of your support network as you move forward in this work.  Think of these words from Leo Buscaglia:

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Thanks for the conversation, CF.

-es

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