Can Therese Skelly read your mind?

February 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Coaching, Finding Your Blind Spots

Today, I took part in Therese Skelly’s mini mastermind for 90 min. and enjoyed myself immensely.  Not knowing what to expect, I was slightly nervous, especially when I heard the word hotseat.  For some reason, that word frightens me.  I think of bright lights glaring at that seat, sweat dripping down my body and choking on my words, not knowing what to say.  It was anything but.  As a matter of fact, my 12 min. on the hot seat seem to fly by in a matter of seconds, and were very reflective, informative and fun.

Therese has a way of getting to the nugget of what is standing in someone’s way with immediacy, clarity, and kindness.  She can read into the situation before the person is done talking and will gently interrupt them with a question that is perplexing and profound.  At least to me it sounded that way.  To the person being asked the question, I think there was a resonance.  So after a little reflecting, the person being asked the question was able to come up with an answer, Therese didn’t accept that answer and asked the question again and the person came up with an answer again.  The question was once again repeated, and the subject magically came up with the answer in a few cases.  Therese then coached around their answer and I was so impressed with her abundance of knowledge for so many different topics.

In other cases Therese asked many questions and illustrated how a person’s life story could be made useful on a webpage by showing vulnerability, intrigue and heroism.  The webpage could be made to come alive rather than just listing features.  For me, it became visual in my mind and the person talking became an exciting character I wanted to get to know.  By revealing her true story on her webpage, she engaged the reader and persuaded the reader to join her side.  Her webpage would now become more persuasive, credible and attractive due to the questions Therese had her answer.

For me, my concern was that I could not memorize my speech and was told that if I read it, it would sound canned. Therese assured me that many coaches read from notes including her and there was nothing wrong with doing it that way.  She said the key was to use voice variety, meaning to use inflection, tonality and lots of pauses.  She said to pump up a word and had me take out something to read.  I read a paragraph and she suggested I make changes in the way I emphasized certain words, that I slowed down, that I paused, and then I used more inflection.  We practiced a few more times and each time the group felt I improved.  I decided to hire her as a voice training coach.  I am naturally monotone, so I have a lot of work cut out for me.

The thing is what surprised me the most is that in the beginning I blurted out three or four things I wanted to change, so how did she narrow it down to what was really pressing me, when I didn’t even realize it was pressing me?  Is she a mind reader?  How did she zero into it?  How did I know to zero into it?  It just seemed to happen and it was the right thing and now I feel such a sense of relief because I know what the problem is.  And I now know the solution.  Not bad for $49!  To say, I highly recommend it sounds very cliché, but in this case, I will risk sounding cliché.  She has just opened up availability for another one on February 17 and it is limited to only six.  I got so much out of listening to the other five participants and parts of their stories resonated with mine, so it was free coaching all around.  I had heard wonderful things about Therese Skelly, but never thought I would be able to afford her so this presented an awesome opportunity.

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