coaching and creative practice

Skills Exchange Day 2

The art of paying attention

Hannah Robertshaw

This morning, we met in the beautiful winter sunshine with Hannah Robertshaw and shared a travel and talk session together based on the principles of coaching practice, and how these sit parallel with the tools we employ in our creative practice. We discussed:

  • Listening - REALLY listening, and giving space and time for the person to resolve their thoughts, is a different experience to partially, distracted listening
  • Holding the space (a theme that has arisen already during our week) invites the contributor to feel safe in their expression
  • Being alongside someone in their thinking, can men physically, in emotional terms or both in the creative setting
  • The principle of our creative work aligns with the coaching belief that a person has it inside themselves to find the right way, path, or answer
  • We are there to support a creative experience, not to make decisions about which way to lead someone down a specific path
  • Directing a process does not mean deliberately pointing in one direction
  • Sometimes allowing space and time, is more powerful than filling every moment
  • Coming to our own conclusions, helps us to commit to the answers we discover
  • It can be hard to get beyond pleasing people when making creative direction choices, but moving beyond our initial responses gives us space to find something else - ask what next, or what else of your practice and of those you work with