Join ICF NYC’s Breakfast and a Book Club meeting to kick off your month with a mental boost.
Join ICF NYC with Book Club host Rich Heller as we explore Positively Speaking: The Art of Constructive Conversations with a Solutions Focus and engage in a rich learning conversation.
Come having read the book - in at least part if not full. Our Book Club meetings are lively, interactive discussions where attendees share highlights and key learnings from the month’s book, raise questions or points of disagreement, and share with each other potential applications for or experiences from their coaching practice. Typical discussion prompts may include:
What did you like best about this book?
Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
What feelings did this book evoke for you?
What did you learn from reading this book?
What new questions do you now have about this subject after reading this book?
What aspect of the story did you most relate to?
What surprised you about this book or the subject?
ICF NYC Book Club is a benefit for chapter members. There is no charge to attend, and participation earns 1 CCEU (type to be confirmed, typically a mix of Core Competency and Resource Development).
About the ICF NYC Book Club
The ICF NYC Book Club is an opportunity for attendees to delve deeper into their learning from the book and to share highlights from what they read, implications for their coaching practice, and more. Book club meetings are not book previews or presentations and active participation and contribution is expected from all attendees.
Come having read the book - in at least part if not full. Our Book Club meetings are lively, interactive discussions where attendees share highlights and key learnings from the month’s book, raise questions or points of disagreement, and share with each other potential applications for or experiences from their coaching practice. On the occasion when we are lucky enough to have an author join, we gain from their added perspective, but our Book Club meetings are joint learning and not presentations.
ICF NYC Breakfast and a Book Club is a benefit for chapter members. There is no charge to chapter members to attend, and participation earns 1 CCEU (type to be confirmed, typically a mix of Core Competency and Resource Development).
Out of respect for our facilitator and other attendees, you are expected to have read the book, or at a minimum, significant portions of it, prior to attending so that meaning, intent and application may be discussed with depth. Familiarity with the content enables a much more meaningful exchange and conversation.
As with any virtual call, please be prepared to have your video and audio on, with limited distraction. Turn off all notifications.
In order to receive CCEU credit, you must be present and actively participate.
Come in your pajamas! We don’t care about how you look or if you’re munching, only the intellectual contribution you bring.
Meetings will be held consistently on the second Monday of each month at 8 AM (except where may be otherwise indicated).
Attendance at every meeting is not necessary. You may participate based upon your preference for the book. The intended purpose of this offering is to broaden and deepen our knowledge of current practices in the coaching profession and in the business world.
Please register early! If registration is low, or non-existent, for any specific book, we will revisit the selection and float a poll to the membership to select a replacement book. We therefore encourage participants to register early for meetings so that we may assess interest at an early stage.
About The Book
Title: Positively Speaking: The Art of Constructive Conversations with a Solutions Focus
Author: Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman
Publication Date: 2010
You've got a difficult conversation that you're really not looking forward to. You want to change your boss's mind, but he doesn't listen. You need your team - or your children - to take responsibility for their own issues. Top consultants Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman take you on a tour of successful, constructive conversations, from preparation through opening remarks to agreeing the right actions.
Illustrated throughout with tips, examples and exercises, Positively Speaking will develop your skills in creating dialogue that works well for you at work, in social settings and at home. With a resource-based, solutions-focused approach, you will find it simpler and more enjoyable to get what you want by talking to people the Positively Speaking way. And the results will be positively extraordinary.
Praise for Positively Speaking:
"With Positively Speaking Jackson and Waldman have created my dream Solutions Focus book: they make the concepts absurdly easy to understand and - more importantly - they make the material relevant to my work and relationships!" Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, Programme Director, Center of Applied Positive Psychology
"The strategic application of Solution Focused approaches can help unlock the most challenging aspects of executive leadership in the modern public sector. Jackson and Waldman's approach instills the discipline of simplicity and builds confidence through positive inquiry. I have greatly benefited from working with them and recommend Positively Speaking as a way ahead." Andrew Fowlie, General Manager, NHS Grampian
"For me, there's nothing like going on a course and gaining new skills - unless it's a book like 'Positively Speaking', which gives me background, theory, case studies, models and, most importantly real concrete ways to put all of that into practice in my day-to day work of coaching, facilitation and working through conflict. This book is a real asset to any practitioner who needs to 'just do it' - just great." Ann Lukens, Director, Groupworks
"This resource really does live up to its aim of helping us learn more about what we can do rather than what we can't. I like the way it brings the idea of Solutions Focus to life through examples, case studies and practical exercises. I'll definitely be using these ideas in my work as a facilitator and coach." Colin Coombs, Learning & Development Manager, Tate
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman are co-directors of The Solutions Focus (www.thesolutionsfocus.co.uk), leading a team of consultants, facilitators and coaches who apply this approach worldwide in organizations including Beiersdorf (Nivea), PepsiCo, Reading Borough Council, John Laing and The Metropolitan Police
MEET OUR HOST AND FACILITATOR
Rich Heller, PCC is a Relationship Coach and mediator. He is a PCC and a Master Practitioner of NLP, MER, ELI, and Hypnotherapy. Rich helps parents to transform a negative relationship with conflict into one in which they resolve differences creatively. He helps them learn the tools and techniques that they need to increase joy and resilience for themselves and their children.
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