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David Drake

Creating moments of meeting: coaching at the threshold of change

Theme: Practice
Area: Coaching
Type: Demonstration
Style: Mainly experiential

Session on Thursday, Apr 12, 10:55
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This session will provide a brief overview of key contributions from the attachment theory literature to coaching. In particular, we will look at the four types of moments that research has identified take place when two people connect at a deeper level in response to a challenge to their existing relationship. When done well, both people experience real growth in themselves and with each other. It is in these moments that transformation becomes possible.

I will use two of the practices I’ve developed in narrative coaching with a volunteer from the audience. The purpose is to show how coaches can get to the crux of issues, the real work to be done, in less time. The first practice is a form of inquiry based in relational meditation and the second is a form of dialogue that occurs at critical thresholds in people’s development. The group will be given a resource about what to watch and listen for—which we will use in our debriefing at the end.


Dr David Drake founded the field of narrative coaching and runs the Moment Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to develop practitioners who can bring about real change in real time. He is a master coach and has taught coaching to over 10,000 leaders, managers and professionals in eighteen countries. He has designed and delivered change and coaching projects in over 70 organisations. He has presented to 25 universities and professional associations around the world, including the opening keynote for the first International Coaching Psychology Congress. David is a Fellow and Thought Leader for the Institute of Coaching affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has partnered with WBECS to launch the Narrative Coach programme.

David earned his PhD in Human & Organisational Development from Fielding Graduate University. He is the author of over 50 publications, including as lead editor of The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching (2008, Jossey-Bass), co-editor of SAGE Handbook of Coaching (Sage, 2016), and author of Narrative Coaching: The Definitive Guide to Bringing New Stories to Life (2nd ed) (CNC Press, 2017.

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