Monthly Meeting

Monday, January 13, 2020  8:30am - 12:00pm Pacific

When Motivation Science Meets Coaching:

How Integrating Motivational Conversations
Takes Your Coaching Practice to a New Level 

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Susan reveals a science-based approach to help people identify their motivational outlook, shift from sub-optimal to optimal motivation, and reflect on their shift to prompt behavior change and sustain the optimal motivation required for achieving complex and long-term goals. Coaches discover how Motivation Conversations are distinctly different, yet compliment, traditional coaching.

Motivation science has evolved. Groundbreaking research reveals the truth about our nature and human motivation that leads to major motivation breakthroughs on routine tasks and significant goals. We are finally coming out of the dark ages of motivation practices that have thwarted or eroded the optimal motivation necessary for creativity, innovation, sustainable high performance, and overall wellbeing.

Motivation is a skill that anyone can learn, nurture, and apply to experience optimal motivation anytime and anywhere they choose. People don’t need to depend on willpower or wait for leaders, teachers, parents, or coaches to create an environment that is optimally motivating. They can pro-actively apply three scientific truths to shift your own motivation reality.Coaches are uniquely positioned to help people apply these scientific truths

Susan will invite you to consider how to integrate motivation conversations into your coaching practices. Moving people forward on their goals through problem solving and action planning when they don’t have optimal motivation is like building castles on sand. The energy to pursue their goals simply erodes.

In this highly interactive and thought-provoking presentation, you will learn:

  • An opening activity is designed for participants to experience different motivational outlooks. Participants also practice facilitating a partner’s motivation shift using scientifically derived questions. Participants are challenged to share “what’s become clear”  but also ask the pivotal question that can help clarify this radically different approach to dealing with motivation issues.
  • Examine the motivation science underlying the approach to Motivation Conversations
  • Practice using questions to create Choice, Connection, and Competence—the three psychological needs required for optimal motivation
  • Explore ways Motivation Conversations can be integrated into coaching protocols to facilitate your client’s motivational shift to generate the positive energy needed for accomplishing routine tasks or major goals
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About the speaker

Susan Fowler implores leaders to stop trying to motivate people. In her bestselling book, she explains WHY MOTIVATING PEOPLE DOESN’T WORK… AND WHAT DOES: The New Science of Leading, Engaging, and Energizing,

Susan educates leaders and coaches on motivation best practices based on solid science communicated through compelling storytelling, case studies, and real-life examples. Through her writing, speaking, consulting, training, and coaching, Susan is dedicated to providing leaders and coaches around the globe with a cutting-edge framework, dynamic model, and pragmatic course of action to shape workplaces and personal conditions where people flourish while producing sustainable results.

Susan is the author of by-lined articles, peer-reviewed research, and six books, including Achieve Leadership Genius with Drea Zigarmi and Dick Lyles, the bestselling Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager with Ken Blanchard. She is a regular blogger for the Smartbrief on Leadership. Tens of thousands of people worldwide have learned from her ideas through training programs such as the Blanchard’s Self Leadership and Optimal Motivation product lines. Susan is also a professor in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program for the University of San Diego.

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Susan's website,  has a number of free resources, If you want more in-depth information, access Susan’s academic journal articles by texting “articles” to 66866.

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