Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Beyond the Page Podcast ~ Don’t Just Have the Soup ~ How analogies support coaching

We are excited to share with you the next interview in our “Beyond the Page” series featuring Alan Heymann.

Unlock the transformative power of analogies with Alan Heymann, an author and coach whose expertise in public, government, and nonprofit communications, combined with his PCC and a JAD law degree, has culminated in his latest work, “Don’t Just Have the Soup.” As Alan takes the mic alongside me, Garry Schleifer, we journey through a year’s worth of wisdom distilled into 52 clever analogies, each one a beacon guiding listeners through the intricate dance of introspection and self-improvement. Together, we peel back the layers of Alan’s analogical approach, revealing how such comparisons not only shed light on coaching techniques but also resonate deeply with introverts striving to thrive in an extrovert-dominated world.

During this engaging chat, we’re privy to the creative process behind Alan’s book, including the delightful touch his wife added with her illustrations, making it a true family affair. The conversation takes us from the comical tale of a president and his laundry to the profound implications of a smoke alarm’s interruption during a coaching session, emphasizing the importance of heeding life’s unexpected warnings. This episode is a treasure trove of insights, where personal stories intertwine with the core competencies of coaching, proving that analogies are not just linguistic flourishes but vital instruments for growth and reframing. So tune in and let us escort you through an auditory experience where coaching wisdom meets the allure of a good story, thanks to Alan’s remarkable contributions on this edition of the choice Magazine podcast, Beyond the Page.

In this episode, I talk with Alan Heymann about his article published in our December 2023 issue.

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