Dan Newby is the founder of schoolofemotions.world, a virtual education center for emotional literacy. He is a long-time coach and teacher working with coaches, leaders, and educators. He is the author of 3 books on emotional literacy, co-creator of Emoli™ Emotion Flash Cards, teachers online courses, and delivers masterclasses worldwide.
In his own words: “When I realized that all my behavior resulted from the emotion or mood I was in at a given moment a light went on. It became apparent that everything we say, think, do (or don’t do) as humans is rooted in emotions. Connecting that with our woeful ignorance of emotions and lack of a practical model for working with them, I committed myself to make emotional literacy common sense in the world.”
Dan was a Senior Course Leader for Newfield Network for eight years. In those years he led coach training programs in the U.S., Amsterdam and at the University of Calgary. He has worked with several school systems in the U.S., global commercial enterprises and NGOs. His individual clients live in all parts of the world and range from executive and senior leaders to front line managers. Twenty plus years as a business leader at all levels gives him insight into the challenges and needs of employees, managers, and leaders across the organization.
Dan’s passion for elevating emotional literacy fuels his writing, teaching, and development of games to help people learn the value of emotions and the many ways they enrich our lives. Dan was born in the U.S., has lived in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He currently lives near Barcelona, Spain.
Session length: 45 minutes
Think for a moment about the original meaning of the word “emotion”; E-motion, the energy that moves you, your fuel for action. If we understand emotions in this simple, practical way, it becomes clear how they are integral to coaching yet many coaches are uncomfortable working in the emotional domain. The irony is that everything our coachee says, every thought and behavior is rooted in one or more emotions. If we don’t understand them and feel confident working with them, we deprive ourselves and our clients of a critical tool. In this session, Dan will introduce a new interpretation of emotions that allows us to embrace them and use them to coach more deeply and sustainably.
Emotions-Centered Coaching is based on the belief that emotions are the essential connection between thoughts and actions. No amount of thinking alone generates action, and the body doesn’t move without the impulse of an emotion. There is a logical construct for every emotion. It gives us information, it predisposes us to a specific action, and it has a purpose. Loyalty, for instance, informs us we feel part of a group, we are inclined to protect or defend that group, and its purpose is to bind groups together. When we understand loyalty in this way, it becomes a support and tool rather than a mysterious, unpredictable force.
Join Dan for a fascinating exploration of emotions and how they can enrich your coaching.
Session length: 90 minutes
Emotions remain a mystery to most of us. We know they are all around us, but we can’t quite make out the shape of them. Is that the nature of emotions, or is it the way we understand them?
We, humans, have redefined our interpretation of emotions many times throughout our history. What we are just arriving at is a practical interpretation that allows us to see the logic and usefulness of emotions as a tool. Instead of them being amorphous and unpredictable, we can decode them into key elements that give them precise meanings. Rather than fighting with them, we can learn to navigate and leverage them. We can befriend them rather than viewing them as the enemy. In short, we can begin to see them as a normal part of being human much like breathing.
Emotional literacy is a must for every coach no matter their niche because we are all humans coaching other humans. Emotions are a door to the deepest part of our humanity, which makes them a powerful tool for inspired coaching.
Join Dan for a fascinating exploration of emotions and how understanding them more fully can enrich your coaching.