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11.6.18 HCTP Nov18 Pre-Course Call #4

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>> Broadcast is now starting. All attendees are in Listen Only mode. >> Hey, everybody and welcome to your pre-course call for the Health Coach Training Program. If this is your first time joining us, we'd like to welcome you to the community. And we just like to talk a little bit about this call, it's designed to give you an opportunity to interact with us, you'll be able to ask us any questions you might have about the program and we're going to get excited for the year ahead. So my name is Shauna, and I work on our Education Team, I develop our nutrition and health curriculum. You're also going to be hearing from Jamie, who works on our advanced courses. During the call, you can ask your questions or type any comments that you might have by using the Questions Chatbox on the GoToWebinar control panel. We're going to try to answer as many questions and acknowledge as many comments as we can. So throughout the call, anything that's on your mind, go ahead and type it in, and we'll try to read some things off. So why don't we kick things off. Go ahead, type in your name and your favorite fruit or vegetable, and I'm going to read some off. Great, let's see, we have Terry who loves avocados, Sherry says cauliflower, Jennifer says cauliflower, Sophia says Brussels sprouts, Mandy says bananas and spinach, Debra says banana, Cynthia says, "Love pasta," love that. Melissa also says Brussels sprouts, Julia, avocado, Claire, broccoli and mangos, Sarah, persimmons. Ooh, we got some persimmons in the office this week, very exciting. Ellie says avocado, Celia says mushrooms, so nutritious. Georgina likes a crisp apple straight off the tree. This is the perfect season for that. A lot of avocados. Melanie like sugar snap peas, so delicious. Justine says spinach and peaches. Corinne loves pea shoots, so good. Carrie likes eggplant. Oh, we have Emma calling all the way from Vietnam. Marjorie loves asparagus. Krista likes blueberries, broccoli, and ginger. Kate likes raspberries. Johnny says, "Anything in season," which I love, taking a total seasonal approach to diet. Cecil likes beans. Brenda says apples. Linda says pumpkin, so seasonal. Patricia from Boston likes pineapple and Brussels sprouts. Emma likes all kinds of veggies. Chelsea likes arugula. Leah likes all of them too. Cool. All right, guys, well, that's fun to see what you would answer for that and also it just helps to check in to make sure that we know how to use the system. So I'm going to toss things over to Jamie and we'll get started. >> Hi, everyone, I'm Jamie, and it's so wonderful to be with you. As Shauna said, I work on the advanced courses at IIN and thrilled to be here with you in this online community that we have today, so thank you all for taking the time to join us from wherever you are all over the world. So this is... Since this is the last pre-course call before school officially starts, we thought it might be helpful to use this time to really talk about what you expect during your year in the Health Coach Training Program. First, does anyone want to share something that they're really looking forward to about starting the program? So you can think about that and then type your answer in the Questions box. I know, for me, I couldn't wait to learn... It just... There's so many different aspects of the Health Coach Training Program, so I couldn't wait to learn to... To learn about kind of where nutrition and coaching intersects because I'm not an RD, Shauna is an RD, I'm not, although I have a nutrition background in a lot of ways, I don't have that RD. So I was looking forward to really learning how I could talk within my scope of practice about nutrition with clients. So we have Christina who, "I'm excited," says, "I'm excited to learn about it as it adds to my coaching toolkit." Dijana says, "Learning about intuitive eating." Sherry, "Learning how to develop my own business and health coaching." Wonderful. Lucy, "Sharing my passion." Love it. Tatiana, "Learning how to talk with clients." Exactly. "Learning about nutrition and helping others heal," says Hazel. Terry says, "Looking forward to learning as much as possible and to share that knowledge with others." Absolutely. Leila says, "Bettering my own mentality about diet." Yeah, it's really a dream of personal transformation for you as well, and going through that transformation will really give you a more grounded place to help clients. Michele says, "Learning how to help my family." Yes, there are many reasons why students join and a lot... It often is to help support family members. Chelsea says, "Walking the... Walk, learning habits, becoming more professional." Absolutely. Claire says, "Incorporating these ideas and methods into my own practice." Kelly says, "Learning how to incorporate well-being into business." I love that, I want to know more about that. Jen says, "Learning how we can all help in shifting the healthcare system and taking more integrative approach." Yes, that is a beast for sure and it takes a village. But throughout the course, you'll have a lot of opportunity, you know, to learn more about what you can do on both a micro and a macro level. Georgina says, "Creating a bridge between my work with herbal medicine, products I make and sell in the healing work I do with customers." Wonderful. "Becoming more holistic with primary foods" says Jaclyn. Yeah, absolutely, looking at the whole picture of wellness, you know, we're called Integrative Nutrition but the word integrative is really the key word there because it's what nourishes you both on and off your plate. It's really expanding that idea of nutrition. And Georgia says, "Expand my knowledge of nutrition and share it with others." So yes, another aspect of expansion. And Emma says, "Finding my purpose, improving my own health." Wonderful, there's so many more comments coming in and... But those are just some common themes that stand out. Thank you everyone so much for sharing. Great. So next, we'd like to know is there anything you're nervous about or unsure about, feeling anxious about in terms of starting the program. So you can think about that and go ahead and type it in the Questions box. And while you're thinking about that, I'll ask Shauna, what about you? >> So one of the things that I was nervous about was kind of how am I going to put all this stuff into practice and how... Like, where am I going to take it, you know, it was like, "All right, you're in this one-year program and then how are you going to take it to the next level and turn it into a business or turn it into, you know, that dream career that you want." And for me, I think a lot of the enjoyment I got out of the program was from being able to kind of step back from that for a second and really let myself enjoy the day-to-day of the program and, you know, just kind of let myself feel confident that I was on the right path, that I was in the right place, and, you know, in the end, it all worked out the way that I had hoped. So I hope that's a little bit helpful for you guys too 'cause I understand it's a big commitment and it's also a very exciting time. >> Great, okay, so lots of people, I think, are kind of feeling the same way. "I'm new to this area, so I'm nervous, trying to fit this into my own schedule and how to start my business with all I learned." Janelle says, "Being overwhelmed about not having enough time, having a 15-month-old," which is of course also a ton of work. Diana says, "Nervous about getting off the ground and making it work for me and my family." Alexandra says, "Nervous about finding clients, it seems daunting right now." Whitney says, "I have horrible test anxiety." And so to help ease that right off the bat, our tests are not designed to trick you and you'll get two chances for every test to pass and everything is open book. We want you guys to do well and, you know, if you need anything else, like, you can always reach out to us here and we're happy to help. Okay, Hazel says, "Becoming confident enough to actually help clients, learning how to guide them." Terry says, "Juggling between a demanding job and having an absorbent mind for learning. One step at a time, right?" Exactly. Christine says, "Don't feel nervous yet, just excited." Perfect. Alfredo, "Yes, I'm concerned as my whole career in 37 years has been with machines." So this is a big shift, but we're really excited to welcome all of you. Kelly says, "Just keeping up and retaining all the great knowledge." Jeremy, "To design my own job." Let's see, Melinda, "The whole thing, I go from being confident to cold feet." Justine, "The idea of taking one-on-one clients, having the confidence that I know what I'm talking about." Michele says, "Time management and putting it all together." Candice says, "What if you don't have a background in nutrition?" And that's all good, we have students coming from all different backgrounds, and our curriculum is designed to meet you where you're at. Darlene's, "Nervous to share what I'm learning." Jennifer is worried about finding a niche. Steven's hoping to learn how to integrate nutrition into cooking. I love that. Great. Okay, cool. So a lot of kind of excitement going on, a lot of nerves going on, it seems like there are a lot of similar emotions. So during this call, we're going to talk about some of the things that you guys just brought up, and some of the main hesitations that we see students go through as they're about to join the program and the journey that they go on throughout the Health Coach Training Program. So we're also going to help offer a little bit of advice to help you get the most out of your time as a student. >> Great, so one of the things that we sometimes see with new students is a degree of overwhelm. And as you're beginning the program, it may seem like you don't know how you're going to juggle with your class work with all your other responsibilities like family, and work, and anything else you might have going on in your life, as so many of you just shared, and we get it. So first, know that we're here to help you no matter when you experience this throughout the program. We have an entire team who just want to help you succeed. So you can always reach out to the Student Success Team, and we can work together to figure out some strategies to help you move forward, and prioritize, and make the most of your time in the program because we've all experienced feeling overwhelmed before. And whenever you get to the point where you start feeling this way, it's really hard to keep up with anything. So one of the things I really want to make sure you understand is that this is a training program, you're not here to learn, it's not going to be perfect, you won't be perfect. So it's a great opportunity to practice patience and, you know, keeping expectations realistic because, of course, you want to take full advantage, you know, you're investing this time in the program and you want to do it the "right way." But there is no right way and there's so much material here and it can feel really overwhelming, not even, you know, the modules but we just... We have libraries full of additional information and resources to help you. But it's there for you, it's not going away tomorrow, you'll have access to it for two years after graduation, and there's plenty of time, in short, to really digest it. One of the things we always say is that you are your first client. So as you go throughout this course, always keep this question in the back of your mind whenever something seems challenging, especially. Think about what you would say to a client who's going through the same thing. You know, imagine a client who comes in and just says, "I feel so overwhelmed, I signed up for this course, it's really important to me, I'm really good, and I really want to make these changes professionally or personally, but I have all these responsibilities and I feel like I'm letting my family down because I don't spend as much time with them." And they go... They basically express everything that you're thinking on the inside. What would you say to them? Well, you'd probably encourage them to be gentle with themselves, right? To try to see things from a different perspective, and to really take a step back, catch their breath, and bring their focus into the present moment. It's so easy and tempting. And, you know, we push ourselves to do, do, do instead of just be. And so really just try to be with this program as you go through it because unfortunately, so much of our self-talk is the opposite. We tell ourselves we need to do more and do more to the point where we feel like a failure if we're not going at the pace of the Road Runner from Looney Tunes who just... Right? That's Looney Tunes? Yeah, who just goes a mile a minute. That type of lifestyle, it isn't sustainable, it's likely to be an emotional rollercoaster because your body is so stressed out, and stress affects you emotionally and physically. So helping people to break out of this cycle and prevent burnout is something that you'll do as a Health Coach. So think about how you can apply this balance and mindset and how you can bring that to your own life. It's really an important part of the learning experience. So again, remember, you are your own client first. So just know that and whenever you feel that anxiety creeping up, whenever you feel yourself start to breathe with your shoulders and your shoulders creep up to your ears, just take a deep breath and be okay with some silence for a little while. >> Yeah, and I love that because just remembering that you are your first client, it... You approach whatever is going on with yourself with a completely different lens and you look at yourself with love and instead of that criticism that we get a lot of the time. So it helps you to be more patient and understanding with yourself. It's so easy for us to offer that to somebody else a lot of the times, but it's really hard for us to offer that same compassion to ourselves. So remember, you are your own first client. But as we are talking about this, we understand that any time you start something new, it can be a little bit stressful, and we're all busy, and just based on what I've seen from what you guys have already written in, you have a lot going on and you're also really passionate about this, so why don't we talk about some strategies to help reduce those feelings of overwhelm, or anxiety, or burnout in the first place. So first off, a lot of the times when we are stressed, we're worried about something that we think will happen in the future, and it's something that we don't really have a lot of control over in the present. So I'm sure a lot of you guys can kind of relate to that, but a great way, like Jamie already alluded to, to release that is to simply bring your awareness back to the present. So you take a few minutes, take a deep breath and allow yourself to clear your head. So deep breathing not only helps you to manage stress, it physically changes how your body is processing, and it changes even the hormones that our body is producing. So deep breathing, especially when you pair it with some kind of mindfulness exercise, really helps in the short-term when we're feeling stressed. But what's interesting is as it helps in the short-term, it also improves our ability to manage stress in the long-term by making us more adaptable so we don't perceive stress in the same way. So in an attempt to kind of practice this right now, I'd love to do a little exercise. Take a moment and think about something you experienced that was really stressful for you, no matter what that might have been, it might have been a year ago, it might have been this morning, just think of something that was a little bit stressful. Hold it in your head and just think about it. Now as you have that memory in your head, that incident that caused you a lot of stress. I'm going to count to 10. Take a deep breath. And the whole time you do, I want you to keep thinking of that stressful experience. Okay? So ready, inhale, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Now I want you to close your eyes, clear your thoughts, whatever that stressful situation was, I want you to let it go, nowhere to be, nowhere to go. Put one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. Feel yourself grounded, wherever you are right now, and let your body release any tension. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Now I'm going to count to 10 again, and I want you to take another deep breath. Slowly inhale, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Okay. So go ahead, open your eyes, you can shake out your shoulders, wiggle your fingers, come back to us. So I just want you to take a moment and think about the shift in your energy between those two things. Did you notice a change in your breath between the two times when you maybe were thinking about something stressful versus when you are trying to clear your thoughts and relax? And if so, what did you notice? Great. Okay. People are chiming in. Jamie, go ahead. >> I actually did the exercise, and I noticed that... >> Great. >>This second inhale I took... The first one, it was hard to really inhale to the count of 10. >> Yeah. >> But the second inhale breath, I was able to inhale to the count of 10 and feel my diaphragm, belly really expand a little more. >> Isn't that so... Yeah, and I think that right now we're getting a few more comments of people who felt similarly through the exercise, but it's a great example of how your thoughts can have such a major impact on your physical body. Just the fact that when you are thinking of something stressful, your body cannot breathe to 10, it becomes a lot more difficult. So that creates a whole other situation, but whenever we are stressed out, it's initiating that fight-or-flight response. So that means that we are feeling threatened in one way or another and our body is preparing to deal with it. So we don't have the time or the luxury, based on what our brain is telling us, to relax and breathe. But the thing is, a lot of the times, you know, with our... With just modern living, we're not necessarily threatened by a lot of these things that our body is perceiving as stressful. But we still have that same physical reaction. So that's one of my favorite tips, just simply taking some time to slow down, breathe deeply, and just let yourself be where you are. >> Just really quickly, I love... Norah said, "I noticed that giving the stress will matter a whole 10 seconds, didn't feel like it was worth my time, I felt much better the second time around." Yeah, and it just made me think of how when you have something stressful, you don't want to be with it, you want to push it away. So even taking 10 seconds to breathe into it, you don't even want to do that. So it's just, again, a very insightful comment. So thank you for sharing. >> Which is also interesting because the more stressed out, the more we tend to need that. But it's a lot harder to have that patience, but yeah, great, great insight. >> Okay, so let's move on to tip number 2, and it's 2:22 right here in New York, so that's kind of funny, all about the 2s. Tip number two is focus on one thing at a time. So I'm sure you've probably heard this before, but the more things you try to juggle, the more the quality decreases. And this is even backed by research. Apparently, only about 2% of the population is actually good at multitasking, while the other 90% isn't so great at focusing on multiple things at the same time, and I actually just listened to a great, I love my TED Talks, TED talk about this, and I'll find it in just a minute here, and I'll give that to you, just statistics on how much time we waste and how much our focus decreases when we do things... Even do things like, you know, have multiple windows up on our computer or look at our phone, it's a fascinating talk and I'll find it. But basically, even if you think you're going to get more done by trying to tackle a few things at once, it can really reduce productivity. Does anyone want to guess by how much? What percentage do you think multitasking reduces productivity? Any guesses? Steven says 50, and Michelle says 50%, Norah and Georgina say 60%, Nereid says 90%, Deborah says 100%, Kate says 60%, Gabriela, 40%, Dorota, 50% to 70%. Okay, so in general kind of the 50% to 70% range. Great. Okay. So it's been shown to reduce productivity by as much as 40%. Now out of 100%, this might not seem like a lot, but it is significant because 50% is half, you're half as... You're basically half as productive as you would be otherwise. So rather than doing more things, taking a longer time to do them and probably not doing them as well, we're going to experiment with uni-tasking or I always like to call it single-tasking, just focusing on one thing at a time. So if you're watching a lecture, reading a handout, let yourself simply do that. I know it can be so hard, you want to check your email, you want to do all these things, you have 27 Wonders up on the screen, you're looking at your computer while you're watching a movie. Of course, I do this all the time, but I try to catch myself because I know that I'm not going to retain any information and I'm not going to be able to focus. A perfect example is calling my mom and she knows when I'm on my computer when I'm talking to her, even if she doesn't hear the keyboard, she could just hear it in my voice because I take a little longer to respond or I drift off my sentences and she just... She calls me on it, and I'm like, "You're right, I need to just focus on you right now." What's a little troubling is that media multi-taskers I was talking about, you know, phones and TV, for example, texting while you're watching TV, recent research has shown that people who do this a lot tend to have lower grey matter in their brains. So this is really the oomph of your brain, right, it helps with cognition, memories, you know, all the senses, you know, communication, and it can really... It can contribute to symptoms of depression, as well as things like poor attention span. So really, it just backfires overall. What do you guys think about this? Are you... Do you think you're good at multitasking? Some people are better than others. Is it hard for you? Do you have any strategies to help you focus on one task at a time? I love stuff like this. Time management is one of my favorites and I totally geek out on it. So I'm really curious to hear what all of you say because this is really an area that you can support clients with because so much about reaching goals and developing habits is about carving out the space. I was actually just listening to something today about three ways to carve out space, and one of them was time blocking, which is focusing on one thing for a certain amount of time. So go ahead and share any thoughts you have in the Questions box, and I'll read off a few. Debbie says, "As a mother, I multitask, but I don't think it's a positive, as I always feel like I'm on the back foot." I like the way that you put that. Terry says, "I openly admit, I'm not good at it, and I'm trying to be more mindful and present in the moment." Jeremy says, "I don't trust in uni-task sometimes. If I listen to music during work, my productivity and imagination are better." So music is actually interesting because a lot of studies also show that listening to, especially classical music, can really, as you said, promote productivity and imagination, and actually, that's what I listen to at work. So Shauna... I can... Shauna and I share an office and she's listening to, you know, really cool, like, hip-hop music and I'm the listening to my, like, classical bass music. It's hilarious. >> It's about bio-individuality, for sure. >> Rachel says, "If I talk while working, I make mistakes." Dijana says, "Multitasking makes me super anxious, so when I sense myself getting anxious, I step back and become selective." I like that, yeah, again, back to emotions, it's all connected. Hazel says, "I feel scattered when I multitask and find myself repeating steps or forgetting where I am." For sure. Gabriela says, "I multitask in the kitchen while prepping food for the weeks, I almost have to." And that's a great example of being in the kitchen and Shauna can relate to this, I'm sure, she loves to cook. But you kind of have to have a lot of things going, and so you kind of learn to find your flow within that. Let's see, I'll share a few more, these are so many great answers here. Whitney says, "I look at my day's task list and I break things up to... I break up things to do when I get to stop point." Great, love it. So again, kind of that time blocking. Danielle says, "I've adopted something. I adopted putting my phone in another room and set a timer to go back to it if I need to focus." Yes, even just having it not convenient... Conveniently near you makes a big difference. Great. And Carrie says, "My internal guidance has been leading me to be in the moment, let go off multitasking, but it's a reprogramming for me because multitasking has been so praised." And that's such an interesting point because you're right, in our modern culture, it's all about how many things you can do at the same time and how many likes you have on this platform, how many followers you have on this platform, how much you can engage with people, can you talk while you're catching a train, can you talk while you're driving, can you... You know, don't text while you're driving but, you know, a lot of people are still on the phones. Yeah, absolutely, it's like how much can you do in the shortest amount of time. For sure. Great. So I want to make sure we keep going, we have a lot more stuff to talk about, but thank you so much for sharing all of these. And, you know, constantly bouncing back and forth is just... It can take an emotional and even physical toll, so it's just something to keep in mind there. >> Definitely. And I know I'm not the best at multitasking. So for me, like, really being intentional about what it is I'm doing and trying to remove distractions helps it so that I'm much more productive. But this brings me into our third tip, which is that it's okay to take a break. And in a culture that, like we just said, often praises busyness over everything, I feel whenever we have a moment without something scheduled or something on our calendar, where we actually have some time to ourselves, it's like we almost feel guilty and we have to fill it up with something. But I think this is where Health Coaches can make a major difference by helping to shift the culture on how we value being busy over our own health. And I know this is obviously not an easy problem to solve, but helping people to see the value in taking a break can be really important for their all-around health and wellness. So something to think about as we enter the health coaching field but also something to think about as we enter into the year as students that it's okay to take some time for self-care. And even a 15 to 20-minute break during the day actually also can improve concentration and focus. So if we're thinking about productivity and things like that, sometimes a break is just what we need. And there was... A while ago, I was looking up some... Just some interesting people throughout history, you know, famous authors or composers and what their daily routines were like. And so many of them were so specific about how they scheduled their days, some would, you know, get up at 4:30 in the morning, get 3-4 hours of writing in, take 2 hours of a lunch break, go out, do a walk to get inspired and feel creative again and then maybe spending time with family. So, like, the entire day wasn't necessarily filled up with working, but they figured out the way to adjust their schedules so they were working at the times where they were their most productive and taking breaks maybe when they weren't as productive. So it's just something kind of interesting and fun to kind of search if you have a little extra time to find out what people's daily routines were, but... Okay, so along with taking a break is another concept that I kind of touched on is self-care. And self-care is a really big part of this program and something that we hope that you will take time for yourself, and it's a really big game-changer in how you feel but also what you're able to give, how you are able to show up for other people or how you're able to complete your schoolwork, what you're putting into your relationships, what you're able to give in your career. So tips three and four. Three, take breaks. And number four, prioritize self-care. >> Great, and I promise I'm going to find that TED Talk the next time Shauna takes over. But for now, another thing that we've seen students experience is self-doubt and limiting beliefs. And I know... I definitely experienced this during the program and a lot of you expressed similar things, and it comes up every so often, you know, that I didn't know how to be a Health Coach, and, you know, it's hard to remember to just trust the process and remind yourself that that's part of why you're here perhaps to learn, you know, all these skills to become a Health Coach. And really that you know more than you think you do because, you know, as Health Coaches, one of the most valuable tools we have is our experience. And this is really a lot where a lot of our expertise comes from is from experience. Like I mentioned at the beginning, you're going through this personal journey of transformation yourself so that you can really support clients from that more grounded place. So we don't have to pretend to know things that we don't know. It's not our job to know everything, to be a nutrition export... Expert or to know every minute detail about every health condition. It's our job to listen, to hold our clients accountable, to help raise their self-awareness about the things they do and whether or not they're working for them, to help them recognize balances and imbalances with primary food, how food is helping, you know, is making them feel, and really, you know, to take those steps toward behavior change, which is so hard. Pretty much every client will come to you and say, "I know I need to make a change." A lot of them will know what they want to change, but they won't know how to do it or they won't, for whatever reason, be able to do it on their own. So this is where you come in and, you know, this is what's missing from a lot of the current health system because, you know, for a variety of reasons, but it's so valuable. But I do want to get back on track because I know we want to have plenty of time for questions and so forth. So during the curriculum, if you ever feel like you don't know enough, just trust that we're giving you all the tools you need to be a great coach. We've set up the curriculum very intentionally to help support your experience and to really foster your skills as you begin coaching. But you also have to be willing to put yourself out there and do the work, right? So whatever limiting beliefs and, you know, those thought patterns that kind of keep you stuck or from moving forward, and they'll come up during the year, but just practice noticing them and letting them go without judgment. So as a coach, you're neutral with clients, you kind of remain non-judgmental and you just kind of listen openly. So practice all those skills with yourself, practice listening actively and asking yourself, you know, those deeper questions. >> Great, okay, so we've gone through a lot today. Hopefully, we helped to ease some of the concerns that or some of the nerves that you guys had earlier in the call. But if there is anything that you want to know about the curriculum, if there's something that you're unsure of or you have any other questions that you want to chat about, whether it's related to something we covered on the call or maybe it's something else that you would like to know more about, go ahead, type it in, and Jamie and I are going to do our best. We also have Erin from Student Success who's helping to answer some questions in the Chatbox. So go ahead, whatever is on your mind, let us know. Great, okay, so Celia says, "Are all Coaching Circles in English?" And we do... We do have some Spanish Coaching Circle calls in addition to English, yeah. Let's see. Okay, we have few more questions popping in. Okay, how many people are in the coaching calls? So that'll be around... It's a small group, so you'll have maybe around seven other students on the calls. Okay. >> Steven says, "Is the course concept the same globally?" Yes, I think that makes sense, and yes, yes, it is. So everyone gets the same content, yep. Zena has an interesting question, "Do you think studying life coaching while studying health coaching is more helpful when dealing with clients?" I think there is a ton of overlap. And it's actually funny, I'm working with a friend who's a life coach now, and I'm coaching her with health and she is coaching me, you know, with life, so to speak, and it's interesting because when we... There's so much overlap in terms of how we think about things, but I think about it from a slightly more health, wellness oriented and hers is more, for instance, like maybe career or relationships. But again, we also talk about career, and relationships, and health coaching because it's all related. So 90% of our conversations end up really hitting on the same topics. So again, I think it's always helpful to have different perspectives. So if you're doing that right now, you always get, you know, different strategies and tools. But in general, I actually think there's a lot of overlap. >> Definitely. Okay. So Debra wants to know, "Where should we be before the course starts on Monday? I'm trying to get through all the preliminary videos, etcetera." So all of the Fundamentals and orientation, that is really for your own benefit, it's not a content that you're going to be tested on or quizzed on. But there's a lot of great information there, we've got some lectures in the Fundamentals that I absolutely love and I keep going back to. But one thing to keep in mind, and this addresses a few other questions that I also noticed came through, is once you graduate, you will have access to the Learning Center for two years. And within that time, you can go back, you can review videos, anything that maybe you want to spend a little bit more time with, you can do that, and you're also going to have access to your libraries and all the resources too following that. >> We have a question, and Sophia, consults as a Health Coach?" Yes, a lot of people do health coaching online, so that's... There are so many options. And as you go through the course, again, you probably have a lot of your questions answered because you'll hear from a wide variety of people in the wellness field and really being able to connect with classmates and see what everybody else is doing, but yes, absolutely. >> Okay, Dijana was asking for tips to get the work done, all in one day or spreading it throughout the week. So that kind of depends on you and your schedule. You should plan to set aside maybe around five hours-ish each week and it may also depend on, you know, how quickly you like to read or how much time you like to spend with the assignments or things like that. But if you find that you are able to block off enough time in one day and can really focus on everything, great. If you decide to spend maybe an hour each day, that's great too. But one tip for making sure that you get the work done is, I would say, take a look at your course schedule, take a note of any time there is a test opening, you're going to have... You know, you'll have a certain amount of time for that test to be open for you to take it, you can make sure that you're scheduling enough time to study beforehand, you want to make a note of your Health Histories, and when you want to start doing those, and when you're going to submit those. And I would just keep an eye out for any milestones and kind of like plan ahead for the week of what you're hoping to accomplish and how you can kind of schedule that into manageable blocks to make sure that you're getting everything done. >> Great. So back to that time management. Oleyami, I hope I'm pronouncing... I'm probably butchering your name, I'm so sorry, it's probably much more beautiful than that, "One of the things that I'm not sure about is a limit of this qualification, for example, we're not doctors, does this course address how we can still help people without overstepping our bounds?" Absolutely. Scope of practice is so important to be mindful of, and again, you can always reach out to our team of support if you have any questions with anything throughout the way or... Throughout the course. But yes, we'll absolutely, you know, talk about what you can do as a Health Coach, and again, so much of it goes back to those basic coaching skills, you know, and it's listening, it's asking questions, it's supporting people and really providing the time if they might not get from other healthcare practitioners. So yes, we'll definitely talk more about that because we want you to feel confident when you leave. Melissa says, "Will each week be the same as the Fundamentals?" I'm trying to... Yes, well, they will be a little more extensive. So the Fundamentals is kind of a brief introduction, but the modules, once you get into them, they'll pretty much look the same every week. So you'll have the videos, and handouts, and the discussion questions, and all of those things, so it will be kind of standard. >> Right. Okay, let's see. Debbie says, "How do I find out if anyone from the course is also from LA and wants to connect regarding the course?" So if you haven't already, I would encourage you to join the Facebook group. You can join by going to the Connect section of your Learning Center and there's a link that will take you right into the group. But the Facebook... The Facebook moderator, Noah, he will post... The kind of helpful posts to help everyone meet up, that was like very convoluted, but I hope this is coming off clearly. He'll put like a little map on the post. And it'll be like, "Everyone who is from the East Coast, type in your name and we want to help you connect, everybody who's from the West Coast, type your name, anybody who is, you know, from Canada, or you're from Australia," all that kind of stuff, and then it kind of helps you to find people in your area and connect, which is a lot of fun. "Is there a textbook?" And the answer to that is no. Everything that you need, you're going to be able to access from your Learning Center. After each module, we do include some additional learning suggestions if you're interested in diving a little bit deeper onto a topic. But that's not required, and everything that you need is going to be right in your Learning Center. >> So Carrie says, "I was hoping to do both health and life coaching and incorporating spirituality and mindfulness with each session. I thought that we would have the freedom to create a career that they're qualified to do, once their program is completed, I wanted for this to be just the beginning." And that's... That is wonderful. Cheers to you. Yes, absolutely, you make this what you want to make it, and you bring your experiences in, and maybe this is... Maybe you're adding this to a lot of other qualifications, maybe this is a jumping off point for gaining more qualifications, maybe it's both. But yes, this is... You can absolutely combine health, and life coaching, and spirituality, mindfulness, and we'll talk... Again, you'll have a lot... You'll hear from a lot of different Health Coaches and people in the wellness industry both to get some ideas and to also just see that you can really make it your own. And, you know, we'll talk about, you know, a little bit about marketing and developing, you know, your brand as a Health Coach because that's so important, and it sounds like you're already starting to think about that. So that's wonderful. >> Okay, I saw... Okay, Zena was wondering, "I read somewhere that it's possible to start practicing health coaching halfway through the program. Can you please elaborate more on this?" So Erin already mentioned... Already answered this in the group, but other people might be a little curious too. So once you hit the halfway point of the curriculum, you're going to receive a mid-certificate badge. And essentially this badge signifies that you have been trained enough to start taking on paying-clients, and we're going to show you exactly how to get started, we're going to walk you through how to structure it, how you set up a 6-Month Program, we're going to help you so that you know how to do Health Histories, and you'll get a lot of practicing on that, there are some coaching demos that you'll be able to watch, so all sorts of good stuff. And if you... You know, we encourage you guys to at that time start practicing coaching 'cause you learn a lot by doing. And we want to support you through that while you're still students too. >> So Melissa says, "What does your typical week during classes look like?" And so basically, it's kind of go-at-your-own-pace, but we release one module a week. And, of course, we want you to... You know, you have tests, so you want to make sure that you review the modules before for each test. But basically, you'll receive an email every Monday with kind of a checklist outlining what's going on and it's, you know, things that are open in your Learning Center. So most weeks, you will, for instance, go to the Learning Center and you'll see the module with the lectures, and the handouts, and all the materials there and then you'll kind of go through it at your own pace throughout the week. So some people like to do it all on Monday, that's kind of... I tended to do it either on Monday or Friday when I went through the course, but some students like to do it a little bit every day. There also, as I said, more resources later on. You'll also have your Coaching Circle calls later in the course, so that will be in addition to the, you know, the module content, and that will be scheduled. But other than that, it's pretty much, you know, whatever works for you. So we'll even talk about, you know, we talk about time management and how do you create space for the course that in a way that works for you. I hope that's helpful. >> Great, okay, so if you have any other questions, any other things on your mind, go ahead, type it in. Let's see. Okay, while we're here, why don't we just chat about graduation requirements 'cause this is something that comes up a lot? So in order to graduate and to get your certificate, you'll need to pass two out of the four tests. Tests are given every 10 modules and they aren't cumulative. So each test will only cover those previous 10 modules, not the whole thing. You'll get 2 attempts to take them and you'll need a score of 70 or higher to consider... To be considered passing. You also need to attend at least four out of the six Coaching Circle calls. This is something that we'll talk about a lot more a little bit later in the curriculum, but essentially, the Coaching Circle calls are when we kind of pair you guys off into smaller groups and we have one of our expert coaches on the call who offers you, you know, feedback in real time, can help, you know, also coach you, and talk about what you're going through. There will be a theme that will kind of each call will center on. And, you know, it's a great way to connect with other students and a great way to get feedback. It's one of my favorite parts about the curriculum. So you'll have to do four out of six of those. Those aren't going to happen for quite some time, so we'll let you know when you need to start putting that on your radar. And then the last requirement is you need to submit six Health Histories, and we'll start talking about Health Histories in Module 10. We'll let you guys know everything you need to know about those. Great. >> Great. Any other questions? If you have questions, you can let us know. "Will the calls be different times a day?" They may be different times, but you'll always be able to access them in the Connect section of your Learning Center. So even if you can't be on the call in real time, you will have access to it there, which is great because I know that not everyone can always attend at the time that calls are. >> Great. Okay, so awesome questions. I think... You know, we're also going to have some check-in calls scheduled throughout the course. So keep an eye on your schedules to see when those are so you can join us. And let's see, we have a couple questions that just came through. Coaching Circles need to be attended live, so you'll call in for those. Yep, you'll have to do four out of the six. >> And really quickly, I'm so sorry, I've been looking for that TED Talk for the past 20 minutes and I can't find it anywhere. But if you go to the TED Talk,, there are a lot of talks on multitasking, and productivity, and such. So all great. >> Cool. All right, everyone, please feel free to reach out to us or, you know, tag us on Facebook or reach out to Student Success with any questions that maybe we didn't have time to cover today. But it was wonderful connecting with you guys, and this is such an exciting time, and we are thrilled to help you here on this journey with you as you start the program. So thank you, guys, so much for joining us today. >> Yes, thank you so much for joining, and we look forward to next time. Have a great day. >> Bye.

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11.6.18 HCTP Nov18 Pre-Course Call #4

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