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From Adversary to Ally: How to Coach the Inner Critic

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Free – $25.00

by Paul Boehnke, PCC 

CCEs: 1.50 (0.75 core/0.75 resource)

From Adversary to Ally focuses on how to coach the inner critic, a common obstacle in coaching practices. No matter what kind of coaching we specialize in, we all encounter that nagging voice inside our heads telling us we’re not measuring up somehow. We feel it firsthand as it stops us from confidently growing our businesses, makes us think we need yet another certification or course, or holds us back from charging our true worth. And it’s not just us—our clients face it too. Whether it’s in their struggles with confidence, battling feelings of being a fraud, or getting stuck in procrastination and confusion.

Despite various tools available, many only provide temporary relief without addressing the root cause. In this session, attendees will learn a process to overcome the negative messages of the inner critic voice. Combining skills of a performing musician with principles of coaching, attendees will learn what’s needed to successfully, sustainably, and predictably train the mind into new more beneficial patterns of thought. There will be client examples to learn from, detailed descriptions of each phase in the process, and a worksheet to help attendees experience the entire method. The four phases of this process are easy to learn and remember.

In this webinar we will learn:

  • What to do when your critical voice shows up.
  • To recognize the lies it tells and why you believe them.
  • How to alleviate the suffering caused by negative self-talk.
  • How to create thoughts that support you.

The power and sustainability of this method come from the depth of understanding and compassion each phase brings to the client. The four phases of this process get to the root of the issues clients are facing and create custom-designed solutions to their custom created blocks. Attendees will discover how affirming with compassion the intention of the inner critic not only allows it to step back, but provides powerful information with which to move forward.

Participants will gain knowledge on:

  • Embodies a Coaching Mindset: ongoing learning and development as a coach, develops ongoing reflective practice. Attendees will deepen knowledge of inner critic and how to coach it.
  • Listens Actively: Notices, acknowledges and explores client’s emotions, energy shifts, non-verbal cues or other behaviors. Notices trends in the client’s behaviors and emotions across session to discern themes and patterns. Attendees will learn how to spot disguised inner critic thoughts and get to the bottom of them.
  • Evokes Awareness:Asks questions that help client explore beyond current thinking. Invites clients to share more about experience. Helps client identify factors that influence current and future patterns of behavior, thinking or emotion. Attendees will discover the motivations and fears behind inner critic thoughts and how to reframe them.
  • Facilitate’s clients growth: integrate new awareness, insight or learning. Partners with client to design goals, actions and accountability. Attendees will develop tools and action plans to anchor learning

Speaker: Paul Boehnke, sought after speaker, author and certified life coach helps millennials and business leaders become more effective by clearing the fog of doubt, self-criticism and overthinking that prevents them from realizing their true purpose.

As a classical musician, Paul Boehnke stumbled on a unique process that not only helped his performances but could easily be applied to taming the negative thoughts of his inner critic. Then he realized this process not only works for him but works for everyone, musician or not.

In his book, “Thoughts On Demand: Turn Negative Self-Talk into Unstoppable Confidence” he shares the process that he uses to help clients transform that little voice in their heads that argues for their limitations into a champion of their potential instead.


ICF Pittsburgh Member/Affiliate – $0
ICF Global Affiliate Chapters – $15
Non-members – $25
Recording only – $25


September 19
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free – $25.00


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Sept 19 - Recording only
$ 25.00
Sept 19 - Non-members
$ 25.00
Sept 19 - ICF Global Affiliate Chapters
$ 15.00
Sept 19 - ICF Pittsburgh Member/Affiliate
$ 0.00