I've recently embarked on a 100 Day Plan with Business Coach Mark Hollander. From what I understand so far, my 100 Day Plan is going to help me make major progress on a project that is of importance to me in the professional realm. Seems like just the right amount of time: short enough to feel immediate but long enough to eat the elephant bite by bite. For more information on the definition of the 100 Day Plan, click here.
I was nervous going into my first session with Mark. And when I thought about my nervousness, it wasn't about opening up. I've known Mark a little while and had no qualms about confiding in him. What I was anxious about was going into another potential situation where someone prescribes before they diagnose. You know how it goes: you're paying someone for a professional service, you go to the first appointment expecting to have your thoughts and concerns heard, only to find the professional tells you what you need before they even have a clue who the hell you are!....:(
Thank God Mark wasn't that way. He has one of the most reassuring conversational styles I've encountered, the type that says to the eternal children-of-road-warrior-question "are we there yet?" - "it's all going to be okay and we'll be there in 93 days." I particularly enjoyed his technique of letting much of the initial session be a massive brain dump, fully nullifying my fear that I wouldn't get to portray my situation before remedies were brought forth (After all, you don't want Monistat if you need Prilosec). Sometimes, you've just gotta get the crap out of your head plain and simple. To that end, he never interrupts, letting you finish your thoughts. Further, Mark asks questions in a reassuring fashion that has you venting AND going toward your desired outcomes.
It might sound like I just came from a great session with one of the Crane brothers, but alas, there was a dark side to my session with Mark: HOMEWORK. But I must say (grudgingly ;), the homework was not only helpful knowledge-wise but moved me toward a better understanding of what it is I'm really trying to achieve. So I'll get my assignments in on time and look forward to my next session with Mark.