Outside the White Box is a podcast for life coaches, thought work devotees, and anyone else interested in how the self-development industry can uplevel its teaching to meet the demands of a complicated multicultural world. Brought to you by the creators of the UnF*ck Your Brain podcast and the Joyful Marketing podcast, Outside the White Box will weave together unofficial expertise in history, sociology, anthropology and thought work to challenge the "white box" of mainstream self-development and elevate the coaching conversation. The first episode will be airing September 21, 2021!
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How to Elevate Your Coaching by Understanding Your Clients’ Context
As coaches, we know that our thoughts create our results, right? But in order to coach our clients effectively on their thoughts, we have to understand the CONTEXT from which these thoughts emerged. Someone whose cultural history involves persecution and multigenerational trauma may not resonate with the coaching that “everything will happen as it’s meant to,” just as someone who has learned explicitly and implicitly that their sexuality is wrong or bad won’t respond to coaching that does not take this history into account. In this episode, you will learn how approaching your clients with radical curiosity and learning to spot how their thoughts have been shaped by their cultural context will enable you to coach clients with lived experiences that differ from your own. In this special episode, guest coaches Rachel Hart and Dr. Sonia Wright join Kara Loewentheil for a conversation about why understanding your clients’ context is so important, and how committing to curiosity and nonjudgment will help you navigate your own blind spots as a coach.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/otwb5
Coaching Tools Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All (and That’s a Great Thing)
Many coaches believe that once they become certified, they will be equipped with the tools to coach anyone on anything. It’s a lovely thought, but maybe not so helpful when you’re in your tenth session with a client who just stares at you blankly as you try to explain, for the 50th time, how their thoughts are creating their results and why that’s a great thing. While there are certainly powerful frameworks out there, the coaching principles we learn aren’t one-size-fits-all. One single tool or framework isn’t going to work for everybody, and that’s ok. In this episode, Kara Loewentheil and Simone Seol will discuss how to bring more openness, nuance, and discernment into your coaching, so you can coach clients of different backgrounds and lived experiences effectively.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/otwb4
How Realizing ‘It’s All Made Up’ Will Make You a Better Coach
Coaching tools didn’t descend from the heavens. They were developed by humans whose social context impacted the way they saw the world and their clients, including what they even viewed as a “problem” to be solved in the first place. In other words, those coaching modalities that you know and love? Yeah, those were made up. Before you abandon all meaning and run off into the woods, tune into this episode to learn why understanding this is exactly what will elevate your coaching. Kara Loewentheil and Simone Seol will discuss how learning the intellectual history of modern coaching concepts and embracing the subjectivity of coaching modalities will help you deliver powerful coaching to clients with radically different backgrounds and beliefs than you.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/otwb3
Using Historical Context to Avoid Whitewashing Your Coaching
Do you understand how the legacies of slavery, colonialism, and genocide have shaped the world we live in? If not, you are missing an incredible opportunity to deepen your coaching and serve your clients and the world. In this episode, coaches Kara Loewentheil and Simone Seol will teach you how you can avoid whitewashing your coaching by understanding your historical context, the context of your clients, and the context of the coaching industry as a whole. Listen in to learn why broadening your historical literacy is so vital to creating a coaching business that meets the demands of a multicultural world.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/otwb2
Elevating the Coaching Conversation by Embracing Complexity in Your Marketing
A lot of life coaches think they have to dumb down their marketing in order to sell. But doing so not only denies you the opportunity to show up truthfully in your business, it also underestimates the intelligence of your clients and limits the capacity of the industry to engage in nuanced conversations about the complexities of being human.
In this episode, Kara Loewentheil and Simone Seol will discuss the marketing mindset they each used to create multi-million dollar businesses that are every bit as multifaceted as they are. Tune in to learn how you can elevate the coaching conversation - and your business - by embracing complexity in your marketing.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/otwb1
Much-needed conversations in the coaching industry
I’ve been so hungry for these conversations. Life coaching can have a tendency to be devoid of this very necessary context, to the extent that it almost kept me from pursuing it. Simone and Amy go there. Delicious food for thought!
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grateful life coach
Yay! Thank you for opening me up to looking at coaching from this lens. I certified in 2014 and am super excited to expand my coaching and marketing. Listening and subscribing! Susie Pettit