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Elena Aguilar is a coach, educator, and author. She is also the CEO and founder of Bright Morning Consulting, an education consulting firm that exists to bring new learning practices to organizations that aspire to interrupt inequities, build resilient communities, and heal and transform the world. In this show, Elena alternates between solo episodes and coaching conversations. These intimate and authentic conversations inspire listeners to listen to their own callings and take action in their lives. But they provide even more: they model how we can have conversations that count, and how we can guide others to listen to their inner voice and cultivate courage. Listeners will use these communication skills with their colleagues, clients and loved ones. This is a podcast about listening and being fully present with other people, and it's a podcast about how we live a fulfilling, meaningful life. Learn more about Elena at www.brightmorningteam.com.

The Bright Morning Podcast Elena Aguilar

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Elena Aguilar is a coach, educator, and author. She is also the CEO and founder of Bright Morning Consulting, an education consulting firm that exists to bring new learning practices to organizations that aspire to interrupt inequities, build resilient communities, and heal and transform the world. In this show, Elena alternates between solo episodes and coaching conversations. These intimate and authentic conversations inspire listeners to listen to their own callings and take action in their lives. But they provide even more: they model how we can have conversations that count, and how we can guide others to listen to their inner voice and cultivate courage. Listeners will use these communication skills with their colleagues, clients and loved ones. This is a podcast about listening and being fully present with other people, and it's a podcast about how we live a fulfilling, meaningful life. Learn more about Elena at www.brightmorningteam.com.

    Limited Series: Starting the School Year Strong The PD You Need

    Limited Series: Starting the School Year Strong The PD You Need

    In the second of our four episode mini-series, Starting the School Year Strong, Elena shares the considerations you need to take into account to ensure you have the professional development structures to support your learning, and living into the vision you have created for yourself this year. 
    Listen in, and then hop over to our Instagram this week to engage with supplemental materials to guide you through this critical step in preparing for your best school year yet. 
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Coaching For Equity Transformational Coaching Rubric Strengths Based Coaching Mind the Gap Transformational Conversations Accelerator Membership (monthly practice sessions + new tools) Onward Workbook: Three Good Things activity The Art of Coaching WorkbookEpisode 105: Morning Rituals to Meet Your NeedsEpisode 108: The End-of-Month Routine You NeedOpportunities for continued learning: 
    Episode 90: Is Your Tank Full? Episode 104: It’s Time to Get Your Needs Met Transformational Conversations Accelerator Membership (monthly practice sessions + new tools)  Visit https://brightmorningteam.com/podcasts/ for links to everything we mention on the show. 
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    • 14 min
    Starting Strong: The Power of Vision

    Starting Strong: The Power of Vision

    It’s the final week of our podcast summer break and we’re bringing you a replay episode that will help you incorporate an energizing practice that will support you in connecting in meaningful ways with people, places and yourself. 
    This episode was originally aired in the frenzy of the back-to-school season to help you step away from the checklists and make space for the pursuits that fill you up. We hope revisiting this idea in summer time will provide a little more time to wander and explore.  
    Mentioned on this episode: 
    Brainpickings.org Visit https://brightmorningteam.com/podcasts/ for links to everything we mention on the show. 
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    • 18 min
    Quarterly Wisdom: Journey into Wanderland (Replay)

    Quarterly Wisdom: Journey into Wanderland (Replay)

    It’s the final week of our podcast summer break and we’re bringing you a replay episode that will help you incorporate an energizing practice that will support you in connecting in meaningful ways with people, places and yourself. 
    This episode was originally aired in the frenzy of the back-to-school season to help you step away from the checklists and make space for the pursuits that fill you up. We hope revisiting this idea in summer time will provide a little more time to wander and explore.  
    Mentioned on this episode: 
    Brainpickings.org  Visit https://brightmorningteam.com/podcasts/ for links to everything we mention on the show. 
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    • 19 min
    Morning Rituals that Meet Your Needs (Repeat)

    Morning Rituals that Meet Your Needs (Repeat)

    Are you starting the day in a way that serves you and sets you up to have your needs met? 
    How you spend the first part of your day sets the tone for the day. And how you spend your day is how you spend your life. 
    If you want to take a more intentional approach to the coming school year, start with your morning routine. 
    Today’s episode is a fan favorite from January 2022 in which Elena pulls back the curtain on why routines matter, considerations for creating a routine that will best meet your needs, and shares about how she starts her own days. 
    If you’re ready to turn off auto-pilot or say goodbye to frantic and frazzled, start here. 
    Mentioned on this episode: 
    Elena’s personal Instagram account Nonviolent communication list of needs 10% Happier AppInsight TimerThe Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan  Visit https://brightmorningteam.com/podcasts/ for links to everything we mention on the show. 
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    • 23 min
    What Do You Need to Quit in Order to Stay (Repeat)

    What Do You Need to Quit in Order to Stay (Repeat)

    What do you need to quit in order to stay? 
    We’re on summer break, so this week we’re replaying a fan favorite episode to help you explore what you might need to quit in order to stay…in whatever role or relationship that might not be best serving you right now. 
    You’ll hear where this question came from, how we answered it back in January answering it, and how this question will support your transformation. Listen in: you need this question in your rotation!
    Mentioned on this episode: 
    Sign-up to receive our exclusive From Rut to River Exploration GuideThe Art of Coaching (Elena's book that discusses "rut stories" a concept popularized in Robert Hargrove's book Masterful Coaching)Episode 37: How to ACE Your Coaching Conversations (Bright Morning podcast episode that goes into depth on the ACE coaching tool)Art of Coaching Emotions: February 9-10, 2022 (workshop designed and led by Elena) Episode 105: Morning Rituals That Meet Your Needs (Bright Morning Podcast episode where Elena discusses her morning routine in depth) Visit https://brightmorningteam.com/podcasts/ for links to everything we mention on the show. 
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    • 31 min
    Design Your Summer of Learning (Repeat)

    Design Your Summer of Learning (Repeat)

    We’re on summer break so today we’re replaying a timely episode to make sure you have an impactful summer. 
    Grab your notebook and something to write with; today it’s time to design your summer of learning. Over the next thirty minutes you will: 
    Get clear on your needs and desiresIdentify the conditions necessary for you to thrive Be guided through the three principles to uncover your “what” It’s time to get ready for a transformational summer! 
    Visit https://brightmorningteam.com/podcasts/ for links to everything we mention on the show.  
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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410 Ratings

410 Ratings

LW707 ,

❤️ me some Elena A.

I have learned so much from Elena over the years.

justine.wilson2016 ,

Transformative skill building

I (White female 43 years old) so appreciate this pod cast. Elena and the BMC team are so insightful, clear abs seem to know exactly what I need. The series “what to say when you hear something racist” was so worth every minute I spent listening, reflecting and planning the various words I can use in various situations. I have already put much of the learning into practice with my father (White male 75 years old) who often says racist statements. I had said things in the past like “that is rude” and “I don’t think that is funny”. Now after listening, managing myself and planning. I was ready for the next time…the next time came and I was able to stay calm and take an intent vs impact education approach with compassion for myself and my father. The conversation went well. We spoke about the opportunity he has in society to do better with his words. He actually said he understood and that I was welcome to mention if he makes racist statements in the future because he is open to increasing his awareness. I learned so much in this conversation and I am continuing to learn about myself and my relationship with my father. Thank you, Elena and BMC team for the timely and transformative podcast!

Haley DHH ,

Absolute must listen

Ways I’ve used this podcast:
- Having devoured Aguilar’s books, these episodes feel like a way to continue the conversation. This has helped me internalize my learning from the books, making it a richer and more secure resource for me to draw from in my practice.
- I have shared individual episodes with clients and colleagues when they relate to something we are working on, when we need to establish a common understanding, and/or when I think the resource could support their growth. — When helping a client get organized, drive to an offsite observation, or do other tasks involving our hands more than our minds, I’ve played episodes and then discussed what we’ve both heard.
- When I’m preparing for a situation where I can expect some discomfort or I may have to work hard to be intentional about my way of being, I often listen to an episode of this podcast. Doing so helps me center in my philosophy and purpose, tap into my coaching expertise, and reminds me that I am part of a community of educators invested in this work.

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