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The Bright Morning podcast, hosted by Elena Aguilar, explores the many ways we can cultivate courage. Elena is a coach, educator and author. She is also the CEO and founder of Bright Morning Consulting, an education consulting firm. In some episodes, Elena has conversations with guests who reveal the risks they've taken and the courage they've built. On other episodes, Elena masterfully coaches her guests towards fulfilling their life's purpose. 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.

The Bright Morning Podcast Elena Aguilar

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The Bright Morning podcast, hosted by Elena Aguilar, explores the many ways we can cultivate courage. Elena is a coach, educator and author. She is also the CEO and founder of Bright Morning Consulting, an education consulting firm. In some episodes, Elena has conversations with guests who reveal the risks they've taken and the courage they've built. On other episodes, Elena masterfully coaches her guests towards fulfilling their life's purpose. 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.

    What Do You Say When: A Client Says, “I Don’t Know How…”

    What Do You Say When: A Client Says, “I Don’t Know How…”

    This is a “What Do You Say When…” episode, the first of its kind designed to explore some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from coaches and managers looking to support others in those moments when they feel stuck. On today’s episode, Elena pulls back the curtain on how she thinks about and responds to the common refrain of, “I don’t know how…” 
    This episode is for you if: 
    You’re curious how “I don’t know how…” is the sign of a powerful awareness on the part of your client You appreciate mental models and want to hear the three paths Elena considers going down when this refrain pops up in her coaching conversations You are quick to offer solutions but have noticed that your client is often hesitant to take them, or they don’t seem to solve for the issue at play Click here for show notes, including everything mentioned in this episode. 
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    • 18 min
    Taking a Confrontational Stance

    Taking a Confrontational Stance

    This is a coaching tool episode. Today Elena takes you behind the scenes to explore how and why she uses the confrontational stance in her coaching conversations. This stance was used repeatedly in episode 67, so we suggest listening in to that coaching conversation if you haven’t already. 
    This episode is for you if: 
    You could benefit from a quick primer on the difference between facilitative and directive coaching  You’re curious about the 5 things taking a confrontational stance can accomplish You want to hear more about what goes into being successful when utilizing the confrontational stance Click here for show notes, including everything mentioned in the episode. 
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    • 15 min
    Who Defines the Terms of a Coaching Conversation?

    Who Defines the Terms of a Coaching Conversation?

    This is a coaching conversation. In this episode Elena coaches a veteran school-based coach seeking to increase the impact of their coaching sessions. Together they explore who defines the terms of a coaching conversation and what is needed to step into your fear when you realize a change in course is needed. 
    This episode is for you if: 
    You want to hear powerful uses of the confrontational stance You are a coach in a systems where coaching isn’t well defined Your internal commitment to equity isn’t yet consistently matched by your practice Click here for show notes, including everything mentioned in the episode. 
    Mentioned in This Episode
    Mind the Gap
    The Art of Coaching
    Blog on Coaching Framework/ Program that Elena wrote
    Coaching for Equity
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Special Announcement - Season 3

    Special Announcement - Season 3

    • 2 min
    Feel Better: Create Your Recipe for Well-Being

    Feel Better: Create Your Recipe for Well-Being

    This is the final episode of our special edition How to Feel Better podcast series. Today Elena gets us ready to engage in the final two exercises in the Week 4 Guide: What Has Helped You Feel Better?  and the Week 4 Wrap Up. 
    Listen in as we celebrate whatever part of the program you took part in and embrace a, “what I did was enough” mindset. Because you are always enough.  
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    • 19 min
    Feel Better: Create a Pandemic Transition Plan

    Feel Better: Create a Pandemic Transition Plan

    In this mini-episode of the Feel Better program, Elena walks you through the fourth exercise in the Week Four How to Feel Better Guide: A Post-Pandemic Plan. It’s time to start thinking about what we want to start, stop and keep doing in the post-pandemic world...and Elena has the tool to help you get to it! 
    Sign-up for the free Feel Better program here. 
    Rate and review the podcast! 
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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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329 Ratings

329 Ratings

KaraMC2020 ,

Amazing show

Really amazing to witness Elena in action - I have been using these tools w my staff at a local nonprofit and can’t say enough about how useful they have been - especially during this time of the pandemic. Personally fulfilled too after listening to this podcast. Amazing show.

Rene from KCMO ,

The podcast you didn’t know you needed…

I stumbled upon The Bright Morning Podcast after I found Elena’s book, Coaching for Equity. As an instructional coach, I continually find the podcast to be a resource for reflection and planning for my own coaching with teachers. Recently, I participated in the Feel Better program. I enrolled because I have loved all the other books, webinars, etc. from Bright Morning, so I thought why not??? Upon completing the Feel Better program I felt BETTER. The best part was I didn’t even know that I needed to feel better! I highly recommend this program and all things Bright Morning!

Yolooooo!! ,

Thank you for accompanying us!

I felt like you were the friend I needed this second half of the pandemic! I do feel better! I’m a master at avoiding emotions, especially grief, and I realized that what I was feeling all this time was pure, cutting through your soul grief! I am not good with action either.. I suffer ‘from paralysis of the analysis’! But thank you for sharing and making yourself so vulnerable! - Maria in Houston

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