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Strategic Silence: The Key to Holding Space

  • 09 Feb 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom


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Strategic Silence: The Key to Holding Space

1.5 Core

Newer coaches often say they feel like an imposter or fraud because they don’t know how they add value to their client by just listening. More experienced coaches identify their ability to Hold Space as one of their strengths as a coach. That is the paradox of Holding Space. It’s in the silence that coaches provide the client with time to think so they can find their own answers. 

“You should avoid the temptation to break into this space by feeling forced to ‘speed the process up’ or doing something ‘so that the client realizes that you are worth your fees” (Dembkowski,  Eldridge, & Hunter, 2006). It is in the holding space where you add the most value.

Laura has researched Holding Space and taught many the strategies to feel confident doing it. Join this interactive session where you’ll actually practice new strategies to hold space. This presentation has something  new for both beginning and advanced coaches!


Laura Janusik has worked with hundreds of coaches and found that beginning coaches cringe at the idea of holding space, and more experienced coaches say Holding Space is a primary factor in their coaching success. 

Holding Space starts with listening, so Laura is leveraging her world-wide recognized teaching expertise in Listening to help coaches with research-based solutions that work and help coaches to Listen Well, Hear More, and Change Lives. 

Laura’s published nationally and internationally and has been cited in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and US News and World Report, among others. 

Laura’s background includes 15 years of HR Management in private industry and 20+ years of academic experience as a professor, scholar, speaker and trainer. She’s the past president of the International Listening Association, and an ICF Coach Educator.

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