Many of my clients ask me why my company's name is Coaching Presence. Presence, my presence, has always been important to me. As I think back, this was taught to me at a young age by my parents. Dress appropriately, act appropriately, be respectful - this was all ingrained in me early on. And, it became important to me.
My presence is important - to most it may seem it is all external - how I dress, my hair, makeup, nails, etc. But, the external is how I feel internally. We have all heard the expressions, "the suit makes the man", "oh, I love a man in uniform!" or an awesome pair of shoes can make your day! I believe, it is the external that represents the internal, an expression of ourselves.
As a child, I had to wear a uniform to school -I hated it! I felt I wasn't allowed to express who I was through my clothes - I felt stifled especially since I'm a mood dresser! I was also so frustrated when my children had to wear uniforms to pre-school - it drove me crazy because I felt that they couldn't express themselves through their clothing choices.
So, yes, presence is very important to me. How do you present yourself to the world? Are you "present" to another person when they are talking to you? Do they have your full attention? Being present to another person is being respectful, validating who they are and what they are saying, letting them know that they are being heard.
I also chose the name Coaching Presence because of the duality of the meaning. As a coach, it is my duty to be present to my clients and help them solve whatever challenges they are facing. I help my clients become their own resources by helping them become present to themselves. And, once our journey together has ended, I hope that some of my "coaching presence" will remain with them.