Neuroscience of Coaching

Embracing Fear in Public Speaking

This episode digs into the fear of public speaking with guest Jon Schumacher. Drawing from his marketing background, he emphasizes authenticity and intentional practice, reveals tactics to master anxiety and truly connect with audiences, and reveals how imperfections can elevate performance.

Is Visualization Just Fantasy?

I'm joined by Jason Moss to discuss the widely touted technique of visualization. We explore the line between what people think visualization is and what actually happens in the mind, while clarifying the roles of fantasy versus expectation and process versus outcome.

Is Willpower Like a Muscle?

Harnessing Neuroplasticity

Today, we explore the fascinating world of neuroplasticity with guest Marisa Murray, a leadership development expert. We’ll unpack the ways this phenomenon plays a crucial role in personal development, which will enrich your understanding of how neuroscience can revolutionize your coaching practice.

You’ll learn about the brain’s ability to change and adapt through experience, practical ways to stimulate this ability, and proven methods to foster meaningful behavior and thought-pattern changes. Join us as Marisa shares her journey from engineering to executive coaching, revealing how her technical mindset deepened her appreciation for neuroscience’s role in effective leadership and personal growth. Her approach hinges on stimulating awareness, focus, and practice to foster new neural patterns, guiding clients towards their true potential.

Fostering Team Flow

Executive coach Sharon Richmond joins Dr. Irena O’Brien to explore the fascinating concept of team flow—a state of peak performance from all members of a team, characterized by effortless work and the activation of alpha waves in the brain. Discover how micromanaging can obstruct team flow and damage workplace dynamics, while fostering a shared goal can create a thriving environment.

Achieving team flow is about more than just hitting performance targets; it involves creating an environment where individuals can thrive. By understanding and implementing the techniques discussed – from managing brainwave states to setting stretch goals and fostering emotional intelligence – leaders can unlock the true potential of their teams. Sharon Richmond's insights pave the way for a cultural shift towards respect, curiosity, and psychological safety, making the journey towards flow not just a possibility but an achievable reality.

The Power of Reflective Journals

Kay Adams and Deborah Ross reveal the magic of journaling, merging neuroscience and therapeutic writing. Through their profound insights, discover how reflective practices can foster self-awareness, harness neuroplasticity, and become powerful tools for manifesting a desired life.

By understanding and utilizing the principles of self-directed neuroplasticity, individuals can harness journaling not only as a tool for reflection but also as a powerful agent for creating the life they desire.

Harnessing Self-Acceptance

What connections in our brains forge our self-perception and sense of self-worth? Dr. Irena and Matthew Kimberley explore this while sharing insights and experiences with self-esteem challenges, from both their own journeys and coaching clients.

Presenting Teacher Tom's Podcast (Lenore Skenazy)

I introduce Teacher Tom’s Podcast, a new show on the Mirasee FM podcast network, hosted by “Teacher Tom” Hobson. In this bonus episode, Lenore Skenazy shares ways that parents may harm their children’s development and what to do instead. 

From Avoidance to Action

Nina Cooke joins me to dig into the roots of procrastination, exploring how emotional baggage and limiting beliefs shape our professional lives. With practical strategies and insights, Nina empowers listeners to overcome fear and embrace growth.

Navigating Problematic Emotions

Using money as a context, Leisa Peterson and I discuss problematic emotions, the activation of the amygdala, and how these can feed into self-sabotage. But good news: There are some simple tools we can all use to navigate these feelings.

From Fear to Fortune

Jeanna Gabellini shares her perspective on why we shouldn't let reality stop us from saying yes to opportunity. She and Dr. O'Brien also explore how dopamine can help us achieve our goals and how journaling prompts can overcome limiting beliefs.Enter your text here...

Presenting Consciousness Explored (Lion Goodman)

I introduce Consciousness Explored, another podcast on the Mirasee FM network, hosted by Melissa Deal. In this bonus episode, Lion Goodman recounts how decades of inner work and client work have informed his expertise in belief systems.

Leveraging the Predictive Brain

The human brain is a predictive machine. Our minds evolved to forecast and anticipate what’s next to ensure our survival. I talk with Lion Goodman about how coaches can leverage “the predictive brain” to help clients achieve better outcomes.

Focusing Our Attention

I'm joined by Ari Iny to dive into the challenge of focusing our attention. Following on the principles behind motivation in episode one, this episode explores the “attention network” in our minds — where the secret to focus lies. Ari Iny

Unlocking Motivation

I welcome Melinda Cohan for a surprising and deep conversation on the hidden science behind motivation. Whether motivating ourselves or our clients, understanding how to work with the brain instead of against it is the key to success.


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