In the early 2000’s, I was working in multiple fields simultaneously – information management, sales, marketing, business development and personal training while taking courses in all areas towards post-secondary certifications.
One of my marketing responsibilities as a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce was to attend breakfast, lunch and supper networking events. At one of these events Warren Redman introduced himself as an Emotional Fitness® Coach and Trainer. Being a lifelong learner I was very intrigued, I approached him for some clarification. I asked “what is Emotional Fitness ® and how does it work?” His reply was “it is quite simple actually; you ask someone what they would like to talk about, sit and listen to the person, ask clarifying questions and give them back the essence of what they were saying in a summary of what you understood. Next you help the person towards their own actions or solutions”. I was astounded and asked “You mean you do not fix anything?” I was in shock.
All my life I fixed and repurposed things and I had problems in relationships when I tried to fix people’s problems for them. A light bulb in my head went on that reminded me of something that my wise Grandfather, with a grade four education, used to say “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink unless he wants to”. The more I thought about it the more I realized that I had never truly listened to anybody without trying to fix them when they did not want to be fixed! From that point on I developed a burning desire to know more about this simple but elegant process that helps me to build better, stronger relationships in life. I signed up for the Emotional Fitness ® Coach Course Training and then proceeded to use that knowledge to work more effectively with my clients, friends and associates.
I encourage all to experience the magic of Emotional Fitness® by taking a course from the Emotional Fitness Institute in order to utilize this positive life changing knowledge.
Keaton Van Bryce, Licensed Emotional Fitness® Coach