About My Coaching

Meryl ShawI am trained in a method called "co-active coaching," in which you and I would work together to identify and explore your core strengths and find ways to make them work better for you. For example, my audition coaching involves more than searching for and polishing a monologue. I help actors find their strengths and think about using auditions as opportunities to express their unique qualities in the best light. 

My role is to ask questions, listen to you, and help you come to your own answers rather than tell you what to do. You decide the agenda, and, if needed, I help clarify any issues that come up during our journey.

Co-active coaching has been called "dancing in the moment" because it unfolds moment to moment, often with discoveries along the way. A coaching session, whether in life coaching or audition coaching, will change direction when a promising shift or current emerges during the session.

I believe that all aspects of a person's life - career, relationships, recreation, personal growth, and finances, for example - are interrelated and may be addressed as part of a life coaching journey. A co-active coach coaches the whole person. For example, clients often want to explore ways to nurture a healthier work-life balance.

The training I received has its theoretical foundation in Positive Psychology. The latest research highlights the following factors for achieving happiness and fulfillment in all aspects of life:

  • Positive Emotion
  • Engagement (or Flow)
  • Relationships
  • Meaning or Purpose
  • Accomplishment

To find out more about Positive Psychology, go to http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/.

Here are some topics that I've coached clients on:

  • Managing time for greater satisfaction and productivity
  • De-cluttering
  • Career change or re-focus
  • Improving work/life balance
  • Strengthening personal boundaries in work and personal relationships
  • Clarifying focus on long-term goals
  • Relocating
  • Ease and effectiveness in communication 

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