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Susan Walters Minker

It’s good to be curious about the person who may be your collaborative coaching partner.

As a coach, I serve and support you in your personal development journey. As a collaborative partner, I provide a safe space for your growing self-awareness and awakening.

My roles include partner, guide, teacher, reflector, active listener and accountability voice. We partner together to explore desired changes in your life, both personal and professional. Often, one’s personal and professional life reflect similar overlapping of desires, fears and practiced automatic responses. Practiced wiring.

What’s my coaching approach?

Our work together is an on-going process of being curious, and working with practices, conversations and tools to support an awakening mind, body and soul. As a developmental coach, I provide a safe space for you to become deeply aware and curious about your current somatic wiring and perspectives.

How do your views, perspectives and cognitive reactions (mind chatter) support you? Or not support you? Our conversations are not about the past, as in therapy. Our conversations are about the present, and looking at your desired future. I ask, what would an extraordinary life be for you in the future?

I have a sound coaching process that’s very effective. It’s evolved due to the immense energies and expertise of many leading somatic and developmental coaches, leadership masters, and eastern and western wisdoms. My coaching process offers a specific process of Intake Assessment, agreed upon Coaching Offer, general schedule and accountability measures and check-ins. We check-in to see how our work together is progressing, meeting your desired development. When the coaching offer completes, we assess if our work together is done or whether to continue with other developmental projects.

I coach with heart, compassion, empathy, direct feedback, accountability and a sound coaching process. I’m a Certified Presence-Based® Coach, as well as Associate Certified Coach with International Coaching Federation.

Trainings include presence-based coaching, mindfulness, meditation, adult development theory, complexity theory, energy activation and diverse somatic practices. Many modalities and wisdoms weave together to support our coaching work. What does this mean? It means our work goes as deep as you want. Just the process of starting is a huge step.

What do you want in your future?

What dream, change would create an exceptional life for you? You direct the desired work. Often my clients find a growing self-awareness of body and mind. Shifts or ‘ah ha moments’ are frequently experienced for offering insights on fears and desires, clarity and new learning edges.

“… unfortunately anxiety and lack of self-confidence has played a big role in my life. ….  All that changed when Susan became my Life Coach. … It was different from anything I have ever done. Susan is strong yet nurturing. We did exercises that I could incorporate into my everyday life. She actually gave me tools to use to deal with my life stressors.” (Female, J).

What happens in coaching conversations?

Coaching conversations often take place via virtual coaching conversations (phone or Skype). These are effective, and eliminate geographical limitations. In person coaching session are available as well. Both coaching programs are very effective.

Our coaching conversations include:

  • Deep inquiry, direct feedback given with respect and reflections offering possible perspective shifts (‘ah hah’ moment things).
  • Focus on the current coaching session need, a ‘Today’s Focus’.
  • Action steps.
  • Take-aways.
  • Practice around making and  responding to requests.
  • Accountability partner – me
  • Somatic (mind-body) awareness exercises.
  • Introducing and practicing developmental tools, ie polarity management.

Focusing on building present moment awareness strengthens living in the present and living in the future. As humans, triggers are part of our beings and provide constant opportunity for practice. Coaching sessions give you space and practice opportunity, for figuring out triggers and choosing new responses and behaviors (thus, rewiring those old tracks and grooves of the brain).

“… I can genuinely say Susan’s teachings have enriched my life. I feel I’m on my path to finally recognize and let my authentic self come to life. Thank you Susan!” (Female, J).

How do we start?

We discuss your interests and needs to determine if coaching together fits, for us both. My intent is that you are well-supported in your developmental journey. Moving forward, I’ll send an Intake Form for you to complete. The Intake Form itself may offer opportunities for some new insights for you. You’re welcome to answer as deeply, or lightly, as feels comfortable. The more information, the more possible insights may be gathered.

  • We review the Intake Form, lightly.
  • Desired projects and outcomes are discussed. You determine your desired work.
  • Coaching session schedule is discussed, including frequency. Generally 6-12 month minimum is suggested for work to deepen, impact.

What’s a Certified Presence-Based® Coach?

As a Certified Presence-Based® Coach, I’m trained and certified in a rigorous advanced coaching training program designed and taught by Doug Silsbee’s Presence-Based Leadership Development (PBC) program. Doug’s leadership coaching training program has developed over the last 20 years with deep somatic practices, tools and neuroplasticity research.

What’s PBC approach? According to Silsbee,

Presence-Based Leadership is about awakening to our context, and discerning our contribution. Making courageous commitments. Taking coherent, skillful, and authentic action. Doing the inner work of self-development. And, building the foundation of Presence, the meta-competency of aliveness, resilience, and creativity.”

Letting go of a self-critical voice and self-judgement are common needs for us humans. Growing presence, which means living in the present with self-awareness are a focus of PBC coaching methodology.

“…..  Susan’s kind and thoughtful approach soon put me at ease.  One of the obstacles I soon discovered was that I did not take the time to reflect and organize my thoughts.  Susan helped me organize my thoughts in such a way that I was able to tackle some of the life challenges that arose with confidence and insight…” (client, P).

My background?

My coaching clients come from diverse backgrounds and journeys. Clients include scholars, coaches, C-level and mid-level managers, entrepreneurs, academia professionals, and whole being wellness seekers. Personal and professional journeys often include similar desires, fears and hidden assumptions.

I’m an entrepreneur, with experience starting several companies. My background includes working with individuals in transition, leaders, entrepreneurs, small companies and major organizations crossing individual initiatives, academic institutions, small and large companies and non-profits. I am a coach for the University of North Carolina BRIDGES program, an Academic Leadership for Women program.

My experiences cross many fields, including coaching, human resources, design, operations, program management, marketing, sales and business development. These are part of my dragon’s tail, my life experiences that add depth to my coaching work, and life.

Besides numerous coaching certifications and trainings, I have an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential with the International Coaching Federation, Masters in Landscape Studies (Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA), Graduate Certificate in Technology and Communications (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and B.S. in Marketing (Ohio State University).

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Bend of Ivy Lodge pond.

As CEO/ co-founder of Intentional Growth LLC (IG) dba Bend of Ivy Lodge (an Asheville area company), my work supports people, planet, purpose and development of individuals, nonprofits, companies and conscious capital initiatives. IG owns, stewards and manages Bend of Ivy Lodge (BOI).

Created as a unique nature-oriented retreat and education center, Bend of Ivy (BOI) nurtures people and organizations with lodging and meeting spaces for deep conversations and growth. Bend of Ivy (BOI) is located an easy 20 miles from downtown Asheville and is available for rent as a private eco-friendly retreat and event space. Coaching sessions may also take place at Bend of Ivy,  as part of a Personal Retreat package or individual coaching session.

Experiences of coaching clients?

“She has a way of providing guidance without completely taking over the process.  Her gentle reminders of what I had discovered in previous sessions, along with probing questions, resulted in very productive and useful discoveries. Susan has a gift that is not common and that makes her truly unique and gifted at what she does.” (Female Client, P).

If you’re curious and interested in finding out more, if coaching together may be a fit for you, wonderful.  Please call or email me. We’ll schedule a conversation to explore how coaching together may benefit your life, personal and professional journey.