Type: Research (with examples of how it HAS been applied in practice)
Keywords: multi-lingual coaching, switching languages, triggering change
Session on 3 July 2020 13:50 cest - View on timetable
With the globalisation of the economy and professional mobility, coaches are increasingly called upon to work in the second (or third) language of their clients or themselves. Although this could be seen as a constraint to fully authentic expression, a recent survey of multi-lingual coaches revealed that when both parties communicate in at least two languages, switching from one language to the other offers numerous benefits. From strengthening the coaching relationship to overcoming emotional blockages, this session will share the survey findings and related testimonials from practitioners, and highlight different advantages of switching languages in a coaching session.
Elham Asdaghi is based in Paris and is Head of Employee Engagement at pan-European exchange operator Euronext, and a bi-lingual executive coach. Prior to coaching, Elham spent 20 years as a senior manager of corporate, editorial, and employee communications for international companies, including Ubisoft, Sopra Steria, and Euler Hermes (Allianz), She draws on her multi-national background and experience working with different cultures and environments to translate the executive vision into impactful messages and initiatives, and to facilitate transformation and change management for global teams. Her coaching practice focuses on communication, management posture, and multi-cultural challenges. Elham holds Master’s degrees in Communication from Stanford University (USA), Marketing from ESCP-Europe and executive coaching certification from HEC Paris.