26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020

26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020


Stephen Burt

'Yes and' - the art of listening like an improviser

Theme: Related Fields

Area: Coaching. Mentoring, & Supervision

Style: Mainly Experiential

Type: Workshop

Session on 1 June 2020 14:30 UTC - View on timetable


How do you get really good at listening? It is the core of good coaching, mentoring, AND supervision. And it is essential for harnessing diversity and ensuring inclusion. But how can you continue to grow as a listener? Stephen will take you through some improvisation exercises that can help you develop your listening skills and sensitivity, and which coaches, mentors, supervisors, and facilitators can also use with their clients. Stephen will draw on his book, ‘The art of listening in coaching and mentoring’ (an EMCC Masters Seris in conjunction with Routledge publication), to show that there are many ways in which you can learn and practise as a listener. This workshop will be highly participative, informative and playful. It will offer a safe space to experience a different route to listening well.

The book can be purchased from and will also be on sale at the conference with a book signing by Stephen in the break following this session.


Dr Stephen Burt has been a coach and facilitator since 2002. His path as a coach has taken him through Gestalt, cognitive-behavioural, and other coaching methodologies. It has led him to realise that a coach’s effectiveness is grounded in the quality of their listening. He believes that all coaches, whatever their experience, benefit from making the quality of their listening an explicit focus for their development. His book, ‘The art of listening in coaching and mentoring’, part of the EMCC Masters series and published by Routledge in June 2019, shows how coaches can do that. As well as coaching and delivering leadership programmes, he runs listening workshops for leaders. He works on his own listening skills through performing jazz and comedy improvisation.