I recently heard Helen Mentha, fellow MI Trainer, speak at our annual conference in Copenhagen.
During COVID she decided to put her heart into writing some blogs on MI and see where it led to. She ended up putting the blogs into a book and called it Someone good to Talk to.
It is a beautiful book on the heart and soul of MI and has thought provoking questions and reflections on how we are with our clients. It has so many wonderful nuggets and is a quick read to help you think about challenging MI concepts in a new way.
One quote below is key to MI: “when we stop trying to control someone else’s behavior, we have so much more energy to better take care of the conversation. Listen more deeply, choose our words more carefully, hold our urge to fill in the silence with our own thoughts.”
When we emphasize our client’s autonomy, we truly empower them to make their own decisions which may be one of the best ways to assist with behavior change. We give our clients control and choice, which allows them the space to see what they truly want for themselves and as Helena states – we ourselves have more energy to help them.
If you want to advance your MI skills this priceless book is a wonderful way to give thought to how to do that in an organic way, so you can truly be…someone good to talk to.