Motivational Interviewing

Jun 19, 2020

I thought this was a hiring technique.⁣

When I heard about motivational interviewing for the first time, I figured it must be some sort of business/management world tactic for hiring new employees.⁣

I honestly ignored it for awhile, until the first year of my PhD program I found it popping up in research related to health behavior change…⁣

And since then, I’ve been hooked. 🤓⁣

I’ve received extensive training over the years, included aspects of MI in my own research + coaching, and also spent some time facilitating multi-day trainings in the corporate world (where I also learned that self employment is my true calling lol)⁣

I’m also a big fan because it’s a beautiful example of science applied to the real world.⁣

Many other theories and “understandings” in psychological science were used in the development of MI (e.g. self determination theory, positive psychology, growth mindset, self-efficacy… all of which will be discussed in more detail in the mindset certification 👀)⁣

✏️It’s v important to note:⁣

MI is not a quick “technique” that you learn in one sitting.⁣

It’s a skill that requires practice over time and is a bit like learning a new language —⁣
you might hire someone to help you & practice with you, you probably should read some books, and you’ll stumble + feel awkward for awhile.⁣

👉As a coach, leveraging MI in your practices can make a massive shift in your business when it comes to client retention, adherence, and success.⁣

I’m HUGE on cultivating connection with clients; MI is a large component of this.⁣

👉But what if you’re not a coach?⁣

This can be helpful for you too.⁣

MI is an awesome skill to have when it comes to helping others in your life (friends, family, team members, colleagues) navigate through behavior change, resolve ambivalent feelings, and make decisions.⁣

Are you familiar with MI? I would love to hear what your experience is and what you know (or don’t know)! 👇👇⁣