The term ‘holding space’ is one which you may have heard used, or mentioned, especially if you work in the world of facilitation, coaching and teaching others. It is something we all do often in those spaces, and away from work with our friends, families, and even strangers who we might get chatting with randomly.
It’s very possible that most of us don’t even realise it is what we’re doing, because it might be something we’ve always done and not really thought about before. I remember using the term in a conversation with a fellow facilitator last year. Their response to me was “What?!? How do you ‘hold a space’?”.
So here I am with my take on this, and I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
Holding space is about being as present as possible in the moment. To be empathic and accepting. It is about making sure the person in front of you is heard, held, and seen. It is about how we ‘show up’.
It is something I always feel honoured to do. To support someone to be in the place they need to be in, at that moment in time. Whether I’m facilitating for a group of leaders – supporting them to explore strategy and focus; or coaching an HR professional who is looking to build their career; or a group of people joining me to practice meditation and asana (yoga postures) as part of their yoga journey. All these examples of holding space are ones where I feel lucky to be doing so.
It feels important to note here that I believe we can hold space effectively both in person and online, and how I have worked over the past few years has meant I have experienced both extensively.
There are many other ways we can support others and hold space effectively, if you’d like to share your thoughts with me or if this blog has got you thinking – please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.
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