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Call it what you may – the “aha” moment, the light bulb, sudden awareness, or moment of meaning. It is that wonderful flash of insight learners or people being coached experience when the pieces come together and a shift in thinking happens. That moment extends well beyond learning and problem solving. It is the moment that can create lasting change in behavior or perception. It is, simply put, a magnificent moment.

Here are some suggestions on how coaches and mentors can facilitate more aha moments:

It’s all in the timing. Most of us tend to try to push insights so we can get to the next thing. Wait for it. Pause and allow silence in the conversation. The timing for aha moments is unpredictable.

Know when to nudge. This may sound contradictory to suggestion #1, but it really isn’t. When we truly pay attention to the person being…

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