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Workshops and Homework (Joy Torchia)

  • Episode #81

Melinda is joined by return guest and business coach Joy Torchia. The two explore the nuances, advantages, and disadvantages in response to a listener’s question: What are your thoughts on giving clients homework versus workshopping during sessions?

Joy Torchia is a certified coach in the ACES program at Mirasee and founder of Torchlight Life Design LLC. Prior to coaching, she was in the nonprofit sector for two decades, developing entrepreneurship education programs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What’s the difference between workshopping and homework?
  • Why is it important to give homework to coaching clients?
  • What are some of the mistakes that coaches make when giving homework or wanting to workshop something with their clients during a session?
  • What’s getting in the way of your goals?
  • The importance of celebrating progress.

Joy Torchia, certified coach and consultant, enjoys working with entrepreneurs as they develop business strategy and increase their own performance and productivity to deliver business results and experience the life rewards they desire.

For more than 20 years at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Joy served on staff teams that produced and delivered innovative entrepreneurship education programs while also being involved in community-wide support networks for entrepreneurs.

In addition to being an ACES Coach at Mirasee, she’s the founder of and runs her consulting and coaching business Torchlight Life Design LLC. . She holds a master’s degree in business administration and management, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Coaches Console
Joy’s website
Joy’s LinkedIn

Guest: Joy Torchia
Host: Melinda Cohan
Producer: Michi Lantz
Supervising Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive producer: Danny Iny
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits:
Track Title: Clouds
Artist Name(s): Acreage
Writer Name: Marshall Usinger

Track Title: Coastline Dream
Artist Name(s): Wild Sky
Writer Name: Adam Simons

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Stars & Trees
Artist Name(s): Outside The Sky
Writer Name: Dustin Ransom


Just Between Coaches

This show is like Oprah’s couch, where conversations cut straight to the heart of the topic, but... it’s only for coaches! Melinda Cohan of the Coaches Console explores the tough questions coaches face on a regular basis. With a new guest host each episode, Melinda provides tactical advice and strategies to address issues like “How do I deal with price resistance?” and “Should I fire my client?”