Paulette Rao has made the Foundations of Coaching Class at NYU’s SCPS the most memorable, human and beautiful learning journey that I have ever experienced in a training or academic setting.
As a teacher, Paulette crafted a learning environment and dynamic that was uniquely positive and trusting. Paulette accepted all her students as we are, and allowed us to learn from her, from each other, and from within ourselves. There was never a moment of seeking to demonstrate who is right or who is wrong, or who knows better. She masterfully guided us in reaching our own insights, which is precisely what we are expected to accomplish as coaches!
Like a great director of an orchestra, Paulette is incredible gifted in making the learning journey fluid, smooth and harmonious, with just the “right” tempo, interaction, intensity, structure and discipline.
As a coach Paulette is a great role model! As a teacher and coach, Paulette is open, flexible, intuitive, respectful, empathetic, caring, honest, authentic and sincere. And there is one aspect that I found particularly important and powerful: being non-judgmental! At all times we felt that we were in a safe space, filled with mutual support and trust, allowing us to unpeel our vulnerabilities and fears, and bring our strengths to fruition. What a wonderful feeling!
As a mentor – a role that Paulette slipped into graciously once in a while – she was a source and a force of inspiration and motivation. With exquisite timing and tact she shared her own learning experiences, knowledge and advice to either illustrate the foundations of coaching and/or respond to queries by the students.
As a fellow human being I cherish Paulette’s charisma and passion, as well as her genuine acceptance of and belief in others.