Blog - Magdalena Vokáčová


Five Tips on How to Buy Presents for Those Who Already Have Everything!

Do you, like me, get wound up by your friends, who from as early as October keep asking you how many Christmas presents you’ve already bought? By shopkeepers who from the first of November 1 start switching on alluring lights which like a will-o’-the-wisp will entice you into running up exorbitant shopping bills? Don’t panic! […]

Don’t Be Afraid of Not Being a Star – Being Average Is Cool too!

Don’t Be Afraid of Not Being a Star – Being Average Is Cool too! Are you fed up with all those guides to having a perfect happy life? All the well-meaning advice on how to be more efficient, faster, more successful, richer, to simply be different and better than you are now? I believe that […]

My Amicable Break-up

My Amicable Break-up Can you be with somebody for 20 years, love him and then just peacefully split up? Is it possible to spend twenty wonderful years together and then find yourself going in separate directions? And what will the children say about it? Should one stay in a relationship because of the children? This […]

Don’t Force Yourself into Anything

Not many people would believe the reason why I originally went to study drama. I love life and I adore literature. It seemed to me that dramatic art somewhat connected the two, so I could live different lives on stage and at the same time work with intelligent texts. I’ve always enjoyed singing, dancing, drawing […]

Training – Art of Living Coaching II – Completion

On Friday June 27, 2014 Magdalena Vokáčová concluded the training and presented certificates to twenty-two new coaches. Thank you and lots of luck in working with your clients! The training in Art of Living Coaching takes 12 days, during which the future coaches can look forward to 84 hours of practical work, theory and various […]

Recipe for Crying

Since I sincerely encourage you guys to cry, since I teach you to cry, I’ll tell you why and how I cry. Because once I get going, I cry at full throttle, I cry so much that the expression “sob your heart out” becomes literarily true. Once I start crying, I most often cry for […]


I don’t like it when somebody tries to pose as a guru. I don’t like the communications of gurus, I am not keen on their pretence that they have understood something and are now conveying it to those of lesser understanding. I have never clung to idols. Through my work I’ve had a chance to […]

Magic of the Present Time

Why do we act like lunatics and keep climbing, crawling, trudging, slogging and trekking up high hills? We yearn to see the view from the top, a perspective. We want to observe that funny plodding we go through from somewhere else. We view our lives through the “eye of God”, the one who can see […]

Life like a Lego Set

Most of us tend to look at challenges and crossroads, which life has set out for us, as piles of scattered Lego bricks, with no building instructions available. A chaos of colours, options, combinations… If you sit above a mound of real Lego bricks, it won’t cross your mind that without any instructions at your […]

Back at Home

After a month in Africa I realise far more intensely than before how our gatherings, meetings or briefings reflect an artificial world, built on the vast abundance and opulence of our culture. Together we play games of importance, detached from the present day. All these – I must do this, I can’t or won’t make […]

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A Lesson from My Childhood

“Who are you? Who am I?” I am exactly five years old; I’m standing in front of the mirror and looking into my own eyes in disbelief. The tilting mirror in my parents’ bathroom is a bit spooky. I’m standing in front of it silently repeating: “I’m me, I’m me, I’m me.” And a painful […]

Dangerous Optimism

Apart from theatre, film and literature I have been taught most of the important things about life by clients. I’ve also learned from them about optimism. Optimism has two sides. The evident one, many times repeated, saying that a positive approach to life facilitates and lightens our existence, probably need not be analysed any further. […]

The Quality of Relationships Determines the Quality of Life

Magdalena Vokáčová focuses on relations during coaching also as the author of the successful theatrical play The Pursuit of Unhappiness and the recently published book A Forbidden Textbook of Coaching. Coaching aims at the development of people by applying a typical method where a coach doesn’t give advice, but works jointly with the coached client […]

Blocks to Our Creativity

Why do so many educated and talented people create nothing? Why do so many people not write, compose, paint pictures and so on? It is advantageous for us. In fact we are configured in a way that makes all our acts, thought they might sometimes seem disadvantageous, bring us some benefit. “Is there really anything […]

From New York

“Happy cooking”, said the shop assistant in a convenience store at the corner of Fifth Avenue. Smiling, I took my shopping, went out and waved for a taxi. In the taxi I was surprised to see a big screen with one colourful advert after another. A “Happy shopping,” slogan appeared to end a series of […]

Communication Cleaning

When I was sorting out photos from 2013 I came across this quite ordinary picture. Looking at it I recalled one happy summer moment: I am going for a walk, holding my son with one hand and the dog leash with the other. We are dawdling, with a lot of time on our hands. “Mummy, […]

Zpověď účastnice výcviku Autentické dialogy

Confession of a Participant of the Authentic Dialogues Training

Ballad of a Red Nose and Sad Chair by Ivana Svobodová Vychodilová ( The clink of a Tibetan bowl and my heart starting to beat faster. Hard to admit, but I am afraid. I don’t feel like it, but I can’t stand here for ever. I’m not a coward, am I?! I must prove it […]

From New York II

New York is a city associated with hope. A city which I came to love for its unique combination of history and forward vision. A city which similarly to Prague you can roam around a hundred times but still discover thousands of astonishing details, which you have never noticed before. A city pulsating with life […]

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