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Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide

by Christian Van Nieuwerburgh Sage Publications Ltd
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Pbk 208 pages
AU$57.99 NZ$60.00
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An Introduction to Coaching Skills is an invaluable resource for novice and trainee coaches. Its accessible, step-by-step style acquaints you with the key skills needed to become a successful coach and, with its focus on the applied side of coaching, the book is an essential text for anyone starting out on their coaching voyage.


From the 'how to', through to practicalities and challenges and honing existing skills, this book covers:

  • Definitions of coaching

  • How to become a coach

  • Key coaching skills

  • Current coaching models

  • Practical tools and techniques

Reflective practise and how best to help others


With evidence-based research, activities and suggestions for further reading, this is a clear and practical, all-you-need guide to becoming a coach.

First things first
Becoming a coach
Key coaching skills
Listening to encourage thinking
Asking powerful questions
Summarising and paraphrasing
Giving and receiving feedback
Coaching process
The GROW model
Beyond behaviour: exploring our thinking
Using positive psychology
Practical tools and techniques
Body language and emotional intelligence
Inspiring creativity: let's talk
Inspiring creativity: let's draw
Inspiring creativity: let's play
Way of being
Being Human
Inspiring others
Reflecting on practice

Christian is a well-respected executive coach, internationally-recognised academic and sought-after consultant.
He is a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer within the Coaching Psychology programmes at the University of East London, one of the worldas leading centres for the postgraduate study of coaching. He lectures on a number of MSc programmes in the School of Psychology, undertakes ground-breaking research and international collaborations in coaching and supervises academic dissertations.
Seen as an international authority in the field of coaching, he has been invited to speak at conferences in the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. He regularly presents on the topics of coaching, motivation, mental toughness and leadership. Christian has written a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters about coaching.
Christian is particularly passionate about the power of coaching in educational settings. He is the editor of Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents (2012), which is now one of the key textbooks in the field. Through his consultancy, the International Centre for Coaching in Education (ICCE), Christian delivers training, consultancy, coaching and professional development programmes to schools, colleges and universities in the UK and abroad. He is motivated by the idea of creating coaching cultures for learning which allow students to purposefully and confidently pursue their aspirations.
Christian defines himself as an engaged academic practitioner, committed to the useful interplay of theory, research and practice. Students, delegates, clients and peers describe him as an inspirational educator and empowering coach.
Twitter: @ChristianvN