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Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training / Edition 2

Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training / Edition 2

by Diane S. Menendez Ph.D., Patrick Williams Ed.D.
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An updated version of the best-selling therapist-to-coach transition text.

With his bestselling Therapist As Life Coach, Pat Williams introduced the therapeutic community to the career of life coach, and in Becoming a Professional Life Coach he and Diane Menendez covered all the basic principles and strategies for effective coaching. Now Williams, founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), and Menendez, former faculty at ILCT—both master certified coaches—bring back the book that has taught thousands of coaches over the past eight years with all-new information on coaching competencies, ethics, somatic coaching, wellness coaching, and how positive psychology and neuroscience are informing the profession today.

Moving seamlessly from coaching fundamentals—listening skills, effective language, session preparation—to more advanced ideas such as helping clients to identify life purpose, recognize and combat obstacles, align values and actions, maintain a positive mind-set, and live with integrity, this new edition is one-stop-shopping for beginner and advanced coaches alike. Beginning with a brief history of the foundations of coaching and its future trajectory, Becoming a Professional Life Coachtakes readers step-by-step through the coaching process, covering all the crucial ideas and techniques for being a successful life coach, including:

• Listening to, versus listening for, versus listening with

• Establishing a client’s focus

• Giving honest feedback and observation

• Formulating first coaching conversations

• Asking powerful, eliciting questions

• Understanding human developmental issues

• Reframing a client’s perspective

• Enacting change with clients

• Helping clients to identify and fulfill core values, and much, much more.

All the major skillsets for empowering and “stretching” clients are covered. By filling the pages with client exercises, worksheets, sample dialogues, and self-assessments, Williams and Menendez give readers a hands-on coaching manual to expertly guide their clients to purposeful, transformative lives.

Today, with more and more therapists incorporating coaching into their practices, and the number of master certified coaches, many with niche expertise, growing every year, Becoming a Professional Life Coach fills a greater need than ever. By tackling the nuts and bolts of coaching, Williams and Menendez equip readers with the tools and techniques they need to make a difference in their clients’ lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393708363
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/23/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 75,820
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Diane S. Menendez, Ph.D., is a master certified coach and has coached leaders, teams, and organizations for more than 25 years. She specializes in executive coaching, leadership development, and culture change in large organizations.

Patrick Williams, Ed.D., is founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training, the first-of-its-kind institute for training psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors, and helping professionals to build a successful coaching practice. He was a licensed psychologist for 25 years and began executive coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Kodak, and is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Therapist as Life Coach: Transforming your Practice, Total Life Coaching, and The Law and Ethics of Coaching.

Table of Contents

Acknowledments xi

Introduction: Life Coaching as an Operating System xv

Part I Coaching Fundamentals

Chapter 1 Listening as a Coach 3

Chapter 2 The Language of Coaching 19

Chapter 3 Coaching as a Developmental Change Process 73

Part II Beyond the Basics

Chapter 4 Empowering the Client 131

Chapter 5 Stretching the Client 151

Chapter 6 Creating Momentum With the Client 173

Chapter 7 Coaching the Whole Client: Mind, Body, Emotions, Spirit 183

Part III Coaching from the Inside Out

Chapter 8 The Power of Purpose 221

Chapter 9 Design Your Life 237

Chapter 10 What Gets in Your Way? 255

Chapter 11 Steering Your Life by True North 275

Chapter 12 Walk the Talk 291

Chapter 13 Play Full Out 307

Chapter 14 How Wealthy Are You? 325

Chapter 15 Mind-set is Causative 341

Chapter 16 Love Is All We Need 367

Appendix: The Evolution of a Profession 387

References 407

Index 415

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