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Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training Hardcover – 20 Apr 2007

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (20 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705058
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 3 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the definitive book on how to become a whole-person life coach. Taking theory to practicality, it gives readers basic to advanced steps for using coaching as a paradigm for any changes or goals their clients may desire. Many helping professionals now say they are coaching . . . this book will teach them the key competencies for doing it. --Hale Dwoskin, author of New York Times Bestseller, The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace, and Emotional Well-Being"

For anyone considering coaching or considering hiring a coach this book is the best way to get the clearest, most complete understanding of the process. Step by step the reader is taken from theory to real-world examples and finally to practical exercises offering helpful strategies. I have already begun to apply these insights to my own clients. Becoming a Professional Life Coach is a resource I will return to again and again on a regular basis. --Rich Tafel, Executive Coach and President of RLT Strategies"

As a career counselor in private practice, I am always on the lookout for new tools and techniques to use with my clients. [This book] did not disappoint me. The book contains practical reminders of the basics of coaching and new ideas for improving coaching practices. . . . The authors guide readers through the fundamentals of coaching and do a great job in pointing out how counseling and coaching are similar and how they are different. . . . Readers obtain a potpourri of advice for becoming life coaches, as well as a refresher course on a number of important psychological theories and practices. They should find this book a pragmatic reference to accompany them on their transition from counseling to coaching.

What a resource! This is the definitive book on life coaching, as useful to the master coach as it is to the novice. An essential book worth owning!--Richard J. Leider, Founder & Chairman, The Inventure Group, and author of The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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This is a big heavy book, and a very good one. It really contains so much material that any coach of any persuasion would find it useful. But it is not only useful to coaches: in my opinion there is hardly a counsellor or psychotherapist who could not pick up something useful from this book.
It starts off with a brief history of coaching, which has grown so much since we first heard of it around 1990. Then it gives some fundamentals, taken from the courses given at the pioneering Institute for Life Coach Training, where the two authors work. It says that coaching is not advising or training: but this book itself is full of advice and is very suitable for training.
Chapter 2 is on the language of coaching, and it becomes clear that, at least in the hands of these authors, it is a profoundly humanistic activity: nor is it restricted to the classic humanistic authors, but introduces us to people like Kegan and Wilber and other more recent people. On pages 28-35 we get a transcript of a whole coaching session, which I think is a beautiful example of how to treat a person right.
The authors argue that a good coach does not rely on web pages and glossy brochures, but tries to get into conversation with potential coachees. This seems an admirable and humanistic approach.
Chapter 3 is on coaching as a developmental change process. It is here that we are introduced to Ken Wilber, Robert Kegan, Clare Graves, William Torbert, Suzanne Cook-Greuter and others.
Then in the second part, we go on to empowering the coachee (with appropriate reservations about the word `empowerment') stretching the coachee and creating momentum with the coachee.
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I complete my level three in life coaching and I felt as if I needed to learn more about the field. I have yet to complete the book but I can tell if you master this book you will master being a life coach. Super book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Comprehensive Resources on Life Coaching Available. 3 Aug. 2007
By Mary E. Allen, MCC - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend "Becoming a Professional Life Coach" for both new and experienced coaches, and for anyone interested in learning the "coach approach" in their lives, business and communities. Today coaching skills are an invaluable resource, both in the workplace and for personal fulfillment, yet there are still millions that don't even know what coaching is or how to become one. Pat and Diane deliver an easy to read, comprehensive guide offering history, theory and practical application of the most potent skills used by professional life coaches worldwide. This book addresses a great need in the marketplace.

As a veteran coach, it was refreshing to expand my own depth of knowledge on skills I've been using for years. They describe the skills, and when and how to use the skill most effectively. I also love how they included the developmental stages of consciousness, which help people recognize how ready someone is to change, and the best way to support someone to the next stage. They've also included sections on identifying life purpose, creating fulfillment and working on practical issues like money. The case studies integrate real-life examples to demonstrate how a skill or process is put into action.

Since Patrick Williams is the founder of his own coaching school, I expected a cookie cutter curriculum from his own school's teachings. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how thoroughly they integrated and referenced the best disciplines from a variety of coaching schools, as well as useful and distinguished models from the field of psychology. It is no wonder that Patrick Williams is known as "The Ambassador for Life Coaching." As a veteran life coach, I applaud Patrick for inspiring thousands more to integrate a "coach approach" in their everyday lives and/or become a life coach themselves. The world could use a few more life coaches, and this is a perfect place to begin.

Mary E. Allen, CPCC, MCC
Author of The Power of Inner Choice: 12 Weeks to Living a Life YOU Love
Host of "Conversations with the Masters"
Host of "Conversations with the Masters of Coaching"
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book for ANYONE! 13 Jun. 2008
By C. Wilson - Published on
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As a certified life coach, I love this book. It is a must for any experienced or new coach. In addition, this book can help anyone that wants to enhance their personal growth and improve their relationships. It truly is a book for anyone and everyone! It teaches you skills that will improve your personal life, at work, as a parent, and a friend. I have an extensive library of coaching books and this is my favorite by far.

I am also using it as a foundation for a professional workshop that I am writing and teaching.

I highly recommend this book for anyone.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 4 Jun. 2007
By R. Tafel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great resource. I am a life coach and have used many of the exercises with my clients. The book is also good to give to my new clients who are interested in the field of coaching. I also enjoy the quick history of coaching in the beginning. This is good resource to have on the shelf to be used as needed.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Touchstone For The Field 21 Jun. 2007
By Michael Arloski - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Being a truly effective ally of another person requires us to know both what
to do and how to be, Becoming a Professional Life Coach gives us both.
While the task of creating a comprehensive training text on the broad field
of life coaching is quite daunting, Patrick Williams and Diane Menendez take
it on with what appears to be real joy and they master it. The reader is
both instructed and inspired cover to cover. The challenge of doing more
than producing another coaching "cookbook" is met and exceeded with an
excellent integration of both practical technique and well grounded theory.

Becoming a Professional Life Coach integrates what is sometimes missing in
much coach training, such as Prochaska's Stage of Readiness For Change. The
book takes terms which have become well-worn catch phrases, such as
fulfillment and empowerment, and infuses them with new life, helping the
coach to truly understand their meaning, importance and their use. Becoming
a Professional Life Coach will become the touchstone in the field of
training life coaches.

Michael Arloski, Ph.D., PCC, author of Wellness Coaching For Lasting
Lifestyle Change.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COACHING ON PURPOSE 16 Jun. 2007
By Richard J. Leider - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For a seasoned Life Coach, with 30+ years of experience, I was astonished at the wealth of insights I uncovered. This book is ripe with wisdom for coaches at any stage of their work. The evolution of our purpose must continue throughout our coaching lives. This book is a guide to helping us discover the power of purpose in coaching ourselves and others. I am confident it will be a classic in the coaching profession for years to come.
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