Essential Life Coaching Skills

By Angela Dunbar

© 2009 – Routledge

216 pages

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Paperback: 9780415458979
pub: 2009-08-05
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Hardback: 9780415458962
pub: 2009-08-06
US Dollars$120.00

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About the Book

Essential Life Coaching Skills provides a comprehensive guide to the complete range and depth of skills required to succeed as a life coach.

Angela Dunbar uses theoretical background alongside practical examples to provide a clear understanding of what makes a successful life coach. This book focuses on seven essential skill sets that are necessary for effective life coaching, with each chapter giving specific examples of how these skills are used in life coaching, and how they can be developed and improved. The book also includes a comprehensive, current overview of life coaching processes, practices and issues, from both the coach and client perspectives.

Essential Life Coaching Skills will be ideal reading for new and existing life coaches who wish to find ways to enhance their competence and ability. It will also be of use to therapists and counsellors looking to expand into coaching.


'This is a refreshing new take on areas which have been explored in other books… this book provides an entertaining and easy to follow guide to what coaching is, what it does, how it works and where to go for the next stage of the journey.'Carol Wilson, from the Foreword

Table of Contents

Wilson, Foreword. Life Coaching in the UK – The Story So Far. Providing a Life Coaching Service. Life Coaching Case Studies. The Life Coaching Process. Skills Within the Wider Context. Relationship Building Skills. Listening Skills. Questioning Skills. Intuitive Skills. Challenging Skills. Motivating Skills. Marketing Skills. The Difference Between Life Coaching and Therapy. Developing Your Skills.

About the Author

Angela Dunbar is a qualified life and performance coach, accredited with the Association for Coaching. As Managing Director of her own training and development consultancy since 1994, Angela coaches individuals on all aspects of their personal and professional lives.

About the Series

Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge

The Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge series provides an accessible and lively introduction to key areas in the developing field of coaching.

Each book in the series is written by leading coaches with extensive experience and has a strong practical emphasis, including illustrative vignettes, summary boxes, exercises and activities.

Assuming no prior knowledge, these books will appeal to professionals in business, management, human resources, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, as well as students and tutors of coaching and coaching psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling