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

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New York, NY 2007 Hard cover Fair. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 349 p. Contains: Illustrations.

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Personal and professional coaching, which has emerged as a powerful career in the last several years, has shifted the paradigm of how people who seek help with life transitions find a "helper" to partner with them in designing their desired future.
No matter what kind of sub-specialty a coach might have, life coaching is the basic operating system: a whole-person, client-centered approach. Here, Pat Williams, who has been a leader in the life coaching movement, has co-authored another essential book for therapists working as coaches. Becoming a Professional Life Coach draws on the wisdom of years of collective experience that have gone into designing the curriculum for the Institute for Life Coach Training. This curriculum has trained therapists and psychologists around the world to add coaching to their current businesses. This book presents the essential elements of life coach training program in a content-rich form that is equivalent to a graduate-level education in the field.
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“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705058
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/17/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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., a pioneer of the coaching profession, began executive coaching in 1990. In 1998 he founded the Institute for Life Coach Training, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. He speaks worldwide on living purposefully, coaching for global change, wellness coaching, and the coach approach in leadership. He has written dozens of articles and taken part in numerous television and radio interviews. He is also the author of Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training and Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance Your Practice… and Your Life.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    Excellent Resource

    This textbook is an excellent resource for professionals seeking to formalize their life coach training. It not only gives an excellent history and overview of life coaching and the process, but also contains a valuable framework to use with a wide variety of coaching clients. I especially like the authors' philosophy of working at a deep level with clients to assist them in building their long term capacity to sustain change in their lives. The section on Coaching From The Inside Out, challenges the reader to make changes in their own life so they can authentically "walk the talk" of life coaching. The Foundational Course, offered by the Institute For Life Coach Training, stays very close to the lessons of the text and gives a three dimensionality to the material. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to pursue life coaching as a profession.
    -Nicholas J. Baldo, Life Coach

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    An Excellent Source Of Information On Coaching, But Horribly Edited

    Anyone considering life coaching as a career, whether expanding an existing therapeutic or other helping practice to include coaching or starting out brand new, should obtain a personal copy of Becoming A Professional Life Coach: Lessons From The Institute For Life Coach Training by Patrick Williams and Diane S. Menendez. As one of the most comprehensive and modern resources related to life coaching, it focuses more on the actual practice of coaching rather than establishing a professional coaching business.

    Becoming A Professional Life Coach opens with a brief history of the profession of life coaching and its expansion. From there, Williams and Menendez define exactly what coaching is as well as what it is not. As many therapists and other psychological professionals have added coaching to their repertoire of offerings, it seems that the lines between coaching and therapy have been blurred. The authors are clear in their distinction between the two and focus on the fact that most coaching clients are healthy, successful, and ready to make life changes.

    Fundamental to success as a life coach is the ability to listen, and the authors provide several excellent strategies for effective listening including how to read between the lines to hear what clients are really looking for. Important to the practice of coaching is not to teach or advise so much as to help the client realize for herself exactly what it is that she wants from life. Increasing clients' awareness through effective language and conversation is key to this element of coaching, and the authors' strategies are sound.

    The authors use several relevant and modern case studies along with the stories of students who have passed through the institute's training program. These case studies help to exemplify the concepts and incorporate exercises the reader can use to strategize if he was actually coaching this client. Very interesting are the chapters regarding the "wheel of life" and the various cognitive developmental phases of consciousness. Based in proven and trusted psychological theory, these chapters help the life coach evaluate exactly where in the evolution of life his clients may be.

    Empowering the clients to make change, establish goals, visions, and purpose, and identify those factors that may stand in their way to achieving their success are critical concepts within this text. Sometimes, what appears to be a miniscule diversion can actually throw an entire plan off course, and it is important for coaches to be able to help their clients get back on track. Closing the book are chapters on positive thinking, manifesting, and the importance of love, and the concepts bring an almost new age, spiritual feel to coaching practice.

    One major complaint of this text is its terrible editing. Misspelled (or incorrect) words and incorrect grammar are rampant. Examples include sentences starting with lower case letters and misplaced commas. The worst example is when the authors refer to poet Oriah Mountain Dreamer as "Oprah."

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