Becoming a Professional Life Coach by Williams and Menendez

Becoming a Professional Life Coach

by Patrick Williams & Diane Menendez
480 pages, hardcover

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Starting with Therapist As Life Coach, Pat Williams introduced counselors and therapists to the world of life coaching. In Becoming a Professional Life Coach, he and co-author Diane Menendez cover the foundations of effective coaching. Now this second edition adds deeper information on coaching competencies, coaching ethics, several coaching niches, and covers how positive psychology and neuroscience bring understanding to how coaching and change function.

Becoming a Professional Life Coach will steep you in coaching fundamentals like listening skills, powerful questions and session preparation, then move you on to more advanced concepts like identifing life purpose, overcoming obstacles and working with values and mindsets. Starting with a short history of how coaching began, Becoming a Professional Life Coach takes you through each step of the coaching process, including:

  • Listening to a person, versus listening for or versus listening with
  • Identifying the client’s agenda
  • Understanding developmental issues
  • Offering honest feedback
  • Launching the coaching conversation
  • Asking deep questions
  • Changing perspective with reframing
  • Helping clients identify and live out their core values

Williams and Menendez have filled this manual with exercises, worksheets, sample coaching dialogues, and assessments, you can use in your own practice. Whether you are just starting out in coaching or have some solid experience under your belot, Becoming a Professional Life Coach will take your skills to a new level. $42.99   $32.99 On Sale! You Save

  • Table of Contents
  • Author Bio
  • Reader Feedback

Table of Contents

Part I: Coaching Fundamentals
  1. Listening as a Coach
  2. The Language of Coaching
  3. Coaching as a Developmental Change Process

    Part II: Beyond the Basics

  4. Empowering the Client
  5. Stretching the Client
  6. Creating Momentum with the Client

    Part III: Coaching from the Inside Out

  7. The Power of Purpose
  8. Design Your Life
  9. What Gets In Your Way?
  10. Steering Life by True North
  11. Walk the Talk
  12. Play Full Out
  13. Howe Wealthy Are You?
  14. Mind-Set is Causative
  15. Love Is All We Need

About the Author

Patrick Williams, Ed.D. one of the early pioneers of coaching, is credentialed as a master certified coach. He's been an executive coach since 1990, and in 1998 founded the Institute for Life Coach Training, an ICF accredited Coach Training Program. Patrick is co-author of Therapist as Life Coach as well as other books.

Diane S. Menendez, Ph.D. is a master certified coach who has coached teams, leaders and companies for over two decades.

Reader Feedback

"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 is the definitive book on how to become a whole-person life coach... Many helping professionals now say they are coaching... this book will teach them the key competencies for doing it."
—Hale Dwoskin, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace, and Emotional Well-Being