Becoming a Professional Life Coach

by Patrick Williams & Diane Menendez
349 pages, hardcover

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This excellent read by Pat Williams, a leader in the life coaching movement, provides plenty of interesting tools for experienced coaches as well as an introduction to life coaching for newcomers to the field. It's a good choice for professional life coaches. The book 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 coaching in a content-rich form that emphasizes tools, research and practical exercises for using coaching to help others understand and live their life purpose. It includes sections on basic coaching practices, advanced techniques like endorsing and reframing, life purpose and values discovery, and changing mindsets and attitudes. $42.99   $32.99 On Sale! You Save

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by Patrick Williams & Diane Menendez
349 pages, hardcover

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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 Coach takes 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.

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. is a master certified coach, one of the early pioneers of coaching, and began executive coaching in 1990. In 1998 he founded the Institute for Life Coach Training, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. He is the co-author of Therapist as Life Coach and other books.

Diane S. Menendez, Ph.D. is a master certified coach and has coached leaders, teams, and organizations for over 25 years.

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