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First Steps in Coaching

First Steps in Coaching

December 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
First Steps in Coaching is an essential guide for anyone starting out in the coaching profession and for existing coaches seeking to develop their craft. It is a practical introduction to the theory, skills and art of coaching.

The book's structure follows the reader's progression from novice to professional coach, making it an indispensable companion every step of the way. Part one, Learning to Walk, sets out the basics of coaching and considers the key skills of listening, questioning and playing back. Part two, Learning to Run, explores a variety of practical and ethical issues, and looks at coaching as a line manager and coaching a team. Part three, Learning to Dance, examines more advanced topics such as the coach's use of the self and the nature of the coach-client relationship.

The book:

  • Uses clear, uncomplicated language throughout
  • Explains key ideas through brief illustrations from the author's practice and quotes from leading writers on coaching
  • Contains a wide selection of ideas, models and exercises to stimulate the reader's learning
  • Encourages students to try things out in conversation, and reflect upon and make sense of their experiences

First Steps in Coaching is a must-have book for anyone interested in coaching skilfully, ethically and effectively.

Learning to Coach
What is Coaching?
Directive and Non-directive Coaching
Listening to Understand
Playing Back
Practical Issues
Ethical Issues in Coaching
Tools You Might Use in Coaching
Feedback and Psychometric Instruments
Coaching as a Line Manager
Coaching a Team
Cognitive and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Coaching
Other Approaches to Coaching
Supporting Confidence and Motivation
Coaching as a Relationship
The Inner Game of Coaching
The Use of Self in Coaching
Establishing Yourself as a Professional Coach

There is nothing more useful than a well thought through book on coaching written by a thoughtful, reflective, experienced practitioner, teacher  and author...This comprehensive and easy to read guide to the first (and second steps!) in coaching is I predict, destined to become a classic. Clearly laid out and signposted, it practices what it preaches in giving frequent and excellent exercises (some 53 in all) throughout the book. It is itself a coaching framework to enable both the new and experienced coach and the line manager to gain the awareness, responsibility and confidence to help themselves and others to grow and move forward.

Sean Murphy
Cambridge Management Development

Reading Bob Thomson’s First Steps in Coaching was a reassuring exercise, reminding me yet again that in the worlds of counselling/psychotherapy and coaching there is far more that connects us than separates us...First Steps in Coaching will give you a solid idea whether you think coaching is for you, give guidance to line managers or offer a reminder of coaching fundamentals for the more experienced practitioner. 

Veronica Lysaght, BACP Coaching
Coaching Today

Good introductory text for those new to coaching or those looking to refresh essential skills in their work role. Clearly written and conepsts explained in plain english. I really liked that the book offers a range of basic but important ideas and tools, so that new coaches and leaders can increase their confidence and competance to take those 'first steps' with thier coachees, colleguaes or students.

Mr Julian Bowers-Brown
Education, Barnsley College
July 24, 2017

this book ideally suits our course

George Sandamas
School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
April 17, 2015

The scope of the book has not enough overlap with the content teached.

Mr Matthijs Hammer
School of Business, Building & Technology, Saxion Universities of Prof Education
February 19, 2015

A very good book for those new to coaching.

Dr Antoinette Saint hilaire
Management, Greenwich University
January 5, 2015

This book adds extra knowledge to the students involved in outdoor activities and practical coaching. Although the book is about life coaching there are key chapters that add to the knowledge of the outdoor students in how to communicate and work with individuals.

Mr Peter Gilliver
Outdoor, Countryside, adventure and ecotourism, University of Derby, Buxton
November 18, 2014

To the novice coach or anyone contemplating a coaching role, this is an essential guide. It is clearly written and very practical in the development of coaching skills. The use of exercises for the reader to undertake, further aim to impart learning of such skills.

Dr Jayne Marshall
Faculty of Health & Social Care Scienc, St George's, University of London
November 11, 2014

A good text with relevant insights that were useful.

Mr Rajesh Sharma
Department of Business & Law, Croydon College
October 14, 2014

I have enjoyed the accessibility of the text. It provides a clear explanation of what it means to be a coach and will give students a good starting definition from which to denvelop their coaching skills.

Marie Millican
Initial Teacher Training, Gloucester College of Arts & Tech
July 1, 2014

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