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An Introduction to Coaching Skills

An Introduction to Coaching Skills
A Practical Guide

Second Edition
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March 2017 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This text is an invaluable resource for novice and trainee coaches. Its accessible, step-by-step style acquaints you with the key skills needed to become a successful coach. It takes you from the 'how to', through to practicalities and challenges, and beyond to the continued development of your skills.

There is even more packed into the new edition, with:

  • over 70 videos of real coaching; including two full length sessions for you to engage with
  • a closer look at coaching processes and models to support your understanding
  • new activities (including templates to download) to try with clients
  • stories from practice to give context to the skills being discussed.

A world-wide success, this is a stimulating, inspiring and hugely practical book that you’ll come back to time and time again.

A note to customers:

Those purchasing a physical copy of the book will have an access code that allows you to access the video content. 

Those purchasing an ecopy will need to email with 'ACCESS CODE REQUIRED' in the subject line to get your access code. Please remember to indicate that this is for van Nieuwerburgh 'An Introduction to Coaching Skills 2e' and to attach a confirmation of purchase.
Guided tour of the book
List of videos on the Companion Website
Part I: Context
Chapter 1: First things first
Chapter 2: Becoming a coach
Part II: Key skills
Chapter 3: Listening to encourage thinking
Chapter 4: Asking powerful questions
Chapter 5: Paraphrasing and summarising
Chapter 6: Giving and receiving feedback
Part III: A conversational framework
Chapter 7: Coaching processes
Chapter 8: Beyond behaviour: exploring our thinking
Chapter 9: Bias towards the positive
Part IV: Practical tools and techniques
Chapter 10: Body language and emotional intelligence
Chapter 11: Inspiring creativity: let's talk
Chapter 12: Inspiring creativity: let's draw
Chapter 13: Inspiring creativity: let's play
Part V: Coaching way of being
Chapter 14: Being human
Chapter 15: Inspiring others
Part VI: Conclusion
Chapter 16: Reflecting on practice

The first edition of An Introduction to Coaching Skills was of tremendous value to the coaching profession as well as a broad array of teachers and consultants.  It received high praise from luminary practitioners and scholars alike.  Seldom does a book appear that offers such useful advice, practical guidelines, video and written illustrations, and scholarly grounding.  Importantly, this second edition is even better.  Nieuwerburgh has capitalized on the feedback and personal learning that have occurred since the first edition and has produced an incredibly useful and valuable resource.  It is a volume that every coach should have in his or her library.

Kim Cameron
William Russell Professor of Management & Organizations, Ross School of Business, and Professor of Higher Education, School of Education, University of Michigan

This is an unusual introductory book in combining text with video. As such it enables the reader to fully engage with the ideas and try out the material in their own practice.

It can certainly be recommended as an introductory text and it fulfils its brief well. I will use it in my own teaching.

Professor David Lane
Professional Development Foundation and Middlesex University

Christian again provides both experienced and novice coaches with an art-and-science of coaching gem. In addition to a deceptively thorough and jargon-free history of coaching theory he skilfully describes each step on the pathway to becoming an effective and authentic coach. Each signpost on the journey facilitates a seamless flow of information from basic to more advanced skills, and the content is richly augmented by his characteristic and innovative use of video, activity, stories, and applications.  This is an excellent resource for both educator and practitioner.

Sandy Gordon
University of Western Australia

Christian van Nieuwerburgh is a world authority in coaching and is leading the intersection between coaching and positive psychology. His book offers the perfect balance of science and practice. The evidence-based tools, strategies and resources will help you excel as a coach so you can help your clients excel in their endeavours. 

Professor Lea Waters
University of Melbourne

An inspiring, creative and empowering book about coaching that is as valuable to the novice as it is to the experienced coach.  Christian resourcefully draws on and demonstrates coaching skills, connects with the reader and their personal learning journey, and links back, in a stimulating way, to theory, research, coaching culture and the rich connections between coaching, living and what it is to be human. The companion website includes over 70 video clips, including full length coaching conversations.  

Professor Mary Watts
University of London

Finally a text that encapsulates theory, application, ethics, supervision, anecdotal examples, visual demonstrations and concepts such as "the way of being" that are often intangible. This text is a must for all students studying in the the area of coaching and counselling- a one stop shop. For many years teaching coaching and counselling in higher education we have suggested recommended, but not essential texts, as each book often acts as a silo to one piece of critical learning in the area. Van Nieuwerburgh second edition will become our prescribed text, a foundation to advance university learnings.

Dr Suzanne Vidler
School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Writing a book on the foundation of coaching is not an easy task. The author needs to strike the right balance between accessibility and the increasing complexity that is emerging from this developing discipline. Only when this is achieved can such a book be suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Such a balance has been struck in this second edition even more precisely than in the first. A great text to recommend to those entering into coaching.

Professor Tatiana Bachkirova
Oxford Brookes University

Not only did the combination of reading a chapter, followed by watching the video content on it, help to clarify and embed the information, it gave the feeling of being on one of van Nieuwerburgh’s sought-after courses, which makes this book great value for money, and a valuable resource, particularly for new coaches.

Sally Brown
Coaching Today

A useful book to introduce students to some of the main frameworks

Ms Danielle white
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
September 5, 2017