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Starting out in coaching?

Starting out

If you’re new to coaching you’re probably being introduced to concepts and ideas that you’re not yet familiar with. We’ve gathered some resources which answer common questions, and give advice on structuring that first session. 

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What is coaching?

Coaching can be complicated to define due to its multifaceted nature. Bob Thomson, author of First Steps in Coaching, offers his explanation of what coaching is, and expands upon other definitions of coaching.

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Coaching or counselling? 

Even though there are clear distinctions, coaching and psychotherapy share remarkable similarities. This table summarises the key differences and similarities between the two disciplines, making them easy to compare. 

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How should the first session be structured?

Managing the first session with a coachee can be challenging as there are a number of things that need to happen to properly set up the coaching session. Read this 4 step plan for setting up an effective first meeting.    



We asked Christian van Nieuwerburgh, author of An Introduction to Coaching Skills for his thoughts and advice on best practice in coaching: