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The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching, Second edition by Julie Starr

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Chapter 4. Fundamental skills of coaching

There are some basic skills that can be learned and developed that will distinguish a good coach from a ‘not so good’ coach. We all have some level of ability related to the skills required, e.g. we all have some ability to develop rapport. Other skills come less naturally, such as effective questioning, and may require learning and practice. I would recommend that anyone serious about a coaching profession take their own training very seriously. Untrained or sub-standard coaches can do more harm than good, creating an experience that’s counterproductive for both the coach and the coachee.

Once skills are acquired, it’s not like riding a bike – coaches do forget! These skills are more like muscles; they ...

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