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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 6. Coaching conversations: the coaching path

The following offers a potential supporting structure, or guide, for a typical coaching conversation. By ‘typical’, I refer to most formal coaching conversations, as well as many casual or unplanned conversations. The ‘coaching path’ is intended to help any coach navigate through a conversation and to provide useful frames of activity, e.g. ‘At the moment I’m in surface understanding, that’s all I need to do’. It is not intended to provide a formula for every conversation, or inhibit your natural creativity and flexibility. Please be supported and encouraged by what follows, rather than restricted by it.

Figure 6.1 illustrates the basic path that a typical coaching conversation might follow. ...

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