What Is Coaching
I’ve noticed that some coaches are very precise about defining coaching and distinguishing it from mentoring, advising, counselling and consulting.
Fair enough but let me explain my position.
For me, coaching means helping people to meet their own goals.
What the person being coached needs depends on the person and the situation and I believe coaches need the tools and knowledge to be able to adapt to give the best help we can.
Some times the answers lie inside their own heads and hearts but other times, people ned to be told what to do, for example, to rank higher in Google.
With that in mind, this section will include books on coaching, mentoring, advising, consulting etc.
It will also include books written for coaches and consultants to help them succeed financially.
Best Coaching Books
You will only see the books I’ve rated at Four Stars (meaning good and well worth reading) and Five Stars (excellent and very highly recommended). Reviews of lower rated books appear on Amazon.co.uk but I haven’t brought the reviews across to my own website.
If you read my reviews, you’ll see I try to explain why I like them but also to identify any weaknesses. My job as a reviewer is to help you to find the most appropriate books rather than to help sell more books.
On that note, if you do decide to buy, I’d appreciate it if you could click through to Amazon on my links as (hopefully) I’ll earn a small referral commission.
Some of these books can be very expensive so, if you’re happy with a hard back or paperback book, take a look at the second hand options on Amazon. Personally I only buy if the condition is described as “As New” or “Very Good” unless I’m really keen and forced to drop down to “Good”.
I’m surprised how few coaching books I’ve reviewed and given five or four stars. Perhaps I was thinking “I can’t tell my competitors how good this book is”. I’m going to change that policy.
Five Star Coaching Books
Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi
A book that simply explains why and how you can adapt your approach depending on the person and the situation.
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
This will help coaches and other service professional to build better businesses with nicer clients and higher profits.
Four Star Coaching Books
How to Become Unstoppable by Glenn Livingston
Other Categories of Books That May Interest You
Business Planning – Business Start-Up – Copywriting – Inner Game – Internet Marketing – Investment – Leading Your Team – Marketing – Sales Training – Social Media –
I’ve included copywriting books in these links partly because the aim of copywriters and coaches is often similar, helping their clients to be more successful.
Not only can coaches benefit from copywriting tips to explain the benefits of such an intangible service as coaching but some of the books will explain how copywriters can build businesses and these tips may also apply to coaches.
Paul Simister is a business coach who helps business owners who are stuck, get unstuck. If your business is based in the UK, you can have a free Business SOS consultation with me to help you get unstuck.