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Best Coaching Books

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 PlanningBusiness Start-UpCopywritingInner GameInternet MarketingInvestmentLeading Your TeamMarketingSales TrainingSocial 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.

Website & Marketing Mistakes Coaches Make by Brad Reed

The full title of this book by Brad Reed is

Website & Marketing Mistakes Coaches Make: 12 Critical Mistakes That REPEL Your Ideal Clients…And How To Avoid Them!

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave this book Four Stars. This means Good and Well Worth Reading.

A detailed and helpful guide to Internet marketing

The author writes well, explaining what he means convincingly and in enough detail to be useful without being boring.

If you’re like me and you’ve read quite a bit about internet marketing, there won’t be that much new but it is likely to be presented in a new way. The focus is on what potential clients will think. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Mande White-Pearl is

7 Mistakes That Keep Women Entrepreneurs Struggling to Get Clients, Overwhelmed and Underpaid

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Mistakes coaches make in their marketing

I realise that, as a man, I’m not the target audience for the book but I was interested to know what it had to say

The short book is a transcription of a presentation at a live event and has been cleaned up to improve readability. The book also gives you a link to watch a video of the presentation.

While the book title refers to entrepreneurs, the book seems to be addressing coaches. There is no reason why the lessons shouldn’t apply to a wider audience. [continue reading…]

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SuperCoach by Michael Neill

The full title of this book by MIchael Neill is

“Supercoach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life”.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated this as a Four Stars book, which means I consider it to be in the good to very good range.

This is what I wrote.

A very helpful guide to review your life

I’ve been looking for a book to help my clients with what I call the inner game. This is how they see their role in the world and how, by changing their thoughts and actions, they can live a better, more satisfying life. [continue reading…]

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How to Become Unstoppable by Glenn Livingston

The full title of this book by Glenn Livingston is

How to Become Unstoppable: Seven Things Every Coach Must Know to Help Their Clients (And Themselves!)“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means I consider it to be in the range of good to very good.

Here is my review.

A book about reframing thoughts

The author has been one of my favourite Internet marketing experts for many years. He trained originally as a psychologist and gradually moved into business. He is the inspiration behind “Ask : The counterintuitive online formula to discover exactly what your customers want to buy…create a mass of raving fans…and take any business to the next level” by Ryan Levesque. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Kenneth Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi is

Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book the book a FIVE STARS rating. This means I think it is excellent.

Here is my book review.

The third excellent One Minute Manager book

This is the third One Minute Manager book I recommend without hesitation. The others are the update of the original book The New One Minute Manager (The One Minute Manager) and The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey (The One Minute Manager).

The original book introduced a simple model based on management by goals/objectives. The Monkey book stops delegation going badly wrong as you try to e supportive in the wrong way. This book introduces situational leadership although it’s probably more accurate to call it situational management. [continue reading…]

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Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Michael Port is

Book Yourself Solid:the Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even If You Hate Marketing and Selling“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Five Stars. This means I think the book is Excellent and Very Highly Recommended.

A book about marketing professional services that’s so good, I wish I’d written it myself.

Michael Port specialises in helping service professionals (accountants, business coaches and consultants, chiropractors, estate agents etc) to market themselves more effectively so that they are booked solid. [continue reading…]

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