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Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide 2ed

by Christian Van Nieuwerburgh SAGE Publications Ltd
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This text is an invaluable resource for novice and trainee coaches. Its accessible, step-by-step style acquaints you with the key skills needed to become a successful coach. It takes you from the 'how to', through to practicalities and challenges, and beyond to the continued development of your skills.

There is even more packed into the new edition, with:

    • over 70 videos of real coaching; including two full length sessions for you to engage with

    • a closer look at coaching processes and models to support your understanding

    • new activities (including templates to download) to try with clients

    • stories from practice to give context to the skills being discussed.

A world-wide success, this is a stimulating, inspiring and hugely practical book that you’ll come back to time and time again.

Part 1: Context

Chapter 1: First things first

Chapter 2: Becoming a coach

Part 2: Key skills

Chapter 3: Listening to encourage thinking

Chapter 4: Asking powerful questions

Chapter 5: Paraphrasing and summarising

Chapter 6: Giving and receiving feedback

Part 3: The conversational process

Chapter 7: Coaching processes

Chapter 8: Beyond behaviour: exploring our thinking

Bias towards the positive

Part 4: Practical tools and techniques

Chapter 10: Body language and emotional intelligence

Chapter 11: Inspiring creativity: let's talk

Chapter 12: Inspiring creativity: let's draw

Chapter 13: Inspiring creativity: let's play

Part 5: Coaching way of being

Chapter 14: Being human

Chapter 15: Inspiring others

Part 6: Conclusion

Chapter 16: Reflecting on practice


Christian van Nieuwerburgh is a world authority in coaching and is leading the intersection between coaching and positive psychology. His book offers the perfect balance of science and practice. The evidence-based tools, strategies and resources will help you excel as a coach so you can help your clients excel in their endeavours.

Professor Lea Waters (PhD)


An inspiring, creative and empowering book about coaching that is as valuable to the novice as it is to the experienced coach. Christian resourcefully draws on and demonstrates coaching skills, connects with the reader and their personal learning journey, and links back, in a stimulating way, to theory, research, coaching culture and the rich connections between coaching, living and what it is to be human. The companion website includes over 70 video clips, including full length coaching conversations.

Professor Mary Watts
Christian Van Nieuwerburgh is a well-respected executive coach, internationally-recognised academic and sought-after consultant.


He is a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer within the Coaching Psychology programmes at the University of East London, one of the world’s leading centres for the postgraduate study of coaching. He lectures on a number of MSc programmes in the School of Psychology, undertakes ground-breaking research and international collaborations in coaching and supervises academic dissertations.

Seen as an international authority in the field of coaching, he has been invited to speak at conferences in the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. He regularly presents on the topics of coaching, motivation, mental toughness and leadership. Christian has written a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters about coaching.

Christian is particularly passionate about the power of coaching in educational settings. He is the editor of Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents (2012), which is now one of the key textbooks in the field. Through his consultancy, the International Centre for Coaching in Education (ICCE), Christian delivers training, consultancy, coaching and professional development programmes to schools, colleges and universities in the UK and abroad. He is motivated by the idea of creating coaching cultures for learning which allow students to purposefully and confidently pursue their aspirations.


Christian defines himself as an engaged academic practitioner, committed to the useful interplay of theory, research and practice. Students, delegates, clients and peers describe him as an inspirational educator and empowering coach.