Troubador Coach Yourself First

Released: 28/05/2017

ISBN: 9781788037082

eISBN: 9781788031967

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Coach Yourself First

A coach’s guide to self-reflection


Why is self-reflection critical for coaches and supervisors? How could you enhance you self-reflection capability? What approaches, models and tools could you use to self reflect? 

Coach Yourself First provides a balance of theory and practical guidance to support coaches and coach supervisors on their journey of improving their ability to self-reflect in their practice. It describes the contextual theory relating to self-reflection and provides a variety of approaches, models and tools covering the different learning styles which coaches can use to develop new awareness and insight. Starting with a description of the history of the theory of self-reflection, it continues through to its use in healthcare, teaching and education-based professions. Links are made with the core competencies of coaching and the research evidence base which proves the benefits of self-reflection. 

Coach Yourself First is interwoven with personal stories and insights from the author which add a richness and real world perspective to the practical guidance provided through a variety of approaches to self-reflection including creative tools, reflective writing techniques, reflective metaphors, reflective poetry, sand play, and a number of visual approaches. Bursting with helpful advice for all skill levels, it will appeal to novice and established coaches alike.


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It is enchanting! And may just change the world of some lucky children.
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The book is delightful and Rory loves it although he is a little young to understand the true meaning.
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Mark Bisson

MARK BISSON is an author, speaker and internationally credentialed coach with the International Coaching Federation and supports people in making transformational changes to their lives. Mark has an MA in applied coaching and has been coaching, supervising and mentoring since 2000. Mark is also a visiting lecturer at Jesus College, Cambridge, University of East London and the University of Warwick. His first book Coach Yourself First- A coach's guide to self-reflection has been an amazon UK top 100 best seller. Mark's first children's picture book George-The cat who lost his confidence provides a resource for parents and carers who want to have a conversation with their child about self-confidence using a coaching approach. With family roots in Jersey in the Channel Islands he now lives in Surrey with his wife Jackie and has eight grandchildren. They know him as Grandad Fox.

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