Coaching Training

If you want to train to be a professional coach I recommend joining a training programme that is accredited by a coaching body. This will give you assurance that the programme meets an appropriate standard and will make it easier to apply for accreditation because it will meet their training requirements.

The Neuroleadership Foundation
This is where I did my training. Their focus is on helping coaches understand the neuroscience behind how the brain works in an accessible way. They are accredited by the International Coaches Federation.

Barefoot Coaching
Set up by Kim Morgan who is very well respected coach in the UK, the programme is accredited through the International Coaches Federation. I considered this programme but ended up doing a Masters in Organisational behaviour instead because trying to choose a coaching training organisation was hard.

Ride the Wave
Full disclosure, I do associate work for Sonya Shallard the co-founder of this programme. They are accredited by the Assocaition of Coaching and if you want to get a taste of what it would be like on their course then signup to join one of the seaonal refresh sessions. You might see me there too.

Henley Business School, Hult or Oxford Brooks
Alternatively you could go down the academic route with these universities who are also accredited with coaching bodies. Hult and Oxford Brooks are accredited by the EMCC and Henley is accredited by the ICF, AC and EMCC. I either know people who teach/taught on these programes or have been through them.

To help you coach others

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay-Stanier
This book outlines the seven questions you need to coach your team. It’s a quick read, full of stories, a sprinkling of research and it’s a great companion book for Think Like A Coach. Bungay-Stanier also has lots of free content to support the book online.


Effective Modern Coaching: The Principles and Art of Successful Business Coaching by Miles Downey
Downey is a friend and colleague of Sir John Whitmore, Graham Alexander and Alan Fine who developed the GROW model of coaching. The book explains how to use the model in the context of being a manager and includes lots of example conversations to learn from.

Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations by Kathryn Mannix
I agree with Nigella Lawson: everyone should read this book. Kathryn, a palliative care specialist, shares the knowledge and skill she has built up over years of working with people at the most vulnerable time in their lives. There are lessons here for everyone.


Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams
 I used an idea from the introduction in a coaching session I had that day and the results were so amazing I read the rest of the book that night. The story follows Ben who is having a tough time at work and how he learns, with the help of a coach, to go from being the answer guy to the question guy.

To help you coach yourself

To calm your nerves in stressful situations
Despite the controversy over Amy Cuddy‘s work I still think her TED talk is worth a watch. It shows you how to be more confident and manage your nerves through holding high power poses. I write about the fact and fiction here.

Year Compass
A free annual workbook to help you review the year that’s been and plan the year ahead. I like the process it takes you through to notice the patterns that serve you and you want to do more with and the ones you want to leave behind. It is also in many languages.

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness by Professor Steve Peters
The Chimp model helped me to understand why I behave in ways I’m not always proud of. It has helped me manage my emotions better and people I coach love it’s simplicity.

How to inspire action
If you want your audience to sit up and take notice, then take it from Simon Sinek, start with why. His TED talk How great leaders inspire action is an 18 minute masterclass in how to structure your presentation so that you connect with your audience. To paraphrase him: “People don’t connect with what you do they connect with why you do it.”


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