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  • Research work personal and career benefits

    Real stories of people involved in coaching research showing how to start, the personal and career benefits.

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  • An easy to read book with loads of inspiration

    An easy to read book with loads of inspiration. I enjoyed and learnt a great deal from reading this book. The different stories from various coaches who shared their experiences of participating in an ground breaking research project were instructive. And I love the stories of the clients shared - their stark honest and courage to be part of all this. And in the end reading this book as left me feeling proud to be a coach and proud to be part of this noble profession. It also gave me additional ideas on how to keep growing as coach and as a person I haven't found anywhere else.

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  • A valuable contribution to coaching

    The Coaching Science Practioner Handbook - Tunde Erdos & Angelis Iglesias Book Review by Graham Beattie, DMin As a seasoned professional and executive coach I had long know the importance of active listening as a core coaching competency. Research has well established that listening to a person’s body language carries over 50% of the communication content in any person to person interaction. However, it wasn’t until I had read The Coaching Science Practioner Handbook that I came to appreciate the critical importance of ‘presence’. I have come to realise that presence is much more than listening to the body language of one’s client. Presence is measured as the non-verbal synchronization between coach and client that emerges as needs are spontaneously responded to in the relationship through trusting in the present moment. As one participating coach expressed it, “What matters in coaching is not what you do as coach but how you really are in the session.” (p.204) The Coaching Presence Project centred on how the coach being fully present in the coaching session impacted the extent to which the client felt safe, could self regulate and self reflect. Presence was measured using a validated software called ‘motion energy analysis’ which captured, via camera, the energy between coach and client based solely on their movements. In particular, it tracked the degree of the coach’s synchronised response to the client’s expressed needs. Mirroring the client’s movements by the coach is seen as a critical aspect of presence. When both client and coach contribute to creating the space for the flow of energy indicating authentic presence to emerge the client is more likely to identify successful outcomes from the coaching session. Hence “being present could incorporate emotions, energy, patterns of behaviour, other people, what was evolving and yet to emerge, the external environment and the relationship between things. It was about noticing and working with all of what was present in the coaching.” (p. 141) As hitherto little scientific research had been undertaken on the place of presence in a coaching relationship, this Handbook provides a significant and valuable breakthrough. Contributions from both coaches participating in the project and their clients ground the research undertaken in their lived experiences adding to the benefit for the reader. This handbook has certainly alerted me to my need to be attentive to the importance of presence in my professional and also personal relationships. The research project required client and coach to be in the same physical space for the filming of the coaching sessions. However, as a number of the contributors to the project commented, normally their coaching sessions occur remotely. Certainly, this has been my own personal professional experience. For while I prefer to share the same physical space with my clients, for the majority that is not possible because of geographic limitations. As an extension of this research it would be helpful to explore how presence can be enhanced when coaching remotely via either telephone or video conferencing. Graham Beattie DMin GB Coaching & Consulting Services

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