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The
Life Coaching

Handbook
Everything You Need To Be An

Effective Life Coach

Curly Martin

“Absolutely terrific!”
Fiona Harrold, author of Be Your Own Life Coach

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C
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ISBN 978-189983671-0

9 781 899 83671 0

5 2 7 9 5

Coaching

Crown House Publishing Limited
www.crownhouse.co.uk

www.crownhousepublishing.com

What’s it about?
This complete guide to life coaching reveals:
• what life coaching IS
• how to coach yourself and coach others effectively
• how to create and sustain a successful coaching practice

Leading you through a comprehensive programme of Advanced Life Coaching Skills, it
contains key NLP-based techniques that include:

• State Control • Rapport-building • Metaphor
• Meta-programs • The Meta Model • The Milton Model
• Spiral Coaching

Who’s it for?
The Life Coaching Handbook is the essential guide for prospective life coaches, but it is
also designed as a key sourcebook for:

• Training professionals • Human resources managers
• NLP practitioners • Counsellors
• The curious

What do experts say about it?
“Curly is, without doubt, a major talent in her field.”

Ted Edmondson, Independent Distributor, The Book People

“A book you can dip into time and time again.”
Fiona Fraser, Human Resources Manager

“Martin’s book is an excellent handbook for novice or experienced life coaches.”
Rapport

“ If you want to become a Life Coach, or just want to know more about life coaching,
then get this book.”

Terri Bodell, NACHP

“ … an absolute must for all life coaches or anyone thinking of conducting their own
style of coaching or self development.”

Brian Manship, Waltec Coaching

“ For client or coach this book is an excellent starting point.”
Emma Nelson, Student Support Officer, University of Leeds

Curly Martin is the founder of
Achievement Specialists Limited.

She is a bestselling author, a sought-
after international speaker and a

pioneer of life coaching in Europe.
www.achievementspecialists.co.uk

Author photograph: Kitchenham Limited

The Business Coaching
Handbook
Everything You Need To Be
Your Own Business Coach
The Business Coaching
Handbook reveals what
business coaching IS, how to

assess the shape of your business and what
steps you need to put in place to grow a
successful business.

isbn: 978-184590060-1

The Personal Success
Handbook
Everything You Need to be
Successful
We are all different and
success means different
things to different people.

The Personal Success Handbook aimed at
the individual, leads readers on a journey
to define success. Once defined, Curly
encourages us to look at ways to be successful
in many different elements of life.

isbn: 978-184590090-8

The Life Coaching
Handbook
2 CD Set
Following the success of The
Life Coaching Handbook Curly
Martin has recorded a 2 CD
set to accompany the book,

narrated by BBC Radio 2’s Janey Lee Grace.

isbn: 978-190442469-7

Also from Curly Martin

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The Life Coaching
Handbook

Everything You Need To Be
An Effective Life Coach

Curly Martin

Crown House Publishing Limited
www.crownhouse.co.uk

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You are guided through a life coaching session and offered an
approach to use during the first coaching call. This ensures that
you fully understand your clients’ aims and goals and it can be
used to help clients identify their individual goals. Use it to make
your life coaching process easy and effective.

The second part, Advanced Life Coaching Skills, identifies
selected Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques that are par-
ticularly valuable within the coaching context. State control, for
both you and your clients, is described so that you coach from a
peak state that you can access whenever you need it.

Rapport-building skills are extensively covered through represen-
tational systems (Chapter Eleven), Milton language (Chapter
Thirteen), Meta-language (Chapter Fourteen), Meta-programs
(Chapter Fifteen) and metaphors for life coaching (Chapter
Sixteen). Chapter Seventeen (Spiral Coaching) covers thinking
patterns and how to identify and use them to best coaching advan-
tage. Within the second part of the book there are also different
methods that you will use with each different client, and each of
the methods described works independently of the others. When
developing your practice, you need to be flexible and have the
ability to select the model or method best suited for each
client–coach relationship. For one client you may decide to con-
centrate on the Spiral Coaching model’s thinking patterns. You
may need to develop your relationship with a new client and con-
centrate on utilising the benefits of representational systems,
whereas if you need leverage to motivate a client you could iden-
tify his or her Meta-programs. Interestingly, during a coaching
programme with a client, you may employ all the different meth-
ods portrayed.

Chapter Eighteen contains practical advice drawn from long expe-
rience of actually operating a successful practice. This is where
you find the “trade secrets” and some valuable marketing
information.

The final chapter looks at specialisations within the profession. It
identifies the main categories of specialisation and describes how
you can use skills from other professions and industries within
your life coaching practice.

The Life Coaching Handbook

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Introduction

Use this book as a guide for creating and sustaining your practice.
Use it to learn or enhance your skills for working with clients. Use
it to start a small, part-time practice that you can gradually
develop until you have a client base that will sustain a full-time
profession.

Use this book as a resource for coaching yourself towards a more
fulfilled life. It will help you to reach the goals you have dreamed
of and show you how to remove any beliefs that have prevented
you from achieving your desires. To use the book as a personal
self-development tool, you should read the chapters in sequence
and practise each technique in turn until it is mastered.

Read on to explore the fascinating and rewarding world of life
coaching. I should warn you that it is easy to become a life coach.
Even as you read this handbook you will begin to think, feel and
act like a coach. From there it is one small step to a future as a pro-
fessional life coach of excellence.

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think their shareholders or customers would want to hear:
“respect,” “honesty,” “diversity,” “integrity” and “quality.”

Clients will construct sentences according to their way of looking
at the world and you can get a clearer picture by a closer investi-
gation of their meanings. For example, if a client says, “The man-
agement doesn’t like me,” you need to extrapolate who exactly in
the management doesn’t like them, what they mean by “manage-
ment” and what it is about your client that this managerial person
doesn’t like.

Unspecified Nouns

You are not invited to be pedantic and searching just for the sake
of it. Your client could avoid identifying a specific person because
they are behaving as a victim. Once a client in victim mode has to
talk about the person or an action, then they have no more excuses
for not dealing with the situation. This example shows the use of
“unspecified nouns.”

Always challenge your clients when they do not specify who or
what they are talking about. You can spot unspecified nouns when
clients use general words like, “they,” “people,” “management,”
“the department,” “it” – or any description where you cannot
identify an individual person or a specific action.

If, at the outset of coaching, you discussed your client–coach rela-
tionship and the methods to be used, these should have included
agreement that you had consent to subsequently challenge the
client if it was necessary to help them to achieve their objectives. If
you did this, your client will accept your challenges even if they
create a degree of discomfort.

You must get to the hidden person and the deleted detail in order
to create the necessary changes. Continue to ask the questions
“Who, specifically?” or “What, specifically?” until your client
names the person or the actual position of that person. If they are
not prepared to divulge this information you are both attempting
to row upstream without oars.

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Meta-language Patterns

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The
Life Coaching

Handbook
Everything You Need To Be An

Effective Life Coach

Curly Martin

“Absolutely terrific!”
Fiona Harrold, author of Be Your Own Life Coach

Th
e Life C

o
ach

in
g H

an
d
b
o
o
k

C
u
rly M

artin

ISBN 978-189983671-0

9 781 899 83671 0

5 2 7 9 5

Coaching

Crown House Publishing Limited
www.crownhouse.co.uk

www.crownhousepublishing.com

What’s it about?
This complete guide to life coaching reveals:
• what life coaching IS
• how to coach yourself and coach others effectively
• how to create and sustain a successful coaching practice

Leading you through a comprehensive programme of Advanced Life Coaching Skills, it
contains key NLP-based techniques that include:

• State Control • Rapport-building • Metaphor
• Meta-programs • The Meta Model • The Milton Model
• Spiral Coaching

Who’s it for?
The Life Coaching Handbook is the essential guide for prospective life coaches, but it is
also designed as a key sourcebook for:

• Training professionals • Human resources managers
• NLP practitioners • Counsellors
• The curious

What do experts say about it?
“Curly is, without doubt, a major talent in her field.”

Ted Edmondson, Independent Distributor, The Book People

“A book you can dip into time and time again.”
Fiona Fraser, Human Resources Manager

“Martin’s book is an excellent handbook for novice or experienced life coaches.”
Rapport

“ If you want to become a Life Coach, or just want to know more about life coaching,
then get this book.”

Terri Bodell, NACHP

“ … an absolute must for all life coaches or anyone thinking of conducting their own
style of coaching or self development.”

Brian Manship, Waltec Coaching

“ For client or coach this book is an excellent starting point.”
Emma Nelson, Student Support Officer, University of Leeds

Curly Martin is the founder of
Achievement Specialists Limited.

She is a bestselling author, a sought-
after international speaker and a

pioneer of life coaching in Europe.
www.achievementspecialists.co.uk

Author photograph: Kitchenham Limited

The Business Coaching
Handbook
Everything You Need To Be
Your Own Business Coach
The Business Coaching
Handbook reveals what
business coaching IS, how to

assess the shape of your business and what
steps you need to put in place to grow a
successful business.

isbn: 978-184590060-1

The Personal Success
Handbook
Everything You Need to be
Successful
We are all different and
success means different
things to different people.

The Personal Success Handbook aimed at
the individual, leads readers on a journey
to define success. Once defined, Curly
encourages us to look at ways to be successful
in many different elements of life.

isbn: 978-184590090-8

The Life Coaching
Handbook
2 CD Set
Following the success of The
Life Coaching Handbook Curly
Martin has recorded a 2 CD
set to accompany the book,

narrated by BBC Radio 2’s Janey Lee Grace.

isbn: 978-190442469-7

Also from Curly Martin

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