Life Coaching

A manual for helping professionals

By: Dave Ellis


Size: 234mm x 156mm

Pages: 256

ISBN: 9781904424949

Format: Paperback

Published: March 2006

This manual is specifically designed for therapists, counsellors and other helping professionals who are looking to add life coaching techniques to their portfolio of skills.

Dave Ellis, author of Falling Awake, has produced a step-by-step practical guide to turning your natural people-helping skills into a profitable life coaching business. Life coaching is not therapy but many of the qualities that therapists possess, and the techniques they use, naturally lend themselves to a life coaching approach. Because Ellis advocates a more directive approach than most authors of life coaching books, this book will naturally appeal to therapists and counsellors used to conducting therapeutic interventions. Life coaching is a fast growing profession and many think it will replace therapy as the primary intervention to get people to live more positive, happy and goal-oriented lives.

Contents include:

  • The coaching continuum
  • Creating and using a life coaching agreement
  • Using the six types of conversation
  • Maintaining the appropriate balance in the relationship
  • Developing creativity and intuition
  • Handling emotions
  • Ending the coaching relationship
  • Questions and answers about life coaching

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Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis is a leadership and life coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. His first book Becoming a Master Student, currently in its thirteenth edition, continues to be the bestselling college textbook in America for over 20 years. In addition to this book, he has authored and co-authored seven others including Life Coaching, Falling Awake, and Creating Your Future. He also wrote a booklet titled - Becoming a Master Teacher.

Dave Ellis is a respected lecturer and workshop leader who has reached audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. He has coached national and international nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, an NBA coach, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Through his workshops and books, he has helped over five million people create a more wonderful life.

Dave got started in education in 1976 when he taught junior high school maths. After getting a Masters Degree in Mathematics, he taught computer science for six years at National American University. He also served as Assistant Dean of Student Services and President of the college. In 1979 he designed a course to improve student retention and then travelled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993.

Dave has a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Psychology, a masters degree in Computer Science, work on a Ph.D. in Psychology, and an honorary Ph.D. in Naturopathic Philosophy.

Dave Ellis is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company that gives away all of its profits. He is founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering individual and group coaching to nonprofit organizations. Dave has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and to other organizations.

Dave Ellis resides near San Francisco, CA in the US with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and two granddaughters, and one of the daughters and one granddaughter live in London.


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