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The A-Z Coaching Handbook

By Clare M Smale

Available for Kindle, or buy as a paperback or an eBook direct from inspired2learn.


This book explains key terms in coaching. Each entry in this A-Z handbook will give you a clear definition, plus some explanation and cross references where relevant. You will discover a wide range of coaching terms, models, theories and approaches to support and help you. Increase your knowledge and understanding of coaching and take away ideas to explore further. The beauty of this book is that it gives you quick and easy access to information.

Why should you read the A-Z Coaching Handbook?

  • terms and concepts will be clearly explained
  • become familiar with the language of coaching
  • increase your knowledge
  • develop your breadth of understanding about coaching
  • quickly find out about a tool or technique
  • all the entries are suitable for complete beginners
  • dip in and out according to your needs

Buy the A-Z Coaching handbook here

Click here to see pictures from coaching workshops with Clare.


Clare’s A-Z handbook is a great companion to any student on their journey to becoming a great coach.

Pietro Mistretta, Learning and Development Manager


I'm currently working through my ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring, and this book is ****** brilliant!  As a rookie coach on a steep learning curve, it is so reassuring to have access to straightforward explanations for the new coaching terms I have come across.  If you feel too embarrassed to ask a question about some mysterious coaching terminology you can look it up here first!

Eva Ritchie


This is a fabulous resource for new and seasoned coaches alike. Clare gives us a guide to coaching terms, models and frameworks that support us in our practice. The A-Z coaching handbook answers all the questions you have about coaching, but were afraid or had forgotten to ask. It is a practical refresher of ideas, concepts, practice and behavioural competencies we need to remember in order to support others effectively. A fantastic foray into the language of coaching, a smorgasbord of different models and associated theories together with reminders of simple, yet powerful, techniques. Revitalise and expand your coaching knowledge.                                      Munira Thobani, Executive Coach, Trainer, ILM Tutor and Assessor.


About the author

Clare Smale is a highly respected coach, trainer and speaker

Clare has over 20 years’ experience of supporting people to be at their best. Before founding inspired2learn with her husband in 2002, she was a teacher and leader in three 11-18 comprehensive schools and she has spent the last twelve years as a trainer and performance coach for a wide variety of private and public sector organisations. Clare’s particular interests are in helping leaders and managers to tackle the challenges associated with managing change and team working, with a focus on personal development and resilience.

Clare is a trained and accredited coach, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer. Over the years, she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals. Her first book, Transform your Goals with VISION, was published in 2013 and is available in hard copy and for Kindle.

Clare spends much of her time training coaches, including recognised qualifications in Coaching with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) at Levels 3, 5 and 7. Clare is a popular speaker and facilitator at a range of conferences and events, including the Vistage Speaker's Bureau and Unlimited Potential, both of which provide speakers and workshops for CEOs and business leaders.

To book Clare as a speaker for your event, for coaching workshops or to request your copy of the book, email clare@inspired2learn.co.uk or use the enquiry form below.

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