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I am pleased to announce I have recently published my first book on techniques involved in life coaching… Its is currently for sale in all good bookshops and online, including Amazon. You can also find out more on the dedicated website for the book….

This is a fully revised and updated second edition of the successful Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring, also incorporating the best bits of its sister text Further Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring.

The book presents a comprehensive and critical overview of the wide range of tools and techniques available to coaches and mentors. With a strong academic underpinning, it explores a wide range of approaches, and provides techniques both for use with clients and to support professional development of the coach or mentor.

Key features include:

  • Easy-to-use resources and techniques for one-to-one coaching;

  • Case studies throughout the text, helping to put theory into practice;

  • An overview of different theoretical approaches;

  • A dedicated section on ‘themes for the coach’ discussing coaching across cultures, evaluating your coaching and looking after yourself as a coach; and

  • Downloadable worksheets for each technique.

Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring 2nd Edition is an invaluable resource for professional coaches and mentors looking to enhance their practice, and for students of coaching and mentoring.


‘The first edition of this book is excellent because it is packed full of interesting and useful skills, processes and techniques. This 2nd edition has developed and built on this already excellent book and lifted it in to the ‘essential buy’ category!’ – Professor Bob Garvey, Faculty Head of Research, York St John Business School, UK

‘This is a remarkably useful book. Each of the three sections is valuable in its own right: Section A clearly explains and informs us about coaching; Section B provides handy techniques to bolster coaching practice; and Section C addresses some important contemporary issues that coaches need to consider for their continued professional effectiveness. Highly recommended.’ Dr Elaine Cox, Author and Director of Coaching & Mentoring Programmes at Oxford Brookes University UK

‘This is a fabulously rich and comprehensive work, it will be an invaluable resource for any coach or mentor – from the seasoned and experienced, to the novice. It covers every aspect of the coaching and mentoring process. I totally recommend it.’ – Myles Downey, author of ‘Enabling Genius- a mindset for the 21st Century’ and ‘Effective Modern Coaching’

‘Wonderfully written by pioneers of our field. A vast array of coaching techniques with illustrative examples every step of the way. One of the few coaching books that you’ll need with you while coaching!’Dr Brian O. Underhill, Founder of CoachSource and author of ‘Executive Coaching for Results’

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About the Authors

Natalie Lancer is Director of Higher Education at Immanuel College, UK. She has developed a coaching programme for undergraduates and has a private coaching practice. She has also lectured and published on coaching in education, including Getting into Oxford and Cambridge, 11th edition.

David Clutterbuck is one of Europe’s most prolific management thinkers and authors. He is co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, visiting professor at three UK universities and practice lead at Coaching and Mentoring International.

David Megginson is Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Development at Sheffield Hallam University and a Chartered Fellow at CIPD, UK


A full and happy life

I adopt a hybrid humanistic and cognitive based approach to my coaching, which means starting with the premise that all people want to lead a full and happy life, which Maslow called a ‘self-actualizing tendency’. You are the expert about yourself, but I can hold up a mirror to you to help make your thoughts clear. Sometimes, I may challenge your position to help you explore other perspectives or highlight unhelpful patterns of thinking.

Taking control

At the beginning of a series of sessions, I may direct the coaching process, structuring it using models and concepts. However, as the coaching relationship develops, you will find yourself directing the process more and more, reflecting how you are taking control of your own situation.

Solution-focused approach

My approach is solution-focused: we will always be working towards future-oriented goals and making progress. Sometimes, you may wish to benefit from my experience as a university and career adviser, teacher or senior manager. At other times, it is simply the reformulation of your own words or a pertinent question that can provide you with the insight you are looking for.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a process where we map out what you want to achieve. You will receive encouragement and reassurance as you take the next steps in reaching your goals.

•  be helped to help yourself
•  feel empowered
•  build confidence to take the next step
•  clarify what you want from life
•  identify where you are now and where you might want to be in the short and longer term
•  crystallise your ideas, making them concrete and specific

“My coaching sessions with Natalie have been both inspiring and invigorating; I leave feeling like there’s nothing I cannot do!”

- Maria -