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Review: The Personal Success & Business Coaching Handbooks


Title: 'The Personal Success Handbook – everything you need to be successful' & 'The Business Coaching Handbook – everything you need to be your own business coach'
Author: Curly Martin
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
Price: £16.99 each

As the coaching industry grows from strength to strength, so does the number of books written by coaches. Maybe it's a subject that lends itself particularly well to publishing – not least because coaching sets out to help us all become 'the best that we can be'.

Basic rules
And this is just what Curly Martin sets out to achieve in her latest books: 'The Personal Success Handbook' and 'The Business Coaching Handbook'. One of her basic rules (on which she should be congratulated) is that the reader should be able to put into practice what they read.

Both books are easy to read as they're written in a fairly light, conversational style – but don't be fooled into thinking that the books are themselves lightweight. To the contrary, if you read and apply the lessons you'll soon find yourself living in a shiny, bright, brave new world!

While it might be churlish to suggest that not everything in the books is either new or revolutionary, it is useful to find it all under one roof, so to speak. And if something is true, then by definition it should be repeatable.

And that's one of the great things about Curly's books – their lessons are both repeatable and practical. The old adage may say that knowledge is power, but the real truth is that knowledge applied is power!

All you need to become your own coach
Are these books for hard-hitting coaches with several years experience? Probably not, although there's never any harm in having a refresher every now and then. But if you haven't yet become a coach – or if you feel that you wouldn't want to work with a coach for some reason – then you'll be able to discover all you need to become your own personal and business coach within these two solid, dependable tomes.

Olivia Stefanino is the author of 'Be Your Own Guru' and has run leadership and coaching programmes within both blue chip organisations and SME's over the last 10 years. Download her free tips booklet '127 ways to harness your personal power'


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