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Tales for Coaching

Tales for Coaching

Using Stories and Metaphors with Individuals and Small Groups

Margaret Parkin

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A guide to using extracts from literature, anecdote and metaphor to help coach staff, either individually or in groups. Tales for Coaching comes complete with 50 tales that managers can use immediately, ranging from Aesop through Stephen Covey to anecdotes the author has written herself.

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About the book

Coaching is rapidly proving to be an invaluable aid to personal development and a successful way to enhance performance within organizations of all types. More and more people are also discovering how to use storytelling to bring about change and reinforce learning. Tales for Coaching combines these two approaches into a powerful and effective technique to assist personal change.

Showing you how and when to use stories to maximum effect, whether you are coaching an individual or a group, the author demonstrates how your coaching can have greater impact with the effective use of storytelling. Complete with sample stories that can be read aloud in a variety of coaching situations, Tales for Coaching includes 50 tales that will immediately help coaches, trainers, managers and educators to reinforce key messages or stimulate fresh thinking.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: Are You Sitting Comfortably?;
    • Chapter - 01: Introducing Storytelling;
    • Chapter - 02: Coaching and Storytelling;
    • Chapter - 03: Finding and Using Stories in Coaching;
    • Chapter - 04: Telling the Tale;
  • Section - TWO: Then I’ll Begin…;
    • Chapter - 05: The Tales;
    • Chapter - 06: Problem Solving;
    • Chapter - 07: Reframing and Creativity;
    • Chapter - 08: Empowerment;
    • Chapter - 09: Success and Self-Esteem


Offers trainers and mentors different options in teaching life-long lessons
Engineering Management

Parkins book is well-crafted, innovative and refreshing. She has a remarkable clarity to her writingCuriously, I began this book review purely as a professional project. Well into Parkins book and through several of the 50 tales, I realized I was in the midst of a meaningful coaching experience. It was as if Margaret was coaching me herself
The Bulletin of the Association for Coaching

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749461010
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd October 2010
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x156
  • 224 pages

About the Author

Margaret Parkin is Founder and Principal of Success Stories. She has worked with individuals, groups and major organizations for over 20 years, helping them with her innovative and refreshing approach to training.

Margaret Parkin