Coaching Skills (Training of Coaches)


Coaching and being coachable are essential competences for the modern workplace. They require the right knowledge, skills and mindset. This course will provide attendees with everything they need to be effective coaches and coaching leaders.

Participants on this course will have the chance to learn from an ILM level 7 accredited trainer and practising coach. Having attended this course, participants will know how to coach others for development, how to utilise coaching in communication, what a coaching style of leadership looks like and how to build a coaching culture.

I have recently trained coaches in Ireland, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Oman and other international locations as well as online.

Course Length:

Three days.


Face-to-face or virtual group course.


Having attended this course, participants will:

1. Understand in depth the differences between coaching and mentoring and how the two compare and contrast in terms of methodology, who is leading the development and uses.

2. Know and be able to utilise key coaching models without feeling limited by them and understand best practice in terms of the ethics and scope of coaching.

3. Understand how coaching can be a leadership style and the pros and cons of a coaching leadership style as well as the alternative leadership styles including delegating and directing approaches.

4. Be able to pioneer the building of a coaching culture at their organisations and use coaching approaches to communicate with stakeholders at all levels.

5. Have engaged in numerous coaching practices with others in the group (in coaching pairs, coaching triangles and coaching circles) followed by reflection, peer feedback, trainer feedback and personal action planning, and be able to coach for a wide variety of purposes in real life.

Who Should Attend:

The course is aimed at anyone who needs to develop their coaching skills as a leader in order to develop others and drive their performance.

Key Features of the Course:

- Defining mentoring and coaching and understanding how they compare and contrast

- Developing coaching contracts and understanding the ethics of coaching

- Coaching models including GROW, TGROW, REGROW, CLEAR and OSKAR

- Linking directive feedback to coaching

- Coaching as a leadership style

- Knowing the power of a coaching culture and how to build one

- Knowing the scope and limits of coaching

- Numerous coaching practices followed by feedback and reflection

- Personal action planning

Recommended Reading:

Dobbs, Ben and Hunter, Michelle (2017) The A to Z of Coaching. Brighton: Academic Study Kit.

Downey, Myles (2003) Effective Coaching 2nd edition. New York: Texere.

Jackson, Paul Z. and McKergow, Mark (2007) The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change Simple 2nd Ed. London and Boston: Nicholas Brealey.

Whitmore, John (2011) Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose 4th Ed. London and Boston: Nicholas Brealey.

Outline / Technical Proposal:


"Effective coaching ... evokes excellence, in which learning is intrinsic and satisfaction derives from the pursuit and achievement of meaningful goals"

- Myles Downey


"Coaching delivers results in large measures because of the supportive relationship between the coach and the coachee, and the means and style of communication used. The coachee does acquire the facts, not from the coach but from within ... stimulated by the coach"

- John Whitmore


(c) Ben Dobbs, Dublin, 2021.