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From Theory to Practice: Mastering Coaching Skills with 'The Coach's Casebook’ | E35

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Welcome to another "3 Coaches 1 Topic." I am thrilled to have Dr. Joan Swart, Co-Editor and author of 'The Coach's Casebook,' and Paul Smith, one of the co-authors, joining me for this episode. This book is a collaborative effort, combining the experiences, expertise, and extensive research of over 30 coaches, including myself.

In our discussion, we explore the practical side of coaching and delve into the core principles and approaches that form the foundation of this profession. 'The Coach's Casebook' is designed to equip coaches with the necessary skills and knowledge to help their clients reach their full potential.

What sets this book apart is its emphasis on real-world application. It provides valuable tools, competencies, and techniques coaches can utilize in their practice. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience under your belt, 'The Coach's Casebook' offers comprehensive guidance to support your growth and empower your clients to flourish.

Join us as we share insights, stories, and practical advice from our own coaching journeys. Our aim is to provide you with valuable perspectives and inspire you to elevate your coaching skills. Let's explore the practical side of coaching and discover how 'The Coach's Casebook' can contribute to your success as a coach.

“This book is a comprehensive toolkit for coaches looking to deepen their skills and help their clients achieve meaningful transformation. It covers the importance of self-awareness, self-management, supervision and wellbeing; along with neuroscience, enabling energy shifts, building strong habits, and working with clients' systems to create lasting change - would highly recommend!” - Katherine Tulpa, CEO Association for Coaching and Wisdom8 Ltd

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Donna Burfield is a licensed and accredited coach and the founder of Joy and Purpose Coaching and Coaches Supporting Coaches - Dubai. With 26 years of teaching experience and being a single mother to her daughter and twin sons, Donna is passionate about supporting working parents to prioritize their family's well-being, strengthen their parenting skills, and set boundaries using easy and effective tools. Donna also supports a coaching community to collaborate, inspire, and develop professionally. She connects coaches with experts to build ethical and professional coaching businesses, including legal, business licenses, insurance, and website building.


Paul Smith is the Founder and Managing Director of Coaching Minds. Paul leads the vision of Coaching Minds which offers industry-accredited coach training programmes and an online Global Learning Platform. Paul is an Accredited Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). He has over 5 years of experience in contract management and a Master's Degree in Law.

Dr Joan Swart is a respected Coaching Psychologist, Supervisor, and Forensic Psychologist. She is the Co-Editor of 'The Coach's Casebook' and holds the positions of Accredited Supervisor and Research Fellow at the Association for Coaching (AC). Her background in forensic psychology has equipped her with a deep understanding of complex human dynamics and behavior. Dr Swart's dedication to research and scholarly pursuits contributes to the advancement of coaching psychology, providing evidence-based insights and practical applications. Through her multifaceted roles and commitment to excellence, Dr. Joan Swart has become a trusted advisor and mentor in the coaching community, making significant contributions to the field's growth and development.

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