Recommended Reading

Simply Live it Up

Authors Belf and Ward do not characterize Simply Live It Up as a book about coaching. The audience they target is "people who place a strong value on personal growth and development and are ready to "simply live it up". However, since there are currently no books in print about ADD coaching or personal and professional coaching (several books are in progress), this is ACA's choice in the "coaching" category.

The stated purpose of this book is to offer "extremely practical, down-to-earth brief "recipes" to integrate spirit and humanness in a productive way, along with brief solutions tested and proven successful with thousands of clients.

Readers should know that although the book isn't "about" coaching, Teri-E Belf is an established coach and trainer of coaches and many of the techniques, exercises and Brief Solutions can be used very effectively in a coaching context by people engaged in professional coaching, peer coaching and self-coaching.

Simply Live It Up is well written and well organized and packed full of information that will be of interest to coaches and people who want to learn more about coaching.

In the Mind's Eye

With an end-view on computer visualization technologies of the future, In The Mind's Eye explores "visual" thinking and processing styles against a backdrop of famous people with learning disabilities who were visual processors. In so doing Thomas West distances himself from conventional thinking about learning disabilities and ADD which suggests that individuals succeed in spite of their differences. West speculates that visual thinkers like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Lewis Carroll, Winston Churchill, William Butler Yeats, and Leonardo da Vinci succeeded because of their differences.

This book presents a real challenge to the American education system because it suggests that individuals should be supported and encouraged as they explore the world using modalities and processing styles that are unique to themselves - a lesson educators should have learned a long time ago from years of trying to force lefties to write right-handed! If West is correct, and visual processing has contributed significantly to our past and is necessary to acquiring the skills of the future, we need to educate the educators now.

Empowering Youth with ADHD

Unveiling a powerful and proven methodology for teens and young adults with ADHD, this guidebook offers complete instruction for professionals and parents on what ADHD coaching for young people is and how it can dramatically improve the lives of the afflicted. A groundbreaking approach, this handbook discusses powerful intervention practices to help youths with ADHD break through barriers and succeed in their lives. The thorough, hands-on guidance makes for an ideal resource for all individuals interested in learning more about coaching young people with ADHD including life coaches interested in expanding their practices to a new market; academic tutors and personal organizers wondering if they would like to become trained as an ADHD coach; and therapists, psychiatrists, and pediatricians confused about what ADHD coaches do.

Get Clients Now!

Get Clients Now: A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals and Consultants, by business coach C.J. Hayden, lays out a very precise marketing and sales system actually designed to be completely customized for optimal effectiveness by anyone in the service industry. Employing a "cookbook model" to help readers create this individualized action plan, it first shows how to determine which ingredients are missing from current marketing and sales activities and then suggests the specific tools and tactics that will immediately get a successful effort underway. The truly unique part of this book, however, begins in chapter 6, which breaks down Hayden's explicit four-week system into 28 separate sections that are meant to be read and acted upon one day at a time. The volume's final part, called "The Strategies," then outlines a collection of practical "marketing recipes" that correspond to various plans of attack determined earlier in the process. Each offers realistic tips (on topics such as direct contact and follow-up, networking and referral building, and writing and publicity) that directly correspond to the personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses readers already have identified. Further advice and inspirational anecdotes from recognized experts, along with additional resources, are also interspersed throughout the text. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Yourself Solid

Book Yourself Solid, Second Edition reveals why self-promotion is a critical factor to success, giving you a unique perspective that makes this guide much more than an ordinary "how to" manual for getting more clients and raising a business profile.

Book Yourself Solid, Second Edition enables you to adopt the right promotional perspective and provides the strategies, techniques, and skills necessary to get more clients and increase profits. Through verbal and written exercises, you'll discover the keys to developing a strong marketing plan and brand image.

Features unique, personalized, updated social media marketing strategies for service professionals
Provides new pricing models and sales strategies for simpler selling
Delivers fresh networking and outreach strategies guaranteed to take only minutes a day
Offers new solid product launch strategies and tactics for creating instant awareness
Author a New York Times bestseller, TV personality, and highly recognized professional speaker
Get the proven tools you can put into effect today with Book Yourself Solid, Second Edition, and watch your business grow exponentially!

Money, Meaning & Beyond

Money, Meaning and Beyond is proof that unexpected everyday things can be the key to your success as a business owner...

What do frogs, salad bowls and golf and even your sex life have to do with your business and bottom line?

What is the fastest, easiest path to money that you can implement, today? How can a pink spoon mentality bring you thousands of clients? And when is the best time to strategically order chicken salad instead of tuna fish... to the benefit of your business?

This book is the definitive answer to the ages-old debate: You don't have to have an MBA to understand - and be wildly successful at - how to run a business.

The Disorganized Mind

Until now, the only way you could learn about the Fidget to Focus approach to successfully living with and managing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) was to attend a national conference. The groundbreaking ideas in this book, based on the personal experiences of hundreds of people and recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, will change the way you live with this disorder. Fidget to Focus is a guide to keeping your brain engaged and focused with tools and techniques available to you at any time (workbook included!).

Coaching for Performance

Good coaching is a skill that requires a depth of understanding and plenty of practice if it is to deliver its astonishing potential. This extensively revised and expanded new edition clearly explains the principles of coaching and illustrates them with examples of high performance from business and sport. It continues to follow the GROW sequence (Goals, Reality, Options, Will) and clarifies the process and practice of coaching by describing what coaching really is, what it can be used for, when and how much it can be used, and who can use it well.

Coaching for Performance raises the bar of coaching with the addition of new chapters elaborating on advanced transpersonal coaching, the crossover between coaching and leadership, evolution and social responsibility, the future of coaching and its applications in times of crisis and change.

Executive Coaching with Backbone & Heart

Don't let the title of this book fool you- it's very valuable to any coach, not just the executive coach!

Mary Beth O'niell writes with great clarity and her book is very engaging--almost like watching her in action. O'Neill's four-phased, systems-based methology provides a structure for coaching that encourages individuality. In fact, O'Neill stresses the importance of a coach's self-awareness and developemnt of ones signature presence. She uses many relevant examples to illustrate her approach. I especially value suggestions made throughout the book for how to effectively engage clients. O'Neill has the ability to explain complex sustems theory and interpersonal dynamics in a way that aides understanding. In a recent conversation with a potential coaching client I found myself using, in the moment, the useful information O'Neill offers. If you coach executives, or leaders at any level in organizations, this is a must resource.


This is heavy reading, but well worth it. Remeber your college philosophy classes and associated textbooks? Well, Flaherty takes the beauty and probing questions of philosphy and creates practical use of them by applying them to the art of coaching. Flaherty relies heavily on a few of his favorite modern philosophers, and takes their discoveries and theories and converts them into assessment models, enrollment techniques, etc. What you end up with is a very lucid, free flowing book that allows the coach to see the client as a human being with varying motivations, competencies, agendas, etc., and frees us from the trap of attempting to coach our clients into becoming ourselves (someone with our values, motivations, etc.); instead allowing them to grow into their own self-correcting, self-generating person.

One caveat, this book looks just as much at the growth of the coach as it does at the growth of the client. In fact, the author asserts that failed coaching often stems from a coaches inability to completely appreciate the client for who s/he is (their motivations, world interpretation, etc.); this falls under the topic of Relationship in the book, and essentially discusses the meaning and importance of mutual appreciation, respect and freedom of expression. He advocates self discovery and continued growth of the coach; allowing yourself to learn from your client while they learn from you.