Official Review: Finding Your Coach by Melinda J. Kelly

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Official Review: Finding Your Coach by Melinda J. Kelly

Post by prospero360 » 06 Feb 2019, 18:08

[Following is an official review of "Finding Your Coach" by Melinda J. Kelly.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In life, people hope to reach certain goals and make some changes that will benefit them. It can be a difficult task to figure out how to attain these goals, and for some people, knowing which direction their lives should be heading in isn't their strong suit. This is where a coach comes into play. One can employ the services of a life coach, financial coach, career coach, sports coach, or health and wellness coach, and the choice of a coach depends on what one aims to achieve. However, finding the right coach is an even more difficult task. In Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within, Melinda J. Kelly offers advice on the things to consider when trying to find a coach. In three parts of the book, the author summarizes how one can find the right coach by knowing one's self, knowing the coach, and defining success on one's own terms.

I've worked with several coaches to achieve a few things. From my parents to teachers at school, supervisors at work, and fitness coaches. Some experiences worked out well and some didn't. But I've never really settled down to think about why some of them didn't work out, until now.

The book begins by asking a series of questions that help us determine if we are introverts or extroverts. The author believes that determining if we are introverts or extroverts will help in self-discovery and development when answering some interesting questions featured in the book, like "Do you seek parental approval? Do you need to be a nice person? Do you need to be the smart person? Do you need to have everyone like you? Do you have issues with authority figures? Do you need to be loved? Do you think you are so smart already that you don’t listen?" The author goes further to give us advice on how to go about answering each question with real answers and not just answers we want to hear.

I really enjoyed reading the first part, as it was like I was having an interaction with the author. The book didn't feel like it was just about finding a coach. It went beyond that at times by giving the readers useful life advice, which made it feel like the book was a coach. The question I really related to the most was the one about seeking parental approval always. The author stated that "we learn to please our parents, then our teachers, then our professors, then our bosses, and then our spouses." There is always the tendency to transfer this attitude towards a coach, but Melinda adviced us to focus on ourselves more than pleasing the coach.

The author includes several personal stories that will make the book more relatable to the readers, like when she used comparisons between her, her mother, and her grandmother to help the readers to better understand how the definition of success differs to different people. Including John F Kennedy Jr's motivational story to show the importance of doing things at your own time also helped. However, there were certain stories I didn't relate to, like the story of the person who had a mental health issue and favoured working with an energy/healing coach over seeking professional medical help. There were also a few abbreviations that weren't explained in the book, like MD, LCSW, and MFCC. This wasn't a common occurrence, but it disrupted the flow of my reading when it occurred, and this was what I least liked about the book.

Finding Your Coach is exceptionally well edited. I didn't find a single error throughout the book. I also liked the way the book was organized. I liked the quotes from philosophers, like Aristotle and Lao Tsu, included at the beginning of each chapter. These quotes gave me a lot to think about and set the tone for each chapter.

Finding Your Coach is an educative book. Even though I've known about some of the things the author talked about before now, there were still a lot of things that I learned. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I mentioned a few complaints above, but I don't think they are good reasons not to give this book the maximum rating. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in acquiring the services of a coach and people who want to know more about self-discovery and development.

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Post by DogoMulla » 10 Feb 2019, 04:31

I feel like I need to find a coach already; not by reading the book, but your review. We certainly need to read educative books as much as any other. Bottom-line, good job on the review.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 10 Feb 2019, 13:30

I am intrigued by the quotes appearing at the beginning of each chapter along with the questions to help lead to self-discovery and development. Thank you for the great recommendation.
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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Feb 2019, 15:06

This is a bit of a different direction for a self-help book. It's not something I wish to pursue at this time, though. Thanks for the information.
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Post by chewy4uto » 10 Feb 2019, 15:36

I have heard about people hiring a life coach, but never read about one. I suppose in some ways we all in one way or another could benefit from having a life coach. But for those of us who can't afford one what better way to acquire the benefits of one than by reading about it. I enjoyed reading your review. Great job!

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Post by Shielasshi_93 » 10 Feb 2019, 18:29

I haven't really thought of finding a coach but I think I need one ASAP. I'm very much intrigued by this book, I am interested about the stories that were given. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 10 Feb 2019, 18:42

Interesting! This seems useful as various "coaches" became a common aspect of modern life, and choosing what will make sense for a given person to pay for becomes more difficult to discern. Good review.
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Post by kdstrack » 10 Feb 2019, 20:37

This book could be a useful took for people searching for direction in their life. Th author's questions are insightful to get readers started down the right path. You did a great job summarizing this book.

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Post by Zimall » 12 Feb 2019, 00:36

The book addresses a very important issue and from your review, i can figure out the the author has done a really good job to give the solution of the problem.
Thanks a lot for the review Prospero☺
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