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Essential Coaching Skills

21 August 2023

Are you keen to learn how to become a better coach to help teams and groups work more effectively? Check out our short course, 'Essential Coaching Skills'. 


This one-day course is ideal for people with an interest in coaching themselves and others, those seeking an introduction to the profession of coaching, or anyone wishing to enhance their personal or team development.


What will you gain?

You will learn coaching skills to help with your own personal development, as well as to help teams and groups work more effectively. Topics covered include:

  • History of Coaching
  • Professional Organisations
  • Coaching Core Competencies and Masteries
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Types of Coaching
  • Types of Coaches
  • Coaching Questions
  • Coaching Tools
  • Personal Change Theories
  • Positive Psychology


Course structure 

This one-day course is delivered by an International Coaching Federation-certified coach and features supervised coaching sessions, where you will get to put into practice what you have learnt and receive feedback.

Course Facilitator

Verity Mace

Verity Mace, BBus, PGCertCounSt, CPCC, PCC has been a Mentor, Facilitator, and Coach for over 10 years. Verity has supported others to grow and thrive while in transition. Her coaching approach centres on curiosity, creativity and compassion and is underpinned by the science and practice of Positive Intelligence (PQ).

She draws on an eclectic pool of work experience working in/with multi-nationals as well as the entrepreneurial space in countries as diverse as Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. A certified coach trained by the Pioneers in the industry - the Coaches Training Institute - Verity holds a Bachelor of Business Management (BBus), with majors in Marketing and HR.

Professional Certified Coach (PCC),  a professional member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a member of the New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD).

Comments from previous participants

Our leadership team attended the Coaching For Managers course a few months ago and found the whole experience very informative.  It challenged us to think differently about our approach to how we talk with our teams, putting the emphasis on empowering them to discover how they would approach and resolve problems. The practical nature of the course enabled us to put in practice some of the skills learned and we took advantage of the follow up session offered to further practice our new skills. We came away with the feeling that, as a team, we are now aligned in our approach. In the months since the course we have seen a noticeable improvement in how we have team conversations.

Fiona Gurevin, Financial and Commercial Operations Manager, Canterbury Scientific

Upcoming course dates

Wednesday 8 May 2024

Wednesday 7 November 2024

If you wish to pay by invoice, please email us



Ilam campus, University of Canterbury



$1,150 including GST.

Course fees include catering (all dietary requirements catered for), booking fees and on-site parking.

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