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This month’s book review, we’re taking a step away from personal development stories. There is nothing wrong with self-help books. Since we are in the middle of 2017, it would be best to highlight unique coaching techniques used by other coaches. If you are starting out, learning from the leaders in the field on their techniques to facilitating breakthroughs in clients could be useful. We take a look at Bob Litwin’s book – Live the Best Story of Your Life

Bob Litwin is now an established tennis player, a performance coach enjoying a steady stream of clients and has found the courage to love again. Before applying his technique, he was a high school teacher dealing with the loss of his wife to cancer.

Lessons from Litwin?

Litwin’s method is to change your life with the story you tell yourself. Yes, it is as simple as that. Why the use of stories? It is memorable and creates context. He encourages his clients to create two stories – Old Story and New Story. The Old Story bring self-awareness to the forefront. It is a wake-up call. After dissecting it, he moves on to the New Story, written in present tense. Be proactive, dream and actively live by your New Story.

 

Why You Should Read It?

  1. Provides a guide with examples of how to write these stories. These are complete with leading questions to prompt even the most change-averse person.
  2. The technique is accessible. Who hasn’t heard of storytelling? This familiarity puts people at ease. Apart from that, you get 33 other coaching strategies. Which means more lessons to learn from!

Why You Shouldn’t Read It?

  1. This is not a criticism itself, but a mention to people’s preferences. Some may not like the personal tone Litwin uses in his book. If you respond better to a professional, no-nonsense tone, skip the book. This review will suffice.
  2. Litwin has many examples. Almost every 2-3 pages, readers get a name drop or a case study. Which is alright if you are a patient reader.

Verdict: Read it (For the treasure trove of lessons)

The main takeaway from this book is that storytelling cannot be used in isolation. A variety of strategies is needed to work in tandem to help reach a goal.

 

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