Maria Iliffe-Wood

Coaching Presence is a book for anyone who uses coaching or a coaching style in their work.  The relationship between the coach and the client is the biggest contributing factor to the success of the coaching.   The biggest factor in developing this relationship is the presence of the coach.  This book offers a way of thinking about your coaching presence.  It helps you to identify factors that may be impacting on your presence and a way of consciously thinking about this in your coaching relationships.  

The author, Maria Iliffe-Wood is the Managing Director of Meridian Iliffe Ltd. She has been coaching for over 25 years and provides Executive and Leadership Team coaching. She supports coaches to develop their coaching practice and provides coach supervision on a one to one and group basis. 

She is a Co Coaching Forum Regional Lead for the Association for Coaching and she guest lectures on the Masters in Leadership Coaching programme and the MBA programme at the University of Derby.


View the video clip below to see Maria talking about the four modes of Coaching Presence.

What do our clients say about us?


Even though I am an experienced coach, Coaching Presence took my coaching to a whole new level, my coaching now has a consciousness to it that just wasn’t there before & this is already having a positive impact on my clients.

I often find when reading coaching material it feels familiar, a model or concept that is being presented in a different way or being developed further, rarely do I find a totally new model but that’s what Maria offers in this book.

After each chapter Maria offers some Reflective Questions, these are like coaching sessions all on their own, they certainly got me digging around in my own coaching, thinking, pondering & ultimately coming out the other end with something better than I went in with. I couldn’t just read straight through the book I wanted to stop at the end of each chapter & do the self-discovery/self-development the questions provide, I loved the way they challenged me & what I was learning.

I have recommended this book to some of my clients as I don’t feel you need to be a coach to benefit from the wisdom the book offers.

Jeanette Start, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant

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