In her latest book, Angélique du Toit goes beyond the techniques and goals explored in most coaching texts to examine the process of coaching and the importance of sense-making for creating meaning and encouraging self-reflection. In doing this, the coaching experience emerges as a type of transformational learning, in which the individual is guided through a journey of discovery and revelation. Theories are drawn together in a fresh and original way which will cause readers to question how coaching should be defined and practised.

Dr Angélique du Toit is an academic practitioner and is involved in the delivery of academic programmes and publications related to coaching. She is also an Executive Coach supporting senior executives in their personal development in both the public and private sectors.

Narrative and Storytelling

Narrative and storytelling

Chapter Objectives

  • Understand the nature of storytelling
  • Explore the relationship between storytelling and sensemaking
  • The influence of storytelling and meaning making
  • The role of storytelling in coaching


Following on from the previous chapter on sensemaking, this chapter introduces the powerful role of narratives and storytelling as part of the sensemaking process and in particular as it relates to the coaching intervention. As we have seen in the previous chapter, instead of pursuing the myth of accuracy, Weick (1995) suggests what is needed is a good story because a good story is capable of holding different elements together long enough to guide and generate action. Stories do not offer truth, but instead verisimilitude. Stories do not provide factual information but instead they enhance and provide meaning ...

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