How Stress Coaching Can Help Heal the World

Is stress coaching really a thing? Is there a niche in the coaching profession for stress coaches? Though coaching often deals with stress as part of a coaching session or program, it can be overlooked or under-stressed (pun intended). Why You Should Consider Stress Coaching? In a national Stress in America survey conducted by Harris […]
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Your top questions about creating products – Answered

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“The Artistry of Celebrating” | *AUDIO Podcast* | From Ben Dooley’s Coaching Skills Forum

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as "The Artistry of Celebrating" | *AUDIO Podcast* | From Ben Dooley's Coaching Skills Forum

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This month's "Coaching Skills Forum" call from Ben Dooley's Archive was chosen to help you and your clients celebrate the year! Ben is a Master Certified Coach, a popular contributor to this blog and he is all about making growing as a coach fun! As a mentor coach he has helped countless coaches improve their skills and get ICF certified ...and I'm personally a big "Ben" fan!

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Topic: The Artistry of Celebrating

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About "The Coaching Skills Forum"

  • The Coaching Skills Forum is a provocative, challenging, fun, engaging & exciting coach community call that focuses for a whole hour on a single specific coaching skill in great depth and detail.
  • These calls are completely interactive and encourage participation from all coaches attending. Coaches from all levels of experience gather to share wisdom, thoughts, insights and questions.
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Be the Relationship Coach San Diego Wants to Find

There are people right now searching on Google for “relationship coach San Diego?” There are individuals at this time who are facing obstacles or challenges in their personal or professional lives when it comes to relationships? Many of these people are ready to make real, substantive changes instead of spending all their time Googling “relationship […]
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Executive Interview Coaching: How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Your Client Hired

Executive interview coaching is an important aspect of helping your client into a career they love, but it’s a lot easier said and thought about than actually done. Your client probably has a degree and experience, but are they sure where to go from there? Searching for a new executive gig is not an easy […]
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12 Great Ways to Use Coaching Tools & Exercises in Your Practice – and Why!

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as 12 Great Ways to Use Coaching Tools & Exercises in Your Practice - and Why!

stocksnap_paper-heart_ov26aomumi-smallerCoaching Tools and Exercises are a wonderful tool in your toolbox to help your clients grow, build confidence, get to know themselves and take action. But they can be used in many, many other ways! We love Coaching Tools and it's a question we're often asked, so we put together a list of the key ideas for you. Enjoy!

Here Are 12 Great Ways to Use Coaching Tools & Exercises:

1. In your Welcome Pack

Yay - you've got a new client! Use a coaching tool or exercise to give them something tangible and provide value right away. For people who haven't had a coach before, giving them something concrete specifically helps them feel more comfortable with the financial investment they've just made in themselves.

2. In Session with Clients

Use coaching exercises to inspire, inform, raise awareness or help your clients solve a specific problem. For example, tools like The Urgent Important Matrix (help people see how not dealing with important issues in a timely fashion means they become urgent and take over) or Are You Sitting Too Comfortably (helps your client assess whether they're stuck in their comfort zone, or are constantly in discomfort and may need to do less).

3. As Client Homework

Use coaching exercises to delve deeper into a topic that came up in a coaching session, or simply work on some self-discovery eg. identifying their values. As well as going deeper and raising a clients self-awareness, giving coaching tools as homework also provides the valuable service of keeping clients engaged and in a coaching frame of mind between sessions.

4. As Handouts/Worksheets in Workshops and Teleseminars

It's rare to go to a workshop and not receive some sort of handout or worksheet! There are many benefits to using coaching exercises and tools in Workshops and Teleseminars and these include 1) People learn best by doing and writing things down makes them stick more. 2) A worksheet reinforces your workshop message. 3) Great worksheets help your attendees personalise the information you're sharing - figuring out how it might apply to them. 4) When you give out a handout it makes you the expert. 5) Many people enjoy filling out forms to learn about themselves. And 6) People like to take handouts and worksheets home as a reminder - so it's great when these have your branding and contact details on... We also created a list in our coaching tools catalogue so you can see which of our coaching exercises work well in workshops (which is most of them!).

5. With Prospects or in Sample Sessions

It's challenging to explain what coaching IS. It's better to tell stories about how you've helped people, or to give prospects a coaching experience they can remember. Coaching Tools and Exercises can be a great way to give people a tangible taste of coaching AND something they can keep and take home with them (again with your branding and contact details on there)! The Wheel of Life or 3 Month Vision Worksheet work well here.

6. To Demonstrate Progress and the Value of Coaching

Coaching exercises and forms that have scoring on them can be very helpful in proving value. For example if you ask your clients to score something ___ / 10, when you come back later and ask them to score again - they will be able to see their improvement. The Wheel of Life is particularly good for this. Interested? You may like this article: A Simple 3 Step Process to Measure Progress Towards ANY Coaching Goal!

7. As Back Of Room Giveaways At Networking Events, Conferences And Your Own Workshops

Whether it's a workshop, networking event or conference - there is often space at the back of the room where people put brochures and business cards. It's a great place to put a coaching exercise or tool (with your branding and contact details on). Pick an exercise that will resonate (solve a problem, help achieve a goal) for the type of people at that event. I have done this a lot, often putting out 2 or 3 exercises - and I love watching as people stop to look, read them a little and pick them up to take home! Something simple, colourful and fun like The Wheel of Life, Energy Zappers or Daily Gratitude Diary works well.

8. Create a Coaching Exercise Product to Sell on your Website [1]

As you get clear on the type of clients you want to serve, you will also get clear on the common issues your clients face. This is the time for you to create a product to sell. Create an exercise, form, handout or special report that for people who find you and your website can buy. This is great for positioning yourself as an expert - and for additional income. You may like our article 10 Easy Steps To Create Your Own Coaching Tool, Exercise or Seminar Handout!

9. Create a Newsletter Sign-up Gift [1]

Similar to number 8 above, you can create a coaching product (exercise, form, handout etc) that inspires people to sign-up for your newsletter (so you can stay in touch with them!). This resource/giveaway should demonstrate your expertise and solve a problem/help your target market achieve a goal. Pick a really juicy title for your coaching exercise, and watch your newsletter sign-ups increase.

10. Save Time And Energy On Your Repeatable Tasks (and make sure you don't forget anything!)

Create coaching forms for your administrative tasks like client details, recording client hours, your client intake/wrap-up sessions. Checklists in particular can be incredibly helpful when you're starting out - and when you're busy too. It's easy to do. Just sit down for a few minutes and make a list of the things you do for every client. Next give yourself 30 minutes for each item. Then create a document that lists the important steps/components/things to remember for that item. Save it with a meaningful name so you can find it again. As you think of more things, simply add them to the appropriate document. Also, we offer many of these forms in our top-selling Welcome Pack Toolkit (eg. Welcome Letter, Intake Session Checklist, Coaching Agreement etc).

11. Lighten Up A Serious Topic Or Challenging Session

Sometimes coaching can seem very serious and/or challenging. This is usually good - we're moving our clients into deep, life-changing territory! And sometimes, that heaviness can make coaching seem bigger and scarier than it needs to be. A coaching tool or exercise can lighten up the situation. It reminds clients that they are not alone - other people go through this (they even have a coaching form for it!) And a coaching exercise also says yes - there are some processes we can follow here - and I'm here to support you... Draw Out Your Gremlin, Self-Care Check-in and Needs Review or Troll Travels - Who am I? are great examples of this.

12. And of Course You Can Use Coaching Tools and Exercises To Develop Yourself!

In fact I recommend it! I believe as a coach, we have a duty to be constantly raising our own awareness, and learning what makes us tick! Not only can we use what we learn to help our clients, but we are then role modelling the behaviour we'd like for our clients. And by learning about ourselves, we become more aware of our own fears, issues and prejudices which helps us recognize when we get triggered, so we can minimise this impact on our clients.

So, there you have it. 12 great ways you can use coaching tools and exercises in your coaching practice - and why. I hope you enjoyed this article, and that you have lots of new ideas!

[1] Our tools are not licensed to be given away or resold online eg. as a newsletter sign-up gift. See our legal terms here. However, you can obviously use your own tools and exercises however you like! And developing your OWN tools helps you develop your expertise, and coaching offerings.

 

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LCO Open Call – November 2016

In this call we discuss: 1) What your clients sees when they sign in 2) Your personal branded page and link 3) Marketing the free LCO Business using the Online Coach Launch Pad Make sure to download the Online Coach Launch Pad if you haven’t already.  
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New Career Coaching: 2 Great Reasons NOT to Swoop to the Rescue | Plus a Process to Help

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as New Career Coaching: 2 Great Reasons NOT to Swoop to the Rescue | Plus a Process to Help

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When a client comes to you, unhappy and wanting to find a new job or career, don't leap into helping them find a new job or career!

Everyone has a story - they're bored, underappreciated, their boss is mean to them, they didn't get the promotion or pay-rise they deserved, the company's values does not match their own.

And when someone is unhappy at work, the usual response is to assume that the job or career is wrong. The 'logical' next step is therefore to find a new job or career that doesn't make them miserable!

Whatever their reasons, people are often already convinced that the solution is to jump ship and find the "perfect" new job or career. And so they hire themselves a coach!

And we coaches get dug into the business of helping them set goals, brainstorm ideas and taking action.

This is great. And...

There are 2 issues with leaping straight into finding that new job or career:

1) Finding a new job or career can take some time

Your client will continue being unhappy and dissatisfied 5 days out of 7, until they find their new job. And as finding a new job or career can take a while, this means your client may potentially be miserable for quite some time.

What we want is for our clients to find a way to be comfortable where they are, for as long as it takes to find them a new job, role or career. It's important to move from a position of strength not weakness - as this allows our clients to turn down an unsuitable job offer, and avoid quitting their job out of frustration.

2) Rushing to a new job or career can mean clients miss out on a much simpler solution

In rushing away from the unpleasant situation, your client may miss fantastic opportunities - right where they are. A few ideas include a sideways move to a different department or role or to get some training. They could request more activities they enjoy, or fewer of the activities they don't. They could stand up to the bully and build their confidence. They could also change their working hours or find ways to meet their needs outside of work.

A couple of examples include a client who moved to a similar sales role, but in an entirely different division of the company. This changed their responsibilities and gave them a customer base that aligned with a hobby they had. This made their work more fulfilling and gave them a new boss! Another client reduced their working hours, told their boss what they needed from him to do their work well (he surprised them by agreeing), and started a small part-time business in an area that got them super-excited! Neither of these clients "quit" their current job.

Here is a 5 Step Process to Help Your Clients Identify 3 Actions to Empower Themselves in their Current Working Situation:

Note: This process is drawn from our coaching exercise, "Reclaim Your Power at Work".

  1. Start by asking your client "What percentage of your time at work are you currently feeling; 1) Enjoyment? 2) Miserable? and 3) Somewhere in between?"
  2. Next ask your client to list:
    1) "What most contributes to your enjoyment at work?" and
    2) "What most contributes to your misery at work?"
  3. Suggest they take a few moments to really consider their responses before asking:
    1) "What are the key underlying factors that impact your enjoyment of  your work?" and
    2) "If there was one thing that made THE difference as to whether you enjoy your work or not, what would it be?"Now your client has lots of information they can use to both increase their enjoyment and reduce what makes them unhappy. Next you will coach them to come up with 3 actions they can take to empower themselves in their current situation.
  4. First, let your clients know you're going to do a little brainstorming. The idea is to come up with as many ideas as they can, without judging those ideas! You're interested in quantity, not quality! Now ask them:
    1) "Given what you now know about yourself, what opportunities are there right where you are to find or create work you would enjoy more?" and
    2) "What could you do to empower yourself in your CURRENT work situation?"
  5. Finally, armed with all this new information and ideas, ask: "What 3 actions will you commit to take today, tomorrow or within the next week?" Then coach them around these actions - looking for obstacles (themselves, others!) and encouraging them to be bold and to take care of themselves.

Final Thought: You may also need to remind your client that we all have feelings while working. Work is where most of us spend our prime years and the bulk of our time. Our feelings are always shifting and changing - and over time these feelings can range from misery to bliss! It's normal to have 'negative' feelings - even when we love our work.

We'd love to hear your career coaching stories and experiences - simply share them by commenting below!

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How Safe is Your Coaching Business from Self Sabotage?

What's that one project that you've been procrastinating on in your coaching business this whole year? The project I'm looking for is not just any project - it's one you intuitively know will take you an your business to the next level. This post helps coaching business owners to identify self sabotaging behavior around a big project in their coaching business, overcome it and produce results in time for the New Year.
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The Psychology of Coaching: 5 Tips for Success

Becoming a coach can look like an amazing and easy way to change a client’s life, move to a more rewarding career, or pass your wisdom onto the younger generation. However, there is more to coaching than teaching techniques and habits. When you begin coaching, it is helpful to understand the psychology of coaching and […]
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