Balance & Self-Care: Are We Doing Enough For Our Clients?

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We live in societies that place great value on results - achievement, qualifications, status and success - often at great personal expense. Many people work themselves extremely hard - ignoring what their bodies and minds are telling them. But what's the point of success, a great career - if you're always stressed, overwhelmed, don't see your family and friends (or are grumpy/tired when you do see them)?

What I find interesting is that whilst balance and self-care are central to many life coaches' practices, it seems that in the corporate world these words are tiptoed around (even though we Read More...

Tuckman’s Team & Group Development Model: What You Need To Know To Get Your New Team Performing Beautifully!


I first remember learning about Tuckman's Team & Group Development Model while a management trainee at a large company. I found it fascinating - because I instantly saw that this model applies to ANY groups. It helps with understanding the stages of development a team goes through at work, but it also applies to groups of friends, networking groups, volunteering organizations - in fact it applies anywhere you interact regularly with others in a group setting.

Learning about this model can help you at work AND at home, and it can also help you help your clients - whatever kind Read More...

Coaching Tools 101: Everything you need to know about SWOT Analysis!

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I am often asked what is a SWOT Analysis? Well, I've been doing them for decades and it's one of my favourite tools! When I started The Coaching Tools Company, the Personal SWOT (for career planning and coaching) was one of the very first tools available on the website. It's a powerful tool to have in your toolkit - read on to get the lowdown...

So, what is a SWOT analysis?

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, and the something being evaluated could be a business, a person, place, product, process or even an industry. Also Read More...

Coaching Tools 101: What Is The Urgent Important Matrix? And How Does It Work?

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The Urgent Important Matrix is a powerful productivity and time management tool to help people manage their time more effectively. It's great for a wide spectrum of coaching from career, executive and business coaching to life and even spiritual coaching. It's a great model to share with youth and anyone who is disorganized to help them be more focused - and it's a compelling experiential tool to use in a workshop or seminar.

So, what is The Urgent Important Matrix?

Well, Former US President Eisenhower used this so-called "Eisenhower Principle" to organize his tasks. He is quoted as saying, "What Read More...

Coaching Tools 101: How to Create More Joy in Life with the What Makes My Heart Sing? Exercise

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"What Makes My Heart Sing?" is one of my absolute favourite coaching exercises. I have used it with individual clients and in innumerable workshops. It is an incredible tool for awakening and happiness. And it's incredibly simple - and powerful.

Its power lies in the realisation that what makes us happy is usually free - and easy to do. So why aren't we doing these things more often? Why are we so busy chasing material goals?

But I get ahead of myself.

So, how to use this Powerful Coaching Exercise?

1) Using "What Makes My Heart Sing?" One-on-One with a Read More...

Spring Clean Your Life: Real-Life Marketing From Kacie Smith

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Kacie was so excited she sent me this awesome postcard she created to promote her "Spring Clean Your Life" Teleseminar - using our Spring Clean Your Life Toolpack!

And I was so excited, I wanted to share this inspiring example of a coach, promoting herself, getting out there and creating a Coaching Program/Workshop using Coaching Tools & Exercises.

And who knows? Maybe you're inspired to attend Kacie's teleseminar...

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Coaching Tools 101: Life Vision Exercise Ideas for Visioning and Life Planning!

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Coaching Tools and 7 Other Life Vision Exercise Ideas!

I get a lot of questions from coaches who want to help their clients with life planning or life visioning. Often people - and their coaches - are looking for a catch-all tool, workbook, visualisation or some other technique to help their clients. 

The thing is, there are endless life vision exercises and ways to come up with a life plan. Maybe that's why we sometimes feel overwhelmed and need help.

First, let's get clear about why people might want a life vision:

Well, if you don't know what you want

5 Simple Steps to Help Your Clients Identify Toxic Relationships - and Spot the Good Ones!

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Relationships are essential – we're wired to connect and we literally need that connection to survive. So with Valentine's Day coming up, it's the perfect time to sit down with your clients and reflect on, review and appreciate their relationships. Because, as coaches we all know that WHO you spend your time with can significantly impact your life. In fact almost EVERY success book will tell you that if you want to be successful, hang around with like-minded, successful people.

How do you know if a relationship is working for you or not? Well, the question to ask is Read More...

How To Create MEANINGFUL Goals With The Wheel of Life Template!

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How often have you seen the prospect of a high powered job, brand new Porsche or designer pair of shoes gets your client more excited than the thought of quality time with a child or friends? Because their heart beats faster - they mistake this desire for their heart's deep inner needs. But as we coaches know, desires and our heart's true needs are very different - and when our clients get this personal 'Aha moment' it can be literally life-changing for them. Well, here's one more way the Wheel of Life Template can help!

The Wheel of Life

Why Would Anyone Pay For A Life Coach? | Guest Author David Frank Gomes Gives An Inspiring Answer!


Why would anyone pay for a Life Coach? Never be flummoxed by this question again - read the inspiring answer that coach David Frank Gomes gave when he spotted this question on the social media question and answer site Quora.

So, Why would anyone pay for a Life Coach?

How you spend the energy we call money depends on what you value, so I might ask the same question about why anyone would spend money on a TV, as I don't see the value in having one and have lived without one for almost a decade.

If you value exploring