My Relaxing Planning Ritual: How To Grow Your Business, Stay on Target and Find Inner Peace!

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Business Planning is something we need to do regularly – to review our goals, progress and setting actions that keep us on course. Many of us think business planning is something dreadfully serious and/or tedious – detailed plans, task lists and hard, hard slog. Add in the feeling of overwhelm when we look at everything we ‘need’ to do, the guilt we feel for what we haven’t done – and the pressure to succeed, make money and get new clients. It’s no wonder so many of us avoid planning. And here are some business tips to help you!

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Celebrating 5 Years: Get Your FREE Business Planning Tool! Our Thank-You to YOU!


Wow – we made it! To 5 years! The Coaching Tools is now officially 5 years old.

I want to say a HUGE “Thank-YOU” for all your support, encouragement, sharing, downloading our free tools and – and of course for buying our products! We couldn’t do this without you.

Some 5 Year Business Facts: Did you know that The Coaching Tools now offers over 100 coaching tools, including 27 completely free coaching tools and templates. We add new content on a regular basis and our blog has over 140 articles geared specifically towards coaches with over 6,250 readers Read More…

Here are 10 Spring Themed Coaching Questions to Help Review and Freshen up our Lives!


While on a walk in the woods this morning, I saw winter’s accumulated garbage and litter everywhere. It looks strangely depressing next to the beautiful purple and orange crocuses and yellow narcissi. Everywhere I look, things are budding and coming into leaf – and the garbage glares accusingly at me.

Garbage and clutter: They’re almost the same thing. In fact, did you know that the word “clutter” is derived from a 15th Century English word – clotter – a variant of clot? The word clot has described collections of dead bodies, cats (presumably stray ones), narrow, crooked, dark and dirty Read More…

Get Potential Clients to Choose YOU: Use this Simple Hidden Treasure Concept!

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Many of us (by us I mean coaches and people who want to help others and make a difference) think sales is complicated, hard, a chore or worse – something somehow beneath us that we shouldn’t have to do.

Selling coaching IS challenging. First, people must WANT coaching (something they don’t necessarily understand!) AND they must want to coach with US (someone they don’t know!) Phew! No wonder it can be hard to get clients.

And all around us I see how big (and small) companies manipulate people into buying. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Read More…

5 Easy Ways to Top-up Your CCEUs Before the End of theYear!

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If you’re a certified coach and your credential expires in 2013 – there’s only 6 weeks left of this year to top up your CCEUs – Continuing Coach Education Units.

Quick Facts. In November 2013 there were: 11,479 ICF credential holders 227 ICF credential applications approved

Of course the reasoning behind the CCEUs is to encourage us to deepen our coaching skills and growth as a coach. But sometimes life (and business!) gets away from us – and suddenly it’s the end of the year and we need to find a few more CCEUs to get our credential renewed! The Read More…

12 Easy Ideas to Get More Done AND Have Fun Too!


When we talk about Time Management, what we’re really talking about is prioritising and focusing on what’s most important – and eliminating and reducing what isn’t. And when we do THAT, yes, we’re more productive. But being more productive isn’t just about time management, it’s also about knowing yourself, knowing when to keep going – and when to stop…

Try these 12 Ideas to not only get more productive, but enjoy your day more too! HAVE A SPACEHOPPER MOMENT: Did you have a spacehopper as a child? (The bouncy ball with handles in the picture opposite?) Well, if you’re 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…

How to make it as a coach, in a word: Perseverance | By Guest Author Ellen Ercolini


The secret to making it as a coach is to keep at it. You could call it perseverance, but I like to call it STICK-TO-IT-IVENESS.

And Here are 10 Examples of “Stick-to-it-ive-ness” For You to Try: Coach new people, in new situations, until you find the thing that lights you up on the inside. Then do more of that. Make new friends. Be friendly and helpful online. Go to in person events. Be charming. People want more of people who make them feel good. The more connections you make, the larger your coaching network becomes. Making it as a coach Read More…

The Business Coaching Toolkit is Finally Here!

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Alert All Business Coaches! The Business Coaching Toolkit is here.

When I started my coaching business, I knew I needed these tools! How do I come up with a Mission Statement? What are my Business’ Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats? How do I come up with and track my Business Goals? The resources I found always seemed too complicated.

And then a couple of years ago I started to get emails from my readers and fans asking for coaching tools to support business coaches.

So, thank-you for the inspiration! After months of work and in conjunction with successful Read More…

7 Easy Ways to Energise and Refocus for Back to Work - in 30 Minutes or Less!


Sometimes we need to refocus and re-energise ourselves – and our businesses. And you’d be surprised how small these changes can be – and still make a big difference. In fact small changes can be really good for us, because they’re different enough to give us a little excitement – and yet completely safe!

So, what will you do to create a shift, re-energise and refocus? Here are 7 easy ways to help you: Refocus and Set Goals for the Last Quarter: Take 30 minutes to think about what would you LOVE to get done by the end of this Read More…