10 Easy Steps To Create Your Own Coaching Tool, Exercise or Seminar Handout! July 20, 2012 Reading Time: 1 min 45 sec Share7Tweet3Share3Pin619 SharesA quiet time of year is the perfect opportunity to create a coaching tool, exercise, seminar handout or worksheet. While it may take you a few hours to put it together, creating your own tool or worksheet gives your clients and workshop attendees a really personalised coaching experience. A great handout helps people identify powerful learnings, take action AND give them something to remember YOU by. In short - this worksheet becomes a walking brochure for you that people will want to keep! If you're wondering about Coaching Tools - what they are and how they help, FIRST read our Complete Guide to Coaching Tools >> So, here are 10 Easy Steps to Create a One Page Coaching Exercise or Seminar Handout: Write the title of your Workshop or Exercise at the top of the page - make it big and bold! Thinking about your Workshop or Exercise, answer the following questions: What is the learning, concept, coaching wisdom or knowledge that you want your clients/workshop attendees to leave with? What important information would you like them to really remember? (up to 3 concepts/ideas) What are up to 3 key learnings (about themselves) you would like people to have? What inspirational quote sums up the learning/lesson? What kind of action do I want the attendees to take following the session? Using the information you wrote down, start a new document and write out (don't worry about the order yet): 1) A short introduction that gives people an idea of what they'll be covering in this exercise. 2) Up to 3 key heading names for the key concepts and ideas you want to them to learn. 3) Up to 3 powerful questions for your client or workshop attendees to learn about themselves. These should obviously be relevant to your subject. Add these onto the worksheet on separate lines. Now, thinking about flow, put the introduction at the top, then reorder the headings / questions so that they make sense and follow each other. Include any short instructions you may need to add for clarity in a small font underneath the heading. Number each item and use ......... or _____ for the attendees to write their answers. Add a final line underneath all these which asks "What Action/s will you take?" (copy the example below if you like): So, it's time to identify 1-3 specific actions you will commit to. Make sure this action is something you can implement right away - or in the next day or so. Only pick actions you are 100% sure you will complete - and if necessary make the action smaller until you can commit to it one hundred percent! Action 1 ____________________________________________ By When ______________ NOTE: There should now be a maximum of 7 areas for clients to fill in. Review your worksheet and use bold or CAPITALS to highlight key words in your headings and questions. Type in the quote that sums up the workshop learning/lesson at the very bottom of the worksheet. You can put it into italics to add some interest - and add a coloured box around it if you like. Add in up to 3 small images that represent the questions or learnings. You can also add an image to represent the workshop at the top next to the workshop title. Finally, put your company name and logo in the 'header' area of your worksheet - and your phone/email and website in the 'footer' area. Note: If you're not sure what headers and footers are or don't know how to use them, you may find this article on how to add your information to headers/footers in our tools helpful. Well done - you've created a coaching worksheet! WORKSHOP/SEMINAR TIP: Any of the headings or questions make great group exercises - get them brainstorming in small groups, write on post-its/large sheet of paper and then share back with the larger group. Final LAYOUT Tips to Create a Great Looking Exercise or Handout: People are more likely to hang onto something if it looks attractive! So once, you've finished, take a look at your worksheet and review these bullet points: Give less space to answer rather than more - it will look less daunting and more inviting. So, keep the answer space to NO MORE than 3 lines or it can seem overwhelming. If they're inspired they can always turn over and write on the other side! Add white space between responses and keep the worksheet uncluttered. This will look more professional. Do take the time to find relevant images and use colour - they not only make the worksheet more fun, but graphics help people access their creativity - giving people ideas and cementing learning. Even a Business, Executive or Career-focused seminar can have graphics and colour - but make sure the images you choose are appropriate to your audience. The image example at the top of the page would be better for business world use - and the example here has extra colour and fun for a more personal coaching workshop. If you liked this article about creating your own exercise/handout you may also like: Coaching Tools 101 - OK, So What ARE Coaching Tools Anyway? Coaching Tools 101: The Coaching Exercises and Templates I Would Not Be without Coaching Tools 101 - 12 Awesome New Ways To Use The Wheel of Life in Your Coaching Practice Categories: Coaching, Coaching Products, Coaching Tools & Exercises, Marketing and Sales, Workshops & Seminars 22 Comments Deni Carruth July 22, 2012 This is great, and very timely. You rock, as usual! Thanks for all you do. Reply Emma-Louise July 23, 2012 Thanks Deni! So glad you found it useful! Warmly, EL Reply Doulla July 22, 2012 Thank you for this latest learning / advice. It is exactly in line with what I am looking to get done in my business, that is, promoting and marketing my workshops / events. As the buddhist maxim says, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Wishing you continued joy and success, Doulla Reply Emma-Louise July 23, 2012 Hi Doulla. So very true! Thank-you for taking the time to comment - and glad to be of service. Warmly, EL Reply Kirsten July 24, 2012 Thank you. Perfect as i am in the process of preparing ADHD awareness week presentations. Having a template is always a great starter. Reply Emma-Louise July 24, 2012 Thanks Kirsten! I really think a handout which is helpful AND has your branding on is SUCH a great way to market ourselves as coaches! Glad you found it helpful. Warmly, EL Reply Jonny December 8, 2014 Thanks you rock at what you do Emma-Louise December 9, 2014 Thanks Jonny! Warmly, Emma-Louise Linda Maul July 25, 2012 Thanks, I love looking at tools others use in their coaching practice and you have triggered some new ideas for me as well. Appreciate this latest '10 easy steps' - love a process. Reply Emma-Louise July 25, 2012 Thanks Linda! And thank-you for taking the time to comment, it is MUCH appreciated. Warmly, EL Reply SimplyKaren July 27, 2012 Thank you!! I always go over what is really needed on a worksheet. I love your products. Reply Emma-Louise July 27, 2012 Thank-you Karen!! Hope it helps - and any suggestions, let me know! Warmly, EL Reply Monica J. Foster August 23, 2013 Oh wow! What WONDERFUL timing! I'm so excited to use this for my coaching with women with disabilities and female disabled veterans who feel stuck, want to feel more empowered, beautiful and strong inside and out. Reply Emma-Louise August 23, 2013 You are so VERY welcome Monica! Thank-you for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it! Warmly, Emma-Louise x Reply Carol August 23, 2013 Thank You!! This is so very timely. I appreciate all of your templates and products as they are so helpful. Reply Emma-Louise August 23, 2013 Thank-you so much Carol! And you are most welcome. Warmly, Emma-Louise. Reply trevor fonjeng November 16, 2014 great this has gone along way to help me in my serminars and my conferences and i think my audience will be satisfied when they leave my serminars Reply Emma-Louise November 17, 2014 Dear Trevor, thanks for taking the time to comment! We're so glad you found this article helpful. Good luck with your seminars (although it sounds like you won't be needing luck as you will be thoroughly prepared!!!). Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Dee Mony January 13, 2015 Wow! Thank you. This is exactly what I needed. I am participating in writing my first workshop material and it can be daunting at times. With this simple breakdown, now I can organize my thoughts better and gauge how well the worksheet I have created rates. I will be exploring your website further for more advice. Thank you. Dee Reply Emma-Louise January 14, 2015 Dear Dee, I'm so glad you found this helpful! It can be time-consuming to create your own handouts, but it isn't as difficult as many people think. And it's totally worth it! Good luck with your worksheets and workshops! Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Franziska von Kleist November 30, 2016 This is really helpful! Just getting started offering Group Coachings and this is really great to get started! Thank you!! Reply Emma-Louise November 30, 2016 Dear Franziska, I am so glad you found this article helpful! And thank-you for taking the time to comment and say so 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.