***UPDATED*** COVID-19 Care Package: (Free) Resources for Coaches

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The Coaching Tools Team (before remote working!)

I hope you've read our Open Letter to Coaches sharing some thoughts on the role coaches can play during this COVID-19 crisis. As coaches we are uniquely positioned to support and even take a leadership role to help our clients and followers navigate these strange and challenging times.

We've also been wondering how else we can support you - and below is our idea of creating a "Coaches Care Package".

Your Coaches Care Package:

We're excited to offer you this package of free resources to help you step into a leadership role in this crisis. We hope this supports you, as you support others.

  • RESOURCE 1: Is a totally customisable article (use however you want) to help you take a leadership role with your audience.
  • RESOURCE 2: Is a 7 minute calming guided meditation audio. It uses a powerful visualisation - and is for both you and your clients. Listen to - or download - the audio. We also provided the meditation script so you can also read the meditation to your family and clients.
  • RESOURCE 3: The Spheres of Influence Coaching Tool helps your clients let go of their worries, and focus on what is IN their control. Perfect for the current times!
  • RESOURCE 4: The Serenity Prayer "Printable" is inspiring and soothing - the perfect antidote to worry and stress.
  • *NEW*RESOURCE 5: The Personal Mission Statement Generator Workbook - use this time to figure out your life focus and what you're passionate about - and get inspired!
Please Note: Our usual legal terms apply, except for the 10 Things Article & The Serenity Prayer - which we want you to customise/share online as if they are your own!

See the 5 resources below:

Just click on the blue sections below to learn more about - and access your resources!

Get Your Article: "10 Things to Make Your Life Better During Self-Isolation" (.docx)

I have written this article for you to use. It has 15 things your clients, fans and followers can do to take back some measure of control during this COVID-19 crisis AND make their lives better in the longer term!

The goal of this article is to help you be a leader, and shine a light on different ways of being during this time. It also helps you offer people positive and uplifting suggestions to make the most of this difficult situation.

There are several ways to use this "10 Things" article:

  • As a blogpost.
  • In a newsletter/email.
  • In a podcast.
  • Using the ideas below, develop the individual ideas that you like into full-size articles for your clients, fans and followers.
  • Use the ideas to create a series of smaller posts - for your blog, newsletter email, podcast or to share on social media!

Simply set aside one hour and follow the steps below to customise this article for your audience.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download the article here >> (It's in Microsoft Word so you can freely edit it)
  2. Choose up to 10 ideas (from the 15 listed below) that you'd like to include in YOUR article. TIP: Remember to RENUMBER the ideas in the article!
  3. Make the article your own:

    • Change any wording or phrasing that doesn't sound like you.
    • Use the yellow highlights as prompts to customise the article for your audience:
      • Feel free to shorten the tips or expand on any ideas you love with specific ideas, examples and additional information unique to you and your practice.
      • What extra ideas would you like to add? If so, add a title and a short description of why it's important, and what your readers can do. An example could be: "Get out the Cookbooks - whether it's finally learning to make pasta or bread from scratch, or experimenting with vegetarian cooking - it's empowering to produce something new and develop your skills!" What else can you think of?
      • Decide if there is an offer you'd like to make to your reader where you help them with your coaching! I've suggested 3 areas you could make a coaching offer (free or paid) in the yellow highlights in ideas 5, 11 and 12.
    • Your bio: Add your headshot, bio and company/contact details to the end of the article.
  4. Here are 7 Alternative Titles for this Article. Choose one from the list below (or make-up your own):
    1. 10 (or XX) Ways to Make Yourself Useful While Stuck at Home
    2. How to Healthily Distract Yourself During This Difficult Time
    3. 10 (or XX) Ways to Keep Busy and Stop Worrying about COVID-19
    4. How to Feel Better About Being Stuck at Home (with 10 (or XX) practical ideas)!
    5. Make the Most of Your Isolation with These 10 (or XX) Activities
    6. 10 (or XX) Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Better During Self-Isolation
    7. Improve Your Life While Stuck at Home with These 10 (or XX) Ideas!
  5. Finally choose an image to go along with the article. You can get free, royalty-free images here at Pixabay, Unsplash or StockSnap.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Remember to remove the yellow highlight prompts and if you don't like international spelling - switch to US spellings before you publish!

Download your  "10 Things" Article here (.docx) >>

Press Play to "Calm the Raging River" (Guided Meditation)

Relax yourself and your clients with this "Calm the Raging River" Guided Visualisation (7 mins)

IMPORTANT: For obvious reasons this meditation should NOT be listened to while doing anything critical or where your focus is required - like driving or operating machinery!

Guided Meditation Script

Guided Meditation Script

Enjoy this calming and relaxing guided meditation! Love, Emma-Louise

  • Once people have listened to this visualisation once, they have a new tool for their toolbox - and can easily do this for themselves.
  • Or you can listen to this guided visualisation as often as you like here - and even right click on the audio player to download the meditation to your device.

We're also providing the Guided Meditation Script for you to use, so you can read it to your family and clients if you'd prefer!

Click here for the Guided Meditation SCRIPT (.pdf) >>

 

Use this "Spheres of Influence Tool" to help clients, fans and followers who are stuck in anxiety and worry. This simple idea helps people identify what is within their control, and let go of what is not. A great idea to use as a sample session offer.

 

Grab your Spheres of Influence Tool here (.docx) >>

 

TOOL INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre-Session

  • Add your branding and details to the Header and Footer of this tool, and if you like, save it as a .PDF.
  • Send your clients this Spheres of Influence Tool and ask them to print it out before the session. Alternatively you can ask your client to have pen and paper ready (and simply draw 2 circles when the time comes).

During the Session

  1. Ask your client to have the Spheres of Influence printout in front of them (or a pen and paper).
  2. Next ask your client to take a moment to calmly consider the list of things contributing to their worries and feelings of overwhelm. It could be worrying about running out of food, what's going to happen, the dentist appointment they cancelled but can't reschedule yet, worry about someone they care about, feeling tired, work issues, lack of work, feelings of guilt etc.
  3. If your client doesn't have the tool printout: Ask them to write "My Spheres of Influence" as a heading at the top of the page. Then ask them to draw one large circle that almost fills the page, followed by a second circle inside the first circle (that takes up roughly 1/3 of the larger circle's space). Ask them to write "Within my control" inside the smallest circle, "I can influence" inside the largest circle and "Everything Else" somewhere outside the circles on the page. TIP: If you're on video, show them the tool visually.
  4. Now using their drawing or the tool, ask your client to write out each 'Worry Item' on their "Spheres of Influence". Your client must assess each worry item and decide:
    1. Do they have complete CONTROL over the worry item (ie. they can resolve it on their own without needing anyone else's help or input):
      • If so, tell them to write it down within the first circle labeled "WITHIN MY CONTROL" and move onto the next item.
    2. If they have PARTIAL control / can INFLUENCE the outcome of the worry item (ie. they can partly resolve the worry item or influence the outcome through their actions or behaviour)
      • Tell them to write this item within the second circle labeled "I CAN INFLUENCE" and move onto their next worry on the list.
    3. Finally, if the worry item is COMPLETELY OUTSIDE of their control or influence (ie. there is nothing they can do or say that could directly impact this worry)
      • Tell them to write this item OUTSIDE the circles in the area labeled "EVERYTHING ELSE…" and move onto their next worry.
  5. Once your client has written out all their 'Worry Items' in the relevant area, ask them to review their "Spheres of Influence".
    1. For the worry items they have CONTROL over:
      • Ask them to IDENTIFY AN ACTION (however small) for each action.
      • TIP: It's helpful to action ONE of these today - or even RIGHT NOW - to instantly feel better.
    2. For the items they have INFLUENCE / PARTIAL control over:
      • Ask them to write down the steps they will take and exactly when they will do them - today or in the next few days.
    3. Finally (and most importantly)
      • Ask them to LET GO of EVERYTHING ELSE! Let them know they get to choose how they spend their energy. So they can choose to focus on what is WITHIN their CONTROL and INFLUENCE. It's a complete waste of energy (and big stress increaser) to worry about things they can do NOTHING about!
      • ext ask them to physically STRIKETHROUGH each of these "Everything Else" items on their "Spheres of Influence". After all, if they can't control or influence it, then it's a waste of your precious energy to even think about it.
      • TIP: If they struggle with this idea (and even if not!) ask your client to consider how it FEELS to let go of the things they have no control over.
      • TIP: As well as striking out the "Everything Else" items, your clients could also cut out around the big circle, scrunching up the "Everything Else" items and putting them in the bin. This is a powerful way to "let go".

AN EXAMPLE (for you or the client) - worrying about an upcoming exam:

  • Perhaps you're worrying about how little study you've been doing. This goes under "CONTROL" - how much we study is entirely within our control. Note: If they're also beating themselves up about how much study they did last week then that goes in "EVERYTHING ELSE" - because we have no control over the past...
  • Concerned whether a teacher will recommend you or give you a reference? Put this under "INFLUENCE". You may not be able to control your teacher's actions, but there are many things you could do to influence them…
  • Worrying what questions might come up on the exam paper? Put this under "EVERYTHING ELSE". Short of cheating, this is completely outside of your control. Focus on what you have control over (your study) and let go of this one!

Serenity Prayer on Ipad next to Window for COVID-19 Care Package for Coaches

Serenity Prayer 3D Image for COVID-19 Care Package

Reinhold Neibuhr's "Serenity Prayer" is beautiful - and encourages us to accept with grace what we cannot change. During this COVID-19 crisis, with so much out of our control, this prayer is the perfect antidote to worry and stress.

I have used a secular* version of Reinhold Neibuhr's "Serenity Prayer" to help coaches, their families and clients feel calmer - and let go of what is not in their control. Use this "printable" with yourself and your family, clients - and you can share in your newsletter or on Social Media too!

2 Filetypes For You to Choose From:

I have created 2 "ready to use" versions for you. If you'd like to edit the prayer or add your branding, choose the Microsoft Word .DOCX version and use the space in the bottom left-hand corner for your logo etc. Please Note: The fonts are different for the Microsoft Word Version, and you can also change them if you like.

A little Serenity Prayer history:

There are many, many different versions of this prayer, and it has been adapted, quoted and used by many - including by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) who popularised and used it as part of their 12 Step Program, and named it "The Serenity Prayer".

According to Wikipedia, the original prayer was written by Reinhold Niebuhr in the early 1930s and simply said, "Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other." Reinhold wrote his versions of the prayer as a single sentence - not placing it into 3 lines like a poem as is commonly seen.

* I chose to remove references to God and Jesus so that the prayer would be as accessible as possible to the most people - irrespective of a person's religion or spirituality. Below is the "original" long version of the prayer as shared on Wikipedia should you wish to include the religious references for your audience or own use. If so, use the Microsoft Word version and you can edit it to your heart's content.

Full Unedited (Non-Secular) Version of the Prayer

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.                           Non-Secular Prayer Source: Wikipedia

Personal Mission Statement Generator for Coaches

Personal Mission Statement Generator Workbook

Use this "Personal Mission Statement Generator" Tool to help figure out YOUR mission statement!

Perhaps this challenging COVID-19 situation has helped you see your services, strengths and experience in a whole new light. Use this time to ponder and figure out who you serve and why - and come up with a mission statement!

  • A great personal mission statement serves as a compass in life, offering you clarity and motivation for the path ahead; use it to guide life decisions - and inspire yourself along the way.
  • Your mission statement can include what you do (or want to do), why you do it and what you stand for. Ideally, it defines your life purpose in under 30 seconds.
  • This workbook also includes examples to help. Have fun creating the essence, energy and feel of your personal mission statement!

Simply follow the steps in the workbook below:

Please Note: This workbook is intended for your use as a coach, so it is not brandable.

Other Resources You May Find Helpful

  1. *NEW* Article: 7 Effective Strategies to Build Resilience in Trying Times from Karen Lukanovich, Business and Personal Coach and Olympian.
  2. Envision the future AND stay calm: Listen to this Relaxing (20 minute) "Still Lake" Guided Meditation and meet yourself 20 years from now, ask any questions you have and receive a gift! NOTE: This comes from my new website Fierce Kindness (which is in "soft-launch" mode). Based on a creative visualisation script from the first edition of the book, Co-Active Coaching (1998) by Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House and Phil Sandahl.
  3. An article on how to use the Free Action Brainstorming Worksheet to help clients Spring Clean Their Life. Be sure to read the blue box with a specific idea on how to use this tool during this crisis period.
  4. Use these 2 calming meditation graphics - for yourself, or with your clients: Calming 5 Minute Ocean Meditation GRAPHIC  and Easy 1 Minute Calming Meditation GRAPHIC

89 Comments

  1. Ghada Essa

    It's truly thoughtful and heart warming to receive your email and your kind offer during this time. Your sharing your mind, heart and soul with us and I'm in awe and gratitude to your kindness.

    Reply
      • juan s. adesna

        Thank you so much for the greatness of your heart in sharing such amazing experience! I helps a lot in refreshing my soul and isolate for a moment from noise and this chaotic world. May you continue to inspire and help people refresh and get back strong and determined to reconnect and fulfill their best too.

  2. Janice Horner

    These free tools are really amazing. They have great value for both coach and client.

    Thank you!
    Jan

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    • Jane Hamilton

      Thank you so much for these great tools. The 20 minute meditation wouldn't play for me even though I tried many times. I managed to list to the raging river one though and the article was great that you allowed us to put our own stamp on. Thanks so much; really appreciated. Jane

      Reply
      • Emma-Louise

        Dear Jane, you are welcome! the 20 minute meditation was my mistake! It linked to an old file. It worked up until a couple of weeks ago, and I'm so sorry I didn't check that. Should be all fixed now! Warmly, Emma-Louise

  3. Helene Iliffe

    Once again, your offer is very generous. Greatly appreciate the effort you put into helping coaches perform better and keeping coaching relevant. Thank you!

    Reply
  4. Ruth

    Great thank you i have used this today at the end of a very busy week in the NHS to refocus and think about how I can help my teams and colleagues

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  5. R

    Thank you so much! Also, the “Still Lake” Meditation listed under “other resources” won’t play. Not sure if others are having the same issue. I’ve tried multiple times at different times, but it still doesn’t work. Really value everything you have put together and appreciate your efforts

    Reply
  6. Nancy

    Thank you so much. I am going to review everything you sent. How kind of you to help us by offering your suggestions and customizing it to our network. Once I absorb what you have attached I will be so delighted to share my appreciation in terms of how I used your article etc.

    Reply
  7. Fiona

    Huge fan and have bought numerous templates over the years for both my life & business mentoring clients. As always The Coaching Tools Company delivers great resources to support our clients. Thank You.

    Reply
  8. Bernadette

    Thank you Emma,
    appreciate the support and the demonstration of leadership. As your earlier letter said doing something creates that sense of certainty and control to assist us through the for many, unprecedented events.

    Reply
    • Emma-Louise

      Thank-you so much for your kind words Bernadatte! Love the connection you made there 🙂 (bashful face) Warmly, Emma-Louise

      Reply
  9. Lena

    Hi Guys, I am a professional career coach and love the tools you make available to us. I have bought one package which I'm implementing in my business and love the tips and emails I receive with meaningful information. Keep up the terrific work.

    Reply
  10. Suse B. Bentley

    Thank you so much for these! My writing (and my creative writing) brain has really been struggling at the moment. I keep thinking I should be blogging but then just come up with thin air for blog post ideas, so these are amazing gifts for us coaches. Thank you and stay well.

    Reply
  11. Thabisile Zikalala

    Thank you. Your generosity is amazing. May the Lord enlarge your territory.

    Reply
  12. Sethu

    Dear Emma-Louise,

    Hope you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe!

    Thank you so much for being a role model of how generous can one be with all that you are offering.

    Reply
  13. Allan MV

    Emma gracias, por tu guía por tu generosidad para compartir y brindar estos recursos tan valiosos.
    De verdad gracias e inspiras a que SER más y hacer más!!!
    Un abrazo sincero.
    AllanMV
    Coach

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  14. Suzanne

    Thank you for your thoughfulness and just wanted to say how great this site is.

    Reply
  15. Julie DeAngelis

    Emma Louise,
    Your kindness and generosity never ceases to amaze me. I appreciate all the guidance and resources you provide me.

    I am excited to bring this meditation to my clients. I may be missing something. I saw the meditation script. This is perfect but is there a meditation of just music that I can use with it? I don't see how I can guide them with the meditation in your email. It already has someone guiding them.

    Thank you again for all you do.

    Reply
    • Emma-Louise

      Hi Julie,

      So, first, thank-you for your kind words <3

      The audio is for you to play (or download and play) - it is a guided meditation audio.
      The script is just the script for you to read - in case you prefer to read it to your clients (or family!) personally.

      So, assuming I have understood you correctly:

      There isn't just "background music" for you to read the script to. It's fine without background music. Just your voice! I did write some tips about reading guided meditations here that you might find helpful: https://www.thecoachingtoolscompany.com/10-easy-tips-read-guided-meditations-beautifully/

      I hope this helps! Warmly, Emma-Louise

      Reply
  16. Geraldine

    Thank you so much for these resources - they are excellent. I appreciate your generosity.

    Reply
  17. Toyin Ademola

    Dear Emma -Louise
    Thank you very much for giving us Coaches theses gifts. Highly appreciated.
    Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

    Best regards
    Toyin

    Reply
  18. Dyane

    Good morning Emma-Louise,
    May I begin to express my gratitude to you for the wealth of tools which you continue to provide at this apt time. I have not practised coaching for a while, but the opportunity has risen of which I am so humbly grateful. So subscribing to you again (never forgotten you may I add 🙂 has placed me back on track.
    Thank you so much once again.
    love and light

    Reply
  19. Enid Acosta

    Thank you for this meditation an tools; I wish you can have more Spanish article! Your tools help me a lot with my Hispanic clients..

    Reply
  20. Linda Secretan

    What a rich resource this is! Thank you for sharing - and for you deep generosity to all of us

    Reply
  21. Maggie David

    Thank you so much for sharing these thought provoking and valuable tools, I really appreciate them and I appreciate your generosity and community spirit.

    Reply
  22. Eleni Kouremeti

    Thank you for being so warm and sharing. I feel sincere gratitude. May you always be healthy and happy in your life.

    Reply

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