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NEWS: Meet the 3 Breakthrough Coaching Ticket Winners for Dr. Marcia Reynolds’ 2020 Program!


A Huge “Thank-you” to all our Coaching Tools Company Readers & Fans! Below we share who won the 3 Enhanced Level Tickets ($1497 value) to Dr. Marcia Reynolds’ Breakthrough Coaching Program (brought you by WBECS, the World Business & Executive Coaching Summit) offering up to 37.5 CCEUs!

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We’re Excited to Introduce the 3 Lovely Winners:

  1. ‘Tunde Olagunju of Lagos, Nigeria. ‘Tunde is a HR Manager and Personal Coach at Perets Consulting.
  2. Glenn Kinderman of Menominee, Michigan, USA. Glenn is retired from the U.S. Navy Submarine Force (21 years) and corporate America (20+ years). He is now a success speaker, trainer and coach at BLV26CD (Believe to Succeed). Glenn helps his clients with; Balance and Self Care, Career Coaching, Extraordinary Goal Setting, Life Coaching, Productivity & Time Management, Renewing Yourself, Self-Discovery, and Success Principles.
  3. Leeny Hoffmann of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Leeny is a Certified Functional Health Coach, NBHWC, ADAPT-C, at Empowered Living. She helps busy women who want to look and feel better, gain more energy, and manage the stress of “doing it all” by exploring ways to optimize health practically and sustainably.

Congratulations ‘Tunde, Glenn & Leeny!

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NEWS: Meet the 5 WBECS Ticket Winners for the 2020-21 Program!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A Huge “Thank-you” to all our Coaching Tools Company Readers & Fans who participated in the WBECS Ticket draws!

What is WBECS*? The World Business & Executive Coaching Summit brings together thought leaders, experts, industry specialists, practitioners and more in the areas of leadership, executive coaching, neuroscience, the future of coaching, coaching skills and so much more! Attendees take away tools, resources and methodologies to take your coaching to the next level.

So, who won the 5 Top Level Tickets (5 x $1494 value) to the Full WBECS  offering up to 219 CCEUs?

We’re Excited to Introduce the 5 Lovely Winners:

  1. Teresa Peters from Northumberland in the U.K. Teresa works at Accelerator Coaching. She is co-founder of a successful publishing company, a mum of 3, loves running and cycling and was born to make people truly happy. As an ICF credentialed and Coaching Academy trained Personal Performance & Corporate and Executive Coach, she enables business owners to uncover clarity, focus and transformation, both personally and professionally.
  2. Jennifer McNaney of Owasso, Oklahoma, USA. Jennifer is a Wholeness Coach at Off Script Living. She offers life and health coaching for the whole person: body, soul, and spirit. Working together with the client, she helps people successfully navigate through transitions and achieve life and health goals.
  3. Maria Mondragon-Almy from Portland, Oregon, USA. Maria is a Diversity and Inclusion Director with a background in Civil Rights, strategic planning, organizational leadership skills and mediation. She is a trained life coach specializing in relationship, career and conflict resolution strategies. She partners with clients to encourage and empower them to bridge the gap between what they already know and where they want to be. Resulting in greater confidence, resilience and alignment with their skill sets and passions.
  4. Joyce Lotz from West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. Joyce is a professional coach and Human Resources consultant who partners with HR professionals and their teams to enable them to thrive in tough times, optimise their health and well-being by building resilience, agility and people acuity. Joyce’s approach is not to solve her client’s problems or ‘rescue’ them, but to engage, enable and empower them to find new possibilities, answers and opportunities to enrich and fulfil their life.
  5. Orinthia Marks from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Orinthia is a Career Coach and Certified Professional Resume Writer. Orinthia partners with executives and career professionals of all levels to help them identify their next career journey and to navigate the entire job search process. As a critical thinker and the chief cheer-leader for her clients she always sees the bright rays of possibilities.

Congratulations Teresa, Jennifer, Maria, Orinthia, Joyce!

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The GROW Model Explained with Coaching Questions, Graphic, Tips (Plus Special Report .PDF)

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Introduction to The GROW Model

There are many, many different coaching models out there, but I still haven’t found anything that beats the GROW Model for simplicity, effectiveness – and results.

So, what is the GROW Model in Coaching?

The GROW coaching model provides a framework for the core elements of an effective coaching session. It’s a simple, structured coaching method to help your clients identify a goal for each coaching session, work through what’s getting in the way, brainstorm ideas and finally commit to taking concrete action.

Why use the GROW Model?

If you embrace the GROW Model your clients will love you because it’s results oriented. And you’ll feel supported too because you’ll know you’ve got the key elements of a coaching session covered. And once you know this model off by heart, you’ll never lose focus in a coaching session again.

It’s helpful to know that the GROW Coaching Model can include a “T for Topic” at the beginning – making it T-GROW. Identifying a Topic or general area to focus in on can be very helpful; it’s particularly useful when a client comes to their session scattered and unclear. So I’ve also included a section on T – Topic in the article below.

What we cover in this GROW Model Article

GROW Coaching Model Overview

You may find that you already use the elements of the GROW model (or T-GROW) without even realizing it.

Here’s a quick GROW Model overview:

  • T – Topic (choose a topic or theme for the coaching session)
  • G – Goal (choose a goal or required outcome for the coaching session)
  • R – Reality (explore where they are around the topic/goal, what’s going on for them, what’s getting in the way)
  • O – Options (explore ideas and brainstorm what they could do to move forwards)
  • W – Will Do (identify the actions they will do to move forwards)
IMPORTANT: The GROW Model is not intended to be followed absolutely – or in rigid sequence. In reality, a session may flow more like ROTGOW or TROWG or even TRORGWOW! However, if you always cover the 5 T-GROW elements your client will likely have a successful coaching session.

GROW Coaching Model Diagram

Below is a GROW Model image to help you envision it before we explain the GROW model in more detail.

GROW Model Coaching Diagram - Image with descriptions for each acronym letter

A little GROW Model History

And finally, before we go into the details, this is for those interested in the origins of the GROW Model:

According to Wikipedia, the GROW Model was developed in England in the mid 1980s, and used in corporate coaching – mostly with executives and leaders. It was first published in 1992 in Sir John Whitmore’s book Coaching for Performance (a great book by the way!).

According to Whitmore, the GROW model had been in use for some time before it was given the acronym of GROW by Max Landsberg during a conversation with Graham Alexander. Max Landsberg is a coach and Director of the Senior Partners Office for consultancy firm
McKinsey & Company and has written 4 books – most recently “Mastering Coaching” in 2015. Graham Alexander is another ‘original’ coach from the world of leadership coaching and has written 2 books: “Supercoaching” and “Tales from the Top”.

And finally, in his 2010 book, “You Already Know How to Be Great”, Alan Fine says he co-developed the GROW Model with John Whitmore and Graham Alexander. Alan Fine, who started out as a tennis coach, helped bring Timothy Gallwey’s Inner Game theory from the sporting world into the business and coaching world.

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The T- GROW Model Explained

Confused client who needs to choose a Topic for the Coaching Session

T – Topic

Why it’s important:

When the client is unclear what they want from their coaching session, establishing a session topic up front – even a loose one – is an essential start point. It focuses the client and also makes the session manageable for you, their coach.

Use the T – Topic when the client comes to a session unsure of what are of their life to work on, when they are scattered or have several potential session goals to choose from.

The T-Topic is not essential however, and if a client comes to a session knowing, for example, that they want to work on getting that promotion or to explore their issues with a specific relationship then you can move straight into firming up the G – Goal.

In essence, the quicker you get your clients to narrow down a T – Topic for the session, the quicker and easier it is to decide on the session G – Goal, and to brainstorm and help your client choose their next moves.

How it fits with other parts of the GROW Coaching Model

Establishing the coaching session T – Topic often blends with the R – Reality part of the GROW model. That’s because it’s sometimes necessary to have a discussion around what’s going on for your client in their life to drive out a session topic to focus on.

10 GROW Model Questions to Establish a Session T – Topic:

  1. “So, how have you been?” (Great open-ended question to drill down from)
  2. “What could we work on that would help you the most over the next few weeks?”
  3. “What ideas did you have in mind for this coaching session?”
  4. “What’s been working well for you since the last session?”
  5. “What hasn’t been working for you lately?”
  6. “What do you need most from me today?”
  7. “I’m curious. How do you think I can best help you this week?”
  8. “What’s been niggling at you lately?”
  9. “What’s disturbing your peace of mind?”
  10. “Which area of your life could most do with a tune-up?”

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G – Goal:

Why it’s important:

Having a session G – Goal is how you make sure your client gets what they want from each coaching session with you. The session goal enables you to deliver value as well as manage the session timing and stay focused.

One of the things that makes coaching different from many other therapies is our focus on action and change. When we help the client get clarity over what they want to get out of each session – we ensure the client receives value from coaching – and that they continue to learn and grow.

In particular, when the client drifts away from the topic (as happens often), the session goal allows us to say, “We seem to be heading in a different direction to your session goal here. Is this what you want?” TIP: This tactic can be especially helpful if you have a client that likes to tell long stories.

GROW Model Goal-Setting: 5 Signs that you did not set up a clear Session G – Goal

  1. The coaching session goes off track.
  2. The session goes around in circles.
  3. The client doesn’t realise the “real issue” they wanted to discuss until too late in the session.
  4. You run out of time and don’t complete all the steps/comfortably wrap-up the session.
  5. Your session runs over time.

How it fits with other parts of the GROW Coaching Model:

When a client comes with a clear session T – Topic, the next step is to establish the G – Goal of the session.

The G – Goal part differs from the T – Topic in that now you’re going to get clear on the specific outcome/s your client is looking for from discussing the session topic with you.

You may need to explore your client’s R- Reality first to find out what’s bothering them or what they want to work towards.

Finally, you refer back to the stated session G – Goal during the O – Options and W – Will Do parts of the session to ensure that the ideas and actions identified give the right outcomes.

Common Questions about G – Goal:

Does the session goal have to be SMART?

The session goal doesn’t have to be super-specific or ‘SMART’ – but it does need to be clear enough to give the coaching session a purpose that is understood by both you and the client. And it needs to be clear enough to enable you to keep the session on track.

Do you have to agree the session goal at the beginning?

No, the session goal doesn’t have to be agreed right up front – although it’s helpful if you can. A session goal is sometimes ‘evolved’ as the session unfolds and the client gets clearer about what they want or what’s bothering them.

Other types of goals:

Sometimes there’s an underlying goal for the session that doesn’t come out until the end, when we ask our clients what their “biggest win” of the session was. This is when the client realizes their ‘goal’ for the session was simply to get clarity, feel heard, supported, to commit to themselves, to be held accountable or feel stimulated and challenged.

How many goals can you have for one session?

Ideally your client will have one goal/required outcome per session. If the client wants to address more than one issue, you’ll need to make the session goals smaller, and work a little bit harder to stay super-focused and on topic. You may also want to manage expectations too, and say something like, “I’m not sure if we’ll have time for both these goals in this session but I’ll do my best. And if there was a priority here, which goal is most important to work on first?”

Establishing a session G – Goal is arguably the most important stage of any coaching session. In this stage you co-create an agreement with the client for what you will work on during your time together, and define what success will look like for the client.

Sometimes establishing the G – Goal takes a while to establish; it may feel like it ‘eats’ into valuable coaching session time. However, a super-clear session goal/agreement makes the session highly focused, trains the client to get specific about what they want – and maximises client satisfaction.

In summary, a session goal is what helps us deliver value and keep the client focused as the session progresses, so they get the support and help they want and need most.

10 GROW Model Questions to Establish a Session G – Goal:

  1. “What’s important to really focus in on today?”
  2. “What would you be disappointed we didn’t work on today?”
  3. “So, what if we worked on it right now, would REALLY put a smile on your face?”
  4. “What could we achieve in this session that would make you jump for joy?”
  5. “I’m wondering what you would love to have happen by the end of this session?”
  6. “What specifically would you like to get out of the next 30/45/60 minutes?”
  7. “What’s the outcome you’re looking for from our session today?”
  8. “What would be the most helpful thing you could take away from this session?”
  9. “If you were to imagine today’s coaching session has just ended and you’re happy and excited to move forwards with this goal/issue. What did we just do together that made that possible?”
  10. “How will you know you’ve achieved what you wanted from today’s session? What does success look like?”

For some great general goal-setting questions, you may like our FREE Tool – 21 Questions to Extraordinary Goal-Setting

Set quality goals for each client session so each and every coaching session has clarity – and focus.

Client pondering the Reality of their Situation with head on hand

R – Reality:

Why it’s important:

The R – Reality part of a coaching session is where you help the client understand their situation and how they got there. It’s where we question, challenge, reframe and reflect back to our client what we see, what they’ve done so far, what’s working for them and what isn’t. It’s about really getting into where the client is right now and how it impacts them. The R – Reality should also include talking about feelings and digging into emotions, beliefs, gut-feelings and intuition – often new or uncharted frontiers for our clients.

Exploring a client’s reality is the ‘meat’ of any coaching session. It’s where we raise our client’s awareness around their values, habits, priorities, limiting beliefs, actions taken and not taken, and more – so they gain powerful ideas, insights and learn about themselves.

When a session feels “dry” and functional, and lacks inspiration and insight, it’s usually because not enough time was spent exploring the client’s R – Reality.

How it fits with other parts of the GROW Coaching Model:

The T – Topic and G – Goal frame up what gets explored in this R – Reality part of the session. In most coaching sessions, we are likely to spend most of our time in the reality part.

It’s your client’s understanding of their reality that will give the impetus and motivation for them to make changes. And it’s your client’s reality that limits what they believe they can do and what they’re willing to commit to doing. So explore your client’s reality well, before moving onto brainstorming O – Options and committing to what the client W – Will do.

Things to watch out for with R – Reality

It’s important not to prematurely explore O – Options and W – Will do (actions) during the R – reality phase of the GROW Model.

It’s likely that some O – Options and W – Will do (actions) will be uncovered during exploration of the client’s R – Reality. But remember to keep an open mind about the action steps your clients will eventually commit to.

I have often found that the “real” or deeper reason something isn’t moving forward often comes out (or is clarified) towards the end of R – Reality exploration. So, as you explore your client’s current reality, you’ll uncover more and more of their blocks, obstacles and motivations.

You want to ensure the actions your client chooses address the underlying reasons, and a premature leap to solutionising can lead to superficial answers that won’t truly motivate or move the client forward.

As coaches we help our clients go beyond the obvious. When we delve into the O – Options or W – Will do our client could choose an action step not previously thought of. They might identify an action with a much bigger impact, a more easily achievable or more enjoyable action! Or we might stretch them to think bigger. So, the actions and options/ideas a client comes up with during the R – Reality part of the session could be the actions they leave the session with – but not necessarily.

AND yet…

If it feels right, or your client is in flow, you can absolutely delve into brainstorming O – Options for a particular idea in the middle of R – Reality. Or perhaps your client is excited and ready to commit to what they W – Will do.

So feel free to jump into the O – Options and W – Will do parts of the GROW model at any time.

Just remember that you may need to return to R – Reality and revisit the O – Options and W – Will do to ensure your client fully achieves their session G – Goal.

Don’t worry. It’s easier in practice than it sounds!

Simply remain focused on the client’s required G – Goal for the session and explore the R – Reality, O – Options and W – Will do as many times as you need to, and in whatever order works for your client, until you have an action plan your client will commit to.

15 GROW Model Questions for R – Reality:

  1. “Describe a day in your life – as it relates to this issue or goal.”
  2. “Where are you now in relation to your goal?”, “What have you already done towards your goal?” and, “What have you learned so far?”
  3. “How do you feel about your current situation?” and, “How do you feel about yourself in this situation?”
  4. “What are you not looking at or hiding from?” and, “What have you been avoiding?”
  5. “What is your intuition telling you?”
  6. “Where are you not being respected – or not respecting yourself – right now?”
  7. “What is your prevalent mood?” and, “What habits are getting in the way?”
  8. “What are you telling yourself, that’s getting in the way?”
  9. “What do you like about this situation?” and, “How does it suit you to stay as you are?”
  10. “What has stopped you from doing more/moving towards your goal?”
  11. “What would happen if you did nothing?”
  12. “In a nutshell, who or what’s got in the way?”
  13. “Who will be the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ if you achieve your goal?”
  14. “What other considerations do you have that we haven’t looked at yet?”
  15. “Who are you now?” and, “Who will you need to become to complete your goal?”

Happy Client pointing at Options for the GROW Model

O – Options:

Why it’s important:

If the client could solve their problems alone, they would have. Often what they need from us is help brainstorming, a push or some support to take an action they have been putting off.

This may involve tweaking an existing action, challenging and inspiring your client to make an action bigger, or it could also mean shrinking an action to make it more achievable. Either way, a good dig around in the O – Options to discover actions and solutions that really work for our clients pays huge dividends in moving our clients forward.

How it fits with other parts of the GROW Coaching Model:

It’s great to explore O – Options once the R – Reality has been ‘fully’ explored. But our minds are not linear (however much we might like them to be). So, often while exploring options, another aspect of a client’s R – Reality may come up that needs dipping into. Or a client may just ‘know’ they’ve found the action they W – Will do.

So be flexible. And remember to stay focused on the ideas and actions that move your client towards their session G – Goal.

O – Options Helpful Tips:

Remember that in brainstorming – anything goes! Literally anything. This is where the client can come up with the wildest and wackiest ideas – because who knows what practical or doable idea might result?

Sometimes the best actions are a ‘toned down’ version of an outlandish idea. And sometimes the client suddenly sees a way to implement something that initially seemed “crazy” or “impossible”. Encourage your client to throw out as many ideas as they can – and remind them that doesn’t mean they have to do it, these are just ideas…

I have often found that the best – and breakthrough – actions come out toward the end of the O – Options part of the session, so be sure to allow enough time to relax into it…

And finally, for clients who are very literal minded and struggle with freely identifying ideas, a helpful reframe is to remind them to focus on what’s “Possible” and not what’s “Probable”.

The vast majority of problems, decisions and situations which confront us daily are those which do not have just one answer. Several solutions are usually possible. Logic suggests that if one can mentally generate many possible solutions, the more likely it is that an optimum solution will be reached. This a creative process – the formation of new and useful relationships. Richard E. Manelis

21 GROW Model Questions to Establish O – Options:

    1. “What hasn’t worked yet?”
    2. “What could you STOP doing?”, “…Do LESS of?”, “…Do MORE of?”, “…CONTINUE doing?” and “…START doing?” (Make a list)
      TIP: Like this? Check out our FREE Action Brainstorming Worksheet
    3. “If you had a choice, what could you do?”
    4. “Let’s imagine it’s a year from now and you’ve accomplished your goal. What steps have you taken to achieve it?”
    5. “Suppose, just for a moment, you live in a world where fear does not exist. What could you do now?”
    6. “Suppose you had all the information you needed, what would be the next step/s?”
    7. “Let’s imagine you’re really excited about this. What would you do?”
    8. “If you were at your best, what would you do right now?”
    9. “What could you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
    10. “What could you do if you didn’t care what other people thought?”
    11. “Imagine you had all the time you needed what would you do?”
  1. “Suppose you could look through the eyes of someone you admire. What options do you have?”
  2. “What would you suggest if you were advising your best friend?” and “What would your best friend suggest if they were advising you?”
  3. “Imagine you’re fully confident in your abilities, what could you do?”
  4. “Imagine you’re an expert in this area. What ideas do you have now?”
  5. “Imagine having a chat with the wisest person you can think of (whether you know them or not). What would they suggest you do?”
  6. “What if money were not an issue?”
  7. “If you were rich beyond your wildest dreams how could you approach things differently?”
  8. “What could you do if you didn’t have to live with the consequences?”
  9. “If you (secretly) knew what you had to do, what would it be?”
  10. “What else could you do?” then, “Good. And what else?” (Keep repeating and remember to praise and appreciate options as they arise to encourage the client to continue coming up with ideas)

Another resource to help you with O – Options:

Creativity consists of coming up with many ideas, not just that one great idea. Charles Thompson

Smiling Client Flexing Arm muscle to show what they Will Do

W – Will Do:

Why it’s important:

The essence of coaching is facilitating change. This usually, but not always, means some kind of action. And that’s where the W – Will do of the GROW model comes in. Sometimes called the W – Way Forward, I prefer “Will do” as it’s more specific.

So, I make sure every client leaves their session committed to at least ONE W – Will do.

NOTE: When we use the word action, it sounds like actions should be concrete, visible steps – but actions can take innumerable forms. While a client’s actions could be visible steps, an action could also be to change the way they approach or do something. An action could be for the client to shift their focus eg. paying attention to how they feel, it could be to stop doing something or even to consciously do nothing!

Another key part of W – Will do is to ensure your clients fully commit to the actions they choose. Is there time to fit the actions into their busy lives? Would they like to be stretched more so the action seems more exciting? Or do they need to simplify their actions to maximise the chances of success?

How it fits with other parts of the GROW Coaching Model:

The W – Will do part of the GROW model is the culmination of your coaching session’s work.

In theory, your client deciding what they W – Will do, follows on from the O – Options part of your coaching session. Now it’s time for your clients to review the options and action ideas they’ve just identified – and choose one or more actions to commit to.

The actions being chosen should focus on achieving your client’s stated session G – Goal.

NOTE: It’s also possible that your client will also identify actions for other areas of their lives ie. actions not related to the session goal. This is fine, but for consistency and maximum client satisfaction, be sure your client leaves the session with at least one action to move them forwards in the area of their stated session goal.

When we are interested, we do what is convenient. When we are committed, we do whatever it takes. Nithya Shanti

20 GROW Model Questions for W – Will Do/Actions:

Choosing Actions to Take

  1. “So, re-play your key options to me…”
  2. “What could you do as the very first step towards meeting your goal?”
  3. “What actions NEED to be taken?”
  4. “And what actions do you WANT to take?”
  5. “Which actions WILL you do?”

TIP: You can also use many of the questions from the O – Options section, simply rewording the questions slightly to ask them what they will do, instead of what they could do.

Establishing Commitment

  1. “How do you FEEL about your actions?” and “What would it take to get excited about your actions?”
  2. “How might you commit to that?”
  3. “Tell me exactly how these actions move you towards your goal.” (connect actions with outcomes)
  4. “How will you stay committed to your goal when the going gets tough?”
  5. “On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to complete that action?”
    Then, “What stops that being a 10?” And, “What could you do to raise the score?”

Identifying and Dealing with Obstacles to Action Completion

  1. “What could get in the way of you completing that action?”
  2. “If you were going to sabotage yourself, how would you do it?”
  3. “How might you unintentionally get yourself off track?”
  4. “What would make this more fun?”
  5. “What if something comes up this week, then what will you do?”


  1. “What 3 things could you do to support yourself and make sure this gets done?”
  2. “How would you be able to show this action is completed?”
  3. “What are you ready to change to ensure you achieve your action?”
  4. “How will you be able to show me you have completed your action?”
  5. “How would you like to be held accountable for these actions?”

Other Useful Ws to Consider

W can also be – “WHAT do you need from me?“: Ask this question to find out what they need from you to support them in moving forwards.

W also stands for – WIN: “What was your biggest win of the session today?” By asking this question, we not only reinforce the value of coaching, but over time both you and your client will learn what’s really important to them.

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A Few Final GROW Model Considerations:

The GROW Model – and Specific Types of Coaching Sessions

What if a coaching session is dedicated to brainstorming? Or I’m taking a deep dive into a particular area of a client’s life?

Well, the GROW model still applies – but the balance of time you spend in each area may be different.

It’s still important to agree the T – Topic of the session and the G – Goal or required outcome. This could be a brainstormed list of ideas or to gain a fuller understanding of a situation. As always, the session topic and goal help you keep the client – and session – on track.

Then, if you’re taking a deep dive into an issue you may spend most of the time in R – Reality. Or if you’re brainstorming ideas to get unstuck you may spend more time in O – Options.

Finally simply ask the client, “So, what will you do with this information?”, or “What’s the next step?” to get to the W – Will Do.

What if the goal of the session is to SET goals?

The GROW model still applies! Simply set the G – Goal of the session to set a particular type and number of goals eg. “Set my annual goals” or, “Identify my career goals”. Then use the R – Reality to explore what they’ve done so far, their values, required outcomes etc. of the goals they want to set. Then in O – Options, explore the possible goals and goal variations (eg. dates, relative goal priorities). Finally, identify what your client W – Will do next with the goals you’ve identified.

What’s Missing in the GROW Model?

For me the only thing that’s not specifically covered – and is missing – is ongoing accountability. The GROW or T-GROW coaching model is a “coaching session model” rather than an entire coaching model or process.

The GROW model does allow us to help the clients be accountable to themselves in the W – Will do part of the GROW model – as part of the action-setting. But it doesn’t cover the follow-up in the future – because we can’t do that until the next session.

We live in a world where it’s so easy for people to find “more important” things to do than the non-urgent and challenging job of working towards life and career goals. So, for many people, ongoing accountability is a key benefit of coaching. Their coach is someone who will be asking (and checking) whether they followed through on their commitments to themselves.

In the GROW or T-GROW model, there isn’t anywhere to review actions agreed at previous sessions. Which also means there isn’t anywhere to celebrate actions completed – or explore and learn why actions were not completed. Unless we explicitly ask, this could easily get missed.

So, if the client doesn’t raise it themselves, I usually start my coaching sessions by reviewing the actions from the previous session – before I start on the T-GROW model.

The GROW Model and “Dancing in the moment”:

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To wrap-up this special report, despite the lack of ongoing accountability, I see the GROW model as the coaching session ESSENTIALS. Without any one of these elements in a coaching session, something important would be missing.

We want our clients to feel satisfied and to get what they want from coaching with us. The GROW model is a framework that keeps us on track, and makes sure our clients leave their coaching sessions with powerful actions.

And what I really love about the GROW model is that you can also layer any coaching tool or broader coaching model over the top. Yet you can still use it to manage and deliver value in your coaching sessions.

The GROW model really is your ultimate coaching tool!

The Final Word

I hope this GROW Model article helps you and your clients have more enjoyable and satisfying coaching sessions! How will you use GROW going forwards?

If you liked this article on the GROW Model, you may also like:

  1. Our Free Resource:  21 Questions to Extraordinary Goal-Setting
  2. The Complete Guide to Coaching Tools & Exercises
  3. 3 Areas to Explore (+ Questions) When Your Client Consistently Fails to Complete their Actions!

© 2020 Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.

Emma-Louise Elsey HeadshotAbout the author: Emma-Louise Elsey is the CEO of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. (The Coaching Tools and Fierce are divisions of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.) She is a certified Life Coach, NLP practitioner and recovering perfectionist who loves meditation, questions, quotes, creating coaching tools and writing. Since qualifying as a coach in 2004 she has worked with many successful professionals and business owners.

For inspiration and to help you with your businesses, there are many more Free Coaching Tools & Templates including coaching questions, coaching exercises, business admin templates for new coaches and forms to help with your workshops.


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GIVEAWAY: 5 Chances to Win a Top Level “Pro Coach” WBECS Ticket for 2020!

We LOVE Helping Coaches GROW: 5 x WBECS1 Ticket Giveaway

We’re celebrating our community of 50,000 newsletter readers by giving away 5 awesome WBECS*** ‘Pro-Coach’ Tickets!

The Coaching Tools Company is offering not one, not two, but 5 “Pro Coach” Top Level Memberships to WBECS 2020 (full price tickets are $1494 each!).

I’m extremely grateful that we get to serve coaches in growing themselves, their clients and businesses, and we’re excited to be able to offer coaches this fabulous opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through WBECS’ year of learning! Emma-Louise Elsey

If you missed any WBECS Pre-Summit sessions, you can still register to access the Top 10 Sessions FREE here >>

***What is WBECS? WBECS (World Business & Executive Coaching Summit) is the world’s biggest online coaching event. It brings together the very best thought leaders, experts, industry specialists, academics, practitioners and more. This learning experience offers take away tools, resources and methods to take your coaching and business to the next level! Learn more about WBECS here >>

Each WBECS “Pro Coach” Ticket includes:

  • 8 whole months of learning with the best coaches and speakers!
  • Get up to 219 CCEUs!
  • The 2020-21 summit started on July 16th and fully kicks off  in August with Whitney Johnson and Marshall Goldsmith and then runs throughout the year.
  • This awesome WBECS Ticket gives access to:
    • the live sessions, recordings, session downloads
    • slide decks, executive summaries
    • Marketing and Sales Tutorial Sessions to grow your business.
    • Plus Premium Coach Directory
  • And more! See full ticket details here >>

Here are the 3 Ways to Enter the Draw to win 1 of 5 Tickets to WBECS 2020-21:

1) Look for the WBECS EMAIL from Emma-Louise on Tuesday July 28

For 3 chances to win, be sure you’re signed up for The Coaching Tools Company Newsletter – and open the “special WBECS Giveaway email” going out on Tue 28 July, or the reminder on Sunday 2 August! Then, simply complete the newsletter survey and include your name, phone number to enter the draw.

2) Answer the Survey in our “Coaches Helping Coaches” FB Group!

Join the group if you haven’t already (be sure to answer the group joining questions). Then, complete the survey on the WBECS Giveaway Post in the Facebook Group. Remember to include your name and phone number at the end of the survey to enter the draw for 1 x WBECS Pro Coach Ticket!

3) Follow us on Instagram and comment on our special WBECS post

Follow us on Instagram if you’re not already. Then look for the special WBECS giveaway post on Tuesday July 28th and follow the instructions (Like the post and tells us your favourite coaching tool) for your final chance to win 1 x WBECS Pro Coach Ticket!

IMPORTANT: If you’ve signed up for our newsletter but didn’t see these emails – check your Promotions or Newsletter Tab or Spam/Junk Email folder. Then to ensure you get future emails from us, move any emails you find to your inbox, and add us to your Contacts or Safe Senders list. For specific instructions read here >>


  1. Deadline for entries is Midnight (PST) Tuesday 4 August.
  2. There will be FIVE Random Prize Drawings – THREE tickets will be given away through the Newsletter, ONE ticket in the “Coaches Helping Coaches” Facebook Group, and ONE ticket on Instagram.
  3. Draw Winners will be notified by email and/or phone, or via private message on Facebook and Instagram (according to the entry type).
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE: The prize needs to be claimed ie. we need a response back from you within 24 hours of being contacted and notified. If we do not hear from you in this timeframe, a new winner will be drawn.
  5. Draw Winners will be announced in a blog post on the Coaching Tools website and in the Launchpad Newsletter on Sunday 9 August. The Facebook Group and Instagram winners will also be announced on Monday August 10 on the relevant channels.
  6. Prizewinner must be 18 years of age.
  7. PLEASE NOTE: There are no cash alternatives to these prizes. If you have already purchased a WBECS Ticket we are unable to refund you. In the instance that you have already purchased a WBECS ticket, you may nominate an alternate person to have your winning ticket and we will offer you a Coaching Tools Megapack.

* We will only use your details for the draw – and winner announcements – should you win!

1 We are proud to be an official WBECS partner and an affiliate for the full WBECS program – we think it’s awesome! And the pre-summit is completely FREE.

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Save 35% on Absolutely EVERYTHING at our 9th Annual Fireworks Sale – July 1-10 2020!

It’s our biggest event of the year: July 1st – 10th

It’s “Fireworks Sale” time – and a great time to try us out or buy that toolkit or resource you’ve been thinking about!

Don’t reinvent the wheel (let us do it for you!)
Get 35% off Absolutely EVERYthing Sitewide!*

It’s hard it is to get a coaching business off the ground, and you put in a huge amount of work and energy into your business.

We’re here to make your life easier with done-for-you *brandable* coaching forms, tools and exercises on topics from Life Balance & Self-Care to Goal-Setting, Time Management and much more.

Fabulous as homework for clients, our forms are also great when you get stuck in a session or your client needs help on a particular topic. Great to use in groups and workshops too – these tools keep on giving!

Plus, there’s also our new Social Media graphics – so you can spend your time building relationships instead of endlessly searching for great things to post!

Learn about coaching tools, when to use them and how they help in our Complete Guide to Coaching Tools here >>

We’re often asked what’s popular during the sale.

Most people buy our ready-to-go professional coaching toolkits – because this gives the biggest savings.

Here’s the Top 7 from the 2019 Fireworks Sale:

  1. Coaching Tools MEGAPack! was $295  Save over 100 dollars and get it for just 191.75!
  2. “Renew YOU, Love Your Life!” Coaching Program in a Box was $197 , will be 128.05
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  5. Social Media GRAPHICS: Ultimate Full Year Mega-Bundle! was $459, will be 298.35 (a saving of over $160!)
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Also popular were:

  1. 107 Social Media Graphics for Coaches Q3 (July-Sept) was $197, will be 128.05
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We hope you’ll join us! If you haven’t bought anything yet, our Fireworks Sale is the ideal time to start – even if it’s just an individual tool ($6.47 instead of the usual $9.95!).

* Please Note: All prices are in USD.

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NEW INFOGRAPHIC: How Are You a Star? 5 Areas to Look for Your Strengths!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This month, we’re taking a closer look at the popular topic of Strengths! We’ve created this brand new Infographic to identify strengths for you to share with your audience – and to give you ideas for working with your clients.

With so much going on, we’re keeping it simple – so hope you like it. We created three versions – the horizontal one is great for Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, and the square one is for Instagram (which can also be shared on the other channels too, plus a tall version perfect for pinterest!).

NOTE: Want to share JUST this strengths infographic (and not the whole article)? Right-click (or Ctrl+Click on a Mac) to save the full-size infographic below to your device, then simply share the saved infographic direct from your device!

Here is the How are You a Star? Infographic!

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Tips to Share this Strengths Infographic on your Social Media:

  1. EASY: Share this strengths graphic and say something like, “Here are some helpful tips on identifying your strengths. Which of these tips do YOU think would help you most – and why?”
  2. MEDIUM: Share the strengths infographic and expand on your favourite area, saying specifically how you work with your clients to use and grow their strengths.
  3. CHALLENGE: Write a few sentences about each area, developing and sharing more about it, adding your own thoughts and ideas. Be sure to give your potential clients an insight into coaching! Then share these 5 areas daily to inspire fans to hire you – or turn into a blog post!

Love this? Want your own *Brandable* infographics to use on your Blog and on Social Media? Get your own ready-to-go brandable graphics here.

What is your favorite question for identifying strengths? Do you have one we haven’t included in the strengths infographic above? We’d love for you to comment below.

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Watch FREE Webinar: 3 Steps to Get Coaching Clients Online with Marketing Expert Cindy Schulson!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Wow – we really enjoyed this awesome webinar from Cindy Schulson – jam-packed with information to help you market yourself better!

Cindy dispels myths, and answers juicy questions right to the very end of the webinar. I know I’m going to be watching this again, so grab a notepad and pen, and be prepared to pause the video to make notes!

As Cindy says, “You’ll get some major “Aha’s” and a fresh perspective on marketing that feels good – and works.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

HANDOUT: 3 Simple Steps to Get Coaching Clients Online here >> (.pdf)

Tell us what you thought of the webinar here >>> (3 quick questions)

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If you haven’t already, you might also want to:

And these are the resources Cindy mentioned during the call:

Here’s what you’ll learn during this webinar:

  1. How to create a message that’s unique, authentic and magnetic.
  2. The #1 way to build trust and grow your business online.
  3. The missing piece that makes enrolling clients effortless (that even the most experienced often overlook).

We’re super-excited for our second Free Webinar with “Marketing with Heart” expert Cindy Schulson presenting “The 3 Steps to Get Coaching Clients Online”.

This 75 minute webinar includes 45 minutes of no holds barred question-time!

TOPIC: 3 Simple Steps to Get Coaching Clients Online

During this session, we’ll explore:

Do you find marketing a little overwhelming – especially online? After personally working with hundreds of coaches over the past 10 years, Cindy’s found that the best approach is to keep things simple.

Think about it like this… Marketing is just sharing your message with the right people so they’re inspired to take action.

For your marketing to work, you need to be clear about each of those pieces – your message, who the right people are, and what action you want them to take. Once you have that clarity, you’ll see how much easier and more effective your marketing becomes.

About the Presenter

Cindy Schulson is the Founder of Marketing from Within. She shows coaches and consultants how to stand out in this noisy online world by marketing with heart vs. hype. Cindy brings a decade of marketing experience working for such companies as Coca-Cola and Visa, combined with a decade of online marketing to create a paradigm shift in how marketing can be done with integrity and heart. Get Cindy’s free Brand Message Template at

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*NEW* MANIFESTO! What Does The “Coaches Helping Coaches” Facebook Group Stand For?

You probably know that at The Coaching Tools Company we aim to provide the best resources for coaches we can! We realised however, that one thing was missing – community!

So we created The Coaches Helping Coaches Facebook Group to both support you AND help grow Coaching as a Profession.

Since the group started just over 2 years ago we’ve grown to over 12,000 members!

And as the group has grown, we’ve felt it was important to “take a stand” for both Coaching – and the Group.

Over the last 2 years we’ve been asking what you wanted from – and valued about – this group, and now at last the Manifesto is here. We hope you love it!

If you haven’t already: Join this incredible community here >>

(and be sure to answer the joining questions!)

And Finally, Here’s The Coaches Helping Coaches Manifesto:

Click here to get the FULL Group Manifesto (.pdf) >>

Coaches Helping Coaches Manifesto

What do you value most in a coaching community? Share by commenting below!

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FREE WBECS Online Pre-Summit 2020: Expert Learning for Coaches!

Registration for the (FREE) 10th Annual WBECS* Pre-Summit is now open. View the full speaker lineup and secure your free seat today.

Register for the FREE WBECS Pre-Summit Here!

Get access now to the best speakers!

What is WBECS?

If you haven’t come across WBECS before – the World Business & Executive Coaching Summit – has speakers on topics from growing coaching skills to growing ourselves, business building and more with over 40 live sessions!

It’s the world’s biggest online coaching event and this learning experience gives take-away tools, resources and methods that will take your coaching and business to the next level!

The live classes are focused on delivering value and no pitching!

WBECS brings together the very best thought leaders, experts, industry specialists, academics, practitioners and more. This learning experience offers take away tools, resources and methods to take your coaching and business to the next level!

Learn more about WBECS & the Free Pre-Summit  here >>

This year includes top speakers such as:

  • Rewire Your Brain to Get Unstuck – Lori Shook
  • 9 Skills and Mindsets for Future Leaders – Jacob Morgan
  • Coaching Widespread Fear: Using Non-Reactive Empathy To Uplift Perspective – Marcia Reynolds
  • Coaching in the New World – Marshall Goldsmith
  • Awareness in Action: Preparing Yourself and Your Clients for a Better Future – David Peterson
  • Understand yourself (and others) with the ‘Four Tendencies’ Personality Framework – Gretchen Rubin
  • The Seven Guardrails to Manage through Change – Whitney Johnson
  • Expanding Your Social Consciousness to Better Serve Your Clients – Beatrice Kim
  • Plus SO many more!

The FREE Pre-Summit begins on May 26th. Register for over 40 live online classes and earn up to 5 complimentary CCEUs (ICF & EMCC).

Enjoy these awesome FREE sessions!

* Please note that we are an affiliate partner for the full WBECS program – I think it’s awesome, and the pre-summit sessions are totally free!

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*UPDATED March 12* COVID Care Package: 9 (Free) Resources for Coaches

COVID 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:

Tall Image of all FreebiesWe’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: A totally customisable article to use however and wherever you want to help you take a leadership role with your audience.
  • RESOURCE 2: A 7 minute calming guided meditation audio with powerful visualisation for both you and your clients. Listen to – or download – the audio and/or read the meditation script to your family and clients.
  • RESOURCE 3: The Spheres of Influence Coaching Tool helps your clients let go of worries and focus instead on what’s IN their control. Perfect for the current times!
  • RESOURCE 4: The Serenity Prayer “Printable” is the perfect antidote to worry and stress.
  • RESOURCE 5: The Personal Mission Statement Generator Workbook. Figure out your life focus, what you’re passionate about – and get inspired!
  • RESOURCE 6: 50 Zoom Backgrounds for you to have fun in your online meetings, webinars and more.
  • RESOURCE 7: choice Magazine Feature Article .PDF – read “The Journey Ahead: 7 Ways Coaches Can Help.”
  • RESOURCE 8: Maya Angelou “Still I Rise” poem “Printable” for inspiration and resilience.
  • *NEW* RESOURCE 9: “Make it Happen!”, Your 3 Month Biz Action Planner. Plan and set your business goals in easy 3 month chunks.
Please Note: Our usual legal terms apply to numbers 2, 3, 5 and 9 – our coaching tools, workbook and the meditation. However, numbers 1, 4 and 8 you may customise/share online as if they are your own: these are the 10 Things Article, Serenity Prayer & Maya Angelou poem.

See the 9 resources below:

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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.


  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) >>

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Press Play to “Calm the Raging River” (Guided Meditation)

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1587168096873{margin-top: 15px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Relax yourself and your clients with this “Calm the Raging River” Guided Visualisation (7 mins)

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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) >>

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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) >>




  • 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!

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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.

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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!
  • Please Note: This workbook is not brandable as it’s intended for your personal use.

Get your Personal Mission Statement Generator (.PDF) >>


PS. Would you like a brandable version of this workbook to use with your clients?

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We’re all spending more time online – in meetings, webinars and more. So, to make it more fun, we’ve selected these 50 images for you to enjoy as “Zoom Backgrounds”.

Bold Flowers – ZIP File 1
  • All images have been saved at Zoom’s recommended size
  • 10 themed folders in all – organized into two (2) .ZIP files
  • Each themed folder contains 5 images to choose from

Get Zoom Backgrounds 1 here (.ZIP File) >> 

  • ZIP File 1 contains the image folders:
    • Architectural
    • Bold Flowers
    • Books & Bookshelves
    • Cool Night Skies
    • Fun Patterns from Nature

Get Zoom Backgrounds 2 here (.ZIP File) >>

World Landmarks – ZIP File 2
  • ZIP File 2 contains the image folders:
    • Interesting Patterns
    • Light-Filled Office Space
    • The Gorgeous Outdoors
    • Window Frames
    • World Landmarks


  • Be sure to “Extract” your file folders from the .ZIP file before you try to use the images. If you need some help on how to do this click here.
  • While “Zoom Backgrounds” work best if you have a “green screen” (a special green screen behind you), these backgrounds will also work quite well without one – especially if you have a plain wall behind you.
  • All images are suitable for commercial use, and fully attributed (see included text file for image sources).

3 Steps to Change your Zoom Background

  • Step 1 – Click the small arrow to the right of the video icon
  • Step 2 – Then click “Choose Virtual Background…”

Zoom Background Step 1

  • Step 3 – Ensuring you have Virtual Backgrounds selected, hit the plus button, and choose “Add Image” – selecting your favourite saved Zoom Background.

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Feature Article Spread

Read this article with how coaches can help during the COVID crisis. Some of the concepts covered include:

  • We are all on a journey – discover Arnold Van Gennep’s 3 Stages of major change.
  • Get 7 specific ways coaches can help clients – and the broader world.
  • Ideas for how we can help people re-integrate their learnings from the crisis into life going forwards.
  • Please Note: This article was written for a deadline 6 months ago, when I (optimistically) believed we might be beginning to come out of this COVID crisis by the fall. We will have to wait a bit longer before we can help people “re-integrate” and move forwards.

Get this Feature article here (.PDF) >>

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Maya Angelou Poem 3D Flyer

Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” poem is powerful – and inspires us to be our most courageous selves! Like much of her work this poem offers hope, and determination to rise above struggle and discouragement.

Because as this COVID-19 crisis continues, as we also continue to unearth social justice issues – this poem reminds us to be strong and resilient – to grow from difficulty, and to hope for a better future for all.

Use this “printable” with yourself and your family, clients – and you can share it in your newsletter or on Social Media too!

A little background:

In an interview in 2008, Maya said of her poetry: “You know, if you’re lonely you feel you’ve been done down, it’s nice to have ‘And Still I Rise.'”

You can find this poem “Still I Rise” in her third volume of poetry published in 1978. This poetry volume was called “And Still I Rise” and contains 32 short poems including another popular poem “Phenomenal Woman”.

If you’d like the text of the poem, here it is below:

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

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Make it Happen: 3 Month Biz Planner .PDF

Use this “Make it Happen! 3 Month Business Planner” Tool to manage your business in easy 3 month chunks. This .pdf coaching exercise is intended to help hard-working coaches like you achieve their goals.

Originally a holiday gift, because of the challenges of COVID we’re making it available throughout 2021.

This tool helps you set high level goals for your business in 2021, choose your top priorities for the next Quarter/3 Months and then set actions to get there.

Ideal for these constantly changing times where it’s hard to set long-term goals, use this workbook to keep your business action planning simple – in threes: 3 Months, 3 Priorities, just 3 Actions per week!

  • Please Note: This workbook is not brandable as it’s intended for your personal use.

Get your “Make it Happen!” 3 Month Business Action Planner (.PDF) >>

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Other Resources You May Find Helpful

  1. A Brand *NEW* Product Range – with one inspiring Social Media quote graphic to share DAILY for a whole month. Check out:
  2. 10 Powerful & lnspiring Resilience Quote Graphics for you to share with fans in this challenging time!
  3. 11 Zesty Ways to Energize Online Meetings, Webinars & More! by Jennifer Britton & Emma-Louise
  4. 7 Effective Strategies to Build Resilience in Trying Times from Karen Lukanovich, Business and Personal Coach and Olympian.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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