23 Effective Life Coaching Tools & How To Use Them

Life Coaching Tools

If you’re a professional life coach, you’ll already know how important an individualized solution can be to a client’s development. Without a carefully tailored coaching process, it’s impossible to help others overcome personal obstacles, develop their unique skills, and achieve their precise goals.

It means that crafting bespoke activities and curating personal programs might work when you first start out, but scaling up your business can get tricky. With the right life coaching tools in your toolbox, however, it’s fast, simple, and effective.

Before you continue, we recommend trying out these techniques and exercises with our $1, 30-day Quenza trial. Quenza’s easy-to-use online life coaching toolkit will help you engage and empower clients with personalized development journeys, and give you everything you need to share custom digital solutions under your professional brand.

11 Most Popular Life Coaching Tools & Exercises

The approaches used by life coaches to empower and develop their clients vary widely, and always come down to what’s most suited to their coachee’s unique circumstances.

Some life coaching tools may draw on psychological schools such as mindfulness, values, character strengths, and emotional intelligence to help clients cope with specific challenges, while others may use the same principles to facilitate goal-directed achievement or personal development.

Other life coaches might prefer tools from cognitive or clinical psychology, such as online CBT, ACT, or Applied Behavioral Analysis – but at the end of the day, they must stem from a good understanding of a client’s current context and goals.

6 Life Coaching Assessment Examples

To achieve this, life coaching typically begins with assessment using tools and exercises such as:

  1. Strengths Assessments, e.g. the Signature Strength Questionnaire (SSQ-72), or a custom Strengths Interview[1]
  2. Values Assessments, such as the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) or Valued Living Questionnaire[2][3]
  3. Life Satisfaction Assessments, e.g. the Wheel of Life or Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS)[4], and
  4. Emotional Intelligence Assessments, like the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 (EQ-i-2.0)[5]

Knowing more about a specific client’s circumstances can be part of intake or even carried out prior to onboarding, and it helps life coaches and their clients to develop a strong working relationship.

Together, they can work on identifying the goals that will inform a client’s unique development journey.

5 Goal-Setting Exercises for Life Coaching

Goal-setting might involve exercises such as:

  1. Goal Visualization: which uses mental imagery to build clarity and motivation
  2. Motivational Interviewing: a technique that encourages the coachee to take responsibility for their actions[6]
  3. A Self Contract: where coachees take a more active approach to accountability-building
  4. The Best Possible Self exercise: which uses positive imagery and optimism, and
  5. Habit Journals: such as mood trackers, habit diaries, or gratitude journals like the Three Good Things Exercise.

What is the Best Software For Crafting Your Toolkit?

Life coaching tools and exercises are most effective at shaping positive behavior change when they fit neatly into a client’s lifestyle.

When a daily habit journal or mood diary, for example, is top of mind and easy to access, coachees are more likely to engage with them for longer periods.

Whether you are sharing personal coaching exercises or group coaching programs, therefore, the best coach app for crafting your toolkit should enable you to build and conveniently share your professional solutions.

It should also allow you to adapt them conveniently, so they align with your client’s capabilities, needs, desires, and interests. This not only helps you deliver more relevant solutions but also allows you to share your own content if you’re looking to differentiate your offer or expand your practice.

Quenza is a great example because it’s designed to be a life coach app, with everything you need to build and curate your unique programs.

With Quenza, you can shape your solutions around your client’s goals, and support them every step of the way with live results and feedback.

Life coaching tools and exercises are most effective at shaping positive behavior change when they fit neatly into a client’s lifestyle.

How To Create Your Toolbox & Send Activities To Clients

Even if you’re brand new to coaching software, creating and sharing your own bespoke content, pathways, e-courses, and assessments is easy with Quenza’s user-friendly tools.

In a few steps, you can:

  1. Design unique, personalized activities – from scratch with Quenza’s Activity Builder or by adapting pre-made templates from your in-app Expansion Library
  2. Share them instantly with clients – via Quenza’s HIPAA-compliant, mobile-compatible, and free coaching portal for clients
  3. Organize materials into coaching sequences, pathways, packages, or programs – using your built-in Pathways Tool, and
  4. Schedule content for automatic delivery – so that your clients receive the right resource at the right time, with automated reminders if they’re helpful.

Sending The Wheel of Life To Clients: An Example

Clients very often choose to work with a life coach to restore balance in their lives. Whether they feel stressed or want to regain a sense of focus, the Wheel of Life exercise is an effective way to help them identify their unmet psychological needs.

This versatile life coaching tool invites your clients to assess their satisfaction with various life domains, so they can identify areas where extra focus and attention are required.

As shown here, the Wheel of Life generally includes 8-10 categories that comprise a fulfilling life:

Quenza Wheel of Life Coaching Tool
The Wheel of Life covers life domain categories that require attention for a fulfilling life.

While each client’s Wheel of Life may cover different domains, this completed example includes 10 categories that are typically featured:

  1. Money & Finances
  2. Career & Work
  3. Health & Fitness
  4. Fun & Recreation
  5. Environment (home/work)
  6. Community
  7. Family
  8. Friends
  9. Partner & Love
  10. Personal Growth & Learning.

Based on our example client’s self-reported satisfaction, they may be able to identify gaps between their current life situation, and where they’d like to be ideally.

With Quenza’s Wheel of Life coaching tool, a free Expansion Library feature, you can easily create personalized versions of this popular exercise to use with your clients.

If you feel these 10 categories are particularly relevant to a client, you’ll find a customizable version of the Wheel of Life coaching tool in your Expansion Library, as pictured:

wheel of life coaching tool expansion
The Wheel of Life Coaching Tool is available as a customizable pre-made self-report assessment in Quenza’s Expansion Library.

Simply select the Wheel of Life Expansion Activity and save a copy to your library.

You’ll be able to open and edit it however you see fit:

The Wheel of life Coaching Tool Quenza
Once saved, your Wheel of Life Expansion template can be customized with text or your practice logo before it’s shared with clients.

As this practitioner view shows, you’ll be able to customize various aspects of the exercise to suit your coaching style or client. It’s easy to amend text, dimensions, or scales and add your practice logo before sharing the Activity.

If you’d rather create your own Wheel of Life, head to your Activity Builder:

wheel of life Coaching Tool activity item
Creating your own Wheel of Life from your Activity Builder is quick and straightforward with Quenza’s new feature.

Quenza’s Activity Builder now includes a convenient Wheel of Life button among your custom fields. When you drag and drop this into your blank coaching Activity template, you’ll be able to add explanatory text, instructions, personalized categories, client tokens, and more:

settings wheel of life coaching tool
Quenza’s Wheel of Life Feature can include between 3-10 dimensions with custom labels, score labels, and instructions.

You’re now able to send your customized Wheel of Life to clients to collect useful self-report data on their perceived satisfaction. For a more detailed walkthrough, check out our full guide: New Quenza Feature: Make Your Own ‘Wheel of Life’.

11 Helpful Resources For Coaches in Quenza

Quenza’s Expansion Library includes a wealth of coaching resources in addition to the Wheel of Life.

You might, for instance, want to include any of the following in your solutions:

  1. This Pre-Coaching Questionnaire is a valuable tool for inviting clients to consider their top goals so you can hit the ground running.
  2. The Session Rating Scale gathers feedback on how your clients felt about your sessions together
  3. Quenza’s Coaching Client Agreement can help you and your coachees set clear expectations around what your services involve, and how you’ll collaborate, and
  4. Use the Coach Satisfaction Form to use client feedback for your professional development.

How to Apply Coaching Techniques in Quenza

Here’s a sample of four Quenza resources that can help you apply popular coaching techniques in your work with clients:

  1. Strength Interview: This activity guides your clients through an exploration of their capabilities, skills, and positive character strengths. Use this to help coachees identify internal resources that they can draw on throughout their development journeys.
  2. Realizing Long-Lasting Change by Setting Process Goals: This goal-setting technique can help clients build positive habits that support their goals and guide goal-oriented actions.
  3. Life Domain Satisfaction: If you help clients find meaning and value, this assessment explores a coachee’s satisfaction with important life categories, including money, work, health, family, friends, learning, and partner, and
  4. Finding Your Ikigai: This helps clients discover and connect with meaningful life aspects by finding where their passions and talents converge with what others need and are willing to pay for.

3 Tools For Tackling Limiting Beliefs

Where clients are struggling to overcome perceived obstacles to their development, or where problematic perspectives prevent them from feeling fulfilled, these 3 coaching tools for limiting beliefs can help:

  1. Beyond Limitations Question Technique: An exercise that encourages coachees to think outside of their perceived boundaries
  2. 20 Guidelines for Developing a Growth Mindset: This activity offers 20 basic rules for developing a flexible, open, and growth-oriented mindset about development, and
  3. Solution-Focused Guided Imagery: A visualization exercise that helps clients explore their strengths and the actions they need to take to overcome challenges.

Final Thoughts

Life coaching is one of the most individualized services it’s possible to find, but it’s precisely that personal approach that makes it so valuable for clients.

The right coach app should help you tailor, curate, and adapt your value proposition so that your coachees benefit as much as possible from your professional skills – so if your goal is to go professional, make sure you’ve got the right tools in your arsenal.

If you’re ready to create your own life coaching tools with Quenza, don’t forget to start your 1 dollar, 30 day trial. Quenza’s life coaching toolkit contains everything you need to craft and share bespoke, professional interventions under your own practice brand, so that you can enhance others’ lives even more effectively with your own engaging coaching solutions.

References

  1. ^ Rashid, T., Anjum, A., Lennox, C., Quinlan, D., Niemiec, R. M., Mayerson, D., & Kazemi, F. (2013). Assessment of character strengths in children and adolescents. In C. Proctor & P. A. Linley (Eds.), Research, applications, and interventions for children and adolescents: A positive psychology perspective (pp. 81-115). Dordrecht: Springer.
  2. ^ Peterson, C. & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  3. ^ Wilson, K. G., Sandoz, E. K., Kitchens, J., & Roberts, M. (2010). The Valued Living Questionnaire: Defining and measuring valued action within a behavioral framework. The Psychological Record, 60(2), 249-272.
  4. ^ Diener, E., Emmons, R. A., Larsen, R. J., & Griffin, S. (1985). The Satisfaction with Life Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 49, 71-75.
  5. ^ Bar-On, R. (2004). The Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i): Rationale, description and psychometric properties. In G. Geher (Ed.), Measuring emotional intelligence: Common ground and controversy. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.
  6. ^ Miller, W. & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational interviewing: Preparing people to change addictive behavior. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

About the author

Catherine specializes in Organizational and Positive Psychology, helping entrepreneurs, clinical psychologists and OD specialists grow their businesses by simplifying their digital journeys.

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