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Coaching Advent Calendar

Trayton Vance
May 6, 2023
4 min read
The Advent calendar tradition, associated with counting down the days to Christmas, is creatively adapted here with an Advent Calendar of Coaching Tools. Each day introduces a coaching tool, ranging from goal-setting to resilience building, providing an interactive and comprehensive exploration of coaching techniques, culminating in a festive wish for a Merry Christmas.
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Day 1: Goal-SettingDay 2: SWOT AnalysisDay 3: Vision BoardDay 4: Wheel of LifeDay 5: Reflective JournalingDay 6: Action PlanningDay 7: Feedback ModelDay 8: GROW ModelDay 9: Mind MappingDay 10: Motivational Interviewing TechniquesDay 11: Personality AssessmentsDay 12: 360-Degree FeedbackDay 13: Values ClarificationDay 14: Stress Management TechniquesDay 15: Conflict Resolution FrameworksDay 16: Active Listening ExercisesDay 17: Time Management ToolsDay 18: Emotional Intelligence AssessmentsDay 19: Career Exploration ActivitiesDay 20: Assertiveness SupportDay 21: Mindfulness PracticesDay 22: Problem-Solving FrameworksDay 23: Resilience Building ToolsDay 24: Life Transition Planning

May 6, 2023
4 min read

The Advent calendar is a cherished Christmas tradition, which marks the days leading up to Christmas, where children receive small sweets to count down the days to Christmas.

To help you count the days of Christmas down, I wanted to provide you with an Advent Calendar of Coaching Tools - enjoy!

Day 1: Goal-Setting

A foundational tool in coaching, this simple but powerful tool helps clients identify and articulate their personal or professional goals. It typically includes prompts and questions to guide clients in setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) goals.

Day 2: SWOT Analysis

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis is used to help clients understand their current position relative to their goals. It encourages self-reflection on internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as external opportunities and threats.

Day 3: Vision Board

A vision board is a visual tool where clients can represent their goals and aspirations through images and words. It is a source of inspiration and a constant reminder of their objectives. Go and be creative and make your vision come alive.

Day 4: Wheel of Life

This tool is a circle divided into segments representing different areas of a client's life, such as career, health, relationships, etc. Clients rate their satisfaction in each area, providing a visual overview of their work-life balance.

Day 5: Reflective Journaling

Encourages clients to keep a daily or weekly journal to reflect on their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. This tool aids in self-awareness and personal growth.

Day 6: Action Planning

This tool helps clients break down their goals into actionable steps. It often includes timelines, resources needed, and potential obstacles, guiding clients towards achieving their objectives.

Day 7: Feedback Model

A structured approach to giving and receiving feedback. Standard models include the SBI (Situation-Behavior-Impact) or the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) model. Please remember that feedback is critical to learning - you should be aware of it.

Day 8: GROW Model

A popular coaching framework consists of four stages: Goal setting, Reality checking, Options, and Way Forward (what will be done). It's used to structure coaching conversations effectively.

Day 9: Mind Mapping

A creative tool used for brainstorming ideas and thoughts in a non-linear format. It's handy for visual thinkers.

Day 10: Motivational Interviewing Techniques

These techniques help clients explore and resolve ambivalence, enhancing their motivation to change. It involves open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarising.

Day 11: Personality Assessments

Tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Insights Discovery, and Lumina help clients understand their personality traits, strengths, and areas for growth.

Day 12: 360-Degree Feedback

A comprehensive feedback tool that gathers anonymous feedback from a client's colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates to provide a rounded view of their performance and areas for development.

Day 13: Values Clarification

Helps clients identify and prioritise their core values, which is crucial for making decisions aligned with their authentic selves.

Day 14: Stress Management Techniques

Includes a variety of strategies like mindfulness, breathing exercises, and time management skills to help clients cope with stress effectively.

Day 15: Conflict Resolution Frameworks

Teaches clients strategies to handle and resolve conflicts in personal or professional settings.

Day 16: Active Listening Exercises

Exercises that improve the ability to listen attentively and respond appropriately is a key skill in all relationships.

Day 17: Time Management Tools

Tools like the Eisenhower Matrix or Pomodoro Technique help clients improve their productivity and efficiency.

Day 18: Emotional Intelligence Assessments

These tools help clients understand and manage their emotions, as well as recognise and influence the emotions of others.

Day 19: Career Exploration Activities

Activities designed to help clients explore potential career paths and understand what careers might align best with their skills and interests.

Day 20: Assertiveness Support

Exercises and role-plays to help clients communicate their needs and boundaries more effectively and confidently.

Day 21: Mindfulness Practices

Introduces clients to mindfulness meditation and other practices to enhance focus, reduce stress, and increase emotional regulation.

Day 22: Problem-Solving Frameworks

Structured approaches to tackle challenges including the Six Thinking Hats or the Five Whys technique.

Day 23: Resilience Building Tools

Strategies to help clients develop resilience, such as cognitive restructuring and building a support network.

Day 24: Life Transition Planning

Tools and exercises designed to assist clients in navigating significant life changes or transitions, ensuring a smooth and thoughtful process.

This advent calendar concept makes exploring coaching tools more interactive and engaging and offers a comprehensive overview of the various techniques available in the coaching field, I hope you have enjoyed the journey and, finally, Merry Christmas.

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