“Big Life Big Action Award” Vote Now!

As part of our 10 year anniversary, Coaching Toys initiated three Product Awards. We awarded the "Out Of The Box" product award in March. Now it's time for you to help us choose the winner of the "Big Life Big Action" Award.






Meet the finalists for the 2013 Coaching Toys "Big Life Big Action" Product Award.
The "Big Life Big Action" product category is all about helping people move forward both personally and professionally. The product finalists are all standouts.

The final winner will be determined by YOUR vote.
Voting ends May 28!  If you already know your favorite – go ahead and vote now, or read on to learn more.

"Big Life Big Action" Finalists



Q? Basics. Open-Ended Questions for Coaching Mastery

This training tool has been a best seller since day one. New coaches use it to hone their skills, trainers use it to introduce managers and leaders to the art of open-ended questions and it's a great self-coaching tool.  Open-ended questions empower, shift perspectives, increase awareness and ignite action. Definitely a Big Life, Big Action Contender. Learn more here




Easily Wired, With KW-02-2TNo Unnatural Acts


 Featured in the newsletter recently, this product gives you an easy to use blueprint to leverage and expand your sphere of influence. Your network is gold and this product helps you value and maintain your connections in a way that feels authentic. The tips and tools work equally well for job seekers as they do for corporate executives needing to build strategic relationships. Networking opens doors, builds bridges, and provides the type of foundation that allows you to leap into a big life and take big action. Learn more here





Road to Resilience Values Deck

I love the fact that this deck is really two decks in one. On one side you have a values card sort. Flip the deck over and you have lots of wonderful inquiries to help you explore how to bring those values more alive in your life and work. The perfect tool for coaches working in any arena; business, executive, relationship, teams,life, leadership – you name it. Values are core to living on purpose and with integrity.  Values motivate, clarify, and define who we are in the world. That kind of clarity and purpose leads to big action. Learn More Here


RBBP-AC-03-2TThe Right Brain Business Plan

The world needs more innovators and creatives and thank goodness for this awesome book that helps right-brainers creatively embrace the fundamentals of business. The Right-Brain Business Plan speaks the language of the artist, makes business planning creative and visual and even fun. There are undoubtedly countless creative businesses thriving today because of the ideas in this book. this book is totally committed to big creative dreams and taking action.  Learn more here


Four awesome contenders! Which is YOUR Favorite?
Your vote matters and will only take a few seconds.

VOTE HERE:  2013 Big Life Big Action Product Award

Voting ends May 28!

Besides being recognized as the best product in it's category, the winner gets featured in Choice Magazine and wins a coveted spot on the featured product page of the Coaching Toys Store. (And maybe another surprise or two)



Open-Ended Questions – Tools for Engagement

  What a pleasant
surprise to show up at a recent Minnesota
Coaches Association
meeting and see that my deck of Q? Basics, was part of the
program.  The presenters greeted
attendees at the door with a basket of the open-ended questions and we were
each invited to draw a random card.

The question I drew was “What toll is this taking?” It never
fails to amaze me that the mind immediately goes in search of an answer. Even
with no context provided, I knew immediately what the question pointed to in my
life. This is the power of open-ended questions.

The meeting focused on the core coaching competencies of
trust, intimacy and presence. The presenters, Elaine Gaston and Paula Hemming,
both masterful coaches offered demo coaching. Later we all broke into dyads to
practice the coaching skills demonstrated.

So where did the Q? Basics fit in? The question we each drew
from the basket helped us reflect on some aspect of our lives that was coach
worthy – a great way to prime the pump for a demo client. This also made the
dyad coaching more powerful.

This points to three great ways to use Q? Basics, Open-ended
Questions for Coaching Mastery

  1. Invite
    attendees at an event, conference or expo (especially if you have a booth)
    to randomly draw a question as a way to engage them in a coaching
  2. Draw a
    question randomly when a client shows up for a session and doesn’t know
    what they want to focus on.
  3. Use as
    a journal prompt, for yourself or as an exercise in a workshop.

So, just for fun – here is a random question for you to play

“What do you know to be true right now?”