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Pick-a-Postcard: Metaphors for Life Reflection Deck

By: Jennifer Stanchfield

Genre: Learning & Coaching

Transcend the traditional sharing circle and reflection conversation with the power of metaphoric imagery. People often find it easier to express themselves through a picture or symbol rather than through verbal means. Because participants can talk about the object or image rather than about themselves directly, they express thoughts that would otherwise be left unsaid. The thoughts, ideas and connections inspired by the imagery lead to broader and deeper reflection sessions because metaphors and symbols stimulate multiple areas of the brain and involve all senses. This approach can be especially helpful for more introverted or reluctant group members.

This tool is useful for both individual and collaborative reflection and is used in restorative circles and appreciations, group norms conversations, and goal setting.

• Facilitate strong beginnings and optimistic endings to group work or coaching sessions.
• Inspire meaningful engagement, reflection and dialogue that goes beyond traditional verbal techniques.
• Spark creative writing, exploration of personal or group strengths or goals.

Playing with Strengths

By: Cat Hase

Genre: Purpose & Priority

When was the last time you explored your strengths?

I don’t just mean thinking about what you are good at, but really and truly explored them?
… explored them with curiosity and wonder.
… explored the with new eyes.
… explored them as a way to truly see yourself and your path.

The Playing with Strengths card deck allows you to do all of that.

You can use them alone or use them in groups.

You can use them for yourself or use them to coach others.

Playing with Strengths helps guide meaningful exploration, discussion and understanding around your unique strengths and how you use them.

Positive Reflection

By: Mental Toughness Institute

Genre: Purpose & Priority

The Positive Reflection Cards have been designed to provide meaningful conversations about the things that positively impact psychological well-being and provide an invaluable insight into how we understand, view, and experience well-being. Grounded in Prof. Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model which focuses on flourishing and thriving, the Positive Reflection Cards give information, questions, action points, and tips that can be used in a wide range of conversations.
You can use the cards in teams, pairs, and individually. The cards are themed on the five pillars of psychological well-being: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. A MUST tool for individuals, coaches, managers.

QBasics: Open-Ended Questions for Coaching Mastery

By: Marcy Nelson-Garrison

Genre: Learning & Coaching

Q Basics Open-Ended questions for Coaching Mastery
Powerful open-ended questions are the hallmark of professional coaching. The QBasics deck offers 54 basic open-ended questions to help coaches and managers master this fundamental skill. Although designed as a training tool it's also great for self-coaching! The questions are divided into three “suits” or categories with 18 questions in each category.

Simple & Curious
Expanding Awareness
Taking Action

The questions have been compiled through research of available coaching literature, personal experience and interviews with coaches working in both corporate and coach training settings.

For self-coaching: begin with a question or two from Simple and Curious, then explore more through the questions in the Expanding Awareness suit. When you are ready, use the Taking Action questions to clarity next steps.

Sample Questions (Try them on for yourself)

Simple and Curious
What do you want that you do not have now?

Expanding Awareness
What strengths can you leverage?

Taking Action
What will increase your chance of success?

12 page User Guide
The User Guide addresses the art of open-ended questions, describes the kinds of questions in the deck and offers practical suggestions for using the cards to build mastery.

Common challenges of new coaches and managers who coach:

Tendency towards long, ineffective and complex questions.

Not fully understanding the difference between open-ended questions, yes/no questions, leading questions and why questions.

Difficulty getting the coachee to identify specific steps and make a commitment to action.

The Benefit of the Q? Basics deck...

Facilitates skill development post-training or in lieu of training.

Effective coaching conversations are possible immediately – The Q? Basics questions are designed to elicit values, vision, passion, action, resourcefulness, choices and perceived obstacles.

Questions are easy to adapt to specific situations and provide a model as a coach/manager develops his/her own questions and style.

The questions have been carefully researched and represent the best of the basics.

Q? Basics offers a method of introducing material in a fun, effective way within corporate training environments and can be used by internal or external trainers.

Modules can be designed around the Q? Basics suits providing an effective structure to introduce a mix of coaching skills.

The beauty is in the simplicity

My story

When I was in training to become a coach I had a great mentor. She insisted that I generate and memorize some basic, simple questions. She repeatedly pointed to questions that were short, simple and curious. The results were always that it kept the focus on the client and their answers.

These simple open-ended questions empowered my clients. I came to trust the questions and trust my client's ability to discover the answers. The beauty is in the simplicity. The end result is a successful client, a successful coach and greater ease in the process.

What others are saying about Q? Basics

"I found using the Q?Basics powerful and effective in teaching coaching skills to seasoned leaders in my Leadership Enhancement Retreats. The participants stated that they found Q?Basics added great value and expedited their learning of coaching skills. They wanted Q?Basics sets for themselves."

Diana Gabriel, PCC
Professional Certified Coach

"Marcy, I love your open-ended question cards. Your three main categories (color-coded for ease of recognition) of Simple and Curious; Expanding Awareness; and Taking Action relate very closely to the coaching model I teach. I’ll be recommending this attractive and useful deck of coaching question cards to coaches, as well as anyone who wants to refine their communication skills."

Barbra Sundquist
www.BarbraSundquist.com

"Q-basics is useful for the newer coach seeking to learn a solid set of coaching questions or for the more experienced coach or manager wanting to get back to basics. This deck has multiple uses as a training tool or as a way to keep your coaching stance when working with a client."

Paula Hemming MA, PCC
Former Director of Life Coaching Education
Adler Graduate School, Minneapolis MN

"I have given the cards to my apprentices in Singapore and they are thrilled with them. They are just learning to coach, so the questions have been very helpful to them."

Rebecca Bradley MCC,
President of Partnership Coaching Inc.
Marietta, Georgia

"I used Q? Basics in a University Leadership class of 25 Executive Directors. After completing the wheel of life assessment tool and choosing an area from the assessment they wanted to work with, participants were introduced to Q? Basics. They were each given three questions, one from each category, Simple and Curious, Expanding Awareness and Taking Action. They applied the questions in that order, to their chosen area. The feedback was profound and powerful and helped participants commit to action in a very short time. I found Q? Basics to be a great way to introduce new people to coaching by helping them become more comfortable and safe with the process. I highly recommend these cards to all coaches and trainers."

Rita Goldhammer, CPCC Former Program Manager, University of St Thomas,
Center for Non-profit Management, St. Paul, Minnesota

Quantum Human Design Oracle Cards

By: Karen Curry Parker

Genre: Oracle

Beautiful card deck with golden gilded edges. QUANTUM HUMAN DESIGN™ EXPERT, Karen Curry Parker, has created this original oracle system with 64 unique cards to connect you with the transformative wisdom of Quantum Human Design™ for practical guidance about all aspects of your life. Ask a question and focus on intentions for your healing and transformation. Pick a card and receive wisdom from the cross-cultural archetypes of the Chinese I’Ching, the Hindu chakra system, and the Judaic Kabbalah mixed in with the modern science of quantum physics. Reflect on the intimate and life-altering messages and begin your journey of aligning with the fulfillment of your Authentic Self and your Higher Purpose. This card deck comes with a small booklet to guide you and you can also purchase the full-size companion book.

Quotables

By: Jennifer Stanchfield

Genre: Business

40 quote cards with a brief biography of each quote’s author. It includes quotes about teaching, leadership, and learning, plus suggestions for use.

The Quotables are an engaging tool for individual reflection, team building, education, training, coaching, counseling, and personal enrichment programs. Quotables stimulate personal reflection, initiate conversation, spark creative thought, help group members build connections, find common ground, or understand different perspectives.

Use Quotables to facilitate strong beginnings or optimistic endings, create a context for upcoming learning experiences, or celebrate, reflect, and carry learning forward at the end of experiences.

Recovery Card Deck

By: Adrienne Enns

Genre: Therapy

This deck is designed to inspire your most mindful recovery. When we create daily intentions, life becomes mindful, intentional, meaningful and full of joy. One step at a time.

Rejuvenate (Volume 1)

By: Lilly Lavande

Genre: Learning & Coaching

Rejuvenate volume 1 is the first set of 8 cards in a series of 8. The deck includes 8 powerful images featuring the beautiful and intricate art by Lilly. Each image has a further 5 sides, 1 is the back and the other 4 some wisdom and inspirational thoughts that can help guide the participant on matters of their health and wellbeing, clearing energy to reboot and rejuvenate the system!your The first volume of 8 contains 8 power packed pathways forward through any blocks or imbalances in our energy and towards a happier and healthier you. You receive guidance and advice and also are encouraged to delve into your own creative relationship and journey with these richly filled images in the cards.
Why 8? It is a magical number of infinite possibilities and here it is the 7 energy centres and the 8 the embodiment of all omnipresent, Spirit, God whatever you like to call this mystical force and connection.

Relax, Listen, and Trust Your Inner Guidance by Barbara J. Faison

By: Barbara J. Faison

Genre: Learning & Coaching

Do you ever think… I don’t trust myself?

Sometimes you need a simple prompt to help you stop. The Relax, Listen, and Trust Your Inner Guidance Cards are just that… a quick way to re-connect with yourself because your Personal Guidance System (PGS) is waiting on you to tune in.

Your Meditation ambassador, Barbara J. Faison, encourages you to practice connecting with your guidance daily. These cards allow you to quickly check in with yourself and continue with your day.

The four categories, RELAX, LISTEN, TRUST, and QUESTION were created to share ways you can learn to “trust” yourself even more.

There are 44 cards for you to use to practice using your inner guidance. Your deck includes:

11 - RELAX CARDS

11 - LISTEN CARDS

11 - TRUST CARDS

11 - QUESTION CARDS

You have a Personal Guidance System (PGS) and when you relax and listen you begin to trust yourself more. Asking questions is one of the ways you can tune in more deeply.

Start using this deck so you can ...Relax, Listen and Trust Your Inner Guidance even more.

Questions? Email – barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com

RETHiNK Card Deck Mindful Conversation Starters

By: Theo Koffler

Genre: Mindfulness

Whether you're at home, in the classroom, or running a clinical practice, these conversation cards are meant to get people thinking and talking about who they are, what they like, and how they interact with the world around them.

Each question targets different skills and areas of life, but all the questions have one primary purpose: to get you discussing the important fundamentals of an emotionally balanced, mindful and compassionate way of living.