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Pre-Coaching Questionnaire

Establish your vision and take action!


This is a similar questionnaire I send to my coaching clients before our first session. This enables me to get a better feel for who they are, what there mission is, and where they want to go. By brainstorming with a pre-coaching questionnaire, you can gain a deeper understanding about your business and where you want to take it.

Sample Pre-Coaching Questions


  • Describe your business. If you haven’t yet settled on a business or blog niche, what are 5 things you are passionate about?
  • Who are 5 people in your niche you admire?
  • What roles/services do they provide? What is an area they are lacking in? Where can you fill in the gap?
  • What are the 3 biggest changes you want to make in your life over the next 5 years?
  • What 3 goals do you want to achieve within the next 3 months?
  • On a scale of 1-10 how motivated are you in your work/personal life? What motivates you?
  • On a scale of 1 -10 how stressed do you feel right now — what are your key stressors?
  • What are some things you’ve done recently to try and grow your business?
  • What do you feel is the next step?

Pre-Coaching Questionnaire

Spending time regularly brainstorming about your business and goals, and taking a hard look at where you are, will help keep you on track. Answering a simple questionnaire like this before you start your business can be extremely helpful if you haven’t quite yet discovered your niche. Discovering your niche is vital, and until you narrow down your target audience most of your efforts will be in vain.

Once you have established your niche, focus on how you can stand out and do something different, or offer more, than other successful folks in your niche.

Where are you at right now? Do you have an established business or are still trying to discover your niche?

  • June 10, 2015

50 Lists to Make that will Awaken Your Idea Muscle and Jump-Start Your Business

Every entrepreneur has to be creative.

When I first heard the concept of making a list of 10 ideas everyday I was excited to start. And I was right to be excited. This simple exercise has brought me hundreds of great ideas. These mini-brainstorming sessions each day are an opportunity to think different, think bigger, and strengthen my creativity.

If you don’t exercise your “idea muscle” every day it would atrophy and you would lose the ability to be creative. So I encouraged people to write 10 ideas every day. I write 10 ideas every day no matter what. Yesterday, for instance, I wrote 10 ideas how Airbnb can be improved. Today I haven’t written my list yet. — James Altucher

Easy enough? It’s time to start your own lists…

50 List Ideas to Spark Your Inner Entrepreneur

  1. List 10 things you are passionate about.
  2. List 10 books you would recommend to others.
  3. List 10 business name ideas.
  4. List 10 businesses you’d like to start.
  5. List 10 businesses you’d hate to start.
  6. List 10 of your favorite online entrepreneurs.
  7. List 10 of your favorite authors.
  8. List 10 of your favorite blogs.
  9. List 10 niches you think would be a good fit for you.
  10. List 10 niches you know would not be a good fit for you.
  11. List 10 of your favorite leisure activities.
  12. List 10 products that can be improved.
  13. List 10 topics that you can’t seem to find enough information about.
  14. List 10 of your favorite songs.
  15. List 10 of your favorite movies.
  16. List 10 people who you’ve learned a lot from.
  17. List 10 people you would like to be your mentor.
  18. List 10 reasons you want to start your own business.
  19. List 10 excuses not to start your own business.
  20. List 10 things that bring you joy in life.
  21. List 10 goals you’d like to reach in the next 5 years.
  22. List 10 goals you’d like to reach in the next 10 years.
  23. List 10 things you would do if money was no object.
  24. List 10 businesses you’d start if money was no object.
  25. List 10 ideas where you’ve said, “I should do that!”
  26. List 10 people you’d like to have a cup of coffee with.
  27. List 10 ways you think people should improve their lives.
  28. List 10 inventions you think have transformed our lives.
  29. List 10 things you enjoy doing that you would still do even if you were a millionaire.
  30. List 10 podcast/TV shows/radio shows you enjoy.
  31. List 10 people you personally know who are successful.
  32. List 10 people you personally know who’ve made a difference in the world.
  33. List 10 people you personally know who are entrepreneurs.
  34. List 10 people you’d love to work with one day.
  35. List 10 topics you’d like to learn more about.
  36. List 10 movies that you think should be redone.
  37. List 10 goals that you think are out of your reach.
  38. List 10 things you think are true about entrepreneurs.
  39. List 10 things you think people think about you.
  40. List 10 things people don’t know about you.
  41. List 10 things you’d like to change in your life.
  42. List 10 things you think are awesome about your life.
  43. List 10 money making ideas you’ve had in the past.
  44. List 10 things you want people to remember about you.
  45. List 10 terrible business names.
  46. List 10 reasons to wake up smiling every morning.
  47. List 10 things you couldn’t live without.
  48. List 10 of your favorite memories.
  49. List 10 websites you think look appealing.
  50. List 10 things you can do today to stop dreaming and start doing!

Tell me, have you tried strengthening your creativity muscle before?

  • June 3, 2015

It’s Time to Clear Your Head

Do you have trouble concentrating? Do you have a seemingly never ending string of ideas and to-dos running through your mind? Does it seem like you can’t keep up with everything? If that sounds like you, then it’s time to clear your head.

Life is always easier to manage with a clear head, when your not so scatterbrained because you’re trying to keep constant mental reminders.

A lot of folks refer to this as a brain dump, I hate that phrase, so I always say I’m clearing my head… just get it all out on paper, whatever pops up—write it down.

All of it!

  • Goals
  • Business Plans
  • Bills
  • Chores
  • Ideas
  • Scriptures
  • Appointments
  • Struggles
  • Funny thoughts
  • Gift ideas
  • Every little thing that pops into your head — write it down.

It’s that simple.

Clearing your head so that you can focus on what’s important is vital. When you take the time to eliminate the jumbled mess in your head (it’s not just me, I hope!) it frees up your mind to do important work.

Go grab some paper, I’ll wait…

As soon as you can, gather some paper and something to write with. You can use your computer, although personally I like to clear my head on paper, but I know many folks who like to use Evernote. I also use the notepad on my phone if I’m out and need to remember something.

I love those one-subject notebooks that cost a dime during all the back-to-school sales. I buy dozens of them. They easily contain my mess! I keep one on my desk at all times, opened to a fresh page. Anytime during the day I find myself thinking about something and it’s getting in the way of my regular work I go write it down. It took time to make it a habit, but now it’s second nature, and it is FREEING!

Eliminating the chaos is key. Getting your thoughts out is the first step to making those ideas a reality.

One System for Personal or Business

Clearing your head is useful in every aspect of your life. You will eventually want to seperate your thoughts. I keep separate notebooks for business and my personal life, although as I’m sure you can relate, the two sure do overlap! Anytime I am working on an ongoing project, it also gets its own notebook that way everything related to the task gets recorded and saved in one spot.

I do jot down notes in my Bullet Journal as well, but I don’t use it to clear my head. If you’d like to learn more about the art of clearing your head, Mystie Winckler has a great FREE email course to help.

I find it helpful to do this each evening so that I don’t lay in bed going over my to-do list and agonizing about all those things I “forgot.”

Could your life benefit from a little decluttering?

  • May 6, 2015