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An example of a brainstorming coaching activity

This is an excerpt from Foundations of Professional Coaching With HK Propel Access by James Gavin.

Jamal wants to find new motivations to exercise every day. Both he and his coach engage in a brainstorming activity with the coach asking what else questions.

Coach: Jamal, if it’s okay with you, let’s take five minutes in which I’m going to ask you to generate as many answers as you can to this sentence stem: “I would want to exercise if . . .”

Jamal: I would want to exercise if . . . I had a friend to go with me.

I would want to exercise if . . . my partner came with me.

I would want to exercise if . . . I could see it as time just for me.

I would want to exercise if . . . I got results.

Coach: What else?

Jamal: I would want to exercise if . . . I had great exercise gear.

I would want to exercise if . . . I could go on a weekend away as a reward.

I would want to exercise if . . . I could do it at lunch.

I would want to exercise if . . . I had a little more time in the morning.

I would want to exercise if . . . my days weren’t so stressful.

Coach: What else?

Jamal: I would want to exercise if . . . my supper was ready when I came back.

I would want to exercise if . . . I had a trainer.

I would want to exercise if . . . I could join that new gym.

I would want to exercise if . . . I had fun doing it.

Coach: What else?

This exercise could go on until Jamal completely runs out of new options or the agreed-upon time frame has elapsed. Once the brainstorming is over, the coach might then move into an exploration of the possibilities generated.