Coaching Tool 2 – Achievements – “Transferable skills – defining me”

As promised alongside our #thisisforyou campaign we are continuing to share a range of coaching tools for you to try, this week our second coaching tool is “Achievements – “transferable skills – defining me”.

Our coaching is all about helping our clients to succeed and achieve in all they set out to do. We want our clients to be at their best and feel at their best. We help our clients to clarify their vision, decide what success looks like and work out a plan to get there. Remember to get in touch if you’d like to further explore the ideas that you generate.

Achievements – “Transferable skills – defining me”

At first this tool and the questions listed look straight forward but once you start to really think about it they can be quite challenging. Don’t be put off, take time to reflect and really think about your answers. Coaching gives you the time and space to reflect and aims to develop your self-awareness, build your confidence and help you think about what next and start to make plans. This is not a job to be hurried but to be explored and enjoyed and can take time and consideration.

Knowing the strengths, skills and characteristics you demonstrate that are meaningful to you is an important aspect of understanding and defining yourself at your best. This is a challenging but often enlightening coaching tool – we hope you will enjoy it as well as learn a lot about yourself.

1. List 5 significant achievements in your life that you are most proud of. These achievements can be from your work or personal life. Write these in the circles below – try and fill all 5.

2. Next to each achievement identify what were the key characteristics from these achievements that you demonstrated that made you feel proud?

3. Then consider and list what strengths & skills you used in these achievements?

4. Lastly, summarise all the characteristics, strengths and skills you have listed for each achievement and write a profile list of the key aspects that define you.

Transferable skills coaching tool


Why not talk it through with a trusted friend or colleague – as coaches we notice that talking something through can often bring greater reflection, self-awareness and clarity.

We hope you enjoy this powerful thought provoking exercise. Please let us know how you get on!

Jenny & Emma

Jenny Pollock & Emma Shute are the Founders and Coaches with Women to Work. We offer one to one coaching, group coaching workshops, and bespoke programmes for women’s development within organisations.