10 Steps to Creating Your Own Assessment

The Benefits of Assessments

Assessments are a wonderful tool to help you:

  • Increase traffic to your website
  • Turn cold prospects into warm prospects
  • Illustrate the potential benefits of your services
  • Provide something of value at no charge (an effective “spiritual marketing” technique)
  • Show prospects the specific areas and ways in which coaching can benefit them
  • Build your credibility
  • Improve the quality of your coaching when you use them in your coaching
  • Show clients exactly how much your coaching is helping them by using assessments before and after
  • Generate new referrals

The Problems with Assessments

Assessments are wonderful but there are some problems.

They are often very expensive to buy and administer. Many assessments are overly complicated, academic, and lengthy, which turns prospects off. Other assessments have the opposite problem: They are too brief or they are unsophisticated, like a quiz you would see in a magazine.

Assessments will not provide you with any of the benefits described above if they are not of highest quality and caliber.

Fortunately there are some solutions.

You could buy ready-made, high-quality assessments, like those written by Milana Leshinsky and Lorina Kase  at www.coachingassessments.com

Or you can create your own. If you want to create your own, here are the ten steps to creating an excellent assessment:

  1. Research your topic. Think about your areas of expertise and how they may apply to different assessments. Do not try to write an assessment on an area that is not within your expertise, it will be like false advertising and you will reduce your credibility.
  2. Be sure that there is a market interest your assessment. Look up key words on sites like Overture.com to see what people are searching for.
  3. Tailor the topic for your prospects and clients. The more relevant your topic for the people who come to your website and your current clients, the better. Think about who you want to target to turn from a prospect to a client. More focused assessments work better than broad ones.
  4. Brainstorm. Creatively brainstorm all of the potential topics to include in your assessment. Do not censor yourself, just write down whatever you think is relevant.
  5. Use References. Now, get input from the leading researchers and writers in your field. Gather a few key books and make sure that you are including all the topics these experts think are important.
  6. Decide on a Length. Think about how many questions you will need to cover all the key points. In statistics, this is called the “power analysis.” Think about how long it will need to be to have “power” without being too lengthy.
  7. Decide on a Format. The most common format is a “Likert Scale.” These types of questions have a statement and then the person selects an answer on a scale such as 0-4 or 0-5 based on how much that statement is true for them. You can look at other high-quality assessments to use their format as a template.
  8. Write the Questions. Remember that the copy writing is crucial. The questions need to be emotionally-engaging, comprehensive, in language understood by your target audience, and concisely written.
  9. Review the Questions. This step is very important. Go over the questions and then write down what important questions you left out the first time. If you want to keep your assessment to 25 questions, for example, then go over your questions to see what is redundant or not necessary and substitute with one of the new questions you generated.
  10. Write the Scoring Key. The scoring key is possibly the most important part of the assessment. Without it, the questions would be meaningless. If someone spends their valuable time answering all you questions and then gets a contrite or unhelpful answer, they will be dissatisfied and annoyed. Be sure that your scoring key gives them the information they need to know, including what they can begin to do to change (such as coaching) if that is relevant.

You can also have a professional writer write your assessment based on your document, e-book, or fill-in forms.

Where to Find Lead Generating Assessments

If you’ve contemplated offering assessments and understand the value of instant gratification to your visitor, but just don’t know where to start, or just don’t have the time to put it together, maybe we can help.

We know you are busy and frankly sometimes, just getting started on a project like this is more than you might have time for, so we’ve added new “done for you” services!

Introducing: Total Assessment Services!


We’re Excited About Helping YOU!

Send us your assessment and we’ll get it all ready for you to use, including giving it the look and feel of your branding, we’ll load your video, add your statements and send you a simple link to start using on your website, in your signature line, in your social media posts. Since the assessment will be based on your expertise and content, anyone who takes it will just see how terrific you are at what you do – and how you can help them.  You can read all about it here: TotalAssessmentServices.com

IF you don’t have assessments, we can help with that! We have over 25 pre-written, lead generating assessments in the areas of Life and Wellness, Business, Careers, plus four bonus assessments  at:

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Hi Kathy,

I love the assessment! Now that I’ve seen one, I think that I can build my own. I’m having my website name changed and the website redesigned. I’ll also have a new logo. As soon as it’s completed, I’ll email you and you can invoice me.

Thank You so much!

We look forwarding to pumping up your quality leads with assessments!

Warmly,

Kathy