Seven Powerful Coaching Questions


I am fresh from a mastermind retreat with established coaches and brimming with excitement and gratitude. You know how it feels to be energized by powerful conversations? The rich relationships and collaborative learning are even more valuable when we harvest the gems and use them to transform our mindsets, habits and results.

The moments with the biggest impact in my retreats are when powerful questions get asked at just the right time. The right question can do more to motivate a coaching client into playing a bigger game than reading a whole bookshelf of inspirational books or attending several ‘how to’ seminars. Why is that? Questions, when phrased and timed well, entice us to go inside and look around the many rooms of our heart-mind. We emerge knowing ourselves better than we did before.

Here are seven great coaching questions to ask your clients, or yourself!
1. What do you want?
2. What’s holding you back?
3. What is it costing you to continue holding back?
4. How do you want to change your mind’s programming on that topic?
5. What new habits will you put in place to fortify your new mindset?
6. What is the most meaningful action you could take now?
7. What new skills or support systems will ensure your success?

These are just simple coaching questions. But even the most successful coaching clients will get continual value out of these kinds of questions. The right question can help anyone zoom past obstacles and into a power zone of action and attraction.

Anatomy of a Powerful Question

All powerful questions:
- Come from a place of genuine curiosity.
- Are direct, simple and usually open-ended.
- Generate creative thinking and surface underlying information.
- Encourage self reflection.

A question is most powerful when neither the asker nor the responder knows the answer, until the question is answered. Think about it. If we can ask our coaching clients questions that bring out fresh information, we’ve brought about growth and transformation.

Keeping the Inquiry Alive

What makes the right question even more powerful? When you probe for deeper answers. One question may only scratch the surface. If you want to coach in the most masterful way, take the question to its deepest conclusion by asking the simple follow up question: And what else?

See how this simple follow up deepens the question and draws more from the coaching client:

What do you want? And what else?
What’s holding you back? And what else?
What is it costing you to continue holding back? And what else?
See what I mean?

The best treasures are buried deep. Try these questions on yourself and then use them to support your clients as well.

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THOUGHTS? QUESTIONS? ANSWERS?

  • http://www.CenterMarkCoaching.com Mike Harrison

    Rhonda,
    Thanks for these questions. It’s good to see them and keep them in front of us. My favorite one is “what’s holding you back?” For coaches who do team facilitation, this is a great one to keep repeating–”what’s holding you back?” The group really begins to resonate as each person shares their view. This question…and the many answers it invokes can create a lot of synergy.

    Know the Power-lead the way!
    Mike

  • http://www.facebook.com/livingsoberlifecoaching Shira Goldberg

    I am so happy to find you!  It seems you have a lot of tools for emerging coaches!  
    Thanks!

    Shira Goldberg

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    • http://prosperouscoachblog.com/ Rhonda Hess

      Hello Shira! Delightful to meet you here. We can also interact on http://facebook.com/prosperouscoach where I post more tips and resources.

      Tell me, how did you find me Shira? What are your plans for your coaching business for the rest of the year?

  • Beau Runningen

    I love this article. I enjoyed this simple to the point. I would like to put this on my Google+ page. Why can i not do that?

  • http://prosperouscoachblog.com/ Rhonda Hess

    Hey Beau – thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    I’ll have my webmaster put a share link for Google + onto my blog soon.

    In the meantime, you can share this full link for this blog on your Google + if you like:
    http://www.prosperouscoachblog.com/powerful-coaching-questions/#comment-685782219

  • Shera Lee

    Thank you so much for posting these questions! I am a new coach and I need to work on my questioning skills.

    • http://prosperouscoachblog.com/ Rhonda Hess

      This will help you leap ahead, Shera! Many blessings on your coaching biz. Let me know how I can help you soar.

  • Mia

    Hi Rhonda, I am a full time student working on my B.S. of Psych with an emphasis in Life Coaching and Christian Counseling. Currently working on research for learning questioning skills within the coaching setting. Your article was concise, easy to understand. I am hoping to be a certified Life Coach by the time I graduate with my Bachelor’s degree and can hardly wait to start the next steps to seeing my new ministry come to life, and which zoning in on my coaching niche. I will look forward to read more from you. Thank you for your insights.
    Mia

    • http://prosperouscoachblog.com/ Rhonda Hess

      Thanks for stopping by the Prosperous Coach Blog Mia on your way to a fabulous coaching business. If you want help with your coaching niche and everything that goes with it, that’s my specialty. Lots of free articles on my blog already about niching smartly and visit the YOUR NICHE page too. Many Blessings!