When I first started coaching I was just kind of winging it. I didn’t have a structure for my coaching sessions and I didn’t know how to even coach my clients when they’re making decisions.
What I’ve learnt since becoming a coach and creating my own coach certification program is that one of the most important skills you can have as a coach is to listen to your client without judgement. In order to listen to your client you often need to prompt them so they can do some self-inquiry and exploration.
Questions are one of the most important coaching tools that you can have. Asking your clients the right questions in your coaching sessions helps you support your clients to focus, explore options, take action and practice self-inquiry.
Your role as the coach is to help your clients realise their potential and depend on themselves, not you.
I’ve broken down the questions into different sections:
Now, don’t get too caught up on questions. You don’t need hundreds of questions because you’ll never ask all of them and you’ll be too busy going through your list of questions in your session that you won’t be focused on your client.
Use the questions I’ve provided as a foundation to create your own. Your clients have chosen to work with you for YOU, so don’t try to be like everyone else.
I go much deeper into different types of coaching questions in The Created Coach Method which is my online coach certification program. If you want to learn more coaching tools and techniques that will help you increase your impact, profits and authority, this course is for you.
Let’s dive into the questions!
1. Establishing Focus
What is the most important outcome for this session?
What stopped you from doing the work you agreed to do?
What will happen when you reach this goal?
What won’t happen if you don’t reach this goal?
How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? What will you see, hear and feel?
2. Exploring options
Who is in charge of your results?
If you did know (what to do next, what the answer is), what would it be?
What is in your control to change?
What would you do if (money, fear, doubt) weren’t an issue?
Which option would bring you closer to who you want to be, even if you fail?
3. Taking action
What is the next step?
What SPECIFICALLY will you do to achieve this? (Get really specific: dates, times, etc. Not “I’ll go live on instagram” but “On monday I’ll do an instagram live at 5pm and I’ll talk about ____.”)
How will you self-sabotage (beliefs, fears, limiting beliefs), and what can you do to prepare for that?
What support or information do you need to achieve this?
Do you know of someone else who has achieved this goal? What resources might they have had that helped them
Even if it feels impossible, what would happen if it was possible?
How are you benefitting from holding yourself back? (This is usually unconscious. Another way to phrase this could be “What do you get to avoid by not doing this?”)
What are you NOT willing to do to achieve your goals?
Is that your belief? Do you really believe that?
What would it look like if it were easy?
Learning the skills that are required to be an effective and ethical coach is going to significantly impact your business and the clients and students who get to work with you.
If you want to take your education further and learn these concepts and more in greater detail, I have an entire online course that makes up over 120 hours of training and expert guidance in The Created Coach Method certification program.
The Created Coach Method is a certification program that teaches you the tools and skills that will help you significantly grow your business and help you guide your clients to even bigger transformation.
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