Powerful coaching questions

A moment in time There’s a moment that can happen in coaching when everything seems to stand still.

A moment in the process when the light in a client’s eyes changes.

An awakening, a realisation, a deep knowing.

I often feel it with a chill.

The chill of truth.

The truth they needed to find, even though they didn’t know they needed to.

There nonetheless.

These moments are often, but not always, preceded by a question.

When I coach I find questions emerge inside of me as I listen to my client.

Some familiar friends that I draw on often and have accompanied as a coach for years.

Others catching me quite by surprise.

Leaving me wondering “did I just say that?”

Recently I have been listening more to those questions so I can share them with you.

Here are fifteen that I found:

  1. What do you already know, that you wish you didn’t?
  2. If you knew, how long has it been this way?
  3. What is happening in your body right now?
  4. What don’t you want me to know?
  5. What do you want?
  6. Tell me…
  7. How are you feeling in this moment?
  8. What else is happening?
  9. What more do you know?
  10. In light of this, what happens now?
  11. Anything else?
  12. If that… then?…
  13. It’s this way because?…
  14. What’s missing for you right now?
  15. Why not?

I can’t promise they will create transformation – the ingredients for that, are more than just a powerful question.

I offer them to you as gems for your practise.

To be called upon when you and your client need them.

As you will hear me say often, they are simple.

But don’t be fooled by that…

Let me know what magic gets created.

With love Danielle xx

Photography credit ~ ‘A Moment In Time’ by Kriti Kapoor


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