This post is part of my special Coaching Tips Series. This series was inspired by my clients and the core themes in their challenges. When we can apply these tips, we bring a lot of ease into our lives and step into our leadership.
As coaches, we have a set of specific coaching skills that we consciously use in our work. We see the results in our clients every day and we know that they work.
In this post, I’m sharing a foundational and key skill for coaches. And one that you can use too.
What are they? Powerful questions are provocative queries that put a halt to evasion and confusion. By asking the powerful question, the coach invites the client to clarity, action, and discovery at a whole new level. These generally are open-ended questions that create a greater possibility for expanded learning and a fresh perspective.
So here’s one for you:
What do you need most right now?
Imagine it’s a really good wine. Spend some time with it. Swish it around in your mouth and discover all that it has to offer.
Let the answers come to you.
And here’s an add on question, and it’s one of my favourites:
So my tip is, ask yourself a question like this on a regular basis.
Let me know how these tips work out for you. And share your own tips with me, I love to share the learning.
P.S. Here’s a few more for your Think Bank
- What is possible?
- What if it works out exactly as you want it to?
- What is just one more possibility?
- How does it look to you?
- If you could do it over again, what would you do differently?
- How can you make this more fun?
- What support do you need to accomplish it?
- What would it look like?
- What was the lesson?
- If your life depended on taking action, what would you do?
- Where are you right now?
- What is stopping you?
- In the bigger scheme of things, how important is this?
- Where do you go from here?