During a coaching session, especially at the beginning, when you’re just starting out in your coaching career, it can be difficult to put your finger on the right question to ask, at exactly the right time.
We’ve all been in the position where we’re not really sure of the best thing to ask in response to a certain reply, so we go with something ‘standard’, and work it out from there.
Over the years I’ve used hundreds if not thousands of different questions during coaching sessions. There’s not a specific set of questions that will work in any situation, every session is different, because every client is different.
There are however, certain questions that, when used at the right times, in the right context are very powerful and enlightening for your client.
I’ve tried to list the questions in a logical order, with questions suitable for a first session at the beginning, followed by questions more suited to sessions further along in the relationship.
Although that’s obviously just a guide and you should feel free to use whatever question suits the situation, whenever it’s useful.