Coaching Questions 101: 10 Powerful Questions to Unblock Your Clients! July 6, 2012 Reading Time: less than 1 min Share3Tweet2Share3Pin917 SharesWho doesn't love powerful questions? Well if you're at all like me, you'll get excited when you find a great new coaching question to add to your collection. So, here are 10 (13 actually!) powerful coaching questions to unblock your clients! What do you NOT want me to ask you? Imagine for a moment that your issue is resolved. How did you get there? So, what do you think you're SECRETLY afraid of, that's getting in the way of ________ ? a. What are you ready to change? b. What are you NOT ready to change YET? What haven’t you admitted out loud yet? a. What’s the problem in a nutshell? b. Now, what’s the problem in one sentence? c. And what’s the problem in one word? What's the EASY way forward here? How important is this to you REALLY? What would YOU suggest I ask you to move this forwards? Name someone successful that you admire. What would ________ do if they were in your position? If you have any powerful questions to add that you think would help others - please share them in the comments below! And for more powerful questions, check out our free resources: 37 Questions To Liberate Your Clients From Themselves, 21 Questions to Extraordinary Goal Setting and our Wrap-up Sessions Question Coaching Form Categories: Challenging, Coaching Questions, Coaching Tips, Questioning, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized 15 Comments Wendy Buckingham July 12, 2012 A great question I have found to get a stuck client moving when they won't get out of the story and are stuck in a bad relationship or environment (work or personal) is "Is this really good enough for you?" The answer is invariably "no" which really gets them aware and thinking – and I take it from there. Wendy Buckingham Email: email@example.com Reply Emma-Louise July 12, 2012 Thanks Wendy! And a great question - it shifts them into a different perspective. Warmly, EL Reply sharon September 16, 2019 Brilliant question, thanks! Reply Mhairi Gordon-Preston MSc March 16, 2015 Wendy, you're a lifesaver, I'm going to use that today with a client! Emma-Louise, you are too 🙂 I've picked out there questions from your list. That's all me and this client are going to today, enough already! 🙂 Reply Emma-Louise March 16, 2015 Dear Mhairi, glad that Wendy and I could help! Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Bren Murphy July 10, 2016 Hi Emma-Louise, I think question 5 is really powerful for my coaching clients - sometimes confronting them with exactly what they are NOT saying is just the trigger for a great exposition. Makes growth really exciting. Thanks Bren Reply Emma-Louise July 15, 2016 Dear Bren, thanks for your comment! I'm glad you found a useful question. Curious how you - and your clients 😉 - get on with it! Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Prasad S Palav January 14, 2017 I have found this question To be very powerful. What's stopping you from taking that action or What needs to change in your thinking to take that action Reply Emma-Louise January 16, 2017 Dear Prasad, Thank-you for those great questions! I particularly like your second one about the change to your thinking! 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Willy Legagneur December 21, 2017 I have client in a tough place and I have learn from each question. I’m new to the coaching environment. Thank you. Reply Emma-Louise January 3, 2018 Dear Willy, I am so glad you found this article and the questions helpful 🙂 Thank-you for taking the time to comment. Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Linda Dobson June 17, 2018 Question 1: what "stops" you from moving forward? Whats your "red light"? Always followed by Question 2: What "starts" you to move forward? Say more... Reply Emma-Louise June 18, 2018 Thank-you Linda! I particularly like the "red light" as it brings in a visual too! And the say more... 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply JOHN KAIMINS July 2, 2019 "What were you pretending not to know, that, if you DID know right now would cause that old thing to resolve itself" ( I am using Spatial Predicates & Presuppositions in the question.) Reply Emma-Louise July 5, 2019 Dear John, thank-you for your question! 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.