107 Powerful Coaching Questions

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“In one sentence?” Finally. 7. 11. What 3 things did you complete?” It’s all about being clear on your priorities. then look for a meaningful goal/action.1. what would it be? Powerful Question to ponder! “What do you want MORE of in your life? What EXCITES and INSPIRES you?” (Make a list) “What do you want LESS of in your life? What are you TOLERATING and Putting up with?” (Make a list) “So. 14 . 2.however little? “Imagine you’ve just had an ideal week.all rights reserved. “What will you think about this 1 month.com Page 2 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. 1 year. What’s yours? “How does it suit you to stay exactly as you are?” Ponder this one if you’re having trouble with a change/goal in your life. 12. 5. 4. An oldie but goodie: “If you had a magic wand.thecoachingtoolscompany. 13. 2012 . 9. what 3 things would make the biggest difference in your life?” Use this to identify some goals! “What would a home run in your life look like this week?” Write a quick list! In response to “I don’t know.” Ask. The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. “So. “What do you secretly yearn for?” How can you bring some (some more) of this into your life . “What is it like for you to not know?” Then “Just feel into the question for a second…” “What’s the problem in a nutshell?” Then. . “What’s your favourite way of sabotaging yourself?” Mine is (add yours here). 8. how would your life be different?” Ponder. 3. “If you could ONLY change ONE THING in your life. 10. 10 years from now?” Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www. 6. what’s the problem in one word?” Powerful! “If there were just two rules that EVERYONE would have to follow what would they be?” Clues to your key values! Having trouble deciding? Ask.

24. what is the FIRST change you would start to make?” “I was wondering.all rights reserved. would make you jump for joy?” Prioritise & do this FIRST! “How much do I REALLY want this?” Now score it out of 10 (8+ Go! | 6-8 More thought needed! | 5 or less.15. “What. what would they do?” Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www. 17. Dealing with conflict/difficult situations. .thecoachingtoolscompany.. Determining powerful goals: “If you dared to speak it. 26. that keeps you from being fully yourself?” Ponder away… In a pickle? Think of someone you respect & admire. “How would they look at this situation.what makes your heart sing?” Now tell me what you notice… “If you had more time than you needed: What would you do differently and how would you BE different?” To ponder. 23.com Page 3 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. 20. if you got it finished this week. 19. 27. Have you understood me?” Business clients: “How might you be holding back from an imaginative. what would you make happen in your career/life?” Stuck? Ask. “I have heard you and understood. how do you get in your own way?” Awareness is everything. 2012 . 22. 25. “What could you STOP doing? Do LESS of? Do MORE of? CONTINUE doing? START doing?” Get brainstorming actions! Feeling a bit sluggish? Try asking “What could you do if you didn’t have to live with the consequences?” “List the top 10 things in life that give you joy . 16. 21... distinctive & highly enjoyable brand message in your business?” “What’s one thing that you could do to give yourself more peace financially?” “What is it that you believe. 18. 28.. Stop & re-evaluate!) “If you were to FULLY and completely live your life. when it comes to your goals. The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.

“What will happen if you do NOTHING towards your goal?” “Is that you or your gremlin talking?” “How long is it since you really. Our stresses are largely self-created: “Where do you add stress to your life?” “What does it mean to you to have a full and rich life?” Use your answers to ponder how to enrich your current lifestyle… “What would you try now if you KNEW you could not fail?” Make a list of at least 10 things . 43. 39. . 36. 32.all rights reserved. 37.com Page 4 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. 40. The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. 4 1. “What was it?” ESSENTIAL: “And what else?” Use after any response to get more information & deeper answers… “What is the biggest misconception others have about you?” Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www. Goal going nowhere? What’s the COST of doing nothing? Ask. 31. “Who will you have to become to have all that you want?” Remember BE -> DO -> HAVE! “What ‘priorities’ do you have in life at the moment that sap your energy and motivation?” “What (specifically) holds you back?” Make a list. then look for the ‘key’ item that will make the difference. “What are all the crazy.29. wacky & ‘out there’ things you could do to meet your goal?” “What are 3 things you are doing regularly that don’t serve or support you?” “When during the day do you usually have most energy?” Clear your schedule & do your most important tasks then. 38. 35. 30.and start ONE! “What’s one way to get more energy into your life?” Write down first thing that pops into your head & DO it! Need new options? Ask. 42.thecoachingtoolscompany. 33. 34. 2012 . REALLY wanted something & went all out for it?” And.

2012 . “Which is easiest to fix?” And.thecoachingtoolscompany. but it may be your gremlin or inner critic! “What are your Top 3 Priorities this week?” And “Does your week . 52. “Let’s suppose…”. 46...and how does this hold you back?” Clues to your limiting beliefs too… “How much of your day-to-day situation do you feel is within your control?” Now. 54.com Page 5 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.. “I’m wondering if…” “What would be the worst insult someone could throw at you . “How does that play out in your life?” “What’s around the next corner in your life? What’s just out of sight?” Use the answer/s to get inspired & get focused! A simple but big question. 51. 45..44. Stressed out? “Who are you trying to please?” It’s probably not you. 53. “I’m curious…”. “What does this tell you?” ESSENTIAL to ask possible new clients “I’m curious. 49. “What’s one change you could make that would give you more peace & calm?” “When was the last time you did something ‘big’ JUST for you?” (NB. Use softeners before challenging someone. how do you think I can help you?” Ask them to be specific.. 57. “What’s your dream for this lifetime?” Get connected to your self! “What do you avoid?” And “How does this avoidance affect your life?” Give this some serious thought. 4 7.. Something that’s ‘big’ for you.and activities reflect these priorities?” List the Top 3 things that get in the way of your productivity. The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. “What stops you?” “What if you said ‘No’ to it. 50. 56. would free you up/make a big difference in your life?” To ponder. 48. Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www. not what others think…) “How much do you think you’re worth?” And.all rights reserved. . 55.

what then?” “What if you worked on it right NOW. personal . The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. what three things would you tell yourself?” “If there was something important you’ve not dealt with in your life yet. would REALLY put a smile on your face?” Great at the start of a session or when needing motivation “What skills and resources do you need to develop in order to achieve your goals & dreams?” Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www.all rights reserved.. 69. “What advice would you give yourself right now?” Now imagine you’re 16 again .. what would it be?” Ponder away.. healthy & sat in your rocking chair. 64. “What do you stand for? What would you stand up for? What would you risk your reputation over?” Look for inspiration and values For PERFECTIONISTS and PROCRASTINATORS: “What could you achieve today if you just LOWERED your expectations?” “If you chose to really stretch yourself.or both. 60. 61. 2012 . . so make a list.thecoachingtoolscompany. 63. “What advice would you give yourself today?” “If you could travel back in time and meet yourself as a teenager.. 70. 68. “What if we quadrupled your self-belief.the world is amazing & exciting.com Page 6 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. Imagine you’re 90 years old. “Why?” Look for values… “What do you 1) LOVE & 2) LOATHE in your work?” Make a LIST & think up ways to do more of what you LOVE & less of what you LOATHE… “What 3 things could you do this week to make you feel really good?” Can be work.58. 67. “What are you tolerating/putting up with that needs to change so you can move forwards?” You know. 62. what would you aim for?” And now the key question. 66. 65. happy. 59. “What would happen in your life if we doubled your self-belief?” And.

“Who & What drains you?” Make a list because you can’t take action until you identify what’s dragging you down… “Who could you hang out with so achieving your goals becomes natural?” [People who inspire & energise you of course!] “If you were to consider what’s POSSIBLE.so far . In one word. what could you do differently?” “If there was an outcome/result you’re secretly looking for. plant etc) that represents what you want to achieve . 82. 77.all rights reserved.in your life?” Why do you think you picked those things? “If you were to think of a symbol (eg. 73. animal. instead of what’s PROBABLE. what would it be?” I wonder why it’s secret… “Think of who you most admire. 74 .because I bet there’s a few answers! “What activities in or out of work are TRULY meaningful to you?” Ponder how you can bring more of them into your life. . 80. 2012 . Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www. 79. “Why not?” “What would you MOST like to be acknowledged for . 72. 75. then ask.71. “How are you using them in your life currently?” And if not. “How can you bring more of this into your own life?” “What would have happened in 6 months that your life/career is doing better than you could have possibly expected?” Now go for it! Imagine seeing yourself thru the eyes of someone who truly loves & respects you: “What new things do you see?” Name 3 of your greatest strengths.thecoachingtoolscompany. The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.com Page 7 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. 81. 78. Why?” Now. 83.what would it be?” “What are you NOT ready to change yet?” “Where are you too hard on yourself?” Make a list . 76.

88. 90. “If the same obstacle/s comes up again. “So. 99. 96. 85. 2012 . give me a couple of stepping stones along the way…” Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www. 98. 89. “What are you going to do about it?” “What parts of yourself are you dying to let out?” Not getting stuff done? “What did you choose to do instead?” And. .com Page 8 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.. 93. what will you do?” “So.so we KNOW when we’re done! We show people how to treat us by the way we treat ourselves: “How do you teach people to treat you?” “What is out of harmony in my life. 92. The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.. which of your values are being met? And which of your values are being ignored?” “Where are you not respecting yourself right now?” And.84. what have been your ‘highlights’ and ‘lowlights’ since our last session?” “What’s missing in your life right now?” Make a quick list of ANYthing that jumps out at you. 97.thecoachingtoolscompany. 91.all rights reserved. 87. 94. 95. “Specifically. “What are you truly passionate about?” “What’s bugging you right now?” (Make a list) And “What are you DOING about it?” “What 3 things MUST you do before you die?” Take a moment and write them down. “What is the decision you have been avoiding?” “What’s wrong with you just the way you are?” All too often we’re busy fixing ourselves instead of enjoying ourselves right now! “With your current lifestyle. 86. and how do I restore it?” Evaluate your goals: “How might your life be BETTER with this new goal?” & “How might your life be WORSE?” Make a list. how will you know you’ve achieved your goal?” The word specific is essential . if that seems a bit of a stretch from where you are now.

“Where do you have unrealistic expectations?” And. Free Coaching Tools: For inspiration and to help you with your businesses. .com is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. quotes. what would it be?” 104. but for the moment. “If you secretly didn’t want to achieve your goal. 106. right now. Have a client not taking action? Ask. 2012 . follow us on Twitter and/or Linked In! • Check out our searchable blog chock full of articles for people who love coaching. When limiting yourself or beating yourself up ask. “Who would you be without that thought?” (from Katie Byron) 101. creating coaching tools and writing. You can always change it later. "How are these sabotaging you right now?" 103.thecoachingtoolscompany. business admin templates for new coaches and forms to help with your seminars. I'd love to hear from you! Like this coaching tool? Then you'll love our website! www. get a helpful weekly coaching article. And if you have any other questions or suggestions just give me a shout. About the author: Emma-Louise Elsey is the CEO of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. coaching exercises. there are many more Free Coaching Tools & Templates at The Coaching Tools Company.com Page 9 of 9  Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd..all rights reserved. NLP practitioner and recovering perfectionist who loves questions. “Who do you need to BE to accomplish (client’s goal)?” 107. “If you had to state a purpose for your life.100. hear about exclusive offers and free stuff PLUS get our FREE "549 Coaching Questions" ebook organized into helpful coaching areas! Like our Facebook Page. Ask.com including more coaching questions. Since qualifying as a coach in 2004 she has worked with many successful professionals and business owners. • © 2012 Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. what would you do?” We hope these Coaching Questions help you grow your business and your clients! And here are some things to do if you liked this Coaching Questions ebook: • Sign-up for our newsletter.) She is a certified Life Coach. The Coaching Tools Company is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. “What could you have as a goal that would TRULY excite or inspire you?” Make a list.. Taking responsibility. (The Coaching Tools Company. “What is the biggest change you are willing to make today?” 105. “What actions that I FAILED to take led to this situation?” 102.

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