By Angela Escobar for MCTS
For life coaches, the first few sessions with a new client can be awkward if you don’t know what to ask. Opening up a coaching session by asking the right questions is imperative to setting the foundation for a (hopefully) long-lasting client-coach relationship. Last year, the International Coach Federation (ICF) asked their followers on Facebook and Twitter: What are some of the most powerful questions you love using with clients to get them talking during a coaching session? Below is a list of the Top 25 questions hand-picked by the ICF, posted in their article “25 Powerful Questions to Get Clients Talking”. But these don’t have to be questions that a life coach asks a client. For coaches, these questions may help to break the ice during a coaching session, but when one stops and considers these questions thoughtfully, they are powerful enough to bring about positive changes in anybody, anywhere, at any time. The answers that float up to the surface may surprise and inspire you, or give you clarity and a new perception. Try out a few and give thought to the answers that manifest within yourself.
1. If I were to give you an extra hour a day, what would you do with it?
2. What would you do if you had unlimited resources?
—Karen Martin Miner
3. What story is holding you back?
4. What will you do first?
5. What’s holding you back?
6. How much energy are you willing to put into that?
7. How would your ideal self create a solution?
8. What are you trying to prove to yourself?
9. If I was in your shoes and asked for advice, what would be the first thing you’d tell me?
—Thom J. Ferrie
10. What would you try now if you knew you could not fail?
11. Just because that happened in the past, why must it happen again?
12. Is what you are doing helping you follow your joy?
13. If your money could talk, what would it say to you?
—Lucio Andrés Pérez
14. What is the experience you are looking to create?
15. How does this decision match up with who you know you are?
16. When will you start?
17. What small steps can you take to get you closer to your vision?
—Josephine de la Paz
18. What are you waiting for?
—Juan Elías Romero Vázquez
19. What do you think the moral of that story is?
20. What part of what you’ve just said could be an assumption?
—Rachel Mendonca Gojer
21. What are the positive outcomes of this negative situation?
—Vanya L. Marinova
22. What story do you most often hear yourself telling?
23. And … ?
24. If you knew the answer, what would it be?
25. What am I not asking you that you really want me to ask?
Source: International Coach Federation