Brilliant Coaching Questions
Have you ever watched a really good coach in action? I love to observe someone coaching who is especially good at asking brilliant coaching questions that move the needle.
While I have my favorite coaching questions which I’ve shared before, I wanted to collect some new and brilliant coaching questions from some of my coach colleagues in The Better Teams Community - FORWARD.
Below are brilliant coaching questions three coaches in the FORWARD Community generously agreed to share with you:
1. “What happened before what happened, happened?"
Janis Cooper likes to use this as part of her Equine workshops. This question causes people to retrace what thoughts, actions, or behaviors contributed to how the horse responded.
Shared by Janis Cooper, Leadership & Team Development Consultant, Facilitator & Coach, EQnimity, LLC
2. “What would great look like?”
When a team member is complaining or venting and stuck in a negative talk track and you can’t get them to shift toward solution-finding on their own, this question can reframe that negative mindset to a more positive and productive one.
Shared by Erica Spoor, Founder & CEO of Chief Event Strategist
3. "What makes that important?"
This question helps the client process the reason for bringing up a subject and selecting coaching goals. It’s a great focusing question.
Shared by Gayle Ely, MBA, PCC, Leadership Coach, Trainer & Facilitator with Total Life Leadership
Try these brilliant coaching questions while coaching others and see how they work for you.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams, Team Consultant Academy, and FORWARD, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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