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Asking powerful coaching questions is one of a Christian life coach's most important skills. Books like Coaching Questions (with nearly 1500 examples of great questions), How to Ask Great Questions, with its excellent tips on coaching question construction, or the coaching demonstrations in the Master Coach Series will help you learn to ask questions that get great results.
 
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Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills
by Tony Stoltzfus
100 pages, Large Format
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Want to perfect your asking skills with the help of a master coach? Coaching Questions is the best-selling asking resource for both coaches in training and seasoned professionals. This comprehensive toolkit is packed with dozens of asking tools, models and exercises, covering everything from conversational models, options and obstacles to advanced asking skills like reframing, tolerations and decision strategies (click here to view the Table of Contents). Each questioning technique is described, then illustrated with coaching question examples (over 1,000 in all), asking tips and practice exercises. This reference guide is one you'll turn to again and again.

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Asking Profound Questions (formerly "Asking to Win")
by Bob Biehl
31 pages
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A great question can transform your life. In this compact, high-impact booklet, Bobb Biehl, a well-known speaker and life- and business planning consultant, has captured over 100 jewels from his own experience of asking profound questions. The booklet also contains samples of several planning tools and rules of thumb for asking, planning and deciding.

Bob Biehl's questions run the gamut from career change to brainstorming to organizing to problem solving. It's a great pocket resource for Christian coaches seeking to improve their asking skills or find examples of life-changing questions. Great questions help us to think through a variety of options.

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The Top Five Asking Mistakes Coaches Make

From long experience as a coach trainer, here's my personal list of the top five asking mistakes coaches make:


1. Closed Questions
Our #1 offender isóclosed questions! Open questions have two important benefits: they let the coachee direct the conversation (you can answer in many different ways) and they make the coachee think by eliciting more than one-word answers. While most people will answer the occasional closed question as if it were open, too many will shut people down.

To convert closed questions to open ones, first become aware of what you are asking. If you catch yourself before you've finished asking, you can simply restate the question. You'll know its a closed question if it can be answered with a simply "yes" or "no", like these examples:

  • "Is there a way to do that and still keep evenings for family?"
  • "Can you realistically take that on too?"
  • "Could there be any other ways to approach that?"
  • "Do you have any other options?"

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How to Ask Great Questions
by Karen Lee Thorp
71 pages
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This short, practical volume offers a wealth of great tips and techniques for constructing excellent coaching questions. While not a coaching book per se (it is targeted at small group coaches or leaders), How to Ask Great Questions covers quite a few of the bread and butter asking techniques coaches use: open and closed questions, probing questions, asking about what's significant, and bringing out people's inner thoughts and true feelings.

The best feature of the book is that it includes example after example of great questions created for specific scenarios or situations. Any coach (and especially beginners, coaches in training or small group coaches) could benefit from having How to Ask Great Questions handy.

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Questions for Jesus
by Tony Stoltzfus
135 pages, softcover
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Want to bring God encounters into your coaching--and your relationship with Jesus? Stop praying about the business ("God, what do you want me to do?") and learn to pray about the relationship ("Jesus, here's what I like about you: ____. What do you like most about me?") with a master of engaging the heart as your guide.

Questions for Jesus by master coach Tony Stoltzfus takes you on a journey of learning how to pray and coach around your deepest desires. Written in a devotional format, this book takes heart-level conversation with Jesus to a new level.

Questions for Jesus shows how Jesus spoke to the deepest desires of those he met--and how he can do so for you. Built around 52 passages in Matthew where Jesus touches desires, each meditation offers five powerful, heart-level questions that will help you enter into the passage and receive what your heart most longs to hear.

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Desire Discovery Cards
by Tony Stoltzfus
54 cards, instruction booklet, case
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This fun self-discovery tool helps people identify and describe their feelings and follow those emotions to key memories, beliefs and core desires. It's a great way to stimulate enjoyable, authentic conversation. Housed in a transparent case, the set includes:

  • 16 - Emotion Cards, describing eight positive and eight negative feelings
  • 16 - Desire Cards, each describing a core desire
  • 16 - Twisted Desire Cards, showing how true desires look when distorted
  • 6 - Question Cards, used to help players connect with desires, emotions, memories and beliefs
A 16-page instruction booklet includes 10 games and exercises for use in groups, team-building or one-on-one coaching.
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The Questions for Jesus DVD
by Tony Stoltzfus
The companion to the Questions for Jesus Group Guide
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Offer the Questions for Jesus Course using this DVD and the Group Guide and you'll take people on an amazing journey of learning to ask Jesus intimate questions and hearing him speak personally and immediately to your deepest desires. This DVD includes video demos and teachings for all 8 sessions of the course, in higher resolution format than those posted on the internet. Based on the book, Questions for Jesus by Tony Stoltzfus, this DVD and the Group Guide include what you need as presenter to offer the course. And the Open Source format means you can offer our courses royalty free.

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The Questions of Jesus
by John Dear
135 pages, softcover
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"The most frequently asked question in all four Gospels," writes author John Dear, "is perhaps the most beautiful: 'What do you want me to do for you?' With this question, we discover not so much a God who demands to be waited on, but a God who is eager to serve." If you want to learn more about questions from Jesus himself, this book will help take you on that quest. It arranges 125 questions of Jesus in 19 categories, and then provides a meditation on the meaning of each. For a coach, just having the list of questions is worth the price of the book. It also serves up occasional nuggets like Richard Rohr's observation in the introduction that Jesus only directly answers three of the 183 questions that he himself is asked." Fascinating.

John Dear is a priest, retreat leader, author, and peace activist, who draws from experiences such as serving as Red Cross coordinator for chaplains for families after the 9/11 attack. The meditations on each question focus on topics like justice, love, forgiveness and non-violence. If you come from a conservative or evangelical stream, this book can also be a good challenge to look into parts of Jesus message that are probably heard less often in your world.

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Desire Photo Cards
by Tony Stoltzfus
32 cards, box, instructions (downloadable)
5.5" x 8.5" cards
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Both a coaching aid and a tool for group learning fun, the Desire Photo Cards effectively tap the emotional brain to reveal your deepest longings. Each large-format card (there are 32 in all) includes a carefully-selected color photo of one of the 16 desires on the front, with the twisted desire on the rear in black and white (to make them easy to sort). Using photos instead of words speaks the language of the emotional brain, making it easier to tune into feelings and desires. And it's a great way to stimulate authentic conversation and self-discovery in groups. A free, downloadable instruction booklet provides eleven learning games and coaching exercises that employ the cards.

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Powerful Questions: Changing Perspective
by Tony Stoltzfus
over 60 min audio + handouts
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Powerful Questions: Changing Perspective offers advanced skills training for aspiring Christian coaches or those who are already certified. This disc includes input and live demos of several powerful perspective techniques. Sharpen your coaching skills by listening to a masterful coach at work!

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Powerful Questions: Coaching Visionaries
by Tony Stoltzfus
77 min. audio + handouts
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Powerful Questions: Coaching Visionaries offers advanced skills training for aspiring leadership coaches or those who are already certified. This disc includes input on several advanced techniques for coaching leaders toward a vision. Each skill is then demonstrated in extended, live coaching sessions, with leaders who dream about changing the world.

Visionaries often get stuck in the pursuit of their dreams when they come up against the limitations of their own strengths and weaknesses. You'll earn to coach visionaries around these obstacles with three powerful asking approaches that remove limitations:

- A Strengths Inventory helps the leader think through what they bring to the visionary task and where they need help.
- Crafting Your Ideal Role lets a visionary create a role that really fits and bring others into the areas they are made to do.
- Make or Break Factors assesses the visionary's readiness, and is a great technique for coaching younger leaders to keep moving forward aggressively when the fulfillment of their dream is a ways off.

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Powerful Questions: Problem Solving
by Tony Stoltzfus
65 min audio+ handouts
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Powerful Questions: Problem Solving shows you three powerful coaching skills for brainstorming and helping people develop creative solutions using a Christian coaching approach. You'll learn how to take people to their ideal future to get around the limitations of the present, the obstacle approach to problem solving, and how to take brainstorming to the transformational level of values, beliefs and identity.

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Questions for Jesus Group Guide (Print)
by Tony Stoltzfus
Complete Presenter's Package with PowerPoints - 46 pages
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Offer the Questions for Jesus Course and take people on an amazing journey of learning to ask Jesus the questions he most wants to answer and hear him speak personally to your deepest desires. Using coaching questions and asking principles, this facilitator's package teaches how to identify your deepest longings, and how meeting Jesus there changes everything.

Based on the book, Questions for Jesus by Tony Stoltzfus, this 8-session Presenter's Package includes everything you need to offer the course:

The Open Source format means you can offer the course royalty free and customize it to suit your needs.
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