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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. Price $14.99

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by Tony Stoltzfus
100 pages, Large Format
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A Book You'll Really Use

Coaching Questions is designed as a reference guide for practicing coaches and coaches in training. The book is arranged around particular asking techniques used at different points in the coaching conversation. Each technique is described, illustrated with example questions, and often includes a additional hints and tips or practice exercises to help you make the most of that skill. All this is condensed into one or two pages for each tool for quick reference.

This book is a godsend for beginners or coaches in training, who often struggle to come up with the right thing to ask. Simply take a minute or two to review the technique or conversational model you will be using, close the book and start coaching. You'll coach with greater confidence and effectiveness, and master the art of asking faster.

Practicing coaches will find a wealth of new tools and new twists on old ways of asking. It is amazing what you can learn by looking at the way others ask. And if you find yourself coaching an unfamiliar area, Coaching Questions includes sample tools for a dozen different coaching niches.

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The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. An incisive question posed at just the right moment can be a life-changing experience.

In this volume, master coach trainer Tony Stoltzfus joins with 12 other professional coaches to present dozens of valuable asking tools, models and exercises, and illustrates them with over 1,000 examples of penetrating coaching questions. Covering the gamut from basic techniques like options and actions to advanced concepts such as challenge and reframing, Coaching Questions is a book that will find a home on any coach's short list of handy references.

Instead of just offering lists of questions, this book connects the question examples with the coaching tool they are used with and their place in the coaching conversation, and teaches you to use the tools as well. The focus on tools plus examples makes it a reference guide you'll return to again and again.

Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills includes:

  • The top ten asking mistakes coaches make, and how to correct each one
  • Nearly 1200 examples of powerful questions from real coaching situations
  • Destiny discovery tools organized in a four-part life-purpose model that includes passion, design, experience and calling
  • Overviews of 15 popular coaching niches, with a tool and examples for each
  • A schedule of training exercises to help you become a "Master of Asking"

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About the Author

Tony Stoltzfus is a long-time coach, author of 11 coaching books, including the best-selling Coaching Questions. He has co-founded two coaching schools and trained over a thousand coaches. As current Director of the Leadership MetaFormation Institute, Tony teaches leaders to engage the heart by coaching through the emotional brain to touch the deep desires that drive behavior. Known for his interactive, innovative training and writing style, Tony has written courses and training materials used around the world. He lives in Redding, CA with his wife Kathy. They have two grown children.

Reader Feedback

"The Questions Book is awesome! I am running through it now and then, it gets me thinking and aligns my thoughts... [in the way] I need to be in with a client. Tony, you are truly gifted!

"I am extremely impressed with the content of Tony's new book which I received yesterday."

"I just got your 'Coaching Questions' and it is an amazing book... It will be very helpful."

"GREAT Coaching Questions book. VERY helpful!"


"Dude, that Coaching Questions book is awesome! I'm sure I will use it incessantly."

"I received Coaching Questions in the mail yesterday! It resonates so well with where I am. I am recommending it to others."

"I’m not a professional coach... As such, I wasn’t sure how the book would impact me, but I figured that it’s always good to have a few new questions in one’s arsenal, so I thought I would give it a try... It amazed me how immediately useful the information was. This book is fantastic in it’s ability to get you to think about the questions that you ask when you meet with people.

I’m talking about thinking over the types of questions you ask and how you ask them, and then, thinking about how to catch yourself in mid-sentence when asking a closed question to turn it around to be open.

I have also used, and continue to use, more creative questions when I’m discipling, which in turn leads me to better know the people I serve. I wouldn’t say this about most books, but “Coaching Questions” would be a great book to get whether you are a coach, pastor, or just a plain ol’ guy like me!

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