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) or How to Ask Great Questions, with its excellent tips on coaching question construction, will help you learn to ask questions that get great results.

If you learn best by listening to live coaching demos, you'll also want to check our our Coach Training CDs and DVDs, like the Master Coach Series, that give you the chance to listen in on great coaches at work.

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 toolkit for coaches in training as well as seasoned professionals. This comprehensive resource is packed with dozens of great asking tools, models and exercises covering everything from conversational models to options and obstacles as well as advanced asking skills like reframing, tolerations and decision strategies (click here to view the Table of Contents). Each questioning method is described, then illustrated with examples (over 1,000 in all), asking tips and practice exercises. This is a reference guide you'll turn to again and again.

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How to Ask Great Questions by Karen Lee Thorp
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 Questionsoffers an in-depth look at many 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) can benefit from having How to Ask Great Questions handy.

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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?"

If you catch yourself in the act of asking a closed question...

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Asking Profound Questions (formerly Asking to Win) by Bob Biehl
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 Questions of Jesus by John Dear
The Questions of Jesus
by John Dear
135 pages, softcover
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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 all in one place 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." I find that fascinating.

We are so used to sermons being the primary learning method deployed in church, that it is easy to miss that Jesus almost never did formal teaching with his disciples. He taught the crowds of pre-believers as with the famous Sermon on the Mount, but with his inner circle learning most often happened with a question-and-answer dialog. You'll be surprised at the Jesus you see when you start to pay attention to his questions!

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