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.

Asking Profound Questions (formerly Asking to Win) by Bob Biehl
Asking Profound Questions (formerly "Asking to Win")
by Bobb Biehl
31 pages

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In this out-of-print, 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. A great question can transform your life. 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 Coaching Paradigm: Asking vs. Telling

by Tony Stoltzfus

At its heart, leadership coaching is about helping people solve their own problems, not telling them what to do. One of the most difficult changes beginning coaches must make is learning to ask questions instead of giving advice. As they struggle to get used to this new approach, the following kinds of questions invariably come out:

  • “Would it help if you’d keep track of how much time you’re spending on that project?”
  • “Could you just come right out and say something to her about the problem?”
  • “Do you think you should talk to your pastor about that?”

To see what’s really going on, simply cross out the first several words of each question, like this:

  • “Would it help if you’d Keep track of how much time you’re spending on that project.”
  • “Could you Just come right out and say something to her about the problem.”
  • “Do you think You should talk to your pastor about that.”

Oops! What we thought were good coaching queries turn out to be statements instead. The coach is dutifully attempting to ask questions, but what actually comes out are pieces of advice with question marks stuck on the end...

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Questions for Jesus Game - Cards Only
by Tony Stoltzfus
54 cards, instructions

The Questions for Jesus Game makes encountering Jesus on a heart-level fun! Simply ask Jesus a question from one of the cards, listen for one minute, and then get ready to be captivated as everyone shares the amazing and touching things Jesus says! It's so easy to hear his answers, because you are asking him about the thing he most wants to talk about: your relationship. You'll ask questions like:

  • "Jesus, what enjoyment has my life given you?"
  • "What would you like to compliment me on today?"
  • "What will it be like when you wipe every tear from our eyes?"
  • "Jesus, if I asked you if I was good enough, what would you say?"

The four question categories (Desire Fulfilled, Offbeat, For Kids, and Heaven) offer 200 creative questions for hours of enjoyment. Use them to build fun-filled connection at parties, in small groups, as ice-breakers, or even to use at the dining table to replace a rote mealtime prayer.

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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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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.

Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills $14.99Tony Stoltzfus - Coaching Foundations Bundle $111.82