From long experience as a coach trainer, here’s my personal list of the top five asking mistakes coaches make (excerpted from the book, Coaching Questions by Tony Stoltzfus).
Asking Mistakes #1: Closed Questions
Number one on our list of asking mistakes is—closed questions! Open questions are powerful questions and 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. Continue reading “Asking Mistakes Coaches Make: the Top Five”
In December I shared the top five asking mistakes I see coaches make. This month, I want to share five more top asking mistakes, so you have the complete top ten. (Visit the newsletter archive at www.coach22.com/discovercoaching/ if you missed this article). Continue reading “More Top Asking Mistakes (and How to Correct Them)”
Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of coaches from the charismatic stream wrestle with the question of how to integrate coaching and the prophetic. They value both, but they don’t always mix very well. Prophecy is hearing God and telling someone what he said, but the coaching approach frowns on telling. So what’s a coach to do? Today I want to show you a simple yet quite powerful way to get the best of both: Encounter Coaching! Continue reading “Encounter Coaching: When Jesus Steps into the Conversation”
Coaching questions can be a great way of starting significant conversations: taking everyday conversations from surface to significance. Instead of asking, “How are you?” or “What’s new with you these days?” and getting the standard replies, take a risk and ask about something you really care about. Continue reading “Coaching Questions Start Significant Conversations”