When did that happen? Where did this happen? What happened next? Who else was involved? What did they say/do? Did you do this? Did you do that?
This type of questioning is common because it’s how we converse with our friends, family and colleagues. We want to try and fully understand the scenario in order to help the person find a solution.
But as coaches, we actually need less information than we think we do.
Of course we need to gather some information and background in order to have a sense of the situation, but we really don’t need to know how things came to be or the finer details. Because we aren’t trying to solve or fix a problem.
Coaching questions are much different.
They’re intended to open up possibilities and help the client explore, learn and grow. Coaching questions, come from a place of curiosity.
We call these powerful, high mileage, provocative and curious questions. They're the foundation of coaching, our cornerstones.
When we come from a place of curiosity we’re not the expert, we’re guiding the client’s discovery, learning and exploration about themselves and their life. We look at their world through the eyes of a child.
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