50 Awesome “Right” And “Powerful” Coaching Questions

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As a life coach, it is important to keep bringing clients back to focusing on what they do want, why they do want it and how they do want to feel.  Coaching is not advice giving but a lot of question asking and getting the client to answer.

By asking the client powerful questions, it requires the client to look within himself/herself for his/her own answers. Asking a client, “How was your day?” versus “What is the outcome you want from this situation?” takes your client into completely different spaces.  While on the other hand, asking “right” questions gets the client to focus on what is going well in their life instead of constantly focusing on the negatives.

Powerful questions get both the coach and client out of their heads and into their intuitive, heart space where all inner wisdom resides. This is where the rich, electrifying shifts, discoveries, learning, and realizations are accessed.

In my training as a coach I was taught to always ask “right” and “powerful” questions.  Here is a list of some “powerful” and “right” questions that could be asked during a session from the coach to the client.

  1. What’s great about your life this week?
  2. How have you grown this week?
  3. What did you accomplish this week?
  4. What did you learn?
  5. What are you grateful for?
  6. Who’s grateful for you?
  7. How can you turn this around and have better results next time?
  8. How would you like it to be?
  9. What’s in the way?
  10. What’s stopping you?
  11. What does this mean to you?
  12. Are you focused on what’s wrong or what’s right?
  13. Is that a story or the truth?
  14. Is this giving you energy or draining your energy?
  15. What will really make the biggest difference here?
  16. What does your intuition tell you about this?
  17. Do you have a gut feeling about this?
  18. Have you solved problems like this before?
  19. If you changed your belief about this, what would be possible?
  20. Will this choice move you forward or keep you stuck?
  21. What’s the first step you need to take to reach your goal?
  22. What’s stopping you from taking action?
  23. How would your life be transformed if you changed this right now?
  24. What’s the most resourceful choice here?
  25. How can you improve this, so it adds value forever?
  26. Are you acting on faith or fear?
  27. If you weren’t scared, what would you do?
  28. Which step could you take that would make the biggest difference, right now?
  29. How can you get your needs fully met?
  30. If you achieve this goal, will it bring lasting fulfillment or temporary pleasure?
  31. What are you willing to do to improve this situation?
  32. What are you willing to stop doing to improve this situation?
  33. What are you willing to commit to here?
  34. How can you use this so it becomes a benefit?
  35. Have you decided to take action or are you just hoping you will?
  36. Who can help you with this?
  37. What do you need in order to succeed here?
  38. What are you responsible for here?
  39. What did you learn in the process?
  40. Who else will benefit?
  41. What’s next for you?
  42. What do you want to be doing in five years time?
  43. What’s your ideal future?
  44. Where is your life out of balance?
  45. What’s working well for you at the moment?
  46. What are you passionate about?
  47. What do you think you should do first?
  48. If you could only do one thing this week, what would it be?
  49. If you weren’t holding anything back, what would you be doing?
  50. If you were guaranteed to succeed, what would you do?

I always try to ask the client questions continually during a session. I have one client in particular who frequently asks for advice and since we don’t give advice as coaches I always answer her question with a question to deflect or to get out of giving advice.  It works.

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Andy Wooten M.A. – Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado. I founded TPC to help others to meet their goals in life, relationships, careers, or fitness.

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