[ A Training Excerpt from the Intro to Soul Coaching Program ]
Inquiries & Powerful Questions
One of the most important skills a coach can have is the gift and art of asking powerful questions. Asking questions of clients rather than giving advice is at the foundation of effective coaching and counsel. This principle supports one of the Cornerstones of Coaching: The Client has her own best answers her life.
The inquiry is a powerful question that is so open-ended, it could take a week or longer for a client to really ponder and understand the answer. Inquiries are a deeper form of a powerful question typically given to clients in the form of a homework assignment. An inquiry is a question that could be, and usually must be, contemplated and looked at from many different perspectives. By taking time to be with the question, and answering it from as many different angles as possible, the inquiry can help bring to the surface a new insight and/or a deeper truth and knowing that was in an individual’s unconscious.
Some examples of effective inquiries might be:
- What are you tolerating in your life?
- Where are you not being honest with yourself? What about the truth scares you?
- What are you accepting that is really unacceptable to you?
- What really matters to you in your relationship(s)?
- What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
- What does it mean for you to have a full and abundant life?
Learn this and many other powerful tools and skills in our Introduction Soul Coaching course.
“I had the pleasure of being a part of Chris Sarris’s -Intro to Soul Coaching and Advanced Soul Coaching classes. Initially, I thought the classes were expensive. Would it be worth my money? I can definitely confirm that it was, in fact in many ways. I can’t put a price on the positive growth and changes that came into my life because of it. The courses covered a considerable amount of information, delivered in concise chunks that were easy to absorb. The structure was clear, logical and effective. Chris Sarris definitely put a lot of thought and expertise into designing these courses. But it wasn’t about the new knowledge that was shared. The main benefits came from doing assignments, receiving feedback and interacting with Chris and the other participants. The classes are very experiential and interactive. The format gave me the confidence to implement new techniques in my daily living, in contrast to my past failed attempts. I didn’t just learn the “how” to be an effective coach, but I learned the “what” it takes to be an effective coach and the “why” we need more coaches, teachers, healers and guides. I am passionate about this work and highly recommend it for not only professional development, but even more so the personal growth and transformation.”