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.