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Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. In this volume, master coach trainer Tony Stoltzfus joins with 12 other professional coaches to present dozens of valuable asking tools, models and exercises, then illustrates these coaching strategies with over 1,000 examples of penetrating questions. Covering the gamut from basic techniques like op ...more
Spiral-bound, 99 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Pegasus Creative Arts
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I am not a coach but I like and I am interested in coaching.
I have this book in my library because, sometimes when I feel confused, I love to find useful questions to ask me.
You can find a lot of contents: of coaching process, life coaching, decision making, motivations, ...

I love the GROW model
- G - Questions to establish a goal or OBJECTIVES
- R - Questions to determine the starting point or REALITY CHECK
- O - Questions to think creatively the OPTIONS
- W - Questions to make actions steps to a
Shane Clements
I am new to life coaching, only if you go by the official title of an Executive Professional Life Coach. However, the concept is something I am quite familiar with, having been involved in ministry work for over 25 years, serving as a youth minister, missionary, and senior pastor, I have had several opportunities to provide various forms of coaching in differing life situations. Tony's book, Coaching Questions, would have been a valuable resource to have had in my library back then, and is one t ...more
Michelle Bodle
Great questions to enter into meaningful dialogue
Timothy Austin
A must have for new coaches-in-training.
This is great for both new and experienced coaches. The author divides the questions by usage and then offers suggestion on how to expand on each.

The advice it includes is very helpful too. Don't try to memorize the questions but, instead, appreciate their structure so you can create them on-the-fly when you need them. My favorite bit is that there is no "one true question" that will unlock the secrets of the universe for our client and that, as coaches, we should trust the process.
Good introduction to coaching and good lists of coaching questions. I like the way the book is structured.
I liked this book. It has a lot of questions, as well as examples of contexts in which to ask them. These questions help prompt additional questions.

Many of the negative reviews I've seen came from a perspective of wanting these questions to be a substitute for coaching skills or of believing that what's the author intended the book to be. Reviews from such perspectives are worse than worthless.
Great suggestions of questions and breaking down different ways to gain skills in dynamic communication and questioning skills! Definitely keeping this resource close by as I develop my coaching practice and work with students and leaders.
Sue Pearson
Cookie cutter coaching questions, I'm learning, are not that useful. The talent is in knowing which questions to ask in which moment and for what reason... But if you want lists of questions as prompts for approaches, it serves the purpose.
Very helpful in focusing on the importance of questions. Made a big difference in my coaching.
Tony Stoltzfus
Dec 27, 2008 Tony Stoltzfus rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Great book for anyone who wants to improve asking skills.
All meat and no fill. Useful handbook.
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Known for his wealth of practical tools and engaging writing style, Tony Stoltzfus has authored 10 books on Christian coaching and leadership, founded several training organizations and has been in the coaching field for over 15 years. He runs a large, on-line coaching bookstore at, a central source for books, CDs, DVDs and other training resources for the Christian coaching world.


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“Asking Develops Leadership Capacity Leadership is the ability to take responsibility. A leader is someone who sees a problem, and says, "Hey—someone needs to do something about this! And I'm going to be that someone." Simply asking, "What could you do about that?" moves people away from depending on you for answers, and toward taking leadership in the situation. Asking builds the responsibility muscle, and that develops leaders.” 0 likes
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