Thursday, August 2, 2012

What are your favorite powerful kick-off questions?

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2012 by International Coach Federation

We all know that a strong opening question at the beginning of a coaching session can really help set the tone for a productive and insight-full meeting.  How do you go beyond “What’s gone well since the last time we met?” and “What have been your biggest challenges?” 

Below are just a few opening questions I’ve used over the years in my executive coaching practice.  Let’s share! What other powerful questions have you used to kick off sessions?
  • Since the last time we met, if I were to interview your colleagues at work and ask them what changes they’ve seen in your behaviors, what would they say?
  • Consider what has happened to you in your life and work since the last time we met… If you were going to write a book about it, what would the title be?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10 -- 1 representing where you were during our last session and 10 representing where you would like to have been by today -- where are you now?
  • Part of your goal is [insert the goal here … e.g., being more succinct… speaking more confidently, etc.] Please demonstrate that goal while summarizing the progress you‘ve made since the last time we met.
  • What have you learned about yourself [professionally, personally] since our last meeting?
  • How have you brought out the best of you in the time since we last connected?
Brenda Bence is an experienced senior executive coach, dynamic trainer and speaker, internationally-recognized branding expert, and author of four award-winning corporate and personal branding books.
Brenda Bence
With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Brenda spent the first 20 years of her career building mega brands for Fortune 100 companies, where she was a senior executive responsible for billion-dollar businesses across four continents and 50 countries.

In 2002, Brenda left the corporate world and founded BDA International. Now, with clients that span the globe and with offices in both the U.S. and Asia, Brenda travels the world speaking, training, and coaching individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporations to greater success through creative yet practical brand development.

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