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What would you like to do?

Source: Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching

Powerful questions are open-ended, clarity seeking, probing, challenging, thought-provoking, future directed, solution oriented questions that cause a person to search for answers and new possibilities.

  • What can you do about this?
  • What about that makes it work?
  • What other choices can you make?
  • What’s another way to look at that?
  • How can you reframe that to help you move on?
  • What’s your next step?
  • Please remind me of how you were able to do that.
  • What did you learn from that?
  • What will you do the next time?
  • What works well?
  • What is really bothering you about this?
  • What do you think the main challenge is?
  • What is stopping you?
  • What do you want to experience?
  • How will you demonstrate (that/your commitment, etc.)?
  • How would you be able to live with that?
  • What would that cost you?
  • What do you need to get that done?
  • How can you find out more about that?
  • How do you think it will work out?
  • What does your intuition tell you?
  • Where do you believe that thought comes from?
  • Where will that lead?
  • What will you get out of that?
  • How much time will that take?
  • Give me another way to look at that.
  • What is your backup plan?
  • How can you make that more fun?
  • What are the benefits in that?
  • What is your game plan?
  • Why is that important?
  • What value is that to you?
  • How can that help you?
  • How will you feel if that happens?
  • If you could redo that, what would you do differently?
  • How will you celebrate your victory?
  • What do you really mean by that?
  • What is the worst thing that could happen?
  • What is the best thing that could happen?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How does that look/sound to you?
  • If that doesn’t work, what else could you do?
  • How does that idea sound to you?
  • How does that fit into your plan?
  • What seems to confuse you?
  • What scares you about that?
  • What happened next?
  • If you were to change that a bit, what might occur?
  • How would you have to change your thinking in order to do that?
  • What belief could be holding you back?
  • Where do you think the blind spot is?
  • How would trying that feel to you?
  • What do you think about that?
  • How do you feel about doing that again?
  • What are you tolerating?
  • Who are you when you do that?
  • How does or doesn’t that fit into who you really are?
  • How does that idea fit in with your values?
  • How did that work for you before?
  • What really excites you about that?
  • What keeps you going?
  • Why aren’t things worse?
  • What is it that you are really resisting?
  • What are you willing to give up?
  • Where are you limiting yourself?
  • How can you stretch yourself there?
  • When are you able to “bite the bullet” to get things done?
  • What will recharge your batteries?
  • How does that have meaning for you”?
  • What if you do and what if you don’t?
  • Where are you just settling?
  • What do you need to do more of?
  • What do you need to do less of?
  • What about that fits into your purpose?
  • What don’t you like about that idea?
  • What is holding you back from experiencing that?
  • What will it take for that to happen?
  • If this situation were a metaphor, what would it be?
  • If you could draw this situation out, what would it look like?
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