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

by Tony Stoltzfus
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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April 24, 2008 0979416361 978-0979416361 1
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 options and actions to advanced concepts such as challenge and reframing, Coaching Questions is a book that will find a home on any coach's short list of handy references. Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills includes: 1. Dozens of asking tools, models, and strategies. 2. The top ten asking mistakes coaches make, and how to correct each one. 3. Nearly 1200 examples of powerful questions from real coaching situations. 4. Destiny discovery tools organized in a four-part life-purpose model . 5. Overviews of 15 popular coaching niches, with a tool and examples for each. 6. A schedule of training exercises to help you become a "Master of Asking".

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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

As Director of Training at a coaching school, new coaches were always asking me, "Do you have any of those questions you use written down somewhere?" This book is my response--an attempt to briefly present a broad range of coaching tools and illustrate each with example questions. For coaches who are in training or just starting, scanning a few key pages before your appointments will get you coaching better, faster. For experienced coaches, there are so many techniques and illustrations here that I'm sure you'll find plenty that's new.

About the Author

Tony Stoltzfus is co-founder of a coach training school, author of five coaching books and numerous training programs (including a new Open Source coach training initiative), and has presented nearly 100 coach training workshops around the country. He focuses on transformational coaching with an international clientele of pastors, non-profit leaders and businesspeople. Tony serves on the board of a non-profit that brings coaching to leaders in emerging nations, and leads a relationally-based coaching network that seeks to build coaches into authentic communities and rally them to join in acts of generosity and service.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Coach22 Bookstore LLC; 1 edition (April 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979416361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979416361
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tony is a certified professional coach and coach trainer, active in the coaching field since 1999. He currently directs the Leadership MetaFormation Institute (www.Meta-Formation.com) which trains leaders to build transformational cultures.

Tony is the author of ten books, a variety of training CDs and DVDs, and a suite of open source coach training courses. He runs Coach22.com, a large on-line coaching bookstore, and is the founder of the Christian Coaching Center (www.christiancoachingcenter.org), a consortium of 25 authors who provide free information on coaching through hundreds of articles and posts. Tony also offers TheCallingJourney.com, a free calling timeline generator based on his leadership research.

Tony has founded or co-founded several training organizations, including a coach training school and an NGO has provided roughly 10,000 hours of coaching to leaders in emerging nations. His Open Source coach training materials make advanced coaching skills training accessible to ministries, non-profits and overseas endeavors.

In his coaching practice, Tony helps leaders encounter God in difficult circumstances, transitions or wilderness times, because anything that happens to you can be leveraged for good if you meet God in the midst of it.

As a trainer, Tony focuses on conveying practical tools and techniques that produce transformation (deep, lasting, significant change), using a highly-interactive, adult learning approach.

Tony lives in beautiful Redding, CA with his wife, a lizard-hunting cat and a constantly breaking sprinkler system.


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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! May 18, 2008
Format:Paperback
Coaching Questions is a great resource for coaches or any individual who would like to improve their communication skills. Not only is the information practical but it is easy to find just the right question because of the way the book is laid out.

The book is laid out into six sections. The sections give question examples, coaching models and exercises. At the start of each section of questions Tony has added a sidebar that gives you the application for those questions. There are also sidebars with hints and tips throughout the book that are helpful. But the questions themselves are questions that I will use again and again.

Tony is perhaps one of the most practical authors that I have found. There's no fluff here, just good practical information. I highly recommend this resource!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coaching Questions August 3, 2008
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This book is one of those rare finds that truly over-delivers, even to (maybe especially to) long-time, experienced coaches. I confess that I have often straddled the line between coaching and consulting, but this book has put me back in the domain I love: coaching. Not only is it filled with succinct, real-life coaching situations I could relate to, the author offers several simple but powerful models for shaping coaching conversations and good reminders for how to be sure you're on track from the client's perspective. I keep it on my desk and make sure I review a few pages everyday just to keep my questioning skills sharp.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Resource! September 17, 2008
Format:Paperback
If you are a coach, you must get this book! Tony continues to show us why he's a top coach. This is a book that you will reach for again and again as you develop your asking skills as a coach. The book is laid out in a manner that makes getting to the right questions quick and easy. I love the fact that it is not a "read from cover to cover" type of book...it is truly a guide for those of us that find ourselves sometimes reaching for the right questions. Even the margins of the book are set up to help you! The margins have quotes, client/coaching excercises, hints/tips and even tells you what page to go in the book for more!

If you are a coach, don't think about it...just buy it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like it -- wish it was spiral bound April 24, 2009
Format:Paperback
Overall, I like this book. I'm a Certified Wellness Coach in the 1st year of my practice. Within a week after I received this book, I used some of the questions with one of my clients who had previously requested that I make my questions more specific. As a result, we had one of our best calls: definitely created a stronger connection. The index in the back is most helpful: I would use that in between client calls if I needed help generating questions in a specific area. My one wish for this book, from an ease of use perspective, is that it be produced in a spiral bound format.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best's books on coaching. March 4, 2010
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I have researched many books on coaching. It is hard to find one that has a practcal use. Many are more theory than practice. This book is an excellent resource for anyone in counseling or coaching. Each page focuses on a topic and has questions listed on each page to ask the client. This book is THE MOST PRACTICAL book I have in my collection. If you want a hands on book with specific questions and tools, this book is a great reaource. If you want more theory then you should look elsewhere. You could pick this book up without any training, pick a topic, and ask the questions on each page.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Greatly Improve Your Coaching June 28, 2010
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Most new coaches (and even some experienced ones) have a strong tendency to want to help the client solve their problem(s) by showing/telling them the answer. The better method is to let the client discover the answer. And the most effective method for the client to discover the answer is to ask the right questions.

Tony Stoltzfus and created a very helpful guide with his Coaching Questions. The first section of the book covers the groundwork. Why ask? He gives you five great reasons why asking is so important and effective.
1. The answers lie within the person being coached.
2. Asking creates buy-in
3. Asking empowers - it gives the client confidence and encourages them
4. Asking develops leadership
5. And it creates authenticity

He then moves to the top ten asking mistakes. We tend to ask closed end questions, we lead the client or we ask rambling questions. There is lots of additional very helpful information in the first section of the book.

In section II, he goes over the coaching process which is a mini course in effective coaching. He spends time on the different conversation models, the coaching funnel, the coaching agenda and the life wheel assessment. Again he covers lots of additional material in this section.

In section III, he covers life coaching and destiny discovery. Here the question are designed for the client to get a clear picture of who they are, what motivates them, their dreams and desires, the obstacles holding them back.

Section IV is coaching in action, creating a better life today. Again the coaching is built around powerful and probing questions. Section V is about advanced asking skills. In section VI he covers the different coaching niches.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource for new coaches, especially! January 26, 2010
By Jamee
Format:Paperback
Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Questions, gets right to the heart of one of the most important skills that coaches possess; our ability to ask powerful questions. The questions we ask (as coaches) illicit answers from our clients that help them to become aware of their own thoughts and feelings that can help them create strategies and solutions going forward. Good questions are one of the keys to successful coaching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "must have" coaching book
This is a must have if you are starting a coaching practice or want to improve your coaching skills. Amazing list of questions!
Published 22 days ago by Clarence L. Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Questions to build upon
A good guide and as coaching is a very wide area, this book does help with pointing in the right direction.
Published 25 days ago by Tim Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! What a wonderful resource
Great book! What a wonderful resource. This book is full of great coaching questions and tools. It is written in a series of "cheat sheets" for different situations. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Vickie L
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and practical
One of the rare book that give so much pratical questions to be a top coach in any field !
Highly recommended !
Published 1 month ago by Eric Porlier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice
This book is EXACTLY what I have been searching for over the years. It features enough information that is both practical and useful, but is not an overly time consuming read to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aretha L. Day
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I am interested in becoming more skillful in questioning, so yes, it is serving the purpose for which I purchased it.
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Published 1 month ago by Candace L. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful
Great book.. Very useful for all coaches. A must for all new coaches. The amount of questions and topics have been extremely helpful.
Published 2 months ago by jenseminara@yahoo.com
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome !!!
This is the best guide for me. I am getting my certification as a Life coach !
You can always use this book for consultation; either if you need information about coaching or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alberto Ospina
5.0 out of 5 stars I really needed this....
This book is exactly what I needed to take my coaching business to the next level. Because of it "word of mouth" is spreading and my clientele is increasing!
Published 3 months ago by anewwoman08
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorize these questions!
These are truly good coaching questions.

I began to write them down as I read the book but then realized they are ALL helpful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark
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