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Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills 1st Edition

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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.
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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: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book is great for coaches just starting out or for those that would like an abundance of questions. The content itself is OK and they questions are separated into specific areas of interest or niches. The questions are very thought provoking and I would recommended any coaches that purchase the book to answer the questions themselves. This way they will have a sense of what their clients will experience.
Gregg Swanson
Mental Strength Coach
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