Great coaching is based on the skill of asking great questions at the right moment.
Questions are powerful!
“The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering.” – David Whyte
Great questions can:
- Change your perspective in a matter of moments.
- Uncover solutions you never imagined were possible.
- Focus your actions on the results you want.
In this video and blog post, I share 3 types of questions and 5 powerful questions to ask yourself daily.
The Power of Great Questions!
...the foundation of really great coaching. Coaching is the skill of knowing how to ask the right ones at the right time.
They can give us a better outcome than we ever imagined was possible. When someone asks you the right question, it can shift your thinking and create a better result.
Powerful questions can create change by helping us look at something from a different perceptive.
They can innovate. They can inspire you to take action that you hadn’t considered before.
Powerful questions can focus you to work on the right things. They can increase your success, your commitment, open your mind up to possibilities, and let you see things differently.
I realize that we aren’t really that good at asking questions; to ourselves or other people. We also have to learn to allow people time to answer.
3 Types of Questions
1) Closed-ended questions – These are the yes/no questions, and they are often overused. They don’t create opportunities to think about another answer. There are purposes for them, for example, when you are asking for something specific. For example: Do you want to do Lives on Instagram?
2) Open-ended questions – These are the 5W questions – who, what, when, where, why, and how. It is easy to turn a closed-ended question into an open-ended question by just putting one of those words in front. For example: Why do you want to do Lives on Instagram? What would happen if you did Lives on Instagram?
Open-ended questions are great to ask yourself; they can really shift your thinking.
3) Tag questions – Your purposely loading the question to get the answer you want. For example, you really want to be on Instagram, don’t you? They can be used effectively or be used very aggressively to convivence someone to do what they want.
5 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily
1) Did I do what I said I was going to do? – This is a simple closed-ended question. It is good to answer it without judgment. Instead, answer it with curiosity, how can you take this information and do something differently. You want to avoid justifying and a negative, disempowering thought pattern.
Why? – This is get to add on to the 1st question.
2) What worked well today?
3) What didn’t work?
4) How would I do it differently? – Even if you have a super successful day, you can still ask this question so you can continue to improve. This question can really help you shift how you’re doing things.
These ones can also be used at the end of a week, a project, or anything you’re doing. It can help you do some great analysis and improve your systems and outcomes.
5) How do I feel? – You could have had a great day and still been really stressed.
These simple questions can help you use your time better.
You can journal or just reflect on them depending on your preference. They are a very effective way to close off the day, review a project, a launch, or anything. Remember to not have any judgment.
Another great question added by Linda – What are the consequences of not doing the task I assigned myself?
Follow-up ones- Why are you not keeping your word to yourself? What can you do to increase your likelihood of doing so?
This will help you uncover what is holding you back. For example, personally, a question I’m exploring is: “Why do I struggle with consistency?”
There is magic in asking these great questions before your day starts.
A few questions to stay your day (or ask before you go to sleep): How do I want to feel today (or tomorrow)? What do I want my day to be like?
I challenge you to ask yourself these questions for the next few days and see what a difference they make? It doesn’t have to be business-related; they work for anything. Your answers can be really insightful, be open to what you learn.
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