Top Coaching Questions To Ask To Uplift Any Conversation

Top Coaching Questions To Ask To Uplift Any Conversation 2 Year Ago · 5 min read

Talyaa Vardar

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

As a coach, asking powerful, positive questions is a huge part of your coaching journey. A successful coach is usually known for their ability to ask thought-provoking questions and to also show their clients a different perspective by asking these questions.

Another thing a great coach should be able to do is to get to the root cause of any issues their clients are facing by asking these thought-provoking and uplifting questions.

Why Are Powerful Coaching Questions So Important

Most of the time, when a client comes to you, they are in search of changing something in their lives. If it’s not to change something, it is something that they want to achieve and they need your help getting there or understanding what they need to do to get there. Or what limiting beliefs they need to shed before they can truly transform and become what they foresee themselves to be.

This is why we believe that asking questions that are powerful and thought-provoking are extremely important to shape conversations with your client that will help facilitate that process.

Here are some reasons why we believe asking great coaching questions is extremely important for any coaching session.

It brings about a sense of ownership and empowerment

  • When you ask your clients difficult questions that require them to think deeply and reflect, you give them power.
  • This power is the power of truly accepting and understanding yourself.
  • When someone truly reflects, they will feel a sense of ownership over their thoughts and actions.

It Builds Trust

  • If you want your client to trust you, they need to be able to open up to you about all sorts of things.
  • This includes extremely private memories, habits, and thoughts.
  • The more they open up to you, the more trust is built. With more trust, you will be able to create a much more open relationship that will allow for more acceptance and change from their side.

It Boosts Their Confidence

  • Most of the time, when people come to you for coaching, they usually know what needs to be done, they just need someone to tell them what they’re doing is on track.
  • Or they just need someone to be there to help them get to where they need and want to go.

22 Coaching Questions That Will Uplift and Transform Conversations

Today, we are looking at 22 coaching questions that we believe you can ask your client to uplift and transform any conversation.

For Life Coaching

  1. What is your ‘why’?
  2. What does motivate you most?
  3. When do you feel most in ‘flow’?
  4. Imagine that you are living your best life where you feel purposeful and happy, what would that look like?
  5. What are the top 3 things you are grateful for?
  6. What is your ideal outcome of life?
  7. What are the positive things you want to feel when you have accomplished your life goals? What does accomplishment feel like?

For Business & Career Coaching

  1. What do you want to contribute to your workspace?
  2. What do you want to learn?
  3. In what way does your contribution add value to the organization?
  4. What was your original goal for your career and what does it look like now? How different/similar is it?
  5. What role do you see yourself in 5 years?

For Goal-Setting

  1. What is the most important thing to you in life?
  2. What would you do today if there were no obstacles and issues in your way to stop you?
  3. What makes you want to wake up in the morning?
  4. How long do you think it will take for you to reach your ultimate goal?
  5. What are some of your best traits that will help you reach these goals?

For Overall Thought-Provoking

  1. When was the last time something went well for you? How did you feel then?
  2. What would you like your legacy to be?
  3. What are you currently doing to become more positive and to uplift yourself?
  4. Are you spending time the way you want to be spending time?
  5. If you could, would you spend more time on things that you enjoy doing? If so, what’s stopping you?

There are so many different variations of thought-provoking questions you can ask your clients. Always understand what part of their life needs the most help and start there.

What are some of the most important questions that you will need to ask your clients once you start working with them? We would love to hear your ideas!