Coaching Questions Toolkit To Enhance Your Questioning Skills

Here is a coaching questions toolkit you can use to enhance your questioning skills whatever stage of the coaching conversation you are at with your client. Remember the most effective questions are those spontaneous ones which naturally arise from the conversation however, enhancing your questioning skills and becoming familiar with these and adding them to your repertoire will help ensure you to have to hand some really powerful questions to ask at any given time.

Use your coaching questions toolkit to Establish rapport at the beginning of the session

  • How was your weekend?
  • How has the last week been?
  • How did you get on doing x that you mentioned last week?
  • How did your children enjoy…?

Opening up the session / reviewing actions

  • What have been your highlights since we last spoke?
  • What has gone well for you?
  • What progress have you made?
  • What have you been most pleased with sine we last spoke?

Goal setting

  • What do you want to achieve through coaching?
  • What is important to you right now?
  • What would you like to achieve from this session?
  • What do you want to happen as a result of this session?
  • By the end of the session what will you feel pleased to have achieved?
  • If anything was possible what would you want?
  • Describe your 10/10
  • What do you want to happen?

Building on success

  • what is working well right now?
  • What can you do more of that will help you move forward?
  • How can you ensure this happens again?


  • So can I just clarify…what you have said is….?
  • Can you just tell me a bit more about….?
  • So if I have heard you correctly you have done…?

Exploring options

  • What would work for you?
  • What options do you have for moving forward?
  • What else could you do?
  • If anything was possible what would be your ideal course of action?
  • How have you handled this successfully in the past?
  • Who do you know who has been in a similar situation…(wait for response)… how did they handle the situation?
  • If you were advising a friend what would you suggest?
  • If you did know what to do what would the answer be?


  • Last session you said x and now you are saying y…which is the truth/reality/more important?
  • If I were to challenge you to complete this by next week what would be your reaction?

Using the coaching questions toolkit to unstick/get movement

  • If you did know the answer what would it be?
  • What question would you like me to ask you?
  • What question should I be asking you?

Measurement of progress or commitment

  • On a scale of 1 -10 what progress have you made so far in achieving your goal?
  • On a scale of 1 – 10 how committed/motivated are you to carrying out this action?
  • On a scale of 1 -10 where are you in relation to…

Stimulate deeper thinking

  • What are you not facing up to?
  • What are you pretending not to know?
  • If you did know the answer what would it be?
  • What is the real issue here?
  • What would your best friend be saying to you right now?
  • What is really important to you

Exploring values/unlocking motivation

  • What is really important to you right now?
  • What would you like people to say about you?
  • When things were going well for you what was happening?
  • When did you last feel energized….what was happening for you?

Agreeing Action

  • What is your way forward?
  • Which option most excites you?
  • What one small action/step are you now going to take?
  • How are you going to do it?
  • When exactly will you do it?
  • Who will help you?
  • On a scale of 1 -10 how committed/motivated are you to achieving this?
  • How will you ensure you do it?

See Also:-

GROW Coaching Questions
Coaching Skills Assessment
Intake Session Checklist
Scaling Techniques
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