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“Powerful Questioning” | *AUDIO Podcast* | From Ben Dooley’s Coaching Skills Forum

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as "Powerful Questioning" | *AUDIO Podcast* | From Ben Dooley's Coaching Skills Forum

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This month's "Coaching Skills Forum" call from Ben Dooley's Archive was chosen to fit our theme of Coaching Questions and Questioning. Ben is a Master Certified Coach, a popular contributor to this blog and he is all about making growing as a coach fun! As a mentor coach he has helped countless coaches improve their skills and get ICF certified ...and I'm personally a big "Ben" fan!

Ben Dooley, "Coaching Skills Forum" Podcast Archive

Topic: Powerful Questioning

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About "The Coaching Skills Forum"

  • The Coaching Skills Forum is a provocative, challenging, fun, engaging & exciting coach community call that focuses for a whole hour on a single specific coaching skill in great depth and detail.
  • These calls are completely interactive and encourage participation from all coaches attending. Coaches from all levels of experience gather to share wisdom, thoughts, insights and questions.
  • TOP TIP: All calls are approved for ICF CCEUs (if you listen live - $15 per credit) or Resource Development hours (if you're listening to a recording).

Join in LIVE:

  1. Every 4th Wednesday of the month - 12:00pm PST / 3.00pm EST / 8.00pm GMT
    NEXT LIVE CALL: Wednesday February 22nd. COACHING TOPIC: Acknowledgement
  2. (Usually) Every 2nd Tuesday of the month - at 8:00am PST / 11.00am EST / 4.00pm GMT
    NEXT LIVE CALL: Wednesday March 8th.  COACHING TOPIC: Action/ Homework / Assignment

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No need to sign up - see the Calendar and Topic for Upcoming Calls here >>  PLEASE NOTE: All times listed on the Calendar are CST (which is EST -1 hr / GMT -6 hrs)

 

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33 Questions to Boost Your Group Coaching Question Bank! | By Jennifer Britton

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as 33 Questions to Boost Your Group Coaching Question Bank! | By Jennifer Britton

Boosting your coaching muscle is key to any coach's success. So, here are some coaching questions to help you! These questions will help you work with goals, support prioritization and time management, create focus and build trust and connection within a group you are coaching.

1) Questions to work with clients around goals:

  1. What's important about this goal?
  2. What's important - In the big picture? Short term? Long term? In the weeds?
  3. What will success look like?
  4. What outcomes do you want?
  5. What might get in the way?
  6. What could be a roadblock?
  7. What resources do you need to be successful? (OR What will help you be successful?)
  8. When you are successful with this, what's possible?

What are some of your favorite goal questions?

2) Questions to work with clients around priorities and time management

  1. What's really important for you right now?
  2. What are your top 3-5 priorities?
  3. What's the low hanging fruit?
  4. What, if left unaddressed, could create a significant impact?
  5. What's the quickest thing to get off your plate and clear up space?
  6. When you clear this issue, what will be available to you?
  7. What do you need to say NO to right now?
  8. What are your next steps around this issue?

What other questions do you like to ask around prioritization?

3) Questions around focus:

  1. What does focus mean around this issue?
  2. Who can help you focus on this?
  3. What do you need to say NO to in order to be successful?
  4. What could get in the way of your focus?
  5. If you look at the big picture / 30,000 foot view, what's IN focus?
  6. And stay in the big picture / 30,000 foot view for a moment. What's NOT in focus?
  7. If there was one thing you could add or take away to help with your focus, what would it be?

How do you work with your clients around focus?

4) Questions to focus connection in teams and groups:

In the group and team coaching context trust and connections amongst all group members are critical for opening up the conversation. Lack of trust can be one of the biggest impediments to the coaching process. Consider these types of questions to help boost connection in groups:

  1. What is common to all of us?
  2. What does each one of us bring that's unique to this team?
  3. What strengths do we bring individually to the group? *
  4. What strengths do we have collectively?
  5. What do you notice about where our strengths overlap?
  6. What gaps exist in our strengths?
  7. What is important about our shared values?
  8. How do we have each others' backs?
  9. What do we each need from each other?
  10. What do you expect from our work together?

* Tip: Consider providing the team or group with a strengths based profile as pre-work such as VIA Strengths or StrengthsFinder2.0

So, as we wrap up this article, I'd love to know some of your favorite coaching questions in group and team coaching? Share yours by commenting below!

Contributing author: Jennifer Britton is well known for her work in the group and team coaching arenas and is passionate about helping others excel in their work with teams and groups. Jennifer is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2009) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014). In addition to offering ICF approved Continuing Coach Education, she also is the creator of the Conversation Sparker Cards™.  Jennifer is a Prism Award Winner for her work in developing a coaching culture within the healthcare sector, of which questions were a big part. Join Jenn for an upcoming Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC.

 

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How to Grow Your “Coaching Questions” Muscle in Team & Group Coaching | By Jennifer Britton

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as How to Grow Your "Coaching Questions" Muscle in Team & Group Coaching | By Jennifer Britton

Questions can focus, expand, slow down and accelerate the coaching conversation. As coaches, questions are often all we need to engage in masterful coaching conversations with our clients.

How we use coaching questions in groups or teams:

In group or team coaching we may use questions to provide a pause point for team members to notice their own patterns, to enhance clarity around goals, to deepen awareness around an issue or to surface what is taboo for a team. In group coaching, questions can support group members in becoming more aware of their mindsets - their values, perspective and assumptions or facilitate action.

"Questions are the backbone of any group or team coaching conversation" Jennifer Britton in From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching.

Questions create the frame we use to look at issues.

As coaches we may include questions as:

  • Pre-work to help individual group coaching members identify what they would like to focus on in their upcoming conversation.
  • Journaling prompts.
  • A support to breakouts and smaller group discussion.
  • Providing peer groups a question or two to start the conversation flowing.

Growing our muscle as team and group coaches around questioning can involve:

  1. Co-facilitating. Partnering with others can provide a really positive way to be exposed to different coaching questions and approaches. It's good to get out of what can become a "rut" in our own style.
  2. Becoming aware of the types of questions you are asking.

And just as in individual coaching, some of the rules thumb with respect to questions include:

  • Keep questions short, concise and to the point. Often the most powerful questions are often only 5-6 words in length.
  • Adjust your questions according to the styles and preferences of the person involved.
  • Provide an opportunity to focus, identify options and possibilities, to expand awareness, or to facilitate action.
  • Notice any biases in our questions. Where are your questions focusing? Are they typically at the 30,000 foot view, in the weeds, around action or around awareness?
  • Use the language of the client, and watch for "coach-ese" or coaching jargon.

4 important things to consider when using questions in team and group coaching:

  1. What level are you coaching at? Something to be asking yourself throughout group and team coaching is, "Is the focus on the individual or collective level in this work?". In team coaching you will likely be supporting the team through questioning at the collective level. Whereas for groups, you may be using questions to first support reflection by the individual client, and then enhanced understanding collectively across the group.
  2. Vary your questions by individual learning styles. You can use different learning styles to influence how you ask questions and increase rapport with a wider ranger of people. For example "What does that look like?" will have resonance and impact for someone with a visual learning style. "What does that feel like?" will resonate with someone with a kinaesthetic learning style, and "What does that sound like?" will build rapport with someone who has an auditory learning style.
  3. Allow for different processing times. Not everyone in a group or team will have the same experience with questions. As such it can be important to consider how long you're giving people to pause, write things down or reflect before they speak.
  4. Support group and team members to ask more strategic and powerful questions. Throughout group and team coaching we may be leveraging questions in a number of contexts – in team and group breakout discussions, as well as pre-work and post-work.

I'll leave you with this question: How will you build your question muscle going forward?

Contributing author: Jennifer Britton is well known for her work in the group and team coaching arenas and is passionate about helping others excel in their work with teams and groups. Jennifer is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2009) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014). In addition to offering ICF approved Continuing Coach Education, she also is the creator of the Conversation Sparker Cards™.  Jennifer is a Prism Award Winner for her work in developing a coaching culture within the healthcare sector, of which questions were a big part. Join Jenn for an upcoming Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC.

 

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The Difference Between Business and Executive Coaching

Is there a difference between business and executive coaching/ Or, are they just different names for the same thing? Perhaps they are different but have many points of overlap and similarity. What is an Executive Coach? One of the differences between business and executive coaching is who hires them? An executive coach is usually hired […]
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NEWS: “The Heart of Coaching” Exclusive Giveaway Event – From February 14th to March 7th 2017!

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as NEWS: "The Heart of Coaching" Exclusive Giveaway Event - From February 14th to March 7th 2017!

Dear Coaches, Helpers and Healers!

We KNOW the work you do!

YOU empower, heal, grow, encourage, teach and champion. Your clients take leaps, develop powerful skills, claim their gifts, step into courage, become more resilient, experience greater success, live on purpose and honor core values - because of you! That creates huge ripples.

So myself, Garry Schleifer of choice Magazine & Marcy Nelson-Garrison of the Coaching Toys Store came together to celebrate, thank & support you in continuing the essential work you do.

We hand-picked an amazing group of industry leaders to bring their best content, wisdom and expertise to celebrate and support your great work - free! I'm excited to be a part of The Heart of Coaching Giveaway and I’m blown away by the generosity of our 16 gift contributors.

We have gifts from Janet Harvey, Lynda Monk, the iNLP Center, Kendall Summerhawk & MANY more!

See your gifts now!

These gifts will:

  • Deepen your work with clients and introduce you to new processes
  • Nurture your business growth and help you reach more people
  • Fill your own well so you can continue to do great work!

My Gift? 4 Calming Guided Meditation Scripts & Audios - use yourself & with your clients!

PLUS everyone is registered in a draw to win Erickson Coaching International's 20 CCEU "Expanding Emotional Intelligence" Online Coaching Course ($1150 value). Pretty awesome!

Check out your awesome gifts here!

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PS.  I've seen the gifts and highly recommend that you download every one of them. They're only available free during this event. And it's okay to tell your friends and colleagues too!

And there's MORE… Besides all the great gifts, you're also invited to participate in a 30 day Facebook challenge following the event. You'll be invited to choose your focus and get support and accountability as you apply the learning from the gifts you download. And - YES! It’s free too. I will be popping in as well as the other contributors to support your success!
Grab your gifts here!

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Finding the Best Wellness Coaching Certification Programs

Finding the best wellness coaching certification programs is not like finding a needle in a haystack, it’s like finding the right pieces if hay in a haystack. There are plenty of programs out there, but finding the one that fits your needs is the key to success.   The Steps to Finding the Best Wellness […]
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Happy Valentine’s Day: Inside a Coach’s Heart (GRAPHIC)

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as Happy Valentine's Day: Inside a Coach's Heart (GRAPHIC)

With Valentine's Day coming up, we wondered how we could celebrate YOU. We wondered how we could show our love for coaching and all the great work coaches do. The answer is below - a beautiful graphic for coaches showing what's inside the heart of a coach. Feel proud of yourself and the work you do - share it!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! We hope you LOVE this graphic as much as we do.

Here is your graphic, "Inside a Coach's Heart":

Thanks to Noah Rubenstein, Founder & CEO of GoodTherapy.org, who inspired us with a similar graphic created for therapists.

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Spread the Kindness: Will you Pledge to 3 Kind Acts for Random Acts of Kindness Week? | By Steffi Black

Originally Posted on The Coaching Tools Company as Spread the Kindness: Will you Pledge to 3 Kind Acts for Random Acts of Kindness Week? | By Steffi Black

Kindness Week is International:

International Week of Kindness is coming up soon - and takes place from February 12-18, 2017 all over the world. Started by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, it has grown from humble beginnings to encouraging world-wide acts of kindness.

I want to encourage and invite all of you caring and committed coaches to a 3 Acts of Kindness Pledge during this week.

Kindness is a great way to boost your productivity and positivity

As coaches, we work with clients to empower them to live their best lives - and kindness is one of the traits of living a good life. In fact, according to Shawn Achor, Harvard professor, psychologist and happiness expert, a random act of kindness can contribute to feelings of happiness. In his own words: "It doesn't matter if your act of kindness is buying a coffee for the person after you in line, volunteering, or sending a positive email." Achor encourages people to "when they open up their inbox, to write one positive email, praising or thanking someone in their social support network."

I invite you to commit to 3 Acts of Kindness Pledge during this week

Knowing this, I invite all coaches/psychologists/facilitators to commit to 3 random acts of kindness during this international week. Focus on this important character trait and watch your own mood lighten too!

3 Easy Ways to Be More Kind during Random Acts of Kindness Week

Here are some ideas for you to participate:

  1. Write a note to a supplier telling them how amazing it has been doing business with them and how grateful you are for their ongoing support.
  2. Call an elderly friend or neighbour who hasn't been able to go out in winter, or drop off some cookies.
  3. Email a colleague reminding them how awesome they are.

Spread the Kindness

Steffi's Cute "Spread the Kindness" Graphic

To create a ripple effect of kindness you can also encourage others and support them on social media by simply sharing your kind act - and doing the following:

  • Share a pic of your kind act
  • Share a quote or video about kindness
  • Support a kind act that you see on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn by liking, sharing or commenting

Then simply add hashtag #spreadthekindness #RAKweek and we'll cause a ripple effect of caring actions across the communities. If you include @steffiblack I'll make sure to try and support your generous acts of spirit.

A Testimonial To Kindness - and Why it's Needed Now More than Ever!

One of the businesses that has been involved in supporting random acts of kindness for years has this to say about the impact of kinder behavior towards others:

"Globally, we're experiencing a time of incredible turmoil and fear. The energy this is putting out into the world is not positive. The thing about energy is that we can't create or destroy it. We can only change it from one form to another. If that's the case, it's incumbent on every conscious being to do our utmost to transform some of the negative energies in our world into more positive forces. Kindness can help us do that. I don't mean easy acts of kindness either--although those are essential too. I mean finding kindness in our hearts for people we don't agree with. Extending kindness to people who are in fear and who may not be able to hear a voice of reason. Opening our hearts at a time when the inclination to close is so strong. This is quite literally the most profound practice we can pursue today. It's the pathway to being the change we want to see." Aviva Rabinovici, Co-Creator, Conscious & Carefree

Grab some more kind act ideas here (or add a link to these tips for others). Learn more about coaching - and kindness - at Steffi Black Coaching. Learn more about International Random Acts of Kindness Week here.

Contributing Author: Steffi Black is a Life/Career coach and Founder of #spreadthekindness - a program for schools and keynote/workshops for businesses that helps to bring in a more caring and connected culture. Featured Author in Ready, Aim, Thrive – Discovering How To Flourish and Prosper TODAY from Top Experts. During Random Acts of Kindness Week, Steffi encourages individuals and businesses to jump on board by writing a tailored plan for their culture.

 

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Create an Online Health Coaching Empire

Online health coaching is at a nascent stage in its evolution, but it is growing, and it will continue to grow in the future. Do you want to be able to grow with it? Do you want to ride the wave of prosperity as the field of health coaching, and its sub-field, online health coaching, […]
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