Asking Killer Questions by Joelle K. Jay

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In Coaches
Oct 14th, 2013

QuestionsCoaching by nature is intended to be productive. Many coaches forget this and end up having longer-than-necessary conversations with their clients. The less productive each coaching session is, the less your clients will be willing to pay for your service. Tighten your practice with these ten killer coaching questions. For fun, try choosing one at random and spend five minutes exploring it with each client.

  1. What do you really want? What’s possible for you as a leader and in your life?
  2. What are your biggest stressors? How do they affect you? What ideas do you have for alleviating them?
  3. Where are your greatest joys? How do they enhance your life? What would it take to spend more time here?
  4. What are your most compelling goals and future achievements? What’s most important right now?
  5. What your biggest challenges at this time? What makes them so challenging?
  6. What keeps you from the taking action you want to take or know you should take to be more effective? What would make it easier?
  7. How would others describe you? How would you describe yourself, in your best possible light?
  8. Which of your values are being honored now? Which are being threatened?
  9. What motivates you? How can you get more of that into your life?
  10. What strategies have helped you make the best use of your time? When are you your most productive?

Your clients expect powerful questions from you. Try these out and notice how productive they can be for opening up new territory for you and your clients. And by the way – if you really want to power up your coaching, be sure to answer the questions for yourself. You will find these questions and more in the book, The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership.

© Joelle K. Jay, PhD, is president of the leadership development practice, Pillar Consulting. As an executive coach, author and speaker, Dr. Jay helps leaders achieve top performance and results. Her clients include presidents, vice presidents, and C-level executives in Fortune 500 companies. Joelle is the author of “The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership.” To find out how Joelle can help you reach the next level, email: or visit

open_your_mind_v2-croppedAnd to help you generate those ideas for your next project you will want to access the teleseminar Proficient & Productive Use of Mindmapping Open Your Mind! which is available for immediate download and listening.