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My 10 Favorite Questions to Ask Clients

Questions That Help People Find Clarity

By on Apr 20, 2017 in Relationships | 0 comments

Knowing the right things to ask makes a big difference. Here are three things I keep in mind when preparing questions for clients:
1. Great questions start with a “what”, “how”, or a “tell me about”.
2. Always be prepared with 2 or 3 powerful questions to start the session.
3. Powerful questions are simple.

“Sometimes questions are more important than answers.” – Nancy Willard

When I was going through the certification process to become a life coach, I was encouraged to keep a list handy of my favorite questions. For years now, I’ve kept this list with me.

My 10 Favorite Questions to Ask Clients

1. What opportunities do you have right now?
2. What changes do you need to make to have the life you want?
3. How would you like your life to look, ideally, in 5 years?
4. What would your ideal daily schedule look like?
5. How are you stuck?
6. What’s an assumption you have that’s keeping you stuck?
7. How are your expectations unrealistic?
8. Tell me what “success” means to you?
9. If you were happier, how would people know?
10. What are you unclear about in your life?

Bonus (these almost made my top 10 list)
11. What have you been worried about lately? What’s the truth?
12. Tell me what you love about yourself (qualities, experiences, traits, etc.)
13. Tell me how a person you admire would handle this situation?
14. What has worked in the past to get you unstuck?
15. What energizes you? What drains you?

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” – Thomas Berger

How You Can Use These Wringers

Take the time to ask yourself each of these and write out your answers. Be super honest with yourself. Self honesty is one of the most challenging, revealing, and rewarding personal growth activities. Powerful questions help you identify real issues you might be avoiding, and recognize solutions you might be ignoring. My hope is these questions transform your life, and the lives of your clients.

Comment below by answering one of these questions that intrigues you? I promise to respond to you comments.