Michael Bungay Stanier, in his great book, The Coaching Habit, gives us seven coaching questions that help with listening. They are:

  1. The Kickstart Question — What’s on your mind? 
  1. The AWE Question — And what else?
  1. The Focus Question — What’s the real challenge here?
  1. The Foundation Question — What do you want?
  1. The Lazy Question — How can I help?
  1. The Strategic Question — If you’re saying Yes to this, what are you saying No to?
  1. The Learning Question — What was most useful for you?

I use them all when I’m coaching, as the need arises.  For more check out the book. It’s fun and well written.

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