SIDEBAR: 50 Great Coaching Questions

by Dary Northrop

One of the key skills to being an effective coach is to learn how to ask the right questions. As a life coach with over 8 years experience, I have built a list of coaching questions I have used effectively. Here are some of my favorites.

I was trained in the GROW (Goal, Reality, Options and Way Forward) Model, so I list these questions under the relevant section.


  1. What must you accomplish in the next 12 months?
  2. What would you like to focus on today?
  3. What is important to you at the moment?
  4. What are you working on at the moment?
  5. What challenges are you struggling with at the moment?
  6. How can you word that goal more specifically?
  7. How can you measure that goal?
  8. How can you break down that goal into bite-size pieces?
  9. How can you word this goal using positive language?
  10. What do you want to be doing in 5 years?
  11. What is your ideal future?
  12. Where is your life out of balance?
  13. What is the legacy you want to leave?
  14. What new skill do you want to learn or develop?


  1. What is working well for you at the moment?
  2. What is not working well at the moment?
  3. What have you done so far to improve things?
  4. How does this goal impact your spouse/partner?
  5. What excuse have you always used for not achieving your goals?
  6. What aspects of your life will be impacted by reaching the above goal?
  7. What is the biggest obstacle you are facing?
  8. What are you afraid of?
  9. What are you passionate about?
  10. What are you willing to endure to see your goal become a reality?
  11. Is that a need or a want?
  12. Where are you sabotaging yourself?


  1. What do you think you should do first?
  2. What would be the most helpful thing you could do now?
  3. If money was not a restriction, what would you do?
  4. If time was not a restriction, what would you do?
  5. What would you do if you were not answerable to anyone?
  6. What would (enter name of relevant expert) do in this situation?
  7. What do you sense God is telling you to do?
  8. If you were guaranteed to succeed, what would you do?
  9. What is the best use of your time at the moment?
  10. If you could only do one thing this week, what would it be?
  11. What can you do better than anyone else in your organization?
  12. What books should you be reading to help you achieve your goals?
  13. If you went to your boss with this problem, what would he/she suggest?
  14. If you saw someone else in your situation, what would you suggest he/she do?
  15. If you had 50 percent more confidence, what would you be doing that would be different?
  16. If you were not holding anything back, what would you be doing?

Way Forward

  1. What are you going to do in the next 24 hours?
  2. How committed are you in reaching this goal?
  3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how motivated are you to achieving this goal?
  4. What will it take to turn that 6 into a 9?
  5. Who do you need to speak to about this goal?
  6. How are you going to celebrate reaching your goal?
  7. Whatever your first step is, can you think of anything that might stop you from doing it?
  8. Is there anything else that you need to consider before starting?

Do you have any other coaching questions that you would like to add?

DARREN POKE, Melbourne, Australia

Taken from Used with permission.