1 Coaching questions

Underpinning coaching, and great coaching especially, is the issue of asking useful, relevant, and sometimes intuitive questions. In later chapters we consider in more detail other core skills that make up the tool-kit, as it were, of the effective coach. But keep in mind that it is not the function of the coach to provide answers for the client – mentors1 may do that – however, coaches enable the client to find the answers for themselves. In fact, the coach is always acting as a mirror to the client, reflecting back to the client what they have just said because:

  1. In the pause between saying what the client says and the coach re-stating it – reflecting it – back to the client, the client’s own deeper mind, their subconscious ...

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