Steverino shares the best coaching question ever...

G'day beautiful legend...

Way back in 2006 I got into the coaching game. Truth be told, it was by accident. I had a friend of a friend ask me to meet up for coffee to quote-unquote 'pick my brain'. We talked for a good hour, and then he asked me how much I charged. I was a bit embarrassed by the question and told him to just pay for the coffees. But, that little engagement taught me a few things...

For starters, it was the first time I realised my time was worth charging for (I know...I'm a slow learner)...

And, if you're good at something, you should almost never do it for free (it devalues the experience).

Within six months I got certified as a coach and learned a few tools, then set up a little coaching company and started charging for my time. 

12 years later, and I've turned my little side gig into a full-time job. Along the way, I've learned a lot about coaching. What works. What doesn't? Like any craftsman, you get better when you apply yourself and do the deep work it requires to be great at anything. And, it's helped me heaps... 

I've become a better listener...

And, I've figured out what questions to ask and which ones to avoid (rhetorical ones). 

So, to the point of this whole email. I want to share the best coaching question ever with you:

"What's on your mind?"

Why is this the best coaching question ever?

Think about it (See what I did there?!?)...

For reals, though, your thinking shapes everything else. This single question is a window into your current state of mind. If you're worried that will come out. If you're anxious that will come out. If you're angry...

Bored...

Tired...

Happy...

Confused...

Then all of that will come out.

It all starts with this one simple question. 

Knowing what to do after you ask someone this question is the real art of being a great coach. 

You see my friend, coaches don't solve people's problems. At least the good ones don't. Good coaches ask great questions and help whoever it is they're talking to collect the dots and then connect the dots in solving their own problem. It's about ownership, accountability, and empowerment.

If you'd like to become a better question asker & listener or add coaching to your toolkit ping me back. 

If enough people are interested, I'll make it the topic of one of my free online coaching webinars. 

Next month is about building confidence and I'd love for you to join the conversation (And, invite a friend)...

Details over yonder at: 

https://www.steveknox.us/start-here/

Here's to asking better questions...

Steve Knox