Thursday, January 19, 2012

Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide To Powerful Asking Skills By Tony Stoltzfus

Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills

Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide To Powerful Asking Skills By Tony Stoltzfus

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The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. In this volume, master coach trainer Tony Stoltzfus joins with 12 other professional coaches to present dozens of valuable asking tools, models and exercises, then illustrates these coaching strategies with over 1,000 examples of penetrating questions. Covering the gamut from basic techniques like options and actions to advanced concepts such as challenge and reframing, Coaching Questions is a book that will find a home on any coach's short list of handy references. Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills includes: 1. Dozens of asking tools, models, and strategies. 2. The top ten asking mistakes coaches make, and how to correct each one. 3. Nearly 1200 examples of powerful questions from real coaching situations. 4. Destiny discovery tools organized in a four-part life-purpose model . 5. Overviews of 15 popular coaching niches, with a tool and examples for each. 6. A schedule of training exercises to help you become a "Master of Asking".

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #3498 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-04-24
  • Released on: 2008-04-24
  • Original language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 100 pages
Editorial Reviews

From the Author
As Director of Training at a coaching school, new coaches were always asking me, "Do you have any of those questions you use written down somewhere?" This book is my response--an attempt to briefly present a broad range of coaching tools and illustrate each with example questions. For coaches who are in training or just starting, scanning a few key pages before your appointments will get you coaching better, faster. For experienced coaches, there are so many techniques and illustrations here that I'm sure you'll find plenty that's new.

About the Author
Tony Stoltzfus is co-founder of a coach training school, author of five coaching books and numerous training programs (including a new Open Source coach training initiative), and has presented nearly 100 coach training workshops around the country. He focuses on transformational coaching with an international clientele of pastors, non-profit leaders and businesspeople. Tony serves on the board of a non-profit that brings coaching to leaders in emerging nations, and leads a relationally-based coaching network that seeks to build coaches into authentic communities and rally them to join in acts of generosity and service.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful.
5Great resource!
By L. Johnson
Coaching Questions is a great resource for coaches or any individual who would like to improve their communication skills. Not only is the information practical but it is easy to find just the right question because of the way the book is laid out.

The book is laid out into six sections. The sections give question examples, coaching models and exercises. At the start of each section of questions Tony has added a sidebar that gives you the application for those questions. There are also sidebars with hints and tips throughout the book that are helpful. But the questions themselves are questions that I will use again and again.

Tony is perhaps one of the most practical authors that I have found. There's no fluff here, just good practical information. I highly recommend this resource!

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
5A Must Have Resource!
By Kimberly Horvath
If you are a coach, you must get this book! Tony continues to show us why he's a top coach. This is a book that you will reach for again and again as you develop your asking skills as a coach. The book is laid out in a manner that makes getting to the right questions quick and easy. I love the fact that it is not a "read from cover to cover" type of is truly a guide for those of us that find ourselves sometimes reaching for the right questions. Even the margins of the book are set up to help you! The margins have quotes, client/coaching exercises, hints/tips and even tells you what page to go in the book for more!

If you are a coach, don't think about it...just buy it!

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
5Coaching Questions
By B. Mahalik
This book is one of those rare finds that truly over-delivers, even to (maybe especially to) long-time, experienced coaches. I confess that I have often straddled the line between coaching and consulting, but this book has put me back in the domain I love: coaching. Not only is it filled with succinct, real-life coaching situations I could relate to, the author offers several simple but powerful models for shaping coaching conversations and good reminders for how to be sure you're on track from the client's perspective. I keep it on my desk and make sure I review a few pages everyday just to keep my questioning skills sharp.

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