Coaching Techniques

Here are 10 General Diagnostic Coaching Questions you should be asking your coaching clients:

  1. What excites you most about this?
  2. What are your greatest strengths?
  3. What is your true purpose in life?
  4. What do you enjoy doing the most?
  5. If your career and relationship with colleagues was Ideal, what’s one thing that would be different?
  6. Financially, what one thing would bring you security?
  7. What would you most like to be acknowledged for in your life so far?
  8. Who would you like to acknowledge more in your life today?
  9. If you could do absolutely anything, what would your ideal career be?
  10. What’s one way to attract positive energy into your life?

10 questions to ask your coaching client about the defined actions:

  1. What is the first/next step?
  2. What research would get you to the next step?
  3. Who could you talk to get some light on the subject/matter?
  4. Who do you need to connect with to get to the next level?
  5. How can you get the knowledge/information you need?
  6. What would Richard Branson or Alan Sugar do in this situation?
  7. What would ‘massive action’ look like?
  8. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being low and 10 extremely high, how excited do you feel about taking this action?
  9. What would happen if you don’t do anything?
  10. What would the cost of your not doing anything be?

This is an exercise I often use in training or coaching but it can be used by any leader in an organisation to really get the core values of the people you are working with.

It can be used to increase communication, team building, ice-breaker, to re-engage bored participants or simply as engaging exercise to begin a team meeting.

You may choose to do this in a number of different ways. i. To give each person one question which they work on, and then share with the group. Or ii. To select one question for the group to work on as a whole. Iii. Use the question of your choice during a supervision session to discover more about the person. You may choose to share with them how you would have answered the question too.

It’s very important not to judge during this exercise and to give people the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts without anyone else judging them or being critical. Build trust.


  1. Write a script of you being wealthy and what that means to you. How does it make you feel? What does it bring into your life?
  2. If you had a £million to give away to charity, which charity would that be? And why?
  3. If you could buy anything you want, and had the money for it, what would that be? And why?
  4. If you could go back and re-start your career today, what you choose to do. And why?
  5. If you could choose anyone (whether dead or alive) to mentor you in your life, career or business, who would that be? And why?
  6. What is the craziest thing you would like to do in your life right now, if all barriers to doing so were removed and there were no limits. What would you do? And why?
  7. If you could start in a movie of your choice, what would that be? And why?
  8. If your confidence was so high that you could achieve anything, what would you like to achieve most of all? And why?
  9. If you had the opportunity to do any course or new learning activity, regardless of cost what would that be? And why?
  10. What is a problem you see in your daily life that you’d love to see a solution developed to deal with it. What solution might that be? And why go for that solution?