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20 Questions to Prepare for Your Coaching Session




Each person has a unique way of thinking and interacting with those around them, and as a coach, it's helpful for me to get a better understanding of how my clients view the world in general and themself in particular.


Coaching is partnering with your coach, besides completing the actions you have set, it is important to ‘show up’ prepared for your coaching conversation.


Here are 'pondering' questions designed to stimulate your thinking and to make working together with your coach more productive. You may like to identify a quiet moment before your coaching session to develop your responses to these questions.


Give some thought to the questions to be able to answer with some clarity, expressing the best of who you are. A short answer - a couple of words or sentences are usually enough. But if you want to write more, then do so.


You may find questions you do not feel comfortable with, you don't have to answer them. But identifying these questions and attempting to explore our discomfort can help us achieve our greatest growth.


  1. What do you consider to be your role/mission in the world you live in?

  2. If there was a secret passion in your life, what would it be?

  3. What would you rather be doing?

  4. If there was something you were avoiding or running away from, what would it be?

  5. What motivates you?

  6. How do you tend to sabotage yourself?

  7. What is missing in your life/work? What would make life/work more fulfilling?

  8. What is your dream?

  9. What does success mean for you? What would a successful life look and feel like?

  10. If you could have anything in the world what would it be?

  11. What do you want the rest of your life to be about? What legacy would you like to leave?

  12. What do you most want to get out of coaching?

  13. What tips could you give your coach, so that s/he can manage the coaching relationship most effectively?

  14. How rigorous do you want your coach to be?

  15. How do you best learn? What is your learning style?

  16. How specifically do you release stress? What activities help you maintain resilience?

  17. What do you think are your weak points in life?

  18. What are your strong points?

  19. When were you happiest - and - unhappiest in your life? What made it so?

  20. If there was something you had given up on in your life - what would it be?


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