Q Basics Open Ended Questions for Coaching Mastery (10 Pack)
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Powerful open-ended questions are the hallmark of professional
coaching. The Q?Basics deck offers 54 basic open-ended questions to help
coaches and managers master this fundamental skill. The questions
are divided into three “suits” or categories with 18 questions in each
Simple & Curious
The questions have been compiled through research of available coaching
literature, personal experience and interviews with coaches working in
both corporate and coach training settings.
Sample Questions (Try them on for yourself)
Simple and Curious
What do you want that you do not have now?
What strengths can you leverage?
What will increase your chance of success?
12 page User Guide
The User Guide addresses the art of open-ended questions, describes the
kinds of questions in the deck and offers practical suggestions for
using the cards to build mastery.
Common challenges of new coaches and managers who coach
Tendency towards long, ineffective and complex questions.
Not fully understanding the difference between open-ended questions, yes/no questions, leading questions and why questions.
Difficulty getting the coachee to identify specific steps and make a commitment to action.
The Benefit of Q? Basics
Facilitates skill development post-training or in lieu of training.
Effective coaching conversations are possible immediately – The Q?
Basics questions are designed to elicit values, vision, passion, action,
resourcefulness, choices and perceived obstacles.
The deck size makes it highly portable and discreet.
Questions are easy to adapt to specific situations and provide a model
as a coach/manager develops his/her own questions and style.
The questions have been carefully researched and represent the best of the basics.
Q? Basics offers a method of introducing material in a fun, effective
way within corporate training environments and can be used by internal
or external trainers.
Modules can be designed around the Q? Basics suits providing an effective structure to introduce a mix of coaching skills.
The beauty is in the simplicity
I was in training to become a coach I had a great mentor. She insisted
that I generate and memorize some basic, simple questions. She
repeatedly pointed to questions that were short, simple and curious. The
results were always that it kept the focus on the client and their
These simple open-ended questions empowered my clients. I came to
trust the questions and trust my client's ability to discover the
answers. The beauty is in the simplicity. The end result is a successful
client, a successful coach and greater ease in the process.
What others are saying about Q? Basics
"I found using the Q?Basics powerful and effective in teaching coaching skills to seasoned leaders
my Leadership Enhancement Retreats. The participants stated that they
found Q?Basics added great value and expedited their learning of
coaching skills. They wanted Q?Basics sets for themselves."
Diana Gabriel, PCC
Professional Certified Coach
"Marcy, I love your open-ended
question cards. Your three main
categories (color-coded for ease of recognition) of Simple and Curious;
Expanding Awareness; and Taking Action relate very closely to the
coaching model I teach. I’ll be recommending this attractive and useful
deck of coaching question cards to coaches, as well as anyone who wants
to refine their communication skills."
"Q-basics is useful for the newer coach seeking to learn a solid set of coaching questions or for
the more experienced coach or manager wanting to get back to basics.
This deck has multiple uses as a training tool or as a way to keep your
coaching stance when working with a client."
Paula Hemming MA, PCC
Director of Life Coaching Education
Adler Graduate School, Minneapolis MN
"I have given the cards to my
apprentices in Singapore and they are thrilled with them. They are just
learning to coach, so the questions have been very helpful to them."
Rebecca Bradley MCC,
President of Partnership Coaching Inc.
"I used Q? Basics in a University Leadership class of 25 Executive Directors. After completing
wheel of life assessment tool and choosing an area from the assessment
they wanted to work with, participants were introduced to Q? Basics.
They were each given three questions,
one from each category, Simple
and Curious, Expanding Awareness and Taking Action. They applied the
questions in that order, to their chosen area. The feedback was profound
powerful and helped participants commit to action in a very
short time. I found Q? Basics to be a great way to introduce new people
to coaching by helping them become more comfortable and safe with the
process. I highly recommend these cards to all coaches and trainers."
Rita Goldhammer, CPCC
Former Program Manager, University of St Thomas,
Center for Non-profit Management, St. Paul, Minnesota
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